Casting has been announced for two new plays by Tom Jacobson, both of which will be presented at Atwater Village Theatre.

Circle X Theatre Co. will present The Chinese Massacre (Annotated), directed by Jeff Liu, opening April 22, and based on the 1871 lynching of 18 Chinese men by a mob of 500.

The cast will include Richard Azurdia, Warren Davis, Anna Douglas, Elizabeth Ho, Ross Kurt Le, Jully Lee, Alex Levin, West Liang, Johanna McKay, Silas Weir Mitchell, Gary Patent, Jack Sochet, Lisa Tharps, Marie-Françoise Theodore, and Ryun Yu.

> The production will feature set design by Sibyl Wickersheimer, lighting design by Tom Ontiveros, costume design by Dianne K. Graebner, and sound design by Dennis Yen.

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA will present House of the Rising Son, directed by Michael Michetti, opening April 23. In this Southern gothic romance, a parasitologist at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Trent Varro brings his new lover home to meet the family in New Orleans. Populated with ghosts and parasites, Jacobson's play mixes the supernatural with science to illuminate hot button issues of gay marriage and equality in a whole new way.

The cast will feature Steve Coombs, Nicholas Hormann, Patrick John Hurley, Rod Menzies, and Paul Witten.

The production will have set design by Richard Hoover, lighting design by Jeremy Pivnick, original music and sound design by Bruno Louchouarn, and costume design is by Christina Haatainen-Jones.

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