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Dealing Dreams

Intelligent go-getters Zoe and Trey are striving to keep their heads afloat in today’s economy. They’ve graduated from elite schools only to face unemployment and chances at low-paying “McJobs”. They’re underqualified for jobs they want, overqualified for jobs they don’t want. Then Trey comes up with a striking new concept for a social networking website … an idea that if developed right, might make them rich and change their lives forever. As they pursue their Silicon Valley dream, Zoe and Trey’s lives do change profoundly … but not in the ways that they imagined.

October 3rd at 5:00pm PDT

written by

directed by

EnActe Zoom Room

Jeffrey Lo

Sukanya Chakrabarti

A Playful@EnActe reading. Join us in the Zoom Room and stay for the talkback!

Meet the Cast!

Katy Habib as Zoe

Katy is a Middle Eastern-American actress local to Los Angeles. Favorite credits include Theatre: Henry V (Pacific Resident Theater), Around the Clock Festival (Rogue Machine), TV: Shameless (Showtime), A Werewolf Mockumentary (Amazon), Film: Picnic Pals in Dreamland, Commercial: w/Captain Obvious, Audible w/Mindy Kaling, Disney. She is currently finishing her BA in Theater Performance from San Francisco State University via Fordham University and she studies at the Imagined Life Studio in Los Angeles. Upcoming: Katy is starring in and producing Proof at Wood and Vine in LA in the spring.

Ramón Villa as Trey

Ramón Villa is an actor from San Diego, California. This is his first time working with EnActe Arts and is deeply honored to be part of the team. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at San Francisco State University. Some of his theatre credits include but not all, “Oedipus El Rey”, “Noises Off”, and “Fire Hazard”. He has appeared in various independent features such as “Life of Gio” and “93 Miles”. He has his own Youtube channel under the name “Prince of SD”, where he entertains his audience with his comedy skits and his storytelling.

Jerikka Gamboa as Norah

Jerikka Gamboa (she/her) is an actor from the East Bay and recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts. She is now pursuing her masters in Theatre. She is passionate about bringing more inclusion of Asian American actors to the stage and screen and will make it her lifelong mission to do so. This is her debut project outside of school and is excited to be working with EnActe to bring ‘Norah’ to life. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support of her dreams.

Anil Advani as Steve

Anil is a real-life startup lawyer, angel investor, and mentor to early-stage startup founders in Silicon Valley and across the world. Over the last 19 years, Anil has worked at powerhouse law firms such as Cooley Godward and Orrick Herrington, and now Inventus Law. Anil has made over 25 angel investments in companies across the spectrum, from healthcare, financial services, to software and saas ventures. This is his first theatrical venture, and he’s excited to be joining an EnActe Arts production!

Director: Sukanya Chakrabarti

Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti is an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor at the School of Theatre & Dance, San Francisco State University (SFSU). She received her doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Chakrabarti’s works have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Indian Theatre Journal; Modern Drama; Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature; and Emergency Index. Her performance practice, scholarship and teaching lie in the intersection of postcolonial studies, globalization studies, and urban studies, with a focus on South Asian theatre and performance studies, transcultural theatre and performance, experimental devised performances and community-based performance-making.

Playwright: Jeffrey Lo

Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. He has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and San Jose Repertory. He is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. He is the Director of Community Partnerships and Casting Director at the Tony Award Winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Jeffrey is a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute, and a proud alumnus of UC Irvine. He also works as an educator and advocate for issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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