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July 20, 21, 22 2017

The Green Room 42
570 10th Avenue
New York NY 10036

Qing Cheng/Dark City

Music and Lyrics               by

Daniel Walker

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A young refugee girl arrives penniless and alone in what appears to be the 
most frightening City on earth, Qing Cheng- the Dark City. Follow Ahn’s 
journey as the harrowing becomes bearable and hope and humanity triumph in one of the most forbidding places in the world. Based on the real life Kowloon Walled City just outside of Hong Kong, this uniquely 
Chinese/American Rock Musical offers up a timely exploration of the refugee 
experience .



Contemporary American classical composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard on the concert stage, in film and on television, including work for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Bavaria Film and many others.  

Film work in Asia includes the score and theme song for the stylish thriller Curiosity Kills the Cat, and the theme song for The Galaxy Railways, a hit Japanese anime series. 

Walker’s classical ballet, Marco Polo: The Last Mission, was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company as part of the opening festival of the China’s World Expo in May 2010. The historically based work continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire. 

His five-movement work See Without Looking, commissioned by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in 2016, is inspired bythe writings of the Tao The Ching- focusing on the origin of the world, and the philosophy of “The Way”.  It was premiered by the chamber orchestra in March 2017 at the New England Conservatory, Boston.  A recording of the work will be available in July 2017.

Daniel Walker holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and teaches composition and film scoring at Cornel School of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles, and has served as dean of the music department since March 2012


first reading, pasadena  2015


Kirsten Sanderson has directed new plays by, Michael John LaChiusa, Craig Lucas, Shel Silverstein, Steven Schwartz and Blake Edwards, among others. Her work has been seen at Playwright’s Horizons, The Public Theatre, PS 122, Circle Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Director’s Company, New York Theatre Workshop, the Blank Theatre Company, Theatreworks USA, the Women’s Project, HBO Comedy Arts Festival, New York Fringe Festival, New York Music Theatre Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Town Hall. 

Collaborations with Michael John LaChuisa include, First Lady Suite and First Daughter Suite at the Public Theatre, and Lucky Nurse at Playwrights Horizons, as well as Little Fish and Sukie and Sue: Their Story at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. Kirsten has been Resident Director at New Dramatists, and Director of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s National Theatre Colony. She has taught Music Theatre Performance at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, at New York University (NYU), at the Eugene O’Neil Center’s National Theatre Institute andat AMDA Los Angeles. 

She was a longtime directing and producing associate for her mentor, writer/director Blake Edwards.
She is an alumnus of Wesleyan University and the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center. 

Sabrina Zuo graduated from the PLA Institute of the Arts in Chinese literature, and published her first poetry collection, Last Year’s Old Clothes, in 1996. Many of her lyrics and poetry have been set to music and recorded by renowned composers and recording artists in China. rough her collaboration with the music industry, her works have been performed on CCTV (China’s national television network), and state television stations. 

She immigrated into the United States in 2000, and settled in Los Angeles. Since arriving in the US, Ms Zuo has served as vice- president for the American International Cultural Exchange Foundation, and through the foundation has produced numerous entertainment events in the Los Angeles area including China National Acrobatic Troupe, CCTV’s Same Song tour in LA, China National Opera & Drama Dance eater, Nan Ning Art Theater, The China Central Orchestra and many others. In 2008, Ms. Zuo co-hosted the Same Song production celebrating 100 days before the Beijing Summer Olympics in the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. 

Ms. Zuo hosts three weekly programs on AM1300 (Pasadena). As the creator and host of the hour-format talk show Stars Sky, Sabrina has interviewed over 300  Chinese and American entertainment and art celebrities. 


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