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Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club

By: Shakina Nayfack
Narrated by: Shakina Nayfack, Kate Bornstein, Annie Golden, Telly Leung, Jason Tam, Bianca Leigh, Ivory Aquino, Pooya Mohseni, Samy Figaredo, Angelica Ross, Liz Lark Brown, Ita Segev, Dana Aliya Levinson
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About the Creator

Star of the NBC sitcom Connecting... Shakina can also be seen in Amazon’s GLAAD award-winning Transparent Musicale Finale, which she helped write and produce with Joey and Faith Soloway, and the Hulu original comedy Difficult People, for which she was also a writing consultant. Shakina is also the voice of Hana in the English dub of Satoshi Kon’s anime classic Tokyo Godfathers, and has appeared previously on television in Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Detour (TBS), and on Broadway in 24-Hour Plays and The Red Bucket Follies. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory in New York City, where she helped to develop hundreds of new musicals including Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop and her own autobiographical glam rock odyssey, Manifest Pussy. Shakina is currently developing a television pilot based on her life story, an original movie for Lifetime Television, and a rock opera, JUNK, with the Swedish pop band Brainpool. Recognitions include The Lilly Award for Working Miracles, Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award, The Kilroys List, Logo 30, and two-time Drama League fellow and OUT 100 honoree. More at ( and @shakeenz

About the Director

Laura Savia is the Associate Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she is in her tenth season. Directing credits include the world premieres of James Anthony Tyler’s Artney Jackson (Williamstown), Lucy Thurber’s Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires and Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown), Lucy Thurber’s Unstuck (59E59/Throughline), and Bareknuckle (Vertigo Theatre) as well Ryan Haddad’s Hi, Are You Single? (Public Theater, The Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth). Her production of Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation for IAMA won two Ovation Awards, including Best Production. Other directing credits include James Lescesne’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonardy Pelkey (City Theatre), Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter (Itself Festival in Poland) and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale featuring Hoon Lee (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center). She has directed short plays by Rob Askins and Halley Feiffer for Naked Angels and Living Newspaper plays by Sarah Burgess and Don Nguyen (at A.R.T./Club Oberon, Joe’s Pub, and Le Poisson Rouge). She has developed work with Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage, Labyrinth Theater Company, Ars Nova, Playwrights Realm, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, and Ma-Yi Theater Company. Assistant directing includes Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. Laura spent five seasons on the artistic staff at Atlantic Theater Company. She is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and Northwestern University.


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Dear Listener,

What did I learn about myself while giving voice to this story?
"When I left New York City for Chonburi, Thailand, I did so with the conviction that I would make it through the trails of gender confirmation completely on my own. I had launched a successful crowdfunding campaign (I called it “KickStartHer”) and used my first-ever solo show, One Woman Show, to give my colleagues and community some context for my transformation. I knew I had support behind me, but vowed that this rebirth was something I would do alone. It didn’t take me long to learn that you truly need a village to get a neovagina. In my case, that village was The Butterfly Club. I discovered that I had to let down my guard if I actually wanted to heal and that healing was about so much more than a surgical procedure. Recording this play at the height of a pandemic, with this wonderful ensemble isolated in our own homes, only served to underscore this need for human connection in times of great trial. We rely on one another to become the best version of ourselves. There is risk and vulnerability in that trust, but through it we can heal and be healed, all while unleashing unbounding joy." – Shakina Nayfack, creator and performer of Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club