JonJon and Isa Briones: Generational Talent - Identity in Acting and A Family Affair in Hadestown

Join host Dana Tai Soon Burgess in an enchanting conversation as he welcomes the dynamic father-daughter duo, Jon Jon and Isa Briones, to the SLANT podcast stage. Fresh off their enthralling performances in the Tony-award winning Broadway musical Hadestown, Jon Jon and Isa share insights into their acting journey.

Jon Jon Briones, known for his captivating performances in Miss Saigon and Netflix's "Ratched," steps into the role of 'Hermes' with undeniable charisma. His illustrious career spans stage, screen, and television, captivating audiences worldwide with his versatility and talent.

Isa Briones, making her Broadway debut as 'Eurydice,' brings a wealth of experience from her roles in "Star Trek: Picard" and the Disney+ series "Goosebumps." With a rich pedigree in the performing arts, Isa's star continues to rise as she takes on new challenges and delights audiences with her remarkable presence on stage.

Join us as we delve into the Briones family's legacy in the arts, their experiences in Hadestown, and the magic that happens when talent spans generations. This is an episode you won't want to miss!


Jon Jon Briones: Returning to Broadway this spring, Jon Jon Briones

will star as ‘Hermes’ in the Tony-award winning Hadestown. Previously he played the

Engineer in the London West End & Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, a role which

garnered him Olivier and Drama Desk nominations and a Theater World Award.

Briones has a bustling career, encompassing stage, screen, and television.

Most recently he starred in the Amblin feature The Last Voyage of the Demeter,

played series regular ‘Gabriel Alonto’ in the FX limited series "Class of 09," and

‘Maurice’ in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast." Briones is best known for his

starring role in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe®-nominated Netflix series “Ratched,”

where he portrayed ‘Dr. Richard Hanover’ opposite Sarah Paulson. Other popular

performances have been ‘Modesto Cunanan’ in "American Crime Story: The

Assassination of Gianni Versace,” "Star Trek Picard," and "American Horror Story."

Briones lends his vocal talents to the ongoing Nickelodeon series "Transformers:

Earthspark" as well as "Trese" on Netflix.

Isa Briones: is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in Hadestown! Isa

recently starred in the Disney+ series, "Goosebumps," based on the books of the

same name by R.L. Stine. She is also known for her series regular role opposite Sir

Patrick Stewart in "Star Trek: Picard," where she played multiple main characters. In

addition, she lent her singing voice to "Picard's" finale in their first season. Isa's TV

and stage credits include FX's "American Crime Story: Versace" (recurring), the First

National Touring Company of Hamilton, and Next to Normal (East West Players), for

which she won an L.A. Ovation Award. Recently, Isa appeared as ‘Rizzo’ in Musical

Theatre West's production of Grease. The performing gene runs in the family as Isa's

parents are Jon Jon Briones (Netflix's "Ratched," Miss Saigon) and Megan Johnson

Briones (Miss Saigon), and her brother is Teo Briones (USA/Syfy's "Chucky," "Wind


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