The Center At West Park & Linked Dance Theatre Present BELOVED/DEPARTED, April 26 – May 18

Maya Gonzalez
Maya Gonzalez
Maya Gonzalez

The Center at West Park and Linked Dance Theatre is presenting the Off-Off-Broadway debut of Beloved/Departed at The Center at West Park (located at 165 West 86th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue), Thursday, April 26th – May 18th.

Beloved/Departed is a modern, immersive reimagining of the Greek tragedy Orpheus and Eurydice featuring movement-based storytelling and original music. Audiences are invited by the host Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, and the bride and groom to attend this celestial wedding, where they will celebrate with other guests, divine creatures, and ultimately tackle the timeless question – is love enough?

The intimate setting of Beloved/Departed will keep audiences to less than 40 people, giving everyone a unique perspective of the festivities and allow them to be completely engaged in the wedding celebrations.

An exciting theatrical event, drawing on Linked Dance Theatre’s experience in the immersive realm, Beloved/Departed features original movement and text created by the company. The production will feature lighting & scenic design by Cheyenne Sykes, costume design by Nicholas Smith, original music composed by Brendan Littlefield, stage management by Cati Pishal, and direction by Jordan Chlapecka (Co-Artistic Director of Linked Dance Theatre).

Beloved/Departed will star Josh James as Orpheus, Kendra Slack (Co-Artistic Director of Linked Dance Theatre) as Eurydice, Kellyn Thornburg as Artemis, Calvin Tsang as Apollo, Maya Gonzalez as Hermes, Nick Kepley as Hades, Chloe Markewich as Persephone, Rita McCann as Aphrodite, Matt Engle as Charon/Hymen, and Oliver “Tillett” Burke as The Muse.

“Our version of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice aims to give a perspective on jumping into things too fast,” says Jordan Chlapecka and Kendra Slack, Co-Artistic Directors of Linked Dance Theatre. “Weddings are a particular ritual where everything is called into question, and your past can come to haunt you at a family gathering, and begs a greater question of self, the myths we make, and the age old question ‘is love enough to conquer death?’ As a company, Linked Dance Theatre is inspired by the spaces around them. They think of the spaces they find as a characters in the shows they create, so the residency at The Center at West Park presented the ideal opportunity to explore this story and invite everyone to an otherworldly wedding.

Performances of Beloved/Departed will take place at The Center at West Park (165 West 86th Street, at Amsterdam Avenue) from April 26 through May 18, 2018, according to the following schedule: Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm; then Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm; and one additional performance on Saturday, May 12 at 3:00pm.

Tickets, ranging from $45 for General Admission and up to $75 for Premium tickets that allow audience members the chance to be part of the wedding party and engage with the performers, are available for purchase online from www.linkeddancetheatre.com/beloved/departed.

General Admission tickets grant patrons entrance into the wedding as a guest of Orpheus or Eurydice. Premium “Bridesmaid and Groomsman” tickets give patrons the opportunity to step into the role of an actual bridesmaid or groomsmen, giving more intimate access to the “bride and groom.” With only 4 premium tickets available per performance (2 bridesmaid tickets & 2 groomsmen tickets), audiences are welcome to choose either designation, no matter what their gender identity is.

Beloved/Departed is an immersive experience that lasts approximately 2 hours. Patrons must be able to stand and/or walk for the duration of the performance, including up and down stairs. The wedding will begin promptly at 8pm; late admittance is up to the discretion of our front of house staff. Be advised that haze and laser effects will be used in this experience. Please notify our front of house upon arrival if you think this will be an issue for you. Dressing for the occasion is highly encouraged – think, semi-formal relaxed spring wedding but comfortable footwear is advised. Food and beverage will be served/available at different points throughout the night. If you have serious food allergies or do not wish to consume alcohol, we suggest you politely decline any offers of snacks or drinks. There will also be a free, mandatory coat and bag check at the start of the experience.

Jordan Chlapecka & Kendra Slack (Co-Artistic Directors of Linked Dance Theatre) are both New York based artists. Jordan received his master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University and earned bachelor’s degrees in Advertising and Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. He’s performed pieces ranging from art activism with Jesusa Rodríguez in Chiapas, Mexico to a reimagining of Erik Satie’s Parade with Richard Move at Yale. Kendra studied acting at Ithaca College and Circle in the Square Theatre School. From 2013-2014 she was a performer at The McKittrick Hotel as a company member with Punchdrunk and original cast member of The Heath. Her choreography has been featured in the NY Fringe Festival, The Choreographer’s Canvas, and in the Big Range Austin Dance Festival in Austin, TX. Through their collaborations which began in 2014, they created Linked Dance Theatre, a company that strives to tell stories through movement, text, music and everything related to the body. A collaborative company that makes movement that fits its movers’ bodies, Linked maintains that how you tell the story is most important.

ABOUT LINKED DANCE THEATRELinked Dance Theatre makes stories come to life through movement, text, music and everything related to the body. We believe that motions inspire emotions which lead our collaborative creative process, and out of our practice comes staged and immersive works that merge the worlds of theatre and dance by telling stories through movement, and subvert the conventional norms of what theatre or dance should or should not be. We use space to inspire the work and collaborate with our dancers to make each piece a truly unique reflection of the world around us.

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THE CHER SHOW Begins Pre-Broadway Premiere at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in June; Full Cast Announced

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller announced today the complete casting for the Pre-Broadway Premiere of the new musical The Cher Show at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.

Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), will star in The Cher Show alongside Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), and Micaela Diamond (Broadway debut)  in the role of the iconic singer and actress at various times in her life and career. They will be joined by Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful, Jersey Boys) as Sonny Bono, Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate; A Chorus Line) as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno (Wicked) as Rob Camilletti, Matthew Hydzik (It Shoulda Been You, Side Show) as Gregg Allman, and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Prince of Broadway, Side Show) as Georgia Holt.

The full company will also feature Marija Abney, Carleigh Bettiol, Taurean Everett, Michael Fatica, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Michael Graceffa, Blaine Alden Krauss, Sam Lips, Allie Meixner, Tiana Okoye, Amy Quanbeck, Angel Reda, Dee Roscioli, Michael Tacconi, Tory Trowbridge, Christopher Vo, Alena Watters, Charlie Williams and Ryan Worsing.

Additionally, video designer Darrel Maloney (American Idiot, On Your Feet) has joined the creative team.

The Cher Show will begin previews on June 12, 2018 at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) and will play a strictly limited engagement through July 15, 2018.

Following its Chicago engagement, The Cher Show will begin previews on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street), and will open on Monday, December 3, 2018. Additional details and on-sale information for Broadway will be announced at a later date.

Recognized for her influential contributions to music, film, television, fashion, and popular culture, the Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award-winning entertainer’s life story will be brought to stage in this new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits including If I Could Turn Back Time, Believe, I Got You Babe, Strong Enough, Half Breed, I Found Someone, A Different Kind of Love Song, Take Me Home, and Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they’re all the star of The Cher Show.

The new bio-musical will feature a book by Rick Elice (Tony Award-winning best musical Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (Tony Award-winning best musical Avenue Q), choreography by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis).

Rounding out the creative team are nine-time Emmy Award winning costume designer Bob Mackie, Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, American Idiot), set designer Brett J. Banakis, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot) and sound designer Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen).

The new musical is produced by Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat) and four-time Tony Award-winner Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton).

Individual tickets for The Cher Show at the Oriental Theatre are on sale now. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 18 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining more than 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

Jon Jon Briones, Suzy Nakamura, Lily Mariye and Wendy Chang/Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Among Honorees at East West Players’ 52nd Visionary Awards on April 30

Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color and the largest producing organization of Asian Pacific American artistic work, celebrates THE COMPANY WE KEEP, its 52nd Anniversary season with the Annual Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction. Recognizing the achievements of individuals who have raised the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through their craft, the gala fundraiser takes place on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Hilton Universal City. Proceeds benefit East West Players’ educational and artistic programs.

In addition to previously announced honorees Lily Mariye and Wendy Chang/Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, EWP will also honor Suzy Nakamura and Jon Jon Briones.

Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Jon Jon Briones, actor, was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. At 9 years old he was sent to live at Santo Domingo convent as a boy soprano in the “Tiples of Santo Domingo” choir. This was to be his first formal training. In 1989, he joined the original London cast of Miss Saigon. Recently, he played the Engineer in the London 2014 revival (Olivier Award nominee, What’s One Stage Award winner) and its Broadway transfer (Drama Desk Award nominee, Theater Award winner). He has appeared in several other productions of Miss Saigon, among numerous additional stage credits. He has had the privilege of working with East West players in La Cage Aux Folles (Ovation Award nominee) and A Little Night Music. He was proudly involved in the pre-Broadway development of Allegiance at The Old Globe. Last month, Briones received raves for his chilling and brilliant portrayal as Modesto Cunanan on the television drama American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace.

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "Creator/Destroyer" Episode 8 (Airs Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 p.m. e/p) -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Jon Briones as Modesto Cunanan, Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY “Creator/Destroyer” Episode 8 (Airs Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 p.m. e/p) — Pictured: (l-r) Jon Jon Briones as Modesto Cunanan, Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX
Suzy Nakamura
Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura, actor. Born and raised in Chicago, Suzy began her career in the touring company of The Second City, and then opened the first two revues at The Second City Detroit. After moving to Los Angeles, she began guest starring on television, landing recurring roles on “The West Wing” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Series regular roles include the ABC comedy “Dr. Ken,” opposite Ken Jeong, and NBC’s “Go On,” opposite Matthew Perry. Recent guest starring credits include “Station 19,” “Elementary,” and “Veep,” and recurring roles on “Blackish,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Modern Family.” Her film credits include Hollywood hits, but she is most proud of smaller independents like Afternoon Delight, Strawberry FieldsTreasure Island, and Timecode.

Lily Mariye
Lily Mariye

Lily Mariye, actor and director, is a 2018 Outstanding Directorial Achievement nominee for the 70th Annual DGA Awards for her episode of Amazon’s “Just Add Magic.” She is a television and film director, best known for CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NBC’s “Chicago PD,” Freeform’s “The Fosters,” and CMT’s “Nashville.” Model Minority (modelminoritymovie.com) is Mariye’s feature writing and directorial debut and has won 11 Film Festival Awards around the world, including Best Film, Best Director, Best New Actress and Best Cinematography. As an actor, Mariye is best known for her role as nurse Lily Jarvik on the award-winning TV series “ER” for 15 seasons, for which she won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series four times.

Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. Originally established as an independent foundation in 2001, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund (DSYF) was endowed by Dwight L. Stuart, Sr. (1924-1998) to benefit and serve the needs of children and youth in Los Angeles County. Since 2010, DSYF has been a grantmaking arm of the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation. The Foundation is a programmatic funder of public and private institutions and organizations, whose goal is the improvement of life outcomes for young people in the K-12 education systems in California and Washington State. Mr. Stuart was raised in the Pacific Northwest and lived for many years in Los Angeles. He was president of the Carnation Company from 1973-1983 and was the grandson of its founder, E.A. Stuart. A life-long supporter of youth mentoring and sports programs, he was also a board member of the Stuart Foundation.

“I could not be more proud to announce our four outstanding honorees this year,” says Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “Suzy, Jon Jon, Lily, and Wendy all have a strong and deep connection with East West Players as artists who have performed on our stage, as students in our classes, and as fierce supporters and advocates of our organization. We can’t wait to honor these individuals, who have such a close relationship to us and are affecting great change through their work.”

Also joining the evening’s festivities are Reggie Lee, Deedee Magno Hall, Cliffton Hall, Justin W. Yu, and company members from David Henry Hwang’s Soft Power (produced by Center Theatre Group in association with East West Players) and East West Players’ upcoming production of Nathan Ramos’ As We Babble On.

EWP will honor previously announced honoree Tzi Ma at a future Visionary Awards gala.

Current major sponsors (as of April 9, 2018) of the gala include: TITANIUM: ABC/Disney and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. PLATINUM: CBS Television Network and NBC Universal. GOLD: Aratani Foundation. BRONZE: Los Angeles LGBT Center, Carmen J. Smith, Randall & Mari Tamura, Lynn Waggoner, and Wells Fargo. COPPER CIRCLE: Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre; Snehal Desai, Pia Palomo & Jerry A. Gonzales II; Peter Shimamoto; Nielsen; Union Bank; and Jeff Yang. Additional information will be released shortly.

Gala Committee Members include: Co-Chair Daniel Mayeda, Co-Chair Peter Shimamoto, Albert E. Aubin, Jason M. Blackwell, Kin W. Cheng, Snehal Desai, Nora DeVeau-Rosen, Ken Katsumoto, Jay Kim, David & Carrie Lee, Reggie Lee, Carolina San Juan, Judy Sasaki, Sally Pai Unruh, and Jeff Yang.

East West Players’ 52nd Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608. VIP Reception for Premium Table Circle sponsors, silent auction, and no-host cocktails starts at 5:30pm. The dinner and awards show begins at 7pm.

Individual tickets are $200- $1,500. Full table sponsorship packages are also available. For more information please contact East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or galaguests@eastwestplayers.org.

For more information about East West Players, please visit www.eastwestplayers.org.

Stan Egi, Kathleen Kwan, Fenton Li and Christina Liang Set for New Jersey Rep.’s World Premiere of Chloé Hung’s ISSEI, HE SAY, April 19 – May 20

Playwright Chloé Hung (seated), Stan Egi, Christina Liang, Kathleen Kwan, Director Lisa James, Fenton Li.

New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting the world premiere of Chloé Hung’s Issei, He Say, (Or the Myth of the First), April 19 through May 20, 2018. Winner of an Edgerton New Play award, Issei, He Say will be directed by Lisa James and stars Stan Egi as Mr. Yamamoto, Kathleen Kwan as Mrs. Chu, Fenton Li as Mr. Chu, and Christina Liang as Lucy Chu. New Jersey Repertory Company is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ.

Mr. Yamamoto (Stan Egi) and Mrs. Chu (Kathleen Kwan) share a bonding moment as Mr. Chu (Fenton Li) looks on. Photo credit: Suzanne Barabas

Lucy Chu, the central character, is a thirteen-year-old girl whose family has emigrated from Hong Kong to Ontario in 1969. They wind up living next to Mr. Yamamoto, a Japanese-Canadian, who spent WWII in a Canadian internment camp. Haunted by memories of Japanese atrocities during the siege of Nanking, Lucy’s father holds his neighbor personally responsible, and forbids Lucy to speak to Mr. Yamamoto. But the rebellious teenager reaches out to her kind neighbor, who can relate to her difficulties and help guide her through the struggles she encounters in her day-to-day life. Prejudices and hatred between the two families reach a boiling point and Lucy is caught in the middle.

Playwright Chloé Hung (seated), Stan Egi, Christina Liang, Kathleen Kwan, Director Lisa James, Fenton Li.
Playwright Chloé Hung (seated) with Stan Egi, Christina Liang, Kathleen Kwan, Director Lisa James, Fenton Li.

Issei, He Say is a story about family, told with humor and pathos. It’s about being the first generation in a new country, the ups-and-downs of fitting in, the weight of the history they carry with them, and the prejudices that continue to haunt them.

Issei, He Say (Or the Myth of the First) runs April 19 through May 20, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, April 19, and 20 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 PM.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM: Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 PM through May 20, 2018.

Tickets are $46 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. PHONE: 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

 

Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala and Evelyn Spahr Set for Rachel Chavkin-helmed LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE by Caryl Churchill at NYTW, April 18 – May 27

Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is presenting LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, by NYTW Usual Suspect and five-time Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill (Love and Information; A Number) directed by NYTW Usual Suspect, Tony Award nominee, & three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).  LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, which will be NYTW’s eighth collaboration with Churchill, will begin previews on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with an opening night set for Monday, May 7 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), for a limited run through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The cast for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE includes Vinie Burrows (Walk Together Children), Rob Campbell (All the Way), Matthew Jeffers (The Mysteries), Mikéah Ernest Jennings (MASTER), Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living) and Evelyn Spahr (The Post).

The creative team includes scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (Indecent), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Amazing Grace), lighting design by Isabella Byrd (Sundown, Yellow Moon), sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (The Rape of the Sabine Women), properties by Noah Mease (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), original music and music direction by Orion Johnstone ({my lingerie play}: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!!) and stage management by Jhanaë Bonnick (That Bachelorette Show).

On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown on the NYTW stage and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill’s incisive drama LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.

Single tickets for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE are $65, with $25 tickets available for performances from April 18-19 and $45 tickets available for performances from April 20-29.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Saturday, April 21; no performance on Tuesday, May 8; and no 7pm performance on Sunday, May 20.

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Jonathan Kite, Ann Harada, Colin Hanlon, Kate Reinders, Zach Shaffer, Stephen Wallem and Hayden Bercy Set for Larry Shue’s THE NERD at George Street Playhouse, April 24 – May 20, 2018

Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang

Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang
Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang

George Street Playhouse is presenting Larry Shue’s The Nerd starring Jonathan Kite (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”), Ann Harada (TV’s “Smash”), Colin Hanlon (TV’s “Modern Family,” Broadway’s Falsettos), Kate Reinders (Broadway’s Wicked and Something Rotten), Zach Shaffer (TV’s “Six Feet Under,” Broadway’s A View From the Bridge) and Stephen Wallem (Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”), April 24 – May 20, 2018. Hayden Bercy (National Tour, A Christmas Story, The Musical) rounds out the cast as 8-year-old Thor Waldgrave.

Kevin Cahoon, who has appeared in many Broadway productions, including The Wedding Singer and The Lion King, will direct the popular comedy, which closes out GSP’s mainstage season.

The Nerd takes place during Willum’s (Hanlon) birthday party, which gets a jolt of hilarious excitement when Rick Steadman (Kite), a fellow ex-soldier who saved Willum’s life, stops by for a visit. Upon realizing that Rick will overstay his welcome with a vengeance, Willum puts together an outrageous plan to rid himself of this wacky GI who came to dinner. It’s a rollicking farce from the author of the award-winning comedy The Foreigner.

Ann Harada (Clelia) played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway: Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Revival), 9 to 5, Seussical the Musical, and M. Butterfly. Film credits include Sisters, Trouble, Youth in Oregon, Admission, Hope Springs, Feel, and Happiness. She has appeared in the television series “Smash” (as Linda, the Stage Manager), “Lipstick Jungle,” “30 Rock,” “Doubt,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Search Party.”

Colin Hanlon (Willum) returns to George Street Playhouse, where he played Jon in 2004’s Tick, Tick…Boom! He has also appeared in the Falsettos revival, In Transit, and Rent on Broadway. Hanlon also played Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. He played Adam in the New York premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman (Vineyard Theatre). Hanlon was in the original casts of I Love You Because and Edges. He played Pete in the world premiere of The 12 by Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company) and Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Hanlon’s television credits include Steven on the Emmy Award-winning “Modern Family” on ABC, “Difficult People” on Hulu, and “The Sinner” on USA Network. He also starred in and produced “Submissions Only.”

Jonathan Kite (Rick) is best known as Oleg, the hilarious, sex-crazed Ukrainian cook opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in the CBS comedy hit “2 Broke Girls.” Kite appeared in more than 100 episodes of the Emmy Award-nominated comedy. Kite also does voice work for animated series, such as Adult Swim’s “Black Dynamite,” and FOX’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” He is an expert impressionist, boasting over 100 celebrity impressions.

Kate Reinders (Tansy) has appeared on Broadway in Something Rotten!, Wicked, Gypsy (with Bernadette Peters, directed by Sam Mendes), Good Vibrations, Into the Woods (2002 revival), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Her regional theatre credits include Party Come Here (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Nerds (New York Stage & Film), Hair (Bay Street). Reinders was a series regular on “Work It” (ABC) and “Sherri” (Lifetime), and a guest star on “Anger Management,” “Modern Family,” and “Ugly Betty.” She has appeared in the films Russell Madness, Grudge Match, Such Good People, Certainty, and Kinsey. Reinders is also part of the singing/songwriting duo TASTiSKANK (with Sarah Litzsinger), recipient of the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival).

Zach Shaffer (Axel) has appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (u/s Nick), A View From The Bridge, The Man Who Came to Dinner on Broadway. Other New York credits include Taking Care of Baby (MTC) The Wii Plays, Playlist (Ars Nova) Mine, Brown, Love is Deaf (EST), Down the Drain, Til the Rapture Comes. Regional theater includes shows at Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Portland Center Stage, etc. His film and television credits include “Smash,” “Chicago Justice” (NBC) Salt (Columbia Pictures), “Black Box,” “Strangers With Candy, ” “The Black Donnellys,” “Six Feet Under,” “XX/XY,” “Law & Order,” “Gayby.” Shaffer also co-directed and produced the documentary Squeezebox!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to tour film festivals around the world.

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow Star in THE KING AND I at Aronoff Center in Cincinnati through April 22

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow lead the cast of the national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, at Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 through Sunday, April 22, 2018. GET TICKETS

Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The cast also features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

Benjamin Scheuer To Perform Award-Winning Show THE LION One Night Only in NYC to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at The Sheen Center on April 30

Benjamin Scheuer. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer at the opening reception of PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS by Bronwen Sharp at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on April 11, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer at the opening reception of PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS by Bronwen Sharp at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on April 11, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Acclaimed singer/songwriter, guitarist and playwright Benjamin Scheuer will perform his award-winning one-man show, THE LION, at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City on April 30. Proceeds from the special one-night-only performance will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Click here for tickets.

In THE LION, Scheuer and a supporting cast of six guitars tell, sing, and play the turbulent story of Scheuer’s family and his own brush with mortality. The show won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance when it premiered Off-Broadway, where it was named among the best musicals of the year by Playbill, The Huffington Post, and The Stage. The New York Times praised Scheuer’s ability to “get to the heart of the matter” with his “reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst.” The London production went on to win the 2015 Off West End Award for Best New Musical, where Time Out London raved, “[Scheuer] makes his guitars whisper, laugh or roar alongside the ebbing roll of his singing. The effect is spellbinding-sad and joyful. It will creep under your skin and bring you near to tears.”

Having played more than 500 performances in 13 cities to sold-out theaters and widespread critical acclaim, Scheuer gave the final touring performance of THE LION at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in February 2017. The Sheen Center performance presents a rare opportunity for audiences to revisit the show live.

Scheuer’s debut album, Songs from THE LION, premiered in 2016 in the Top 10 of the Billboard Cast Albums chart. He has performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter and played major venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is the creator of the book Between Two Spaces, from which 50% of proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Photographs from the piece, called “an important work” by the Los Angeles Times, have been exhibited in the Leslie Lohman Gallery’s Prince Street Space in NYC, and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

With British animator/director Peter Baynton, Scheuer created animated films for the songs “The Lion,” “Cookie-tin Banjo,” “Weather The Storm” and “Cure.” The films have played at festivals on five continents and garnered accolades including Best Commissioned Film at the Annecy Film Festival, Public Choice for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards and Best Music Video at London’s Encounters Film Festival.

In addition to the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the Off West End Award for Best New Musical, Scheuer is the recipient of a Theatre World Award, the Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Songwriting. He has been a nominee for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Lucile Lortel Award and an additional Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics. He lives in New York City and is currently working on a new album, a new musical and a children’s book with his wife, illustrator Jemima Williams.

Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights on View at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through May 5 

Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights on View at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through May 5

Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights are currently on view at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave) in New York.

Playwrights who are featured in the series include Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lucas Hnath, Mac Wellman, Mike Folie, Benjamin Scheuer, Christopher Shinn, John Logan, Sarah Ruhl, Austin Pendleton, Sheila Callaghan, Anne Washburn, Amy Herzog, David Ives, Lisa Kron, Colman Domingo, and Gregory S. Moss.

Bronwen Sharp. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp, an award-winning portrait photographer who has spent the last 10 years photographing theatre in London’s West End, was celebrated at the opening reception for her exhibition, Portraits of American Playwrights, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center on April 11, 2018. Ms. Sharp’s subjects – playwrights Lucas Hnath, Mac Wellman, Mike Folie, Benjamin Scheuer and Christopher Shinn, were in attendance.

Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Sharp has a specific interest in and passion for photographing playwrights. Her recent exhibitions include Playwrights in Focus at the Southwark Playhouse, Generate in Toronto Canada’s Theatre Centre, and Meet the Writers, which is currently on display at the Bush Theatre in London. Her portraits have been featured in both the Guardian and The Stage.

Doug Reside, Bronwen Sharp, Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang
Doug Reside, Bronwen Sharp, Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp’s American Playwrights Series celebrates playwriting and documents American theatre history in the making. “Writers are interesting to photograph, very different from actors,” Sharp writes.  “I really enjoy the journey of reading their plays, then meeting and spending time with them. I hope that these new portraits reveal a bit more about the writers and bring playwrights into the spotlight.”

Christopher Shinn, Bronwen Sharp. Photo by Lia Chang

These portraits were taken in the living rooms, hotels, rehearsal studios, and writing rooms of these playwrights.

Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights

Click here for more information.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

André De Shields, Leslie Uggams, Betty Gilpin, Denis O’Hare, Charles Randolph-Wright, Andre Royo, Arian Moayed, Reed Birney, Sarah Steele, Lea DeLaria and More at The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway

Jiréh Breon Holder, André De Shields, Leslie Uggams, Charles Randolph-Wright and Denis O'Hare. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder and Director Charles Randolph-Wright. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder and Director Charles Randolph-Wright. Photo by Lia Chang

On Monday, April 9, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground playwriting alumni gathered to present The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Joshua Harmon, Jiréh Breon Holder, Meghan Kennedy, Alex Lubischer, Ming Peiffer and Jenny Rachel Weiner were among the six playwrights who presented six brand new short plays written & rehearsed over the course of a single day.

Jiréh Breon Holder, André De Shields, Leslie Uggams, Charles Randolph-Wright and Denis O'Hare. Photo by Lia Chang
Jiréh Breon Holder, André De Shields, Leslie Uggams, Charles Randolph-Wright and Denis O’Hare. Photo by Lia Chang

Jiréh Breon Holder’s Beautiful Music,featured André De Shields as Blue, Betty Gilpin as Madam, Denis O’Hare as Yellow and Leslie Uggams as Red, with Charles Randolph-Wright at the helm, Assistant Director Kevin Kantor and Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Winfield.

Check out the full lineup below.

Lea DeLaria or Tiffany Trump by Joshua Harmon, Directed by Mark Brokaw
Cast
Lea DeLaria/Tiffany Trump………..Lea DeLaria
Gideon……………………………………………Gideon Glick
Sas…………………………………………………Sas Goldberg
Josh………………………………………………Josh Hamilton

Assistant Director……………………….Ivey Lowe
Assistant Stage Manager…………. Bria Robinson

Lea DeLaria and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Lea DeLaria and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Uncanny Valley by Ming Peiffer, directed by Whitney White
Cast
Amos Reardon……………………………..Mike Carlsen
Mariana Perez………………………………Jackie Cruz
Osato Jones…………………………………..Andre Royo
Osato’s Assistant………………………….Max Reinhardsen
Shudu……………………………………………..Shaunette Renee Wilson

André Royo and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André Royo and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Age Old by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Marc Bruni
Cast
Dick………………………………………………….Reed Birney
Jane………………………………………………….Krysta Rodriguez
Harry and Sex Spanish Teacher…Jeremy Shamos
Sally………………………………………………….Sarah Steele

Assistant Director………………………….Miranda Hayman
Assistant Stage Manager……………..Geoff Boronoda

THE HUMANS's reunion -Reed Birney, Sara Steele and Arian Moayed. Photo by Lia Chang
THE HUMANS’s reunion -Reed Birney, Sara Steele and Arian Moayed. Photo by Lia Chang

The Unicorn by Alex Lubischer, directed by Theresa Rebeck
Cast
Tilda…………………………………………………Nina Hellman
Jeff……………………………………………………Danny Hoch
The Unicorn……………………………………Richard Kind
Miss Anniston’s Assistant…………..Cristin Milioti
Wayne……………………………………………..Ben Rappaport

Assistant Director………………………… Victor Cervantes
Assistant Stage Manager……………..Michelle Tuite

Richard Kind and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Richard Kind and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

I ❤ My Coven by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Cast
Amanda……………………………………………Genevieve Angelson
Grace…………………………………………………Anna Baryshnikov
Rona…………………………………………………..Beanie Feldstein
Bobby…………………………………………………Franchesca Ramsey
Greg……………………………………………………Arian Moayed

Assistant Director………………………….. Kyle Michael Yoder
Assistant Stage Manager……………….Hollis Duggans

Leslie Uggams, Charles Randolph-Wright, André De Shields, Andre Royo. Photo by Lia Chang
Leslie Uggams, Charles Randolph-Wright, André De Shields, Andre Royo. Photo by Lia Chang
Arian Moayed, André De Shields, Reed Birney and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Arian Moayed, André De Shields, Reed Birney and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang

Musical guests included Adam Gwon and Friends, Doug Lyons & Ethan Pakchar,  and Addi & Jacq (a musical duo made up of Addi McDaniel and Jacqueline Kerrod).

Coleman Ray Clark, André De Shields and Adam Gwon. Photo by Lia Chang
Coleman Ray Clark, André De Shields and Adam Gwon. Photo by Lia Chang

All proceeds from the evening benefit Roundabout Underground and the New Play Initiative, programs focused on discovering and cultivating emerging playwrights and artists.

The 62-seat Black Box Theatre, below the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are better suited for a more intimate space.

Through the New Play Initiative, Roundabout proves its devotion to the development and production of new works by significant writers and artists. The Roundabout Underground program in particular provides substantial artistic and financial resources to emerging playwrights to stage their debut productions in New York and on Roundabout’s stages. In addition to producing their first play, writers receive a commission for a future play, showing a level of commitment to writers’ careers and the future of theatre in New York that is unparalleled. The New Play Initiative has discovered and brought audiences some of the most important new voices in theatre and is dedicated to creating a diverse canon for the future of theatre. To learn more about Roundabout’s commitment to the development of new work, visit New Play Initiative.

Roundabout Underground showcases new plays that will either give a debut production to an emerging writer or director, or allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots. Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development) serves as Artistic Producer for this initiative that continues to be a creative breeding ground for nurturing new talent.

Prior Underground productions include the acclaimed world premieres of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate (2007), Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees (2008), Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days (2009), Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still (2010), David West Read’s The Dream of the Burning Boy (2011), Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated (2011), Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (2012), Meghan Kennedy’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (2013), Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God (2015), Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone (2015), Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Kingdom Come (2016), Martín Zimmerman’s On the Exhale (2017), Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket (2017), and Alex Lubischer’s Bobbie Clearly (2018). Ming Peiffer’s Usual Girls will debut in Fall 2018.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. In addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Germany, Minneapolis, Athens, Helsinki, Mexico City and Florence. Through collaborations with organizations including The Old Vic Theatre, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Orchard Project, Bennington College, Hennepin Theatre Trust, The University of Minnesota-Duluth and The Del Sole Foundation, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions of dollars for charities. Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays partner with the New School for Drama to bring together the best actors, directors, playwrights and producers 25 and under for an intensive professional experience. Licensed affiliates have produced their own versions of The 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, and just about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage. 24hourplays.com/off-broadway/

Multimedia: André De Shields Receives 2018 Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Bistro Awards; Full List of Winners

André De Shields, Charles Busch, Len Cariou and More Celebrate Vinie Burrows at Theater for the New City’s Annual LOVE N’ COURAGE Gala 

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com