Jennifer Ikeda, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu, Ron Domingo, Emily Kuroda and Nadine Malouf in Susan Soon He Stanton’s TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY at New Ohio through December 23

Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits

Page Seventy-Three Productions (Page 73) is presenting the world premiere of TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY, a new play by Susan Soon He Stanton.

Jennifer Ikeda Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Jennifer Ikeda
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Directed by Kip Fagan (The Profane), TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY has a limited run through Saturday, December 23, 2017 at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street).

Emily Kuroda Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Emily Kuroda
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

The cast includes Jennifer Ikeda (Vietgone) as Emily, and features Jonathan Brooks (Neil Young’s Greendale), Ugo Chukwu (Ripcord), Ron Domingo (“The Blacklist”), Emily Kuroda (“Gilmore Girls”), and Nadine Malouf (Ultimate Beauty Bible).

Nadine Malouf. Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Nadine Malouf. Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O’ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn’t help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.

Ron Domingo Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Ron Domingo
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY features scenic design by Dane Laffrey (Once on This Island), costume design by Jessica Pabst (Marvin’s Room), lighting design by Jennifer Schriever (Eclipsed), sound design by Palmer Hefferan (Charm) and props by Alison Mantilla (Oedipus El Rey). Kara Kaufman will serve as Production Stage Manager, with Justin Myhre as the Assistant Stage Manager. Intuitive Production Management will serve as Production Manager.

 Sound Designer and Live Foley Artist Palmer Hefferan Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Sound Designer and Live Foley Artist Palmer Hefferan
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchased in advance at www.page73.org or by calling 866-811-4111. General admission tickets are $30, with $40 reserved seats available for all performances. The box office for TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY opens thirty minutes prior to every performance.

Jennifer Ikeda and Ugo Chukwu Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Jennifer Ikeda and Ugo Chukwu
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm. Exceptions: There will be additional 3pm performances on Friday, December 15; Saturday, December 16 and Saturday, December 23. There will be an additional 7:30pm performance on Monday, December 18. There will be no evening performance on Saturday, December 23.

Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Final Week to see Jin Ha, Clive Owen and More in David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after playing 19 previews and 61 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street). Click here for tickets.

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets purchased for performances after December 17 can be rescheduled or refunded at their point of purchase. M. Butterfly began previews on October 7th and officially opened on October 26th. The production had been scheduled to close on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, M. Butterfly features Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard. Broadway newcomer Jin Ha stars in the role of Song Liling, and is joined by Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

Jin Ha and cast. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha and cast. Photo: Matthew Murphy

David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

Clive Owen and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Clive Owen and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

M. BUTTERFLY features original music by Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal, choreography by Ma Cong, scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Will Pickens, wig and hair design by Dave Bova, makeup design by Judy Chin, and casting by Telsey + Company/Will Cantler, CSA & Adam Caldwell, CSA.

Clive Owen. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Clive Owen. Photo: Matthew Murphy

M. BUTTERFLY is produced by Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, Doug Morris, In Fine Company, Jim Kierstead, Hunter Arnold, Spencer Ross, JAM Theatricals, and in association with Alix L. Ritchie, Kades-Reese, Storyboard Entertainment, and Jeffrey Sosnick.

Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Scott Weber and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Scott Weber and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Clive Owen is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.

Inside the Opening Night Party of the Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owen, Jin Ha and More

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Final Chance to see Alan Ariano, Pun Bandhu, Helen Coxe, Lydia Gaston, Wei Yi Lin and Seth Moore in Zhu Yi’s A DEAL at Urban Stages

Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

The World Premiere of Zhu Yi’s A Deal, directed by John Giampietro, ends its limited engagement at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street) on December 10, 2017. Click here for tickets.

Alan Ariano and Pun Bandhu.Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Alan Ariano and Pun Bandhu.Photo Credit: Ben Hider

Like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, Mr. and Mrs. Li are proud to give their only daughter a life they could only dream of (an Ivy League degree in art and an apartment in Manhattan), until they realize she’s turning into a dangerous stranger. A Deal is a dark comedy that features a Chinese family’s home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the RMB against the US dollar. It reveals the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow.

Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

International known playwright Zhu Yi has had her work presented by theaters in Canada, Norway, China, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A Deal at Urban Stages will be her first Off Broadway production, and will be simultaneously touring China in Mandarin.

Lydia Gaston, Wei-Yi Lin and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Wei-Yi Lin and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

Cast includes: Alan Ariano (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Pun Bandhu (Broadway: Wit. NY: The Treasurer), Helen Coxe (Film: Julie & Julia Broadway: Side Man. NY: Tail! Spin!), Lydia Gaston (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Wei Yi Lin (Gable Stage: 4000 Miles. TV: “Zero Hour”) and Seth Moore (NY: Agnes!).

Rebecca Kane (Stage Manager), Rachel Kartiganer (Assistant Stage Manager), Frank Oliva (Set Designer), John Salutz (Lighting and Sound Designer), Audrey Nauman(Costume Designer), Ryan Belock (Projection Designer) and Kim Sharp (Technical Director), Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director), Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator), and Ilanna Saltzman (Program Director).

Lydia Gaston, Helen Coxe and Alan Ariano, Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Helen Coxe and Alan Ariano, Photo Credit: Ben Hider

 

Francis Jue, Famke Janssen, Uzo Aduba, Madeleine Martin, Glenn Fleshler, John Ellison Conlee, Garth Kravits and More Celebrate Joel de la Fuente at Opening Night of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang

Joel de la Fuente (Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “Hemlock Grove”) made a triumphant return to the New York stage in his Drama Desk nominated role as Gordon Hirabayashi and 30 other characters in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, which opened on December 7 and is currently playing a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street).

Joel de la Fuente at his opening night curtain call of HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center in New York on December 7, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente at his opening night curtain call of HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center in New York on December 7, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Following the matinee performances of Hold These Truths on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10,  Hang a Tale Theater Company will welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss the history of forced Japanese internment during WWII and the parallels to our current time, when Muslims and other minorities are again fighting to preserve their civil liberties. Start time is approximately 3:30pm, and each discussion will last approximately 45-60 minutes. In order to attend the talkback events you must have purchased tickets to the matinee performance, immediately preceding the event.

Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang

Panelists for Saturday, 12/9 :
Jeanne Sakata (Actor of film, television and theater and writer of Hold These Truths), will be joined by Julie Azuma (President, Different Roads to Learning), Albert Fox Cahn (Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), and George Hirose (Co-President, JACL-NY).

Panelists for Sunday, 12/10:
Jeanne Sakata will be joined by David Okada (Co-President, JACL-NY) Allison Hiroto (NY Day of Remembrance Committee), and Hussein Rashid, PhD (academic, speaker educator, and founder of Islamicate L3C).

A HEMLOCK GROVE reunion for Famke Janssen, Joel de la Fuente and Madeleine Martin. Photo by Lia Chang
A HEMLOCK GROVE reunion for Famke Janssen, Joel de la Fuente and Madeleine Martin. Photo by Lia Chang

Remaining performances are scheduled for Saturday, 12/9 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/10 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Monday, 12/11 at 7:30pm; Friday, 12/15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/17 at 2pm & 7:30pm; 12/18 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, 12/19 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, 12/20 at 7:30pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812.

Glenn Fleshler, Joel de la Fuente, John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang
Glenn Fleshler, Joel de la Fuente, John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

Jeanne Sakata, Lisa Rothe, Margaret Vandenburg, Glenn Fleshler and John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata, Lisa Rothe, Margaret Vandenburg, Glenn Fleshler and John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.

Lia Chang, Joel de la Fuente, Jeanne Sakata, Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang, Joel de la Fuente, Jeanne Sakata, Garth Kravits.

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and Joel de la Fuente was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang
Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Arden Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Go to www.hangatale.org for more information.

Morgan Jenness, Joel de la Fuente, Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams and Lisa Rothe. Photo by Lia Chang
Morgan Jenness, Joel de la Fuente, Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams and Lisa Rothe. Photo by Lia Chang

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night Of HOLD THESE TRUTHS At Sheen Center 
Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: First Look at Joel De La Fuente in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center
Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Star Joel de La Fuente in Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS through December 20 at Sheen Center

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, directed by Lisa Rothe and starring Joel de la Fuente (Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”), opens on December 7 and will play a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street).

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Following select performances of Hold These Truths, Hang a Tale Theater Company will welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss the history of forced Japanese internment during WWII and the parallels to our current time, when Muslims and other minorities are again fighting to preserve their civil liberties.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

The talkbacks will take place following the matinee performances of Hold These Truths on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.

Panelists for Saturday, 12/9 :
Jeanne Sakata (Actor of film, television and theater and writer of Hold These Truths), will be joined by Julie Azuma (President, Different Roads to Learning), Albert Fox Cahn (Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), and George Hirose (Co-President, JACL-NY).

Panelists for Sunday, 12/10:
Jeanne Sakata will be joined by David Okada (Co-President, JACL-NY) Allison Hiroto (NY Day of Remembrance Committee), and Hussein Rashid, PhD (academic, speaker educator, and founder of Islamicate L3C).

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Start time is approximately 3:30pm, and each discussion will last approximately 45-60 minutes. In order to attend the talkback events you must have purchased tickets to the matinee performance, immediately preceding the event.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the life Gordon Hirabayashi, will play at The Sheen Center through December 20. Remaining performances are scheduled for Thu 12/7, Fri 12/8, Sun 12/10, Tue 12/12, Fri 12/15, Sun 12/17, Mon 12/18, Tue 12/19, and Wed 12/20 at 7:30pm; Sat 12/9 and Sat 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; and Sun 12/10 and Sun 12/17 at 2pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812. The code GORDON gets you 20% off the top two ticket prices and the code TRUTH gets you 30% off the middle ticket price when you buy 10 or more tickets. The codes are good for any of the performances during the run. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and Joel de la Fuente was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Arden Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Go to www.hangatale.org for more information.

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH to Benefit INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on December 17

TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH, a play created through the #Pages4PuertoRico collaboration to benefit the INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York.

Last month, #Pages4PuertoRico enlisted the help of 30 writers, who contributed 3 pages each to building a full-length play titled AFTERMATH, helmed by Lainie Sakakura with dramaturg Alex Sanchez.

Written by Lawrence Feeney, Craig Pospisil, David Hilder, Ashlie Atkinson, Tony Pennino, Robin Rothstein, Joanna Parson, Ryan Duncan, Katharine Clark Gray, Tanya Perez, Renee Flemings, Jonathan Marc Sherman, P. Seth Bauer, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Maria Deasy, Liz Duffy Adams, Jessica Fleitman, Migdalia Cruz, Candido Tirado, Carmen Rivera Tirado, Ana Maria Jomolca, Adriana Santos, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Analisa Velez, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Jorge Perez, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Andrew Rincón, Angelo Parra, and Raquel Almazan.

All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.

This reading is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.  Then, click CHECKOUT to add your donation.

For more information, click here.

Sean Carvajal, Edi Gathegi, Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio, Erick Betancourt End Extended Run in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN

Edi Gathegi, a guest, Ricardo Chavira, Erick Betancourt and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang

Congratulations to the tight ensemble of Sean Carvajal, Edi Gathegi, Ricardo Chavira, Stephanie DiMaggio and Erick Betancourt, who will end their extended run in Signature Theatre’s critically acclaimed revival of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Obie Award-winner Mark Brokaw, on December 3rd on the Irene Diamond Stage.

Sean Carvajal and Ricardo Chavira. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal and Ricardo Chavira. Photo: Joan Marcus

In Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Angel Cruz (Sean Carvajal) is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins (Edi Gathegi) . Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel’s life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.

Edi Gathegi and Ricardo Chavira. Photo: Joan Marcus
Edi Gathegi and Ricardo Chavira. Photo: Joan Marcus

Guirgis is Signature’s current Residency One playwright. Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is the first of three plays Signature will produce over the coming year. Our Lady of 121st Street, directed by Anne Kauffman, will be presented in the spring of 2018, with a new play to follow during the 2018-19 Season.

Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal, Ricardo Chavira and Edi Gathegi. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Stephanie DiMaggio and Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Stephanie DiMaggio and Sean Carvajal. Photo: Joan Marcus
Edi Gathegi, Tony Plana, Ricardo Chavira, Erick Betancourt and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang
Edi Gathegi, Tony Plana, Ricardo Chavira, Erick Betancourt and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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.

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Leviathan Lab Presents Reading Of Christopher Chen’s INTO THE NUMBERS at MOCA on December 13

Leviathan Lab (Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino) is presented a reading of INTO THE NUMBERS by Christopher Chen on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm at the Museum of Chinese in America. The reading commemorates the 80th anniversary of The Nanking Massacre and is co-produced by Leviathan Lab and Museum of Chinese in America. INTO THE NUMBERS is directed by Mo Zou.

A dream play about Rape of Nanking author Iris Chang, INTO THE NUMBERS is a meditation on the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process.

The cast of INTO THE NUMBERS features Judy Chen (Iris Chang), Matt Russell (Interviewer), Rebecca Street (Minnie Vautrin), Joe Ngo (Nanking Victim), and Daniel K. Isaac (Japanese Deputy Ambassador). Lighting design is by Marie Yokoyama and sound design by Matt Otto.

Christopher Chen’s plays include The Hundred Flowers Project, The Late Wedding, Mutt, Caught, and You Mean To Do Me Harm. Honors include The Obie Award and The Barrymore Award for Caught; The Glickman Award and Rella Lossy Award for The Hundred Flowers Project; the Lanford Wilson Award; The Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship; and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was playwright in residence at The Vineyard. Commissions include American Conservatory Theatre, The Aurora, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Playwrights Horizons. A San Francisco native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State.

Founded in 2009, Leviathan Lab is an award-winning not-for-profit creative studio whose mission is the advancement of Asian and Asian American (A/AA) performing artists and their work. www.leviathanlab.com.

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums. www.mocanyc.org

Tickets are available through the Museum of Chinese in America website or by calling 855-955-MOCA.

Tickets prices (includes museum admission): $10/non-Members; $5/Student or Senior; Free for MOCA members.

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Primitive Grace Ensemble Presents Paul Calderon’s DIVINE HORSEMAN at Access Theater, January 10 – 27

Paul Calderon and David Zayas

Primitive Grace is presenting their second full length production with Access Theater, Divine Horsemen, written and directed by Paul Calderon at Access Theater – Black Box (380 Broadway @ White Street, 4th Fl), from January 10th-27th.

Paul Calderon and David Zayas
Paul Calderon and David Zayas

The cast features David Zayas, Paul Calderon, Robert Leng, David Deblinger and Jonny Rios.

First seen in a LAByrinth workshop production 22 years ago (featuring David Zayas, Paul Calderon, John Ortiz, Johnny Sanchez & Philip Seymour Hoffman). This will be the world premier of a full production by Primitive Grace Ensemble

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00 PM. Early bird tickets $18 tickets are available through December 10th. Click here for tickets.

Access is located in Tribeca. Take the ACENQR6 to Canal or the 1 to Franklin.

There is access to an elevator, however you MUST CALL IN ADVANCE if you need to use it (it is a freight elevator). A phone number will be given to call prior to your performance.

For any inquiries, call Access Theater at 212-966-1047

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Erin Quill, Charl Brown, Saycon Sengbloh, Erich Bergen, The Doo Wop Project and More Set for 6th Annual SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Benefit Concert on December 3

The annual star-studded holiday event SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City on Sunday, December 3rd for its 6th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. This one-night-only extravaganza, produced and hosted by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s “The People’s Couch”), will take place at The Cutting Room (44 E 32nd St.) at 7:30pm.

The all-star cast is lead by four Tony Award nominees: Constantine Maroulis (“American Idol,” ), Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Les Miserables), Saycon Sengbloh (ABC’s “Scandal,” Eclipsed) and Charl Brown (Motown: the musical), plus Drama League Award nominee Eden Espinosa (Brooklyn, Wicked), one of the stars of CBS’ hit show “Madam Secretary” and the Jersey Boys film, Erich Bergen, two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, celebrity vocal impressionist and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco (“The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Forbidden Broadway), from NBC’s “The Voice,” Katrina Rose (Hairspray), original cast member of the TONY Award winning musical Jersey Boys, Daniel Reichard (The Midtown Men), Recording artist Shayna Steele (Hairspray, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar), Broadway’s Nick Adams (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Wicked, A Chorus Line), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), and Erin Quill (Avenue Q – Original Broadway Company), a special performance by The Doo Wop Project, and more! The evening will once again be produced and hosted by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” “truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest…”) with Benjamin Rauhala serving as Music Director and Arranger. *Cast is subject to change without notice.

General Admission Tickets for the show are $65 each; VIP Tickets (which include premium seating and a post-show VIP Meet & Greet) are $100 each.

Doors open at 6:30pm. There is a $20 min per person as a full dinner and bar menu will be available. To purchase tickets or to get more information about the evening, please visit www.purplepass.com/SparkleNYC.

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