André de Shields To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At The 33rd Annual Bistro Awards on March 12

André De Shields, a two-time Tony nominee,  Drama Desk nominee and multi-Audelco Award and Outer Critics Circle Award winner, will be honored at the 33rd Annual Bistro Awards on Monday, March 12, where he will be receiving the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bistro Awards’ highest honor, for his five decades of stage and nightclub accomplishments.

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

The actor-singer-dancer-choreographer made his mark on Broadway in the title role of The Wiz, which was followed by the long-running Ain’t Misbehavin‘, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination, and Stardust: The Mitchell Parish Musical. He received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Play On! and The Full Monty on Broadway, and a Drama Desk nomination for his performance in Black Nativity off Broadway. In Chicago, he has won the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award three times. He can currently be seen in Mankind at Playwrights Horizons.

André De Shields. Photo by Joan Marcus
André De Shields in MANKIND. Photo by Joan Marcus

De Shields embraced cabaret early on. Beginning in the ’70s, he has created a string of original shows, among them Have You Ever Been Kissed by Lightning? (starring Mau Mau The Zulu Vampire, Half Man-Half Cadillac), The Insatiable Mechanical Monster, Uptown Sunday Night, and Black by Popular Demand; they have been performed at such landmark New York clubs as Gypsy’s, the Grand Finale, Reno Sweeney, Les Mouches, the Club at La MaMa, the Horn of Plenty, Greene Street, and most recently Joe’s Pub and the Laurie Beechman Theatre-as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London. In 1984, he co-wrote, choreographed, co-directed, and starred in the Broadway musical revue Andre De Shields’ Haarlem Nocturne; it celebrated the nightclubs of Harlem’s Golden Age and was produced at The Latin Quarter.

The Bistro Awards gala will be held on Monday, March 12 at 6:30 pm at Gotham Comedy Cub, 208 W. 23rd St., produced by Sherry Eaker, who has headed up the event since its inception.

A full list of winners will be announced at the end of the month, when tickets will go on sale at www.BistroAwards.com.

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Peter Jöback, Ali Ewoldt and Rodney Ingram Set for a Week of Celebrations for PHANTOM’s 30th Anniversary on Broadway

Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group have announced a week of festivities for when the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary next week. This unprecedented milestone is a feat achieved by no other Broadway show.

Peter Joback, Ali Ewoldt, and Rodney Ingram. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel.
Peter Joback, Ali Ewoldt, and Rodney Ingram. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel.

While the anniversary date for PHANTOM’s New York premiere is January 26, the 30th Anniversary is being celebrated two days earlier on Wednesday, January 24. The evening will feature: a red carpet event co-hosted by Broadway star Sierra Boggess and Imogen Lloyd Webber, a gala performance featuring the attendance of PHANTOM creatives and alumni cast, and a special post-show Onstage Presentation* featuring musical numbers by surprise guest artists.

Peter Joback Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Peter Joback Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

PHANTOM has partnered with fellow New York City masterpiece the Empire State Building for a spectacular Music-To-Light Show*. At 11PM sharp, a custom-designed light show by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman will illuminate the tower lights of the iconic building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from PHANTOM.

Peter Joback and Ali Ewoldt. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Peter Joback and Ali Ewoldt. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Not only will the show be fully visible to Gala guests with a clear shot view from Rainbow Room, but to all New Yorkers looking up at the “World’s Most Famous Building,” as well as a global audience on Twitter @PhantomBway. Prior to the Music-to-Light Show, the iconic Empire State Building will be lit in blue and white in honor of the 30th Anniversary. The Empire State Building is owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

To make the evening globally accessible to the public and the musical’s extremely dedicated ‘Phan’ community, PHANTOM has partnered with Twitter to showcase exclusive LIVE Anniversary streaming content at three important parts of the evening.

*The Red Carpet, Onstage Presentation and Empire State Building Music-to-Light Show will be streamed live and in their entireties. The public can follow along @PhantomBway.

As a thank you to PHANTOM’s dedicated ‘Phan’ community, two methods were established to allow members of the public chances to get tickets for the otherwise invite-only 30th Anniversary performance.

Earlier this week, a contest was held via PHANTOM social media channels for a limited number of show tickets, including the front row of the Orchestra.

In addition, 300 show tickets have been put on sale at the special Anniversary price of $30. To purchase these tickets, visit www.TelechargeOffers.com or call 212-947-8844, using the code SINGFOR30.

All proceeds will benefit Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. www.MusiciansOnCall.org

On Monday morning, January 22, PHANTOM will be honored when members of the cast, led by Peter Jöback (The Phantom), Ali Ewoldt (Christine) and Rodney Ingram (Raoul) ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell in their daily morning ceremony. The prestigious ceremony can be viewed live at 9:30 AM on the financial networks/channels CNBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business News, Fast Money and Squawk Box.

The 30th Anniversary Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
The 30th Anniversary Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

On Wednesday morning, January 24 at 11AM, stars Peter Jöback (The Phantom), (Christine) and Rodney Ingram (Raoul) will participate in a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building, in advance of the Music-to-Light Show that night. The ceremony will also include the presentation of a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office marking 30 Years of PHANTOM on Broadway.

On Friday morning, January 26, viewers can tune into the 10AM (EST) hour of NBC’s The Today Show for an exclusive PHANTOM musical performance by stars Peter Jöback and Ali Ewoldt.

Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Marking the actual date of the 30th Anniversary, a special 2PM matinee is being held on January 26, in addition to the regular 8PM evening performance. To purchase tickets, visit www.Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people at The Majestic Theatre 247 West 44th Street, and having grossed a staggering more than $1.1 billion. PHANTOM has been Broadway’s longest-running show for more than a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.

Peter Joback. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Peter Joback. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Leading the 30th Anniversary cast is international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter Jöback. One of Sweden’s most prolific and respected artists, Mr. Jöback has earned rave reviews and ignited the box office for his performance as ‘The Phantom’ in London (2012), New York (2013) and two sold out engagements in his native Stockholm (2016). Mr. Jöback’s strictly limited return is through Saturday, March 31.

Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Mr. Jöback stars with Ali Ewoldt as ‘Christine’ and Rodney Ingram as ‘Raoul.’ Ms. Ewoldt made history in June 2016 when she became the first Asian-American actress to play the role of ‘Christine’ on Broadway. Mr. Ingram, a dual citizen of the United State and Mexico, made headlines in April 2017 when he joined the cast as ‘Raoul.’

Members of The 30th Anniversary Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy
Members of The 30th Anniversary Company of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

The musical also co-stars Laird Mackintosh as ‘Monsieur André,’ Craig Bennett as ‘Monsieur Firmin,’ Raquel Suarez Groen as ‘Carlotta,’ Carlton Moe as ‘Piangi,’ Maree Johnson as ‘Madame Giry’ and Kara Klein as ‘Meg Giry.’ At certain performances, Kaley Ann Voorhees plays the role of ‘Christine.’

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

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James Seol, Jenelle Chu, Stephen Hu, Cindy Im, and Jomar Tagatac Set for Qui Nguyen’s Irreverent Road-trip Comedy, VIETGONE at A.C.T.’s The Strand, February 21 – April 22

James Seol
James Seol
James Seol

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2017-18 season with Qui Nguyen’s critically acclaimed play, Vietgone, Wednesday, February 21 – Sunday, April 22, 2018, at The Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, SF, CA.

Hailed as a “raucous, immensely moving comedy” by the New York Times, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America.

A vibrant mash-up of audacious language, pop-culture references, and kick-ass romance, Vietgone is an action-packed road trip that shifts gears instantaneously from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Following sold-out houses at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, this sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, backed by original hip-hop and Motown rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production this February.

Single tickets (ranging from $25-$90) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Vietgone is a humorous and heartwarming play that reexamines the Vietnam War and tracks the refugee experience in an entirely new way through a mash-up of uniquely unconventional styles-from hip-hop and comedy to martial arts and video,” says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. “We are delighted to introduce San Francisco Bay Area audiences to playwright Qui Nguyen and director Jaime Castañeda and look forward to partnering with the Vietnamese community on a number of cultural events throughout the engagement.”

Under the direction of Jaime Castañeda (Associate Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse), Vietgone features (in alphabetical order) Jenelle Chu, Stephen Hu, Cindy Im, James Seol, and Jomar Tagatac.

The creative team for Vietgone includes Brian Sidney Bembridge (Scenic Designer), Jessie Amoroso (Costume Designer), Wen-Ling Liao (Lighting Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), Chris Lundahl (Projection Designer), Shammy Dee (Original Music), and Natalia Duong (Assistant Director).

In connection with Vietgone, A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while having an entire night out at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season.

• Bike to the Theater Night:
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
Providing a greener alternative to theater transportation, A.C.T. and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offer free valet bike parking, as well as a special discount on tickets, for these select performances.

• Tech Night:
Thursday, February 22, 5:30 p.m.
Join us at a neighborhood bar for a happy hour with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and mingling with industry contacts and theatergoers before walking over to A.C.T.’s Geary Theater for the 8 p.m. performance.

• Prologue:
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get a sneak peek at the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff.

• Audience Exchanges:
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m. | Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. | Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors and artists who create the work onstage.

• OUT with A.C.T.:
Wednesday, March 14, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and enjoy free drinks and treats at this popular after-party.

• Theater on the Couch:
Friday, March 16, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
This exciting postshow discussion series addresses audience questions and explores the minds, motives, and behavior of the characters.

• Community Day:
Saturday, March 17, 4 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of Vietnamese food, music, and culture.

• Wente Vineyards Wine Series:
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine-tasting event featuring the Bay Area’s hottest local winery.

• PlayTime:
Saturday, April 14, 12:45 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with the artists who make it happen at this interactive theater workshop. A.C.T.’s production of Vietgone is made possible by executive producers Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson and Nola Yee; producers Carlotta and Robert Dathe and Anne and Michelle Shonk; and associate producers Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Geist, Helen M. Marcus, and Rick and Anne Riley.

A.C.T. would also like to acknowledge its 2017-18 season presenters Frannie Fleishhacker; Priscilla and Keith Geeslin; Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; Burt and Deedee McMurtry; Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe; Mary and Steven L. Swig; Jeffrey W. and Laurie Ubben; season partner PG&E; lead education partner Wells Fargo; Season Airline Sponsor United Airlines; and Official Hotel Sponsor Hotel G.

 

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Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe Set for The Playwrights Realm’s Production of Don Nguyen’s HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH, February 24 – March 24

The Playwrights Realm is presenting the Off-Broadway production of Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, from Saturday, February 24 – Saturday, March 24. Click here for more information and tickets.

The cast features Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe.

Directed by Jade King Carroll, this new comedy by Don Nguyen explores a different sort of coming of age – when dreams give way to plans, and idealism becomes realism.

Friends William and Betsy haven’t seen each other since high school. They’ve both followed their dreams, but something is missing: his all-consuming job at NASA doesn’t leave time for a family, and she can’t bear another unsuccessful round of IVF with her partner Shoshanna. When Betsy texts William out the blue and asks him to be her sperm donor, both friends are forced to make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives.

The creative team includes Set Design by Kimie Nishikawa, Costume Design by Ari Fulton, Sound Design by Elisheba Ittoop, Light Design by Nicole Pearce and Kara Kaufman as stage manager.

Don Nguyen’s full length plays include: Sound (Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre Company), The Commencement of William Tan (Yale Cabaret), The Man From Saigon (ACT New Strands Festival), The Supreme Leader (Roundabout Underground Reading Series). Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre, a New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Don is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumni of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and The Civilians R&D Group, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. More info at: thenuge.com

The daughter of the trumpeter and composer Baikida Carroll, Jade King Carroll accompanied her father to the Public Theater in Manhattan as a child, where he scored Lois Elaine Griffith’s White Sirens at the request of Joseph Papp, and to the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., where he wrote, with Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and scored the musical Betsey Brown. After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz, where she majored in theater directing, she moved to New York City and quickly won an internship with the Women’s Project. Since then, she has compiled credits with the McCarter, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Plays, and New Jersey Rep. In 2010, she served as artistic associate at Second Stage Theater. Jade recently directed Emily Mann’s Having Our Say at the Long Wharf Theatre, and will be directing the development of Running on Fire by Aurin Squire at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference prior to her work with BAPF.

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BET’s “THE QUAD” SEASON 2, Starring Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and More, Premieres January 23

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

Season 2 of BET Networks’ hit series “The Quad” starring Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson will premiere on  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on BET. The new season also sees the return of stars Peyton Alex Smith, Jazz Raycole, Zoe Renee, Jake Allyn, Michelle DeFraites and Sean Blakemore.

It’s Spring semester and Georgia A&M’s survival as an independent, historically Black university hangs in a precarious balance as the driven Dr. Eva Fletcher (Rose) struggles to raise capital for the nearly bankrupt institution. If she fails, the school may be forced to join Georgia’s large, public and predominantly White university system in order to keep its doors open.

Students protest, allegiances are challenged and friendships are jeopardized as students, faculty and the administration struggle to define their place in the fight while our freshman class also deals with the stress of pledging, hazing, academic probation, post-traumatic stress, hate crime attacks and prescription drug abuse.

An all-star lineup including Antwan “Big Boi” Patton Sr., Sheryl Lee Ralph, Debbi Morgan and Ron Reaco Lee join Jasmine Guy in recurring roles. Felicia D. Henderson returns as Showrunner and Executive Producer along with Executive Producer Rob Hardy. Kevin Arkadie and Mitzi Miller serves as Co-Executive Producers.

Ruben Santiago Hudson and Felicia D. Henderson, Showrunner and Executive Producer of THE QUAD at the opening night party of the JITNEY at the Copacabana on January 19, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago Hudson and Felicia D. Henderson, Showrunner and Executive Producer of THE QUAD at the opening night party of the JITNEY at the Copacabana on January 19, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

For more information, visit BET.com; and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TheQuadBET.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.

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Bob Ari, Keiko Green, Linden Tailor and Joseph Steven Yang Set for DCPA/Seattle Rep’s World Premiere of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP

The cast and creative team of Lauren Yee in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Great Leap' on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) and Seattle Repertory Theatre are presenting the World Premiere production of The Great Leap, by 2017 Kesselring Award winner Lauren Yee. Eric Ting directs.

The World Premiere production will open at the DCPA Theatre Company in Denver on February 9, 2018, and then transfer to Seattle where it will open at Seattle Repertory Theatre on March 28, 2018 with the full cast and creative team intact. Both productions will feature Bob Ari (Saul), Keiko Green (Connie), Linden Tailor (Manford), and Joseph Steven Yang (Wen Chang).

The cast and creative team of Lauren Yee in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Great Leap' on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore
The cast and creative team in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘The Great Leap’ on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore

The productions will both include designs by Wilson Chin (Scenic Designer), Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Designer), Christopher Kuhl (Lighting Designer), Curtis Craig (Sound Designer), Shawn Duan (Projection Design), Kristin Leahey (Dramaturg), Elissa Myers Casting / Paul Foquet, CSA (Casting), and stage management by Jessica Bomball (Stage Manager), D. Lynn Reiland (Assistant Stage Manager).

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it’s a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee’s unexpected and touching story is inspired by events in her own father’s life.

Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore
Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore

Playwright Lauren Yee’s fearless, modern plays have been produced by over 15 theatre companies, developed at over 17 and lauded by many. Most recently, her play King of the Yees won the Women’s Invitational at the Ashland New Play Festival, and is being produced by four regional theatres this season alone.

Details for the DCPA Theatre Company production:
February 2 – March 11, 2018
The Ricketson Theatre
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Tickets for The Great Leap in Denver may be purchased at denvercenter.org, 303-893-4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis.

Details for the Seattle Repertory Theatre production:
March 23 – April 22, 2018
Leo K. Theatre
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA
Click here for tickets and more information.

The Great Leap is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

ABOUT Seattle Repertory Theatre
Founded in 1963, Seattle Rep is led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier not-for-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations. Visit seattlerep.org.

ABOUT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, immersive plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1.2 million visitors, generating a $150 million economic impact in ticket sales alone. Additionally, DCPA Education serves more than 105,000 students of all ages and skill levels through classes, in-school programs, matinees and audience engagement opportunities.

Programming at the DCPA is made possible through the generous support of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District; Theatre Company sponsors Wells Fargo, Larimer Square and Daniel L. Ritchie, and media sponsors The Denver Post and CBS4. Please be advised that the DCPA is the ONLY authorized ticket seller for Broadway tours and shows by DCPA Theatre Company, Cabaret and Off-Center. Tickets bought through secondary ticket vendors may exceed face value or be invalid.

Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and at the DCPA’s online News Center.

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

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.

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Final Weekend to See Perry Yung, Maura Nguyen Donohue, John Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Eugene the Poogene, and Zishan Ugurlu in Motus Theater Company’s PANORAMA at La MaMa

Perry Yung and Eugene the Poogene in PANORAMA.

It’s your final weekend to see the critically acclaimed world premiere of Motus Theater Company’s PANORAMA, featuring Great Jones Repertory company members Perry Yung, Maura Nguyen Donohue, John Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Eugene the Poogene, and Zishan Ugurlu at La MaMa (Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street). The production is a collaboration with La MaMa’s legendary Great Jones Repertory Company.

Perry Yung and Eugene the Poogene in PANORAMA.
Perry Yung and Eugene the Poogene in PANORAMA.

MOTUS – whose other works at La MaMa include NELLA TEMPESTA, ALEXIS: A GREEK TRAGEDY (as part of the Under the Radar Festival) and MDLSX – does not separate art and civic engagement in its stage presentations. Founded in 1991, MOTUS performs internationally, presenting original works that transcend borders, historical moments, and disciplines, works that confront contemporary themes and conflicts.

PANORAMA is a kaleidoscopic work that considers the very essence of migration – as human nature and part of the natural order. Inspired by the feminist writer Rosi Braidotti, PANORAMA proposes a post-nationalistic identity focusing on the concepts of fluid and nomadic identities. To that end, PANORAMA divines its storytelling from the specific perspective of the actors of the Great Jones Repertory Company, an inter-ethnic group of performers based at La MaMa, all of whom have lived diasporic experiences.

A kaleidoscopic work, PANORAMA delves into the heart of identity that goes beyond nationality, sexuality, and race, just as Motus’ earlier work MDLSX claimed the freedom to transition from one gender to another, declaring the right to non-belonging. With the support of playwright Erik Ehn and a design team from Culturehub and the Seoul Institute of Arts – PANORAMA places different cultures in conversation to create a multi-media, live-streamed performance that combines movement, text, music, and media.

Daniela Nicolo and Enrico Casagrande of Motus explained, “It would be almost trite to highlight the relevance of this project within the context of the nefarious victory of President Trump and his first legislative acts. PANORAMA rubs salt into one of the deepest – and never healed – wounds of the ‘land of the free,’ namely its relationship with borders and those who cross them.”

Remaining performances are Saturday January 20th and Sunday, January 21st at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 students/seniors) plus $1 facility fee per ticket. For tickets and information visit www.lamama.org or call 212-352-3101. All shows are sold out now but people can get on the wait list one hour before the show when the box office opens.

La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The organization has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nations. A recipient of more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has helped launch the careers of countless artists, many of whom have made important contributions to American and international arts milieus.

La MaMa’s 56th season highlights artists of different generations, gender identities, and cultural backgrounds, who question social mores and confront stereotypes, corruption, bigotry, racism, and xenophobia in their work. Our stages embrace diversity in every form and present artists that persevere with bold self-expression despite social, economic, and political struggle and the 56th season reflects the urgency of reaffirming human interconnectedness.

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Susan Hyon, Heidi Armbruster, Anna Ishida, Christina Pumariega, and Ron Domingo Set for Leviathan Lab’s Production of TRIGGER by Sam Chanse, February 23 – March 11

 Leviathan Lab (Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino) is presenting TRIGGER, a new play by New Dramatists playwright Sam Chanse. TRIGGER runs at IATI Theatre (64 East 4th Street) from Friday, February 23 through Sunday, March 11, 2018.

The cast of TRIGGER features Susan Hyon (Lee), Heidi Armbruster (Allie), Anna Ishida (Grace), Christina Pumariega (Gods/Eunice/Server), and Ron Domingo (Koji).

Tickets for TRIGGER are available at www.leviathanlab.com and by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. The performance schedule is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

When a childhood friend’s racist rant goes viral, Lee wrestles with the rage inside herself and in others. On top of that, she has to deal with a deteriorating domestic situation and a sudden xenophobic attack on a family member. What can she do? Lee seeks refuge in studies of ignorance and the science of emotions. As ancient goddesses and not-so-ancient house flies hover over her lecture notes, she comes to learn what little she really knows. In this topical and mythic dramedy, TRIGGER asks how we can connect people in a time of heightened fear and anger.

TRIGGER features scenic and properties design by Deb O; costume design by Nikki Delhomme; sound design by Matt Otto; and lighting design by Christina Watanabe; and will be stage managed by Emma Ruopp.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Sam Chanse (Playwright) Sam Chanse’s plays include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other InstinctFruiting BodiesWhat you are now, and Lydia’s Funeral Video. She is a resident of New Dramatists, a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, and a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Millay, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Tofte Lake Center, and the Lark. Her work has been recognized by The Kilroys (Opportunities of Extinction: 2017 List; Fruiting Bodies: 2015 List; The Other Instinct: 2017 & 2016 Honorable Mention). Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is an alumna of the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground, and of the Civilians R&D Group; her work has also been developed with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, The Claque, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Stage Left, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.
Flordelino Lagundino (Director) is the artistic director of Leviathan Lab, and is a 2017 Drama League NY Directing Fellow. His directing credites include: FOB (Drama League DirectorFest); Sweeney Todd, Doubt, Yellowman, Cedar House, and Animals Out of Paper (Perseverance Theatre); Flipzoids, True West, and Shakespeare’s R&J (Generator Theater Company); Sweeney Todd (Juneau Symphony); In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Much Ado About Nothing, Stone Cold Dead Serious, In the Blood at (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). As an actor, Flordelino’s credits include: Vietgone (Mixed Blood Theatre); Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Camino Real (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Willy Wonka (The Kennedy Center); The Long Season, Yeast Nation, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hair, The Who’s Tommy, Noises Off (Perseverance Theatre). Flordelino is a company member of Theater Akimbo and a graduate of the MFA directing program at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company and the MFA acting program at University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT LEVIATHAN LAB
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

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Celebrating International Women’s Voices Day: Dramatists Guild Foundation Presents Reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s THE NEW DEAL on January 20

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Dramatists Guild Foundation is celebrating women playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters as part of International Women’s Voices Day, in partnership with the National New Play Network and New Play Exchange.

On Saturday, January 20th, DGF will stream presentations by DGF Music Hall patrons  Christine Toy Johnson, Lisa DeSpain and Ariana Johns.

The reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s first play, The New Deal, will feature Delphi Borich, Thom Sesma, James Chen, Stephen Gordon, Ron Domingo, Cat Brindisi, Rin Allen and the playwright.

Christine Toy Johnson’s inspiration for The New Deal was her mother’s family restaurant. Originally developed in 2006 at the Roundabout as the inaugural project of Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Different Voices” initiative, The New Deal has been reworked for a fresh audience.

You can attend in person at the DGF, 356 W. 40 Street, 2nd floor from 5 -7 pm, or tune in to Facebook Live. Click here on Saturday to join the stream.
Can’t make the entire stream? Here is a breakdown of each performance:

3pm ET – Selections form “That Hell Bound Train” and “Like, I Care” by Lisa DeSpain
5pm ET – “The New Deal” by Christine Toy Johnson
7pm ET – Selections from “BUZZ, Son of a Bee” and “Stroll w/ Troll” by Ariana Johns (music by Darryl Curry)

Dramatists Guild’s “Friday Night Footlights” series: Johnson And Cronin’s New Musical TILL SOON, ANNE, Featuring Jaygee Macapugay, Devin Ilaw, Wade McCollum, Cat Brindisi and David Darrow on January 5 

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

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.

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F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell, Maulik Pancholy, Mark Linn-Baker and More Set for NY Premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto

Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang
Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang
Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang

The New Group is presenting the New York Premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto, with Kate Buddeke, Laura Esterman, Nancy Giles, Lily Gladstone, Charlotte Hope, Mark Linn-Baker, Kenny Mellman and Maulik Pancholy joining, as previously announced, F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Rabe in this New York premiere directed by Scott Elliott.

This production includes Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Jeff Mahshie, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Previews begin February 20, 2018 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Thursday, March 8. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through April 1 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).

Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures a whole American community on the edge. Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels (E. Harris), his colleague Evangeline (Amy Madigan) and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity.

Directed by Scott Elliott, Good for Otto features F. Murray Abraham (Barnard), Kate Buddeke (Jane), Laura Esterman (Mrs. Garland), Nancy Giles (Marci), Lily Gladstone (Denise), E. Harris (Dr. Michaels), Charlotte Hope (Mom), Mark Linn-Baker (Timothy), Amy Madigan (Evangeline), Rileigh McDonald (Frannie), Kenny Mellman (Jerome), Rosie O’Donnell (Nora), Maulik Pancholy (Alex) and Michael Rabe (Jimmy).

This production includes Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Jeff Mahshie, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Casting by Judy Henderson, CSA. Production Stage Manager is Valerie A. Peterson.

This marks a return for playwright David Rabe to The New Group. Earlier, The New Group presented widely acclaimed revivals of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly and Sticks and Bones, both directed by Scott Elliott; and the world premiere of An Early History of Fire, directed by Jo Bonney. Additionally, E. Harris and Amy Madigan return to The New Group with this production. Previously, they appeared at The New Group in Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian, directed by Robert Falls, and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, directed by Scott Elliott. E. Harris and Amy Madigan also appeared on the West End, in the London production of The New Group’s Buried Child.

Good for Otto premiered at the Gift Theatre in Chicago, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton (October 5, 2015 – February 7, 2016).

Productions in The New Group’s 2017-2018 Season take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street.

Subscriptions and memberships for The New Group’s 2017-2018 season are available now. For subscription purchases and season info, please visit http://www.thenewgroup.org. Subscriptions can also be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).

Tickets for Good for Otto go are available for the general playing schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm. Regular tickets start at $85. For single ticket purchases, please visit www.thenewgroup.org. Single tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).

The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Adam Bernstein, Executive Director) is an award-winning, artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. While constantly evolving, the company strives to maintain an ensemble approach to all its work and an articulated style of emotional immediacy in its productions. In this way, The New Group seeks a theater that is adventurous, stimulating and most importantly “now,” a true forum for the present culture.

 

 

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