Lori Tan Chinn Visits David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY

M. BUTTERFLY marquee. Photo by Lia Chang
M. BUTTERFLY marquee. Photo by Lia Chang

“Orange is the New Black” star and Broadway vet Lori Tan Chinn received a warm welcome at the Cort Theatre last night from the cast of the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly. 

Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Emmanuel Brown, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Emmanuel Brown, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Garcia Ignacio, Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Manny Brown, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Garcia Ignacio, Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Manny Brown, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Lori Tan Chinn and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Chinn, who portrayed numerous characters in the 1988 production of M. Butterfly including the hip-talking maid, Suzuki, the Cultural Revolution enforcer, Comrade Chin and Shu Fang, took great delight in meeting all the new players and enjoyed Ms. Taymor’s visionary direction.

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.

Kristen Faith Oei, Jin Ha, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry and Jake Manabat. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Faith Oei, Jin Ha, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry and Jake Manabat. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Lia Chang, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry, Jake Manabat, Kristen Faith Oei and Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry, Jake Manabat, Kristen Faith Oei and Garth Kravits.

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.

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.

Jin Ha and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Jin Ha and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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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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