The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang

Partying with the cast of NAATCO’s HENRY VI; Performances through September 8

David Shih, Sophia Skiles, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho, Ron Domingo and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang
David Shih, Sophia Skiles, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho, Ron Domingo and Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, the All-Asian American cast of The National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO)’s production of Stephen Brown-Fried’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI  opened at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theaters (502 West 53rd Street at Tenth Avenue), with Part 2 opening tonight. The limited run of performances continue through September 8th. Check out all of the festivities below at The Distillery.

John D. Haggerty, James Seol, Paul Juhn, Rajesh Bose, Jon Norman Schneider, Kim Wong, David Huynh and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, James Seol, Paul Juhn, Rajesh Bose, Jon Norman Schneider, Kim Wong, David Huynh and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang

Brown-Fried helms a cast that features Rajesh Bose (Indian Ink, Disgraced), Ron Domingo (OBIE Award-winner for The Romance of Magno Rubio); John D. Haggerty (Les Miserables – Broadway and National Tour); Wai Ching Ho (Madame Gao in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix series “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”); David Huynh (No-No Boy – Pan Asian Rep, The Cherry Orchard – Moscow Art Theatre); Michelangelo Hyeon (NYC debut); Anna Ishida (Beowulf -A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig/Dave Malloy – featured in The New Yorker‘s “Top 12 Best Off-Broadway Shows”); Paul Juhn (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” The Good Person of Szechwan -The Public Theater/The Foundry Theatre; White Chocolate -The Culture Project); Vanessa Kai (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), Mahira Kakkar (TFNA’s Winter’s Tale), Mia Katigbak (Obie Award – Awake & Sing!; Lucille Lortel Award and Lee Reynolds Award from League of Professional Theatre Women; Actors Equity’s Rosetta LeNoire Award); Jon Norman Schneider (House Rules – Ma-Yi, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater, The Oldest Boy – Lincoln Center Theater, Durango – Public Theater/NYSF), James Seol (2018 Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres), David Shih (“Blindspot” – NBC, KPop – A.R.T./NY Theatres, Somebody’s Daughter – Second Stage, Awake and Sing! – NAATCO at Walkerspace and The Public Theater); Sophia Skiles (A Dream Play, The Seagull, The House of Bernarda Alba – NAATCO); and Kim Wong (The Public’s Henry V).

The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast includes David Shih, Mahira Kakkar, Ron Domingo, Kim Wong, Wai Ching Ho, Sophia Skiles, James Seol, Rajesh Bose, Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Associate Producer Peter Kim, Vanessa Kai, David Huynh, Paul Junh, John D. Haggerty, Anna Ishida, Michelangelo Hyeon. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Nicole Slaven, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Toby Algya, and prop design by Ryo Tatsumi. Orlando Pabotoy and Kimiye Corwin are the movement directors. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

Kim Wong, Kimie Nishikawa, Reza Bejhat, Toby Algya, Ysabel Jasa, Rajesh Bose and Vanessa Kai. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, Kimie Nishikawa, Reza Bejhat, Toby Algya, Ysabel Jasa, Rajesh Bose and Vanessa Kai. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Juhn, Mia Katigbak and Stephen Brown-Fried. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Juhn, Mia Katigbak and Stephen Brown-Fried. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances for Part 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00; Part 2 will be performed Wednesday Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings at 7:00. Tickets for all seats for all performances are $45, with special packages for both parts, and may be purchased at www.naatco.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

Kim Wong, Mia Katigbak and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, Mia Katigbak and Anna Ishida. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Kai, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho and Sophia Skiles. Photo by Lia Chang
Vanessa Kai, Mahira Kakkar, Wai Ching Ho and Sophia Skiles. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, Michelangelo Hyeon, Jon Norman Schneider, Paul Juhn, Ron Domingo, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh, Stephen Brown-Fried, James Seol and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, Michelangelo Hyeon, Jon Norman Schneider, Paul Juhn, Ron Domingo, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh, Stephen Brown-Fried, James Seol and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
James Seol, Marc de la Cruz, Lia Chang, Olivia Oguma and Daniel Velasco. Photo by Lia Chang
James Seol, Marc delaCruz, Lia Chang, Olivia Oguma and Daniel Velasco. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, David Shih, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh and Paul Juhn. Photo by Lia Chang
Kim Wong, David Shih, Rajesh Bose, David Huynh and Paul Juhn. Photo by Lia Chang
HENRY VI cast, creative and designers. Photo by Lia Chang
HENRY VI cast, creative and designers. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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