On Tuesday, February 5th, Asia Society is presenting Tony Award-winning theater artists director Bartlett Sher and playwright David Henry Hwang in conversation on the current state of American musical theater, as it wrestles with becoming more sensitive and inclusive, with focus on Asian-themed musicals.
The inspiration of Hwang’s new musical Soft Power by Sher’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I will serve as the basis for discussion of Asian representation in musical theater history, as it informs our present. Segueing into how to improve upon the status quo, the panel will examine Sher and Hwang’s distinctive approaches, illuminate points of contrast and overlap, and consider their artistic work and goals as complementary. The conversation will be moderated by Karen Shimakawa, NYU Tisch Associate Professor of Performance Studies.
The talk is from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue in New York. This program is part of the series Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism co-presented with the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry.
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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