EAG Partners With Leviathan Lab For The 13th Annual Barbour Playwrights Award Reading Series Featuring New Work by Cherry Lou Sy, Garrett David Kim and Ray Yamanouchi

Leviathan Lab, in collaboration with The Episcopal Actors’ Guild, is proud to present the thirteenth year of the Barbour Playwrights Award Reading Series featuring readings of new plays by emerging playwrights at Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street between 5th and Madison in New York, on three consecutive Mondays in March.  Each year, EAG partners with a local theatre company, collective, or playwriting program to present staged readings of three new plays, with one writer being awarded a prize of $500.

Playwrights Cherry Lou Sy (Nominee, Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Garrett David Kim (Finalist, Blue Ink Playwriting Award), and Ray Yamanouchi (Semi-Finalist, IMPACT-O’Neill National Playwrights Conference) will examine the intersection of racism and sexism across romance and desire, and the toll these crosses exact on the hearts, minds, and bodies of people of color with their new works.

The lineup:
Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Panic Room: An Unkindness of Ravens  By Cherry Lou Sy
Director: Eugene Ma (Resident Director at The Flea Theatre, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University)
Stage Management by Emilia Smart-Denson
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History is a nightmare that we’re trying to awake from, and instead of the American Dream, a group of people in a Grief Support group find out what the absurdities mean when racism, prejudice, and misconceptions collide.
Starring Jenelle Chu (Broadway: BERNHARDT/HAMLET, JUNK), Eston Fung (NY: A DREAM PLAY, AFTER THE FALL), Alice Gorelick (Off-Broadway: LOCKED UP BITCHES, Resident Actor at The Flea), Adam P. Huff (Off-Broadway: DOUBLE FALSEHOOD), Clare Mahoney (Regional: MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET, METAMORPHOSES), Sauda Jackson (NY: I DIGRESS, NOW IS THE TIME) Laura Mercedes.

Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Are You There Truman? It’s Me, Just Another Guy Who Grew Up Secretly Worshipping Your Chiseled Porn Star Body Online, and Now I Think I Love You By Garrett David Kim
Director: Sheila Bandyopadhyay (Head of Movement/Core Faculty, American Academy of Dramatic Arts)
Dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad
Stage Management by Jonathan Castanien
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The heart wants what the heart wants…and sometimes, the heart wants the porn—*ahem*—adult film star you’ve been jacking off to since middle school. As our Guy looks for love online & IRL, in the past & in the present, all roads lead to Truman Goetz-Harder. But how’s a Guy supposed to get off when the man he’s been conditioned to desire has gone offline? ARE YOU THERE TRUMAN…explores how one queer person constructs, then deconstructs, then maybe reconstructs his sexuality and desire. Starring Lydia Gaston (Broadway: THE KING AND I, Jerome Robbins’ BROADWAY), Vince Gatton (Off-Broadway: SPILL, THE TEMPERAMENTALS), Kennedy Kanagawa (NY: SATURDAY NIGHT – IN CONCERT, THE GOOD SWIMMER), Welland Scripps (Off-Broadway: DOUBLE FALSEHOOD), and Sim Yan Ying (NY: I LOVE WHITE MEN).

Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
PURE//LOVE [WHITE//GIRLS]
By Ray Yamanouchi
Director: Dominique Rider (National Black Theatre Resident Director)
Dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad
Stage Management by Jonathan Castanien
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Two couples attempt to reconcile the reasons why they love the people they do. Half experiment, half medical exam: peer through the looking glass of four people of color navigating the politics of their desires. Starring Carolina Do (Broadway: LINDA VISTA, GRAND HORIZONS), Nicolette Ellis (Film: NOTE TO SELF, THE COMPOSER), Nia Farrell (Regional: DREAMS IN BLACK MAJOR, WHAT A WORLD! WHAT A WORLD!), David Huynh (Off-Broadway: HENRY VI, THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE 9), and Jasmin Walker (Broadway: AVENUE Q).

Gaven Trinidad (Community Engagement Associate, New York Theatre Workshop) serves as dramaturg for Are You There Truman? and PURE//LOVE. Stage management will be provided by Jonathan Castanien (Off-Broadway: SOFT POWER) and Emilia Smart-Denson (Intern, Theatre Communications Group). Ariel Estrada (Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab) serves as producer.

Sliding scale ticket pricing from Pay-What-You-Can to $30. All readings followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Jasai Chase-Owens, Sharlene Cruz, Austin Smith and More Star in New York Theatre Workshop’s SANCTUARY CITY by Martyna Majok at Lucille Lortel, March 4 – April 12

Martyna Majok. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is presenting Sanctuary City by Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (Cost of Living, queens), directed by Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke). Sanctuary City will begin previews on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014), and is set to open on Tuesday, March 24, for a limited run through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

The cast of Sanctuary City will include Jasai Chase-Owens (The Tempest) as B, Sharlene Cruz (Mac Beth) as G and Austin Smith (Hamilton) as Henry.

Sanctuary City will feature scenic & costume design by Tom Scutt (Les Liasons Dangereuses), lighting design by Obie Award winner Isabella Byrd (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire). Merrick A.B. Williams (I Understand Everything Better) will serve as stage manager.

DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America. 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok bring us an unforgettable story that asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love. Rebecca Frecknall, director of the 2019 Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, helms the production.

Single tickets for Sanctuary City will start at $30 and vary by performance date and time. $25 tickets are available for the first two CHEAPTIX performances on March 4th and 5th.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of CHEAPTIX RUSH will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for Sanctuary City is as follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no performance on Saturday, March 7 at 2pm; Tuesday, March 24; and Sunday April 5 at 7pm.

Sanctuary City will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NY, NY 10014). Presented by Special Arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation.

Photos: Ali Ewoldt, Ann Harada, Josh Dela Cruz, Jaygee Macapugay, Jason Ma, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Vishal Vaidya and More in Rehearsal for National Asian Artists Project’s Concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

Ali Ewoldt, Josh Dela Cruz. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project  (NAAP) presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert, as part of its “Rediscover Series” which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues). Scroll down for rehearsal photos.

Creative team: Cassey Kivnick (Associate Director, NAAP), Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Music Director), Alan Muraoka (Director), Billy Bustamante (Choreographer), Yinghao Lin (Production Assistant). Photo by Lia Chang

Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka, music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic. Originally nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation shares the enduring enchantment of a favorite fairy tale told with their hallmark charm and elegance.

Principal cast: Jaygee Macapugay (Gabrielle), Kendyl Ito (Charlotte), James Seol (Sebastian), Ali Ewoldt (Ella), Josh Dela Cruz (Topher), Vishal Vaidya (Jean-Michel), Ann Harada (Madame), Cáitlín Burke (Marie), Jason Ma (Pinkleton). Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Cinderella also features Ann Harada as Madame, Kendyl Ito as Charlotte, Jason Ma as Pinkleton, Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle, Cáitlín Burke as Marie, James Seol as Sebastian, Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel. Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman round out the ensemble, who will be joined by the NAAP Kids and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus.

Ensemble: Kelli Youngman, Anthony Obnial, Matheus Ting, Hannah Balagot, Kyra Smith, Mia Mooko, Carol Angeli, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are priced at $75 (premium) and $59 (reserved). There is also special “VIP package” for $250 which includes a Pre-Theater 4-course sumptuous meal at Masseria Dei Vini (887 Ninth Ave – between 57th & 58th Street) and one (1) ticket to the show. Tickets may be obtained here or by sending a check to the NAAP office (10 West 66th Street – Suite 23-C, New York, NY 10023). For additional information please email contact@naaproject.org.

Company – Back row: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Cassey Kivnick, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Ali Ewoldt, Vishal Vaidya, Ann Harada, Anthony Obnial, Kevin Kulp, Matheus Ting, Mia Mooko, Cáitlín Burke, Yinghao Lin, Carol Angeli, Jordan De Leon.
Front row: Kelli Youngman, Alan Muraoka, Josh Dela Cruz, Jason Ma, Kyra Smith, Hannah Balagot, Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang

National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals. It is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons.

www.naaproject.org

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Ali Ewoldt, Ann Harada, and More In Rehearsal For National Asian Artists Project’s Concert Of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Heritage Theatre Festival Presents Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Joel de la Fuente, July 30 – August 9

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

Heritage Theatre Festival is presenting Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, a powerful one-person play about one brave Japanese-American’s decades-long battle against curfews and internment to a relocation camp during World War II. The show will be performed by award winning actor Joel de la Fuente of the hit Amazon TV series “The Man in the High Castle”.

Hold These Truths, directed by Lisa Rothe will run from July 30 through August 9 in the Helms Theatre. Opening night will be July 31.

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 a powerful one-person play written by Jeanne Sakata that tells the inspiring true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, chronicling his brave fight against internment to a relocation camp during WWII and spanning his journey from college to the Supreme Court and ultimately, a Congressional Medal of Honor. While this story of a man defending his Constitutional rights against the very country who afforded them takes on a new relevance in today’s America, Hold These Truths is ultimately a tale of hope and an exploration not just of who we are as a country but who we aspire to be. The play will also serve, as did The Mountaintop (2018) and The Niceties (2019) as a springboard for HTF’s popular Community Conversations series, which invites audience members in meaningful post-show discussions around the themes of the play with cast members as well as community leaders and academic and cultural experts.

Part of the power, and the importance of the piece, de la Fuente said, is the opportunity to share a remarkable and patriotic American story that has somehow remained below the radar for many. “The first time I had ever heard of Gordon Hirabayashi was when I read the play,” he said. “And this is coming from someone who was deeply involved in Asian American studies in college.” Hirabayashi, he shared, was in many ways a reluctant activist, a simple Quaker American citizen who held tenaciously to his conscience and his beliefs, and to the ideals set forth in the Constitution of the United States. “The curfew and the internment seemed to him very obvious examples of violations of the Constitution, and so in good conscience he could not adhere to them.”

The experience of working with the piece, which was first presented as a reading at New York’s Lark Play Development Center in 2009, through the seismic changes along the American and global political landscapes since that time has been remarkable, Rothe said. “In the early days of this show, there was this small sense of, ‘OK, we don’t want history to repeat itself, but this is a nice little story we can place on a shelf because we have moved past this.'” Since that time, she said, the show has been presented against the backdrop of a Muslim ban, the border wall and family separations, and the events right here in Charlottesville.

“I think it is important to tell a story like this in Charlottesville,” de la Fuente said, “a place where our eyes have been turned for the past several years with great interest, and concern, and care. I think that so much of the country has come to regard ‘Charlottesville’ as a catch-phrase that brings to mind all of these different reactions. Part of my excitement about bringing this show there is to spend time there and learn more about what Charlottesville is all about, to participate in life there, to meet and talk to the people, because that is the lesson in all of this. There is this bifurcation in our post 2016-world of us versus them, or GOP versus Democrat. It is an uphill battle, but we have to find the ways in which we have commonality, the ways in which we can get past our heads and into our feelings to find what brings us together. I think, in many ways, that is the overriding message of this show.”

The show, Rothe said, has inspired important conversations everywhere it has been. “Being engaged in conversations with each other is so important. We are inured to the internet and our screens and getting out and speaking to people one-on-one and engaging in communities is extraordinarily important and allows us to see each other’s differences as well as our similarities.”

Hold These Truths is supported by UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts as well as the University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Directors of Diversity and Inclusion.

Heritage Theatre Festival’s 2019 season subscribers will receive information on how to renew their subscriptions for the 46th Anniversary season in March. New subscription sales will also begin in March and single tickets will go on sale on June 3, 2020.

For more information on the upcoming 2020 Heritage Theatre Festival season and how you can support Heritage’s efforts, visit www.heritagetheatrefestival.org.

In the dressing room with Joel de la Fuente, who stars as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y in New York on November 24, 2012. Joel is holding a photo of Esther Schmoe and Gordon Hirabayashi on their wedding day. Photo by Lia Chang

Joel de la Fuente (Gordon Hirabayashi) received a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Principal Performance for the run of Hold These Truths at Theatreworks SV and garnered a Drama Desk Nomination in New York City for Outstanding Solo Performance when it debuted in 2012. On television, Joel plays Chief Inspector Kido on “The Man in the High Castle,” one of Amazon Studios’ most watched original series. He also portrays Dr. Johann Pryce on Netflix’s second original series, “Hemlock Grove,” and can be seen in perpetual reruns on “Law & Order: SVU,” where he played TARU Tech Ruben Morales for 10 seasons. Currently, he appears as President Datu Andrada on “Madam Secretary” for CBS. Joel has performed in theaters all over the world, as both an avid classical theater actor and as a developer of new work. He is an alumnus of Brown University and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata’s  HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; San Diego Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Solo Performance; Theatre Bay Area Awards, Outstanding Production, Direction, and Lead Performance); upcoming in the 2019-20 season at People’s Light and Theatre and Heritage Theatre Festival, has won rave reviews in over twenty productions across North America, most recently at San Diego Repertory, Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver, Barrington Stage Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Arena Stage, Hang A Tale Productions, Lyric Stage Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre, ACT Seattle, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (co-produced with Daniel Dae Kim), and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Originally premiering with Los Angeles’ East West Players, the play was first commissioned by Chay Yew, former director of CTG’s Asian Theatre Workshop.

Called a “local treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Jeanne has enjoyed guest star/recurring roles onscreen in Jennifer Phang’s internationally acclaimed indie film, Advantageous, and on the TV series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, NCIS Los Angeles, Big Hero 6, Dr. Ken, Bravo’s True Fiction, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Ridley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage, a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube webseries.  Onstage, Jeanne has performed with the Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Institute, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company.

Special honors: Theatre LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red, East West Players; 2019 Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, East West Players; 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre. www.jeannesakata.comwww.holdthesetruths.info

Final weekend to see “Man in The High Castle” Star Joel de la Fuente in Benefit Performances of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver through November 2

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Virginia Wing Joins the Cast of NYTW’s THREE SISTERS, May 13 – July 12

Pulitzer Prize finalist Clare Barron (Dance Nation, You Got Older) will pen the adaptation of New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, helmed by Sam Gold.

Three Sisters will begin previews on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th St, New York, NY 10003), and is set to open on Monday June 1, for a limited run through Sunday July 12, 2020.

The cast forThree Sisters features Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig (Little Women) as Masha and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Show Me A Hero) as Vershinin, Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Marys Seacole, The Misanthrope) as Olga, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Steve Buscemi as Chebutykin (in his first return to theatre since The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino), Emily Davis (Is This A Room) as Natasha, Michael Benjamin Hernandez (The Birthday Cake) as Fedotik, John Christopher Jones (Much Ado About Nothing) as Ferapont, Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) as Irina, Anthony Michael Lopez (Mapplethorpe, Othello) as Rohde, Matthew Maher (King Lear, Othello) as Tusenbach, Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project,” Far Away) as Solyony, Aaron Clifton Moten (Romeo & Juliet) as Andrei, Ben Sinclair (“High Maintenance”) as Kulygin and Virginia Wing (“Gotham”) as Anfisa.

Virginia Wing is a Chinese-American actress whose ancestors came to the “Gold Mountain” from Canton (now Guangdong) in the mid-1800s, lured  by the Gold Rush and the building of the railroads. She is currently writing about growing up Southern in the Mississippi Delta, where she was born and raised.

Professionally, she has run the gamut from opera, theatre, cabaret, TV, film, playwriting, directing and producing to script analysis. She modeled in her youth and is in the Breck Girl Hall of Fame. She was the model in the Mitsouko by Guerlain ad in the 60s, which won awards internationally. She was a nominee for Best Actress in the Hollywood NAACP Image Awards.  Click on the  Performing Arts Legacy Website for more about Virginia Wing.

Three Sisters will feature scenic design by Andrew Lieberman (The Glass Menagerie, Othello) & Brett J. Banakis (The Cher Show, What’s It All About?), costume design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed, Slave Play), lighting design by Tony Award nominee Jane Cox (King Lear, Othello), and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (Fairview, Sanctuary City). Laura Smith (Bella Bella) will serve as stage manager and Michelle DiBucci (Basetrack Live) will serve as music director.

“Chekhov’s work occupies a special place in the soul of a theater-maker-the plays have an almost sacred place in the practice,” said NYTW Artistic Director James Nicola. “For audiences, the works of this Russian genius might by this moment in history have become a bit too familiar. When Sam brought the idea of a production of Three Sisters to us, I knew that he would shake off the encrusted assumptions about Chekhov with an immediacy that transfixed audiences. And when he invited Clare Barron to make the version we would use, I rejoiced, because I knew that she would find the reverberant juxtaposition of the samovar and blue jeans that would help us all see the play anew.”

NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Othello) revisits Chekhov following his acclaimed 2012 production of Uncle Vanya that was heralded as “luminous” and “the most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov’s bleak comedy.” This production of Three Sisters reunites Gold with two previous collaborators: The Village Bike’s Greta Gerwig and Hamlet’s Oscar Isaac.

NYTW is committed to making tickets available to every production via its CHEAPTIX initiative. For Three Sisters, all tickets for the first two performances on May 13th and 14th plus a limited number of tickets to all other performances will be sold to the general public for $25 via a CHEAPTIX Digital Lottery in partnership with TodayTix. The lottery is offered in lieu of NYTW’s standard CHEAPTIX RUSH program to ensure that tickets are available at every performance.

After the first two $25 CHEAPTIX performances, single tickets for Three Sisters range from $50-$125 and vary by performance date and time. All non-lottery tickets will go on sale Wednesday April 1 at 12pm EST at NYTW.org and by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. No in-person sales will be available at the box office on April 1. Single tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Standard ticketing fees apply. There will be a limit of 8 tickets per person for this production. Ticket pickup for each performance begins two hours prior to curtain. Tickets will only be released to the purchaser and an ID is required for pickup.

TodayTix allows you to enter the CHEAPTIX Digital Lottery via the app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store. The entry period for the first two performances will begin on Monday March 23 at 12:01am EST and continue through 12pm EST on Monday March 30, when winners will be notified. The entry period for all other performances will begin each performance day at 12:01am EST and continue until winners are notified. All entry rules apply, and winners will be notified daily. Entrants may request 1 or 2 tickets, and entry in the digital Lottery is free and open to all. All entry rules apply.

The performance schedule for Three Sisters is as follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Saturday May 16 at 2pm; Tuesday June 2; Sunday June 14 at 7pm; Wednesday June 17; and Saturday July 4. There will be an added performance on Wednesday July 1 at 2pm.

Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama, Opens Tonight at Signature Theatre

Happy opening night to the cast and creative team of Lauren Yee’s Award winning play Cambodian Rock Band starring Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND cast members Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Moses Villarama and Courtney Reed. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Chay Yew and featuring the music of Dengue Fever, Cambodian Rock Band has been extended through March 15, 2020 on the Irene Diamond Stage at Pershing Square Signature Center. Click here for more information on the show.

David Henry Hwang, Pat Suzuki, Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night was the fourth sold-out Asian American night with Pat Suzuki, David Henry Hwang, Jeanne Sakata and more in the audience. Check out the photos below.

Lauren Yee and Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Cambodian Rock Band is an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. It launches 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award recipient Lauren Yee’s Residency 5.

Fourth Asian American Night of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Lia Chang

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past.

The creative team for Cambodian Rock Band includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Luke Norby (Projection Design), Matt MacNelly (Music Supervision) and Unkle Dave’s Fight-House (Fight Director). The Production Stage Manager is Charles M. Turner III and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Schedule of special events:
Additionally, Signature Theatre will host several special events at The Pershing Square Signature Center in conjunction with its run of Cambodian Rock Band. Signature Spotlight Series is sponsored by American Express.

Thursday, March 5 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Wednesday, March 11 – Asian American night dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Use code CRBAA at checkout.

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre.

Her play THE GREAT LEAP has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artists Award, the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Francesca Primus Prize and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes Pachinko (Apple) and Soundtrack (Netflix). She is currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She completed her BA at Yale and her MFA at UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, which recently celebrated its one-millionth ticket sold, is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Video and Photos: Inside the 2nd Asian American Night of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre 

Inside Asian American Night at Signature’s First Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Asian American Night for 1st Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama at Signature Theatre Tonight 

Inside AAPI Happy Hour Featuring The Cyclos; Signature Theatre Extends Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND through March 15 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour In Celebration of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre on January 15 

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury Receive 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

Joél Pérez, Jeanne Sakata, Chay Yew, Pat Suzuki, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Lia Chang, Moses Villarama and Lauren Yee. 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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

In Rehearsal: People’s Light Production of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Steven Eng

People’s Light (Abbey Adams, Executive Artistic Director; Zak Berkman, Producing Director) is presenting Jeanne Sakata’s Award winning solo play, Hold These Truths, based on the inspiring true story of Gordon Hirabayashi.

Jeanne Sakata, People’s Light Proucing Director Zak Berkman. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Desdemona Chiang, the production will run March 18 – April 19, 2020, on People’s Light’s Steinbright Stage in Malvern, PA. Opening night is March 21. People’s Light is located at 39 Conestoga Rd, Malvern, PA 19355.

Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng, Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Gordon Hirabayashi, University of Washington student and practicing Quaker, struggles to reconcile his fervent belief in the U.S. Constitution with the government’s orders to incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. His work ultimately leads to the 1943 Supreme Court case, Hirabayashi v. United States.

Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Steven Eng will portray Gordon Hirabayashi and 37 other characters in Hold These Truths. As an actor, he’s worked throughout NYC, the U.S. and internationally, including London West End, Classic Stage Company (2018 Lortel nom.), New York Philharmonic, Ensemble Studio Theatre, ShakespeareNYC, Prospect Theater Company, A.C.T., 5th Avenue Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, TUTS, Dallas Theater Center, and many more, as well as in Germany, Austria, and Cambodia. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit National Asian Artists Project and a director. He’s also taught numerous workshops and is on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, and HB Studio, and has served as a grants panelist for the NEA. MFA from GWU/ACA and BFA from SMU.

Stage Manager Matthew Luppino, Director Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng, Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Set Designer Se Hyun Oh, Dramaturg Gina Pisasale, People’s Light Producing Director Zak Berkman. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata’s  HOLD THESE TRUTHS (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; San Diego Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Solo Performance; Theatre Bay Area Awards, Outstanding Production, Direction, and Lead Performance); upcoming in the 2019-20 season at People’s Light and Theatre and Heritage Theatre Festival, has won rave reviews in over twenty productions across North America, most recently at San Diego Repertory, Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver, Barrington Stage Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Arena Stage, Hang A Tale Productions, Lyric Stage Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre, ACT Seattle, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (co-produced with Daniel Dae Kim), and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Originally premiering with Los Angeles’ East West Players, the play was first commissioned by Chay Yew, former director of CTG’s Asian Theatre Workshop.

Called a “local treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Jeanne has enjoyed guest star/recurring roles onscreen in Jennifer Phang’s internationally acclaimed indie film, Advantageous, and on the TV series High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesNCIS Los Angeles, Big Hero 6, Dr. Ken, Bravo’s True Fiction, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Ridley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage, a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube webseries.  Onstage, Jeanne has performed with the Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Institute, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company.

Special honors: Theatre LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red, East West Players; 2019 Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, East West Players; 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre. www.jeannesakata.comwww.holdthesetruths.info

Set Design by Se Hyun Oh. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team features Stage Manager Matthew Luppino, Set Design by Se Hyun Oh, Costume Design by Katie Yamaguchi, Lighting Design by Dawn Chiang, Sound Design by Hidenori Nakajo, Dramaturgy by Gina Pisasale.

Jeanne Sakata, Steven Eng and Desdemona Chiang. Photo by Lia Chang

Standard single tickets range from $35-$58, including fees. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, or to purchase group tickets, call Kelly Benedict at 610.647.1900, x111, or email benedict@peopleslight.org. PeoplesLight.org

Gina Pisasale, Jeanne Sakata, Matthew Luppino, Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
Dramaturgy Packet compiled by Gina Pisasale
Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Steven Eng, Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Steven Eng In Rehearsal For People’s Light Production Of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS

https://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/article/Photo-Flash-Steven-Eng-In-Rehearsal-For-Peoples-Light-Production-Of-Jeanne-Sakatas-HOLD-THESE-TRUTHS-20200222

Ali Ewoldt, Devin Ilaw, Jason Ma, Diane de Boer-Phelan, Hansel Tan, Nina Zoie Lam, Timothy Huang, Jelani Alladin and More Celebrate Steven Eng at Prospect Theater Company Gala 

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. 

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Marjorie Johnson, Crystal Fox, Tony Award Nominee Pascale Armand and Tony Award Nominee Brenda Braxton Set for Quick Silver Theater Company’s Staged Reading of Pearl Cleage’s ‘Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous’ at the National Black Theatre Tonight

Quick Silver Theater Company (QSTC) is presenting “An Evening with Pearl Cleage” on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the National Black Theatre located at: 2031 125th Street & National Black Theatre Way (5th Avenue) 10035.

The evening, ‘Champagne and Pearl,’ is in honor of Ms. Cleage. The stellar all-female cast will be led by Crystal Fox, A Fall from Grace, “Big Little Lies,” and soon to be released Burden opposite Forrest Whittaker and “The Haves and Have Nots.” Joining Ms. Fox will be Tony nominee (Eclipsed) and QSTC company member Pascale Armand, Tony nominee (Smokey Joe’s Café) Brenda Braxton and Marjorie L. Johnson (Coleman Domingo’s-Dot)

There will be a Meet and Greet Reception at 6pm with champagne and sweet treats. Reading begins at 7pm

Advanced online ticket price $20.00
Tickets purchased at the door are $30.00

Quick Silver Theater Company Founder & Artistic Producer Tyrone Mitchell Henderson first met Pearl Cleage during the 1995 Huntington Theater Company’s production of Blues for an Alabama Sky, directed by Kenny Leon, where he played Guy Jacobs opposite Phylicia Rashad as Angel. In 2015, Henderson reprised the role opposite Crystal Fox in the Alliance Theatre’s 2015 revival, directed by Susan Booth.

With ‘Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous,’ QSTC will be celebrating 25 years of Pearl’s work as a playwright. About the play: A lifetime ago, actress Anna Campbell and director Betty Samson ignited a major theatrical controversy with a performance of scenes from August Wilson’s Fences that came to be known forever after as Naked Wilson. To escape the critics, Anna and Betty accepted what they thought would be a temporary job in Amsterdam. Twenty-five years later the women receive an invitation to return to the states where the infamous piece will open a women’s theatre festival that promises to be ‘angry, raucous, and shamelessly gorgeous.’

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer whose works include three novels, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day (Avon Books, 1997), I Wish I Had A Red Dress (Morrow/Avon, 2001) and Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do (Ballantine/One World, August, 2003;) a dozen plays including Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Hospice and Bourbon at the Border; two books of essays, Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth and Deals With the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; and a book of short fiction, The Brass Bed and Other Stories (Third World Press). She is also a performance artist, collaborating frequently with her husband Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. under the title Live at Club Zebra. The two have performed sold out shows at both the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

She is a frequent contributor to anthologies and has been featured recently in Proverbs for the People, Contemporary African American Fiction, edited by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall and in Mending the World, Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers, edited by Rosemarie Robotham.

For tickets and more information about QSTC’s ‘Champagne and Pearl’ event, please visit www.QuickSilverTheater.com. Advance tickets are $20.00. Tickets purchased at the door will be $30.00.

Pearl’s play, Blues for an Alabama Sky, will have its New York premiere as part of Keen Company’s 2020 season directed by La Williams.

Founded in 2014, QSTC is a collective of thirteen artists dedicated to amplifying the collective voice, individual potential, the overall presence of people of color, women and other marginalized groups within the American theatrical landscape.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

HEART OF THE CITY: An Evening of Songs by Mother/Daughter Team Kristen & Luanne Rosenfeld Featuring Ali Ewoldt, Marc delaCruz, Garth Kravits,  Billy Bustamante, Kimberly Marable, L. Steven Taylor, Christina DeCicco, Cicily Daniels, Jamison Scott, Bart Shatto at Feinstein’s/54 Below on March 30

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club presents HEART OF THE CITY, the songs of mother/daughter writing team Kristen Rosenfeld and Luanne Rosenfeld on March 30. Their songs run the gamut from traditional musical theatre to contemporary, gospel, honky tonk, and ragtime. Click here to buy tickets.

Marc delaCruz, the first Filipino American actor to portray Alexander Hamilton will join a host of Broadway performers including Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera), Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ The Band Back Together),  Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love), Kimberly Marable (Hadestown, Lion King, Sister Act); Christina DeCicco (Evita, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked); Cicily Daniels (Little Mermaid, Once on this Island) Bart Shatto (War Paint, Hands on a Hardbody, The Civil War), Jamison Scott (Memphis, Spiderman:Turn Off the Dark, Grease), L. Steven Taylor and more to sing the Rosenfeld Songbook. The concert will feature songs from Divided, Cardboard Castles and premier music from the Rosenfelds’ newest collaboration The Top of the World.

HEART OF THE CITY plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on March 30th at 9:30 pm. There is a $25-35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

MORE ABOUT KRISTEN LEE ROSENFELD
KRISTEN LEE ROSENFELD is a New York City based music director and composer who collaborates with her mother, LUANNE ARONEN ROSENFELD, a Seattle based playwright and lyricist. Kristen’s songs have been heard at many NYC venues including Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Metropolitan Room and the Laurie Beechman. Her music direction credits include the First National Tour of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening; Band of Angels with Colman Domingo; and the recent OffBroadway hit, Friends! The Musical Parody.

MORE ABOUT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club &Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of times square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the-art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Ali Ewoldt, Josh Dela Cruz, Ann Harada, Jaygee Macapugay, Jason Ma, Carol Angeli, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Vishal Vaidya and More Set for National Asian Artists Project’s Concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on March 2

Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project – NAAP presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert, as part of its “Rediscover Series” which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues).

Ann Harada, Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Lia Chang and Jason Ma.

Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic. Originally nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation shares the enduring enchantment of a favorite fairy tale told with their hallmark charm and elegance.

The cast of Cinderella also features Ann Harada as Madame, Kendyl Ito as Charlotte, Jason Ma as Pinkleton, Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle, Cáitlín Burke as Marie, James Seol as Sebastian, Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel. Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman round out the ensemble, who will be joined by the NAAP Kids and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus.

Tickets are priced at $75 (premium) and $59 (reserved). There is also special “VIP package” for $250 which includes a Pre-Theater 4-course sumptuous meal at Masseria Dei Vini (887 Ninth Ave – between 57th & 58th Street) and one (1) ticket to the show. Tickets may be obtained here or by sending a check to the NAAP office (10 West 66th Street – Suite 23-C, New York, NY 10023). For additional information please email contact@naaproject.org.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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