Quarantunes Video: Ali Ewoldt and Garth Kravits Sing “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” 

With all of television and theater production shut down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Garth Kravits’ (Gettin’ The Band Back Together, The Drowsy Chaperone) professional home recording studio has been invaluable for his voice over work. An extra added bonus in these trying times include his #quarantunes video songs posted on youtube.

Garth Kravits and Ali Ewoldt

His latest collaboration is “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” fromThe Fantasticks, featuring Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, King and I), who played Luisa in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks in 2013.

The Fantasticks, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is the world’s longest running musical. The original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years from 1960 – 2002 before being revived in 2005 for an additional 11 years.

Ali Ewoldt played Christine Daaé inThe Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for two years. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, a role she also played on the National Tour, and appeared in Lincoln Center’s recent Tony Award Winning revival of The King and I. Ali has played Maria in numerous productions of West Side Story across the nation and the world, including in Houston on the 2009 Broadway Revival’s 1st National Tour. Her other credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa) Off-Broadway, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown) at Sacramento Music Circus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) and 1776 (Martha) at The Muny in St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The King and I (Tuptim), McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Fan/Mrs. Bonds) and all the parts in the Royal Family’s new play adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Ali performed her solo concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York and has sung in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall and at Canyon Ranch. Her symphony work includes The NY Pops Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall, The American Pops Orchestra, The Houston Symphony, National Philharmonic and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Ali’s TV/Film credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Yield, Drama: The Web Series” and the short films The Cactus and Mia. She has a BA in psychology from Yale University. www.aliewoldt.com

Garth Kravits is an actor, a singer, a composer, and an award winning filmmaker.  He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone and appeared most recently on Broadway in the original musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together.

Other #quarantunes collaborations include a duet of ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow‘ with Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, The King and I), and a trio of ‘In My Life‘ with Musical Director, Conductor and Musician Steven Cuevas (Once on this Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots) on viola and his brother, Jonathan Cuevas on guitar.

Kravits has guest starred on CBS’s ‘Tommy,’ HBO’s ‘Divorce,’ Amazon Prime’s ‘The Hunters’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ USA’s ‘Mr. Robot,’ SyFy’s ‘Happy’ over the last year, and has also appeared on NBC’s ’30 Rock,’ and ‘The Blacklist,’ The CW’s ‘Princess Diaries,’ Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and ‘Hostages.’

Kravits has written, directed and edited over 50 film projects and his films have been shown in film festivals around the world.www.garthkravits.com

Broadwayworld.com: VIDEO: Ali Ewoldt And Garth Kravits Sing ‘Soon It’s Gonna Rain’ From THE FANTASTICKS

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

The Parsnip Ship Will Stream Daniel K. Isaac’s OR OR OR &&& Featuring Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks on May 2

The Parsnip Ship is streaming the live radio play broadcast of OR OR OR &&& by Daniel K. Isaac, directed by Carlos Armesto with musical guest Diana Oh on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8pm via Facebook Live.


Keelay Gipson, David Shih, Teal Wicks, Jon Norman Schneider, Jihae Park, Julian Leong and Diana Oh. Photo by Lia Chang

The Parsnip Ship & The Actors Fund presented the reading of Daniel K. Isaac’s first full length play, OR OR OR &&& at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn on January 11th, 2018.

Keelay Gipson, Teal Wicks, David Shih, Diana Oh, Julian Leong, Jon Norman Schneider, Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto and Jihae Park. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Carlos Armesto, the cast features Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks.

“Daniel tries to write his first full-length play and it’s not going to be about his mom. He’s already written a web series about her so this play will Not. Be. About. Esther. Instead, there’s Dragon and missionaries in North Korea and oh crap his mom is calling… A genre-fucking play about unapologetic storytelling, family both born and chosen, and the messiness of intersectional identities, Daniel & Esther & Dragon journey through autobiography, imagination, & maybe the Korean War.”

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K. Isaac was born and raised in sunny Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, his mother heard a mortifying story about a preacher who went numb with stage fright and had to be escorted off the stage. Isaac was promptly signed up for Grace Korean Church’s theatre troupe and he’s been an actor ever since. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Isaac moved to not-always-sunny New York City where he’s been seen on large and small screens and stages. Some Film/TV Credits include: “Foshay” on The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts), “Virgil” on Person of Interest (CBS, recurring), The Following (FOX), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO) and  “Ben Kim” on SHOWTIME’s Billions (with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis). Some upcoming projects include: Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), Shades of Blue (NBC) and Drew (CBS, pilot). www.danielkisaac.com

David Shih, Keelay Gipson, Daniel K. Isaac, Teal Wicks, Julian Leong and Carlos Armesto. Photo by Lia Chang

THE PARSNIP SHIP – an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences and made accessible as a monthly podcast.

The Parsnip Ship host Iyvon Edebiri, playwright Daniel K. Isaac and The Actors Fund’s Ashley Theagene. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, the series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices. They program plays that challenge their listeners with innovative form and powerful content in new and unexpected ways. Recorded live the first Thursday of every month, and available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music.

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

Digital Town Hall- Asian Americans in the Time of COVID-19 with Congresswoman Judy Chu, Tamlyn Tomita, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Amna Nawaz, Renee Tajima-Pena, Helen Zia, Hari Kondabolu, Darren Walker and Naomi Tacuyan Underwood on April 30

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), along with WETA, the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital, and Asian American community leaders will host a digital town hall exploring how lessons from Asian American history can help us understand the experience of Asian Americans in the time of Covid-19 on Thursday, April 30 at 5pmPDT/8pmEDT. Click here for the Town Hall event page.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=636404333882915&ref=watch_permalink

The discussion will be moderated by PBS Newshour Journalist Amna Nawaz, and welcome remarks will be given by Congresswoman Judy Chu who represents California’s 27th district. Two panelists have also been added to the digital event: Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, and actor Tamlyn Tomita.

In connection with the upcoming PBS series, ASIAN AMERICANS, which will air on May 11 and 12, the digital town hall, presented on Facebook Live by CAAM will explore how today’s discrimination directed at Asian Americans is rooted in a long history of xenophobia and racism from the mid-19th century to the present. Panelists will discuss what can be learned from the history of Asian Americans, and how we can move forward together as Americans in this particularly challenging moment. Previously announced panelists include: writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, journalist Amna Nawaz, filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena, journalist and activist Helen Zia, comedian Hari Kondabolu, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker; plus newly added panelists: Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, and ASIAN AMERICANS Series Narrator and Actor Tamlyn Tomita.

Participants will also look at the impact of the pandemic on Asian American businesses and communities.

ASIAN AMERICANS, the five-part documentary that will air on PBS beginning May 11 and 12, and stream on all PBS platforms timed to the premiere, explores through individual lives and personal histories the impact Asian Americans have had on the country, and how they continue to influence society and culture.

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, No Más Bebés), ASIAN AMERICANS examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and the political movements during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

Accompanied by robust educational, engagement, and digital components, this groundbreaking initiative will bring a new perspective to the American experience. Partnering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, the series will aim to expand audience reach and engage diverse perspectives through targeted community events, impactful education initiatives and integrated digital content.

ASIAN AMERICANS is a production of WETA Washington, DC and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for PBS, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS®), Flash Cuts and Tajima-Peña Productions, which are solely responsible for its content. The series executive producers are Jeff Bieber for WETA; Stephen Gong and Donald Young for CAAM; Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS; and Jean Tsien. The series producer is Renee Tajima-Peña. The Executive-in-Charge of Production is Eurie Chung. The episode producers are S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir and Grace Lee. The consulting producer is Mark Jonathan Harris.

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Ford Foundation/Just Films, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Freeman Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Kay Family Foundation, Long Family Foundation, Spring Wang and Cal Humanities.

For more information, please visit pbs.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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

Act to Change Presents Covid-19 Convos #3: Rising Above Bullying and Hate with Jeremy Lin and Maulik Pancholy on May 1

Sadly by now, we have either faced or know someone who has faced harassment or bullying due to Coronavirus fears. Anti-Asian Racism continues to rise, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is another chance for us to show that we are not the virus.


To combat this, ACT TO CHANGE is organizing a virtual #CovidConvos series. Join the third webinar in the series, with Actor, Author & Co-Founder of Act To Change  Maulik Pancholy and Jeremy Lin, Professional Basketball Player, Beijing Ducks. The webinar to kick off #APAHM is on Friday, May 1st at 5pm PT, 8pm ET. RSVP to join this important conversation: bit.ly/CovidConvos3

Jeremy Lin, the first Asian American to win an NBA championship, joins Act To Change’s third edition of Covid-19 Convos. Covid-19 Convos is a series of virtual conversations to discuss ways in which parents, educators, students, and community members can come together to combat the increasing anti-Asian racism during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jeremy has been vocal about the bullying and racism he’s faced on and off the court, and is no stranger to feeling like a foreigner in his own country. “I grew up and played basketball in America and all anyone wanted to tell me is that I wasn’t American. Now I’m playing basketball in China and I’m considered a foreigner. I’m just as confused as everybody else.”

With his direct donation of $500,000 to Direct Relief and Feeding America, with a pledge to match all donations up to an additional $500,000, he has shown that the Asian American community is not the virus, but rather part of the cure. Join us in hearing more from Jeremy about how we can stand in solidarity in these troubling times.

Act To Change is a public awareness campaign working to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. acttochange.org

Post on social media, check out resources in your language, and take the pledge today to commit to #ActToChange.

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose career has spanned hit television shows, animated series, the Broadway stage, and films. He played Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the Emmy®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock, and Sanjay on the Showtime hit series Weeds. He also played Neal on the NBC comedy Whitney, and his numerous recurring and guest starring roles include The Good Fight, Dynasty, Star Trek: Discovery, Elementary, Friends from College, The Good Wife , Web Therapy, The Comeback, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. For his work on television, he has been nominated for and won the Screen Actors Guild Award on multiple occasions.

Pancholy has entertained both children and adults as the voice of Baljeet on the Emmy® award-winning Disney animated series Phineas & Ferb, and as the title voice of Sanjay on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay & Craig. He has appeared in blockbuster films such as Hitch and 27 Dresses, and his many theater credits include starring on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Martin Short in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play, and playing opposite Ed Harris in David Rabe’s Good For Otto.

He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he is the cofounder of the anti-bullying campaign Act to Change. Maulik lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Ryan, and his dog, T-Rex.

Instagram: @maulikpancholy
Twitter: @maulikpancholy
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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

People’s Light Extends Stream of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THE TRUTHS Starring Steven Eng through May 10

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. The production was intended to run on the People’s Light stage this spring, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Originally scheduled to stream through May 3, People’s Light has extended it through May 10. Virtual tickets are available by clicking here to purchased the password-protected link for $35 (the lowest standard ticket price) to watch the video.

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Jeanne Sakata’s stunning one-man play follows practicing Quaker, Gordon Hirabayashi, as he struggles to reconcile his deep admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders to forcibly remove and intern over 120,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Gordon’s remarkable resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States, and continues to resonate today as we encounter questions of national security, citizenship, and what it means to be an American. Steven Eng plays Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in this production, helmed by Desdemona Chiang and designed by an entirely Asian American team including 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, and Stage Manager Matthew Luppino.

Stage Manager Matthew Luppino, Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng, Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Set Designer Se Hyun Oh, Dramaturg Gina Pisasale, Zak Berkman. Photo by Lia Chang
Hidenori Nakajo, Katie Yamaguchi, Desdemona Chiang, Se Hyun Oh, Dawn Chiang and Steven Eng.

A note from People’s Light:

“While we’re disappointed that this beautiful production wasn’t able to play for a live audience, we’re thrilled to share it with you digitally. Gordon Hirabayashi’s incredible story deserves to be told, especially now.”

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Due to legal restrictions, People’s Light is required to remove the video after May 3, 2020 but there is no limit to the number of times you can access the film once you have purchased a “ticket” and been emailed the link and password.

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

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.

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

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.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

In Rehearsal

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
Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Back Row: Matthew Luppino, Hidenori Nakajo, Desdemona Chiang, Se Hyun Oh, Dawn Chiang. Front Row: Steven Eng, Katie Yamaguchi.

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

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

THE GREAT LEAP’s Grant Chang, WITCH’s Maura Tierney & Evan Jonigkeit Garner 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Lead Performance; Full List of Winners

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

Grant Chang in Pasadena Playhouse & East West Players’ production of The Great Leap. (Photo Credit: Jenny Graham

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

Grant Chang has garnered a 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance as Wen Chang in Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players’ co-production of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, helmed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. The Great Leap is the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player’s actions become the accidental focus of attention.

Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman's Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse.
Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman’s Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse. (© Jeff Lorch)

There were two recipients of the 2019 Production award: Jen Silverman’s Witch (Geffen Playhouse) and Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company). Awards in 17 other categories celebrated a wide range of Los Angeles theatre, with 18 different productions taking home honors. Geffen Playhouse’s Witch took home the most awards for a single production, with seven in the categories of Production; Lead Performance for Evan Jonigkeit and Maura Tierney;  Ensemble Performance, Writing for Jen Silverman; Direction for Marti Lyons; Costume Design for Danae Iris McQueen. Geffen Playhouse also received the most awards, with three of its productions winning a combined 10 trophies.

The company of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent.” A co-production with Huntington Theatre Company, “Indecent” at the Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Center Theatre Group received a combined nine awards with three of its productions, including Deirdre O’Connell for Solo Performance in Dana H., Bill Sims Jr. for Musical Score for August Wilson’s Jitney and the aforementioned Indecent for Production, Ensemble, Writing and Direction.

The complete list of award recipients is as follows:

PRODUCTION
Indecent, produced by Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company
Witch, produced by Geffen Playhouse

MCCULLOH REVIVAL
The Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by Antaeus Theatre Company
Two Trains Running, produced by Sophina Brown

LEAD PERFORMANCE
Grant Chang, The Great Leap, Pasadena Playhouse
Steve Hofvendahl, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Evan Jonigkeit, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Michael Manuel, Frankenstein, A Noise Within
Rob Nagle, The Judas Kiss, Boston Court Pasadena
Maura Tierney, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Nija Okoro, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Adolphus Ward, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Witch, Geffen Playhouse

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

WRITING
Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Jen Silverman, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Paula Vogel, Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

WRITING ADAPTATION
Lucas Hnath, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

MUSICAL SCORE
Mark Heard, Pat Terry, Randy VanWarmer, Tim Alderson, Salvage, Lounge Theatre
Bill Sims Jr, August Wilson’s Jitney, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

MUSIC DIRECTION
Anthony Lucca, Bronco Billy – The Musical, Skylight Theatre
Stephan Terry, Salvage, Lounge Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Edgar Godineaux and Jared Grimes, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Geffen Playhouse

DIRECTION
Marti Lyons, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Stephanie Shroyer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN
Peter Kaczorowski, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse
Jared A. Sayeg, Ragtime, Pasadena Playhouse

COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Foldenauer, Argonautika, A Noise Within
Danae Iris McQueen, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

SOUND DESIGN
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

CGI/PROJECTION
Yee Eun Nam, The Mother of Henry, Latino Theater Company
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia, Pantages Theatre

SPECIALTY
Steve Cuiffo, Illusions and Lip Sync, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

The following special award winners were previously announced:
The GORDON DAVIDSON Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community: Ojai Playwrights Conference.
The MARGARET HARFORD Award for sustained excellence in theatre:The Fountain Theatre.
The POLLY WARFIELD Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre: A Noise Within.
The JOEL HIRSCHHORN Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre: Celebration Theatre.
The TED SCHMITT Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play: The Mother of Henry, written by Evelina Fernández, produced by the Latino Theater Company.
The MILTON KATSELAS Award for distinguished achievement in direction: Michael Michetti.
The KINETIC LIGHTING Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design: Hana S. Kim, Projection and Set Designer.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2019 membership consisted of:

Frances Baum Nicholson, Southern California News Group, Stage Struck Review
Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw, Theater Diges
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen
Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld, Musicals in LA
Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw, ArtsInLA.com
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw
Harker Jones, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Jenny Lower Beckman, Stage Raw
Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
Terry Morgan, Stage Raw, TalkinBroadway.com
Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw
Melinda Schupmann, Showmag.com, ArtsInLA.com
Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Don Shirley, LA Observed
Les Spindle, EDGE LA
Rob Stevens, haineshisway.com

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

Tony, Emmy, Grammy Award Winner and HADESTOWN Star André De Shields to Be Honored at Victory Gardens Theater Gala on October 24

Victory Gardens Theater will hold its 30th annual premier fundraising event, The Chicago Stories Gala on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The gala will honor the indomitable human spirit we all share at the not-to-be-missed evening celebrating the resilience of theater, the city of Chicago, and its remarkable leaders. The night will showcase an original five-minute play by lawyer Jill Wine-Banks, an MSNBC legal analyst who appears regularly on the network’s prime-time and daytime shows. Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor and Hadestown star André De Shields will receive the Victory Gardens Theater Impact Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the arts.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The 2020 Chicago Stories Gala will be a chance to support new work, mingle with friends and artists, and celebrate the exciting work of Victory Gardens. Proceeds from this event will help underwrite the cost of producing world premieres, providing education programs for Chicago Public Schools, and making theater accessible to all. Scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl., the 2020 Chicago Stories Gala plans include cocktails and dinner, auction, and paddle raise in support of Victory Gardens programming and entertainment. For the third time, Victory Gardens will host a VIP experience with Gala honorees and celebrities for guests at certain table and ticket levels.

Tony Award Winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony awards for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Prior to his Tony Award win, De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’, Play On!, and The Full Monty. In a career spanning 50 years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the eighth annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and a 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for sustained excellence of performance, and eight AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Performance, Direction and Choreography. In 2019, De Shields received the key to the city of his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young; the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award; the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award; the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGE; the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre; and an induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.

Jill Wine-Banks

Jill Wine-Banks began her career as the first female organized crime prosecutor at the US Department of Justice, which led to her selection as one of three assistant special prosecutors – and the only woman on the trial team — in the case against President Richard Nixon’s top aides for obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal. She has also served as general counsel of the US Army, partner at Jenner and Block, first solicitor general and first woman deputy attorney general of the state of Illinois, and first female chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. Jill was a corporate executive at Motorola and Maytag, the CEO of Winning Workplaces, and the head of career and technical education for Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan. She now serves on the boards of the Better Government Association, Governors State University, the Veterans Art Museum, as a Life Director of Executive Service Corps and others. She is the author of the 2020 autobiography The Watergate Girl.

Gala co-chairs are Anuradha Behari, Penny Brown, Rick Gray, Gabrielle Griffin, Steven N. Miller, Kate Tillotson, and Sue E. Wallace.

Gala sponsors to date include Visionary Sponsor Steve and Diane Miller and Premier Level Table Sponsors Rick and Dawn Gray and Allstate.

Individual tickets to Chicago Stories begin at $500 each. Table sponsorships start at $5,000.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Victory Gardens Donor Services Assistant Kelly Carr at 773.634.9858 or at KCarr@victorygardens.org. For more information on the 2020 Chicago Stories Gala, visit http://victorygardens.org/support-us/chicago-stories-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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

People’s Light Streams Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THE TRUTHS Starring Steven Eng through May 10

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

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. Virtual tickets are available now through May 10 for Hold These Truths, which was intended to run on the People’s Light stage this spring, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. Click here to purchased the password-protected link for $35 (the lowest standard ticket price) to watch the video.

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Jeanne Sakata’s stunning one-man play follows practicing Quaker, Gordon Hirabayashi, as he struggles to reconcile his deep admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders to forcibly remove and intern over 120,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Gordon’s remarkable resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States, and continues to resonate today as we encounter questions of national security, citizenship, and what it means to be an American. Steven Eng plays Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in this production, helmed by Desdemona Chiang and designed by an entirely Asian American team including 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, and Stage Manager Matthew Luppino.

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

A note from People’s Light:

“While we’re disappointed that this beautiful production wasn’t able to play for a live audience, we’re thrilled to share it with you digitally. Gordon Hirabayashi’s incredible story deserves to be told, especially now.”

Steven Eng in ‘Hold These Truths’ at People’s Light. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Due to legal restrictions, People’s Light is required to remove the video after May 3, 2020 but there is no limit to the number of times you can access the film once you have purchased a “ticket” and been emailed the link and password.

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

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.

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

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.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

In Rehearsal

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
Desdemona Chiang, Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN, A STRANGE LOOP, ROMEO & BERNADETTE, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards

Michael Musto announced this season’s Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees today.

Awards will be presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show. The winners of the Off Broadway Alliance Awards will be announced via Facebook at 11am on Tuesday, May 19. Due to the shutdown, the awards ceremony will take place this Fall (date and location TBD).

New Federal Theatre Producer Woodie King, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

In addition to the competitive awards, Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented to Gretchen Cryer, Woodie King, Jr., Eric Krebs and Barbara Zinn Krieger for their extraordinary contributions over many years, Mark Blum, Wynn Handman and Julia Miles will be posthumously honored with induction into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame, and the Friend of Off Broadway Award will be presented to The Drama Bookshop for their continued dedication to Off Broadway.

2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominations are:
Best New Play:

Ain’t No Mo’
By Jordan E. Cooper
Produced by The Public Theater

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
By Stephen Adly Guirgus
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni
Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni

Life Sucks
By Aaron Posner
Produced by Wheelhouse Theater

Make Believe
By Bess Wohl
Produced by Second Stage Theater

The Confession of Lily Dare
By Charles Busch
Produced by Jamie deRoy and Primary Stages

Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg, Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Howard McGillin in THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Best Play Revival:
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf
By Ntozake Shange
Produced by The Public Theater

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Produced by The Public Theater

The Woman in Black
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt
From the novel by Susan Hill
Presented by the McKittrick Hotel

Timon of Athens
By William Shakespeare
Produced by Theatre for a New Audience and Shakespeare Theater Company

Best New Musical:
A Strange Loop
Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael R Jackson
Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

Cambodian Rock Band
By Lauren Yee
Songs by Dengue Fever
Produced by Signature Theatre Company

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Emojiand
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein
Produced by Arborhouse Productions and Visceral Entertainment

The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn
Book & Lyrics by Mark Saltzman
Produced by Amas Musical Theatre and Eric Krebs

Judy McLane, Carlos Lopez, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Anna Kostakis, Nikita Burshteyn, Zach Schanne, and Viet Vo in Romeo & Bernadette. Photo by Russ Rowland

Sing Street
Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by John Carney and Gary Clark
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop

The Secret Life of Bees
Book by Lynn Nottage
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Produced by the Atlantic Theater Company

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Best Musical Revival:
Baby
Book by Sybille Pearson, Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr
Produced by Out of the Box Theatrics

Enter Laughing
Book by Joseph Stein, Music & Lyrics by Stan Daniels
Produced by The York Theater Company

Little Shop of Horrors
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Produced by Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, and Tom Kirdahy

Rock of Ages
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Produced by S2BN Entertainment

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Music and lyrics by Meredith Willson; Book and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, based on the original book by Richard Morris; Music adaptation by Michael Rafter
Produced by Transport Group

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

Best Unique Theatrical Experience:
Dana H.
By Lucas Hnath
Produced by Vineyard Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Center Theatre Group

Midsummer: A Banquet
By William Shakespeare. Adapted by Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook
Produced by Food of Love Productions and Third Rail Projects

Novenas for a Lost Hospital
By Cusi Cram
Produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Playing Hot
Created by Kevin Armento and Jaki Bradley
Written by Kevin Armento and C.A. Johnson
Produced by Pipeline Theater

Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo
Created and Performed by Katsura Sunshine
Produced by Joe Trentacosta, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Yumi Shinozaki, and Marie Fukuda

Best Solo Performance:
Kathleen Chalfant in A Woman of the World
By Rebecca Gilman
Produced by The Acting Company and 59E59 Theaters

Keith Hamilton Cobb in American Moor
By Keith Hamilton Cobb
Produced by Evangeline Morphos, Frederick M Zollo, Red Bull Theater, Elizabeth I McCann, and Tom Shea

Harvey Fierstein in Bella Bella By Harvey Fierstein
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club

Ken Jennings in Gospel of John
Conceived by Ken Jennings
Produced by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Bill Posley in The Day I Became Black
Created and written by Bill Posley
Produced by Kristen Boulé

Aedín Moloney in Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom
Adaptation by Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann
Produced by Irish Repertory Theatre

Best Family Show:
Dog Man: The Musical
Music by Brad Alexander
Books and Lyrics by Kevin DelAguila
Based on the series by Dav Pilkey
Produced by TheatreWorks USA

Paddington Gets in a Jam
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Written by Doug Kmiotek
Based on the series by Michael Bond
Produced by Rockefeller Productions

She Persisted, The Musical
Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Adapted from the Book by Chelsea Clinton
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Taste the Clouds
Created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Based on the book “Taste the Clouds” by Rita Marshall
Produced by New York Children’s Theatre

The Big One-Oh!
Music by Doug Besterman
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company

Special Honorees:
Legends of Off Broadway – honoring sustained achievement Off Broadway
Gretchen Cryer: Off-Broadway Playwright, lyricist, and actress, co-author of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road
Woodie King, Jr.: Founding director of New Federal Theatre, New York City and Off Broadway producer and director
Eric Krebs: Off Broadway producer and founder and director of the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater.
Barbara Zinn Krieger: Founder of New York City Children’s Theater and Executive Director and Founder of Vineyard Theatre.

Off Broadway Hall of Fame Inductees – A posthumous award that honors a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway

Mark Blum. Photo by Lia Chang

Mark Blum an actor whose Off Broadway career spanned over five decades and 26 productions
Wynn Handman – Off Broadway Director and teacher and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre
Julia Miles – Trailblazing Founder of the Women’s Project Theater
Friend of Off Broadway – Award – honors persons or organizations for their steadfast support of the Off Broadway community over many years.
The Drama Bookshop

SOFT POWER Receives Eleven Drama Desk Nominations, HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Eight Nods; Full List of Nominees 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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

KPOP: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL Launches Virtual Open Casting Call

The ensemble of the Off-Broadway production of K-POP. Photo by Ben Arons

Producers Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes announced that, due to current world circumstances, they have launched a massive virtual open call in order to find the stars of the upcoming premiere of KPOP: The Broadway Musical, conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim with a book by Mr. Kim; music, lyrics and music production by Helen Park; and music and lyrics by Max Vernon.

Talented performers of Asian descent in their 20s are encouraged to visit kpopbroadway.com/casting in order to submit audition materials. Materials should include: 1. a video of themselves singing a contemporary K-pop (or pop) song; 2. a dance reel, clip of a dance performance, or short video that shows their dance abilities; and 3. a copy of their resume or a brief description of their singing / dancing / acting / performance experience.

KPOP: The Broadway Musical, directed by Teddy Bergman and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, is scheduled to premiere on Broadway next season.

“As anyone who knows the world of K-pop understands, this show requires the very highest level of triple-threat talent, and we won’t let the limitations of social distancing get in the way of assembling the cast of our dreams,” Mr. Bergman said in a statement. “This is not only the only feasible way for us to hold auditions, it’s also the most democratic and geographically expansive way. I can’t wait to discover our stars!”

Claim your backstage pass and dive inside the high-stakes world of K-pop with this exhilarating new Broadway-bound musical. As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, one singer’s inner struggle threatens to dismantle one of the hottest labels in K-pop. Pulsing with infectious beats, electrifying choreography, and breathtaking joy, KPOP: The Broadway Musical is an all-consuming multimedia experience that explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the heart-thumping international phenomenon.

An earlier version of the show, produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, played to sold-out crowds Off-Broadway in the Fall of 2017, and was the recipient of the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award, three Lucille Lortel Awards, including Best Musical, the Off Broadway Alliance Award, and seven Drama Desk Award nominations.