Drama Desk Awards Postponed Due to Breaking News Events in NY

Due to breaking news events in New York this weekend, Spectrum News NY1 and the Drama Desk organization have made the decision to postpone tonight’s planned airing of The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards. More details on a rescheduled date and time will be made available soon. For the latest information, visit dramadeskawards.com.

drama“The Drama Desk celebrates all that’s outstanding in the work of New York’s diverse theater artists and craftspeople. We regret the postponement of our awards ceremony tonight but, as an organization committed to the principle that all voices must be heard, we stand together with our black colleagues against the racial injustice and violence in our nation and city. We are grateful to Spectrum News NY1 for its comprehensive news coverage of this painful moment.” —Drama Desk Co-Presidents Charles Wright & David Barbour

Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theatre.

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage Tonight at 7:30 PM 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees 

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 

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

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

Asian American Artists of HAMILTON Spearhead ASIAN ARTISTS 4 BLACK LIVES/CAMPAIGN ZERO GoFundMe

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From the Asian American artists of HAMILTON:

Fellow Asian Artists, we know you’re as gutted as we are by the latest murders of black folx by racist cops and cop associates groomed by a system that must change.

Today is the last day of AAPI month.  Will you consider making a donation to CAMPAIGN ZERO and let our black colleagues and the black community know we stand with them, today and always?  

CAMPAIGN ZERO was started by black activists in response to critics of the BLM movement who asked for specific proposals for police reform.  They’ve been gathering data since 2015 and used it to create a 10-point plan to end police violence in America.  They propose & track the progress of federal, state and local policy; they’re compiling an easily-accessible Police Scorecard for every state; and they’re aggressively pushing 2020 presidential candidates on their plans to demilitarize the police. 

We know times are tough.  Anything you can give shows our solidarity, and that we’re all truly in this together. Click here to donate.

Love & safety to you all,

The #HamilAsians

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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

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage Tonight at 7:30 PM

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in lieu of a traditional ceremony, the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage on Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 PM. The awards special also will stream on NY1.com, and DramaDeskAwards.com.

SOFT POWER. Photos by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, produced by The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, was nominated in eleven categories including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Henry Hwang, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Leigh Silverman, Outstanding Orchestrations for Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical for Anita Yavich, Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical for Kai Harada, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Alyse Alan Louis and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael R. Jackson’s A STRANGE LOOP Wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; SOFT POWER and HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING Are Finalists 

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, produced by Signature Theatre Company, was nominated for Outstanding Play and Jue received a second Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance as Duch.

Francis Jue as Duch in Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Atlantic Theater’s Production of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy), directed by Obie Award winner John Ortiz, and co-produced with LAByrinth Theater Company, received eight nominations including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Kristina Poe and Elizabeth Rodriguez and Outstanding Director for John Ortiz and Outstanding Fight Choreography for UnkleDave’s Fight House.

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

The nominees for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards are:

Outstanding Play
Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre
Greater Clements, by Samuel D. Hunter, Lincoln Center Theater
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Atlantic Theater Company/LAByrinth Theater Company
Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Playwrights Horizons
The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Musical
Octet, Signature Theatre
The Secret Life of Bees, Atlantic Theater Company
Soft Power, The Public Theater
A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions
The Wrong Man, MCC Theater

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.

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Public Theater
Mac Beth, Red Bull Theater/Hunter Theater Project
Much Ado About Nothing, The Public Theater
A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company

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)

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Transport Group
West Side Story

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

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Charles Busch, The Confession of Lily Dare
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francis Jue, Cambodian Rock Band
Triney Sandoval, 72 Miles to Go…
Kyle Soller, The Inheritance

Raúl Esparza in <i>Seared</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Rose Byrne, Medea
Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Emily Davis, Is This A Room
April Matthis, Toni Stone
Ruth Negga, Hamlet

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
David Aron Damane, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Chris Dwan, Enter Laughing
Joshua Henry, The Wrong Man
Francis Jue, Soft Power
Larry Owens, A Strange Loop

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tammy Blanchard, Little Shop of Horrors
Beth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Saycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of Bees
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz in “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” © Monique Carboni

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Victor Almanzar, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Esteban Andres Cruz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance
Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

Elizabeth Canavan, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Elizabeth Rodriguez & Liza Colón-Zayas. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Patrice Johnson Chevannes, runboyrun & In Old Age
Kristina Poe, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Belange Rodríguez, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Lois Smith, The Inheritance

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

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
George Abud, Emojiland
Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Jay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PA
Conrad Ricamora, Soft Power
Ryan Vasquez, The Wrong Man

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Yesenia Ayala, West Side Story
Paula Leggett Chase, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
Alyse Alan Louis, Soft Power
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill

Stephen Adly Guirgis & John Ortiz. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jessica Blank, Coal Country
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
John Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Tina Satter, Is This A Room
Erica Schmidt, Mac Beth

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
Thomas Kail, The Wrong Man
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Leigh Silverman, Soft Power
Annie Tippe, Octet

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, West Side Story
Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid, Beyond Babel
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!
Travis Wall, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Music
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Duncan Sheik, The Secret Life of Bees
Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power

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

Outstanding Lyrics
Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees
Adam Gwon, Scotland, PA
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Dave Malloy, Octet
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette

Outstanding Book of a Musical
David Henry Hwang, Soft Power
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Lynn Nottage, The Secret Life of Bees
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette
Dick Scanlan, The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Lacamoire, The Wrong Man
Or Matias and Dave Malloy, Octet
Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Soft Power
Jonathan Tunick, West Side Story

Outstanding Music in a Play
Steve Earle, Coal Country
Frightened Rabbit, Square Go
Jim Harbourne, Feral
Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Adam Seidel, Jane Bruce, and Daniel Ocanto, Original Sound

Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman
Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
Catherine Cornell, Mac Beth
Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons
Adam Rigg, Fefu and Her Friends
Paul Steinberg, Judgment Day
B.T. Whitehill, The Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
Julian Crouch, Little Shop of Horrors
Anna Louizos, Scotland, PA
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!
Clint Ramos, Soft Power
Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta, Octet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Asa Benally, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Montana Levi Blanco, Fefu and Her Friends
Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Antony McDonald, Judgment Day
Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare
Kaye Voyce, Coriolanus

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Vanessa Leuck, Emojiland
Jeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Anita Yavich, Soft Power
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Isabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Oona Curley, Dr. Ride’s American Beach House
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Judgment Day
Yi Zhao, Greater Clements

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Betsy Adams, The Wrong Man
Jane Cox, The Secret Life of Bees
Herrick Goldman, Einstein’s Dreams
Bruno Poet, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Projection Design
David Bengali, Einstein’s Dreams
Julia Frey, Medea
Luke Halls, West Side Story
Lisa Renkel and POSSIBLE, Emojiland
Hannah Wasileski, Fires in the Mirror

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Justin Ellington, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Palmer Hefferan, Fefu and Her Friends
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada, Is This A Room

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Tom Gibbons, West Side Story
Kai Harada, Soft Power
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!
Hidenori Nakajo, Octet
Nevin Steinberg, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Cookie Jordan, Fefu and Her Friends
Nikiya Mathis, STEW
Tom Watson, The Great Society
Bobbie Zlotnik, Emojiland

Outstanding Solo Performance
David Cale, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Jacqueline Novak, Get on Your Knees
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.

Unique Theatrical Experience
Beyond Babel, Hideaway Circus
Feral, Tortoise in a Nutshell/Cumbernauld Theatre/59E59
Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre
Midsummer: A Banquet, Food of Love Productions/Third Rail Projects

Outstanding Fight Choreography
Vicki Manderson, Square Go
Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play
UnkleDave’s Fight House, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Adaptation
A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne
Judgment Day, by Christopher Shinn
Mojada, by Luis Alfaro
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, by Halley Feiffer

Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)
Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Puppet Design
Raphael Mishler, Tumacho
Rockefeller Productions, Paddington Gets in a Jam
Amanda Villalobos, Is This A Room

Special Awards:

Ensemble Award: To the eight pitch-perfect performers in Dave Malloy’s a cappella musical Octet: Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma proved instrumental in giving a layered look at modern forms of addiction.

Sam Norkin Award: To actress Mary Bacon, who continued her versatile career of compassionate, searing work for such companies as The Mint, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, and The Actors Theater Company, with two of Off-Broadway’s most humane performances this season in Coal Country at the Public Theater and Nothing Gold Can Stay presented by Partial Comfort Productions.

To The Actors Fund, Seth Rudetsky, and James Wesley for connecting members of the theater community and lifting spirits during the coronavirus crisis. The Actors Fund has worked tirelessly to provide financial and health resources to those impacted by the pandemic; Rudetsky and Wesley’s semi-daily “Stars in the House” webcast is raising funds for The Actors Fund, while providing performances, reunions, and medical updates.

To The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater” that began in 1957 and evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater. The current Mobile Unit tours free Shakespeare throughout the five boroughs, including prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers, reminding audiences new and old that the play really is the thing.

To WP Theater and Julia Miles, the company’s founder who died this spring. Formerly known as The Women’s Project and Productions, the company began in 1978 at American Place Theatre, where Miles served as associate to visionary artistic director Wynn Handman, who also died this spring. WP is the largest, most enduring American company that nurtures and produces works by female-identified creators. Over a little more than four decades, it has changed the demographics of American drama through an unwavering focus on women writers, directors, producers, performers, and craftspeople.

To Claire Warden for her pioneering work as an intimacy choreographer in such recent projects as Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and Linda Vista, and her leadership in the rapidly emerging movement of intimacy direction. As part of the creative team of Intimacy Directors & Coordinators and Director of Engagement for and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, she is helping create theater experiences that are safer for performers and more authentic for contemporary audiences.

The evening will feature appearances by Tituss Burgess, James Corden, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Beanie Feldstein, Santino Fontana, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Ashley Park, Andrew Rannells, Ali Stroker, and Susan Stroman.

Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theatre.

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees 

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 

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

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

June 3: SigSpace Summit with CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Lauren Yee and Mekong NYC Executive Director Chhaya Chhoum

On Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm EST, Signature’s award-winning Residency 5 playwright Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band) and Chhaya Chhoum, the Executive Director of Mekong NYC, are hosting the next SigSpace Summit. Join them in conversation about advocacy within the Bronx (one of the communities hit hardest by Covid-19), fighting deportation, and promoting allyship with the Black community.

RSVP to join the conversation live on Zoom, or you can watch as the stream on Facebook Live.



Lauren Yee’s plays include  Cambodian Rock Band  (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theatre) and  The Great Leap  (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama, Pasadena Playhouse). Honors: Doris  Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). She holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services. The Southeast Asian community in the Bronx primarily consists of Cambodian Americans and Vietnamese Americans.

Mekong NYC is where history and culture are valued and learned, where history and culture are living, where people’s needs are met, where people are united through struggle, and where the people feel liberated.

Sokunthary Svay, Socheatta Meng, Lauren Yee, Chhaya Chhoum and Auntie at the opening night party of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 24, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

Signature Theatre recently announced a new program, SigSpace, which will bring artistically-anchored programming to the unique Signature Theatre lobby space. Signature Theatre launched SigSpace digitally on Friday, April 17 with online programming that connects Signature artists with the community during this moment in history, before welcoming audiences back to The Pershing Square Signature Center when it reopens.

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Francis Jue Wins 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play; Full List of Winners 

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 

SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, Lauren Yee and David Henry Hwang 

Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEE’s Garners Five SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards; Francis Jue Wins for Principal Actor in KING OF THE YEES and Featured Actor in THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama

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

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

May 30: AAJA-LA Virtual Town Hall: Anti-Asian Bias & COVID-19 with Tzi Ma, George Takei, Assemblyman David Chiu, Professor Russell Jeung, Terry S. Gock, Ariel Tan, Dion Lim and David Ono

AAJA-LA is presenting a virtual Town Hall on the rising bias and harassment against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic on
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10am PT/1pm ET. Click here to RSVP.

ABC7’s longtime evening news anchor David Ono moderates the panel which includes George Takei, legendary actor Tzi Ma, California State Assemblyman David Chiu, Professor Russell Jeung, Terry S. Gock, Ariel Tan, and Dion Lin, Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV.

Panelists Include:
Tzi Ma has blazed new trails for the representation of Asian Americans in Hollywood. Celebrated for his uncanny versatility, his body of work encompasses virtually every genre across film, television and theater.
George Takei is a social justice activist, social media superstar, Grammy-nominated recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and pioneering actor whose career has spanned six decades.
California State Assemblyman David Chiu represents eastern San Francisco in the 17th Assembly District.
Russell Jeung is a professor and chair of the Asian American Studies Dept. at San Francisco State University.
Terry S. Gock, is the director of the Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC) in Los Angeles.
Ariel Tan is a graduate nurse based in Philadelphia who is one of many Asian American health professionals on the frontlines battling both COVID-19 and racist attacks against them since the pandemic began.
Dion Lim is an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco and author of Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman’s Communication Playbook to Getting The Success You Want (McGraw-Hill).
MODERATOR:
David Ono is the long time evening anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News. An intrepid journalist and filmmaker, David has traveled the world, covering some of the biggest stories of our day. He’s received 24 Emmy awards and 8 Edward R Murrows.

 

May 31: Adventure Theatre MTC Presents Storytime with Ginger Park and Reading of David Henry Hwang’s THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD

Ginger Park

Adventure Theatre MTC is presenting a celebration of API Heritage with a full lineup of API Heritage Month storytimes, interviews, and digital presentations. These online events honor the creativity, tradition, and innovation of the Asian Pacific Islander population and focus upon the impact they continue to make daily through their art. All presentations are free and available streaming live on Facebook.

May 31, 2020
1pm: Storytime with children’s book author Ginger Park
2pm: Digital Presentation of the play, The Dance and the Railroad, by Tony Award & OBIE Award recipient David Henry Hwang

Executive Director Leon Seemann, Education Director Margo Brenner Collins, and Artistic Director Chil Kong shared that this Sunday’s lineup brings highlights the contemporary artists who are adding to our history as a society.

Says Artistic Director, Chil Kong, of this weekend’s presentations, “Our conversation with David Henry Hwang on May 17th was so impactful, we had to follow it up with one of his beautiful plays. The Dance and the Railroad showcases how cultural knowledge can be educational and artistic all at the same time.”

Adventure Theatre MTC Celebrates API Heritage Month with Masterclass in Playwriting with Artistic Director Chil Kong and Tony Award &amp; OBIE Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang

Artistic Director Chil Kong would also like to note that this Obie Nominated Play is a period play about 2 Chinese men in the United States in the 1800’s. Their struggles and the terminologies they used to both celebrate and acknowledge those struggles may not be suitable for all ages.

API HERITAGE SERIES: MAY 31 PRESENTATIONS:

On May 31 at 1pm EST, local chocolatier and children’s book author Ginger Park reads from one of her beloved books she co-authored with her sister, Frances Park. Together, they have written five children’s books including The Have A Good Day Cafe , Where On Earth is My Bagel?, My Freedom Trip, The Royal Bee, and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong. website 

On May 31 at 2pm EST, Adventure will offer a sneak peek at a potential show for the 2020/2021 season, The Dance and the Railroad, which was originally commissioned as a Theatre for Young Audiences play in 1982. Set in 1867 on a California mountaintop, The Dance and the Railroad tells the story of two Chinese workers who struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The Obie-nominated play by by David Henry Hwang rejects the stereotype of submissive immigrant laborers, and depicts assertive men who demanded their rights despite great personal risk.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang is best known as the author of M. BUTTERFLY, which won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was a Finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. It ran on London’s West End and has been produced in over three dozen countries. A revival, directed by Julie Taymor, starring Clive Owen and Jin Ha, ran on Broadway in 2017. Most recently, SOFT POWER, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, where it won six Ovation Awards, including Best New Production. Its subsequent run at the Public Theatre in NYC received four Outer Critics Honors, eleven Drama Desk Nominations, and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

His other major works include YELLOW FACE, which premiered at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and New York’s Public Theater, received a 2008 OBIE Award for playwriting and was a Finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize; its London premiere at the Park Theatre in 2013 transferred to the National Theatre. In 2018, the NY Times named YELLOW FACE among the best American plays of the past 25 years. CHINGLISH premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and won a 2011 Jeff Award for Best New Work, before moving to Broadway, where it was named Best New American Play by Time Magazine. GOLDEN CHILD premiered Off-Broadway at the Public Theater, received a 1997 OBIE Award for playwriting and moved to Broadway, where it received three 1998 Tony Nominations, including Best New Play.

Other plays include FOB (1981 OBIE Award), THE DANCE & THE RAILROAD (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), FAMILY DEVOTIONS (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), THE HOUSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTIES (1983), THE SOUND OF A VOICE (1983), BONDAGE (1992), and KUNG FU (2014).

His Broadway musicals include a revision of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s FLOWER DRUM SONG, which earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. Hwang co-wrote Disney’s international hit AIDA, with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, which won four 2000 Tony Awards, as well as DISNEY’S TARZAN, with songs by Phil Collins, whose European production ran for twelve years. He is rewriting the book for a revival of AIDA, which will premiere in 2021.

Named America’s most-produced living opera librettist by Opera News, he has written five works with composer Philip Glass: 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF (1988), THE VOYAGE, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1992, THE SOUND OF A VOICE (2003), and ICARUS AT THE EDGE OF TIME (2010); their latest collaboration, CIRCUS DAYS AND NIGHTS will premiere in 2021 in Sweden. AINADAMAR, with music by Osvaldo Golijov, won two 2007 Grammy Awards. Other operas include THE SILVER RIVER (1997), with music by Bright Sheng; ALICE IN WONDERLAND, with music by Unsuk Chin (2007 Opernwelt “World Premiere of the Year”); THE FLY (2008), with music by Howard Shore; DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER (2017), with Sheng; and AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, with music by Huang Ruo, which was included in the NY Times’ Best of Classical Music of 2018.

Mr. Hwang penned the screenplays for M. BUTTERFLY (1993), GOLDEN GATE (1994), and POSSESSION (co-writer, 2002). With the late pop icon Prince, he co-wrote the song “Solo,” released on Prince’s 1994 gold album COME. Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF Network adapted YELLOW FACE into a full-length video for YouTube in 2013. From 2015-2019, Hwang worked as a writer and Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning Best Television Drama THE AFFAIR. He is currently penning the live-action musical feature adaptation of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME for Disney Studios and a feature film to star actress Gemma Chan.

Mr. Hwang attended Stanford University and the Yale School of Drama, and holds honorary degrees from Columbia College, the American Conservatory Theatre, Lehigh University, the University of Southern California, SUNY Purchase, and Williams College. He serves on the board of the Lark Play Development Center and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. Hwang is a Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award voter. From 1994-2001, he sat by appointment of President Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In 1993, the nation’s oldest Asian American theatre, East-West Players in Los Angeles, christened its new mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theatre. The David Henry Hwang Society, devoted to the scholarly examination of his plays, was founded in 2016. Since 2014, he has been Associate Professor and Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Recent honors include his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame, a Ford Foundation “Art of Change” Award in 2015, the 2015 ISPA Distinguished Artist Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, and the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist. He was the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays from 2012-14.

David Henry Hwang lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Kathryn Layng. They are the proud parents of two young adults, Noah David and Eva Veanne.

Video: New-York Historical Society Art Salon: Asian Americans: Inclusion/Exclusion Today with Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang, Huang Ruo and Agnes Hsu-Tang 

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

Broadway On Demand Presents Live Stream Premiere of ALLEGIANCE Starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and More Tonight

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Broadway On Demand, the new streaming platform for theater devotees, will present the online streaming premiere of Broadway’s Allegiance on Friday, May 29 on BroadwayOnDemand.com.

Watch a free, LIVE pre-show event at 7:30 PM ET featuring exclusive interviews with George TakeiLea Salonga and Telly Leung!

The online premiere of the full staged musical production will stream at 8:00 PM ET for $14.99 on BroadwayOnDemand.com, which includes a digital download of the Original Cast Album and an exclusive bonus video. Viewers will be able to watch the full Broadway production of the musical, for a 24-hour rental period. Viewers can also purchase a 24-hour on-demand playback for $8.99 beginning May 30 through June 7, 2020.

Lea Salonga and George Takei. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura (Leung) seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei (Salonga), fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer. The musical officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Broadway On Demand offers an extensive and wide-ranging library of video-on-demand content, exclusive live stream events, interactive platforms, and educational resources. Stream exclusive, original, live and on-demand theatre content.

Theater Mu Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal Hosts Mu-tini Hour with ALLEGIANCE’s George Takei, Lea Salonga and Jay Kuo Tonight 

Day of Remembrance: George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE Set for Encore Screening 

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

Asia Society Museum Announces New Dates for Inaugural Triennial

Asia Society Museum has rescheduled its inaugural Triennial due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. The Asia Society Triennial is the first recurring initiative in the United States devoted to contemporary art from and about Asia and Asian diasporas. It is now slated to run October 27, 2020 through June 27, 2021.

Asia Society Museum lobby (Frank Oudeman)
Asia Society Museum lobby (Frank Oudeman)

Originally programmed to take place from June 5–August 9, 2020, this groundbreaking initiative will now unfold in two successive parts at Asia Society Museum, and across select participating venues throughout Manhattan. The first part will run from October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021, and the second part from March 16, 2021, through June 27, 2021. The longer duration will allow for greater flexibility in scheduling, more artistic and educational programming, and new visitor safety protocols.

“Throughout history, pandemics have shown us how vulnerable we are, but also how we give each other strength and hope by coming together,” said Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D., Executive Chair of the Asia Society Triennial. “We believe that the Triennial will be a potent manifestation of the power of art to bring humanity back to a divided, vulnerable, post-COVID-19 world, especially at a time when racism against Asians and Asian Americans has resurged in our society. We are profoundly grateful to our supporters and partner institutions, who have stood firmly by us as we navigated the many difficult challenges to keep the Triennial viable and strong.”

Met Opera 2019 National Council Auditions Winner William Guanbo Su, Asia Society Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director Boon Hui Tan and Asia Society Triennial Executive Chairman Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD with members of the Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors including (from left to right) Barbara & Chuck Moore, Bruce Chemel, Board President-Elect David Henry Jacobs, and Kevin & Dannehl Twomey. Photo by Lia Chang

Entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, the exhibition and performance program has been reconceived by Dr. Hsu-Tang, Artistic Director of the Triennial and Asia Society Museum Director Boon Hui Tan, and Executive Director of Global Artistic Programs Ken Tan, in response to these unprecedented times. “By presenting the exhibition over a longer period of time and in two consecutive parts, we are moving away from the crush of spectacle associated with many international art events,” said Boon Hui Tan. “This reconfiguration will create a more spread out, yet intimate experience of the artworks while enabling necessary physical distancing. We intend for the exhibition to be one that may be returned to more than once and slowly absorbed, like slow food.”

The exhibition features over 40 artists and collectives from 20 countries. The participating artists and collectives work across a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, video, fiber art, and performance, and nearly half have been commissioned to create new work. There will be a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue and an expanded digital component.

For the latest information on the Triennial, please visit AsiaSociety.org/triennial.

Executive Chair
Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D.

Artistic Director
Boon Hui Tan, Vice President for Global Artistic Programs at Asia Society and Director of Asia Society Museum

Cocurators
Boon Hui Tan and Michelle Yun, Associate Director of the Triennial and Senior Curator of Contemporary Asian Art at Asia Society Museum

Guest curators
Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D., curator of We the People: Xu Bing and Sun Xun Respond to the Declaration of Independence
Giovanna Fulvi, curator of the Triennial film series
Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D. curator of Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum at the New-York Historical Society, a collateral exhibition

Asia Society Museum presents a wide range of traditional, modern, and contemporary exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, taking new approaches to familiar masterpieces and introducing under-recognized arts and artists. The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises a traditional art collection, including the initial bequests of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and a contemporary art collection. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in both traditional and contemporary Asian art, and in Asia today.

Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution based in New York with state-of-the-art cultural centers and gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City.

To stay informed about Asia Society and New York offerings, visit AsiaSociety.org/NY and @AsiaSocietyNY.

Asia Society Triennial to Feature over 40 Artists from 19 Countries 

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

Video: New-York Historical Society Art Salon: Asian Americans: Inclusion/Exclusion Today with Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang, Huang Ruo and Agnes Hsu-Tang

David Henry Hwang, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Huang Ruo

In a timely conversation hosted by the New-York Historical Society, Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang and acclaimed composer Huang Ruo join New-York Historical Trustee Agnes Hsu-Tang to explore the ways they address anti-Asian and Asian American racism in their creative work.This special discussion features exclusive clips of performances from M. Butterfly and An American Soldier and is the first in a series of salons with leading arts and cultural figures of Asian descent. These conversations delve into critical issues in contemporary society, including Orientalism in the post-colonial world, artists as activists, and COVID-19 and resurging racism in America.

David Henry Hwang has received numerous honors for his prolific work in theater, television, film, and opera. His most recent work, the groundbreaking “musical within a play” Soft Power, was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received many other recognitions, including 11 Drama Desk Award nominations. Huang Ruo is an award-winning composer and conductor whose works have premiered and been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and many others. His most recent opera, a highly anticipated work based on David Henry Hwang’s iconic play M. Butterfly, was originally scheduled to receive its world premiere in August 2020 at the Santa Fe Opera. Agnes Hsu-Tang (moderator) is executive chair of the first international contemporary Asian art triennial in North America initiated by the Asia Society Museum, a managing director at the Metropolitan Opera, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

Asia Society Triennial Executive Chairman Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD with (from left to right) composer Huang Ruo, librettist David Henry Hwang, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and stage director James Robinson at Asia Society in New York on November 20, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on Hwang’s 1988 Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer-Prize finalist Broadway play, M. Butterfly is the story of René Gallimard, a French diplomat who carried on a 20-year love affair with Song Liling, a Peking opera star with an astonishing secret that leads to Gallimard’s professional and personal ruin. The story’s many parallels with Puccini’s well-known Madama Butterfly are echoed in the new opera’s music, composed by the celebrated young Chinese American composer Huang Ruo.

Guang Yang, Huang Ruo, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, David Henry Hwang, Andrew Stenson, Fang-Tao Jiang at the New-York Historical Society presentation of AN AMERICAN SOLDIER on April 23, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

An American Soldier, a grand opera based on the tragic life of a 19-year-old Chinese American soldier Danny Chen, whose death while serving in Afghanistan led to President Obama signing into law a bill designated to combat military hazing.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only 20 in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Asia Society and the Santa Fe Opera Present David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo’s M. BUTTERFLY Opera Working Rehearsal 

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Asia Society And The Santa Fe Opera Present David Henry Hwang And Huang Ruo’s M. BUTTERFLY Opera Working Rehearsal 

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: New-York Historical Society Presents Excerpts Of David Henry Hwang And Huang Ruo’s Opera, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

Photos: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion at New York Historical Society

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.

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Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre Presents RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS & PLAY READINGS Featuring André De Shields, Chuck Smith, S. Epatha Merkerson, Barbara Montgomery, Ruben Santiago Hudson, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Howard Craft, Petronia Paley, Larry Muhammad, Tyler Fauntleroy, Kim Sullivan, Bill Harris, Denise Burse-Fernandez, Guy Davis, Trevor Rhone, Ron Bobb-Semple, Joyce Sylvester and Clinton Turner Davis, June 2- 30

From June 2 to 30, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre will present “Tuesdays in June 2020: Rapping with the Artists & Play Readings,” a program of seven live-streamed discussions and play reading events featuring distinguished artists who have done formative and influential work at New Federal Theatre.

Elizabeth Van Dyke, André De Shields, Art Evans and Woodie King, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

These events are New Federal’s inaugural virtual programming, aiming to connect and share some creative content with friends and supporters until we can all meet in person at the theater. All events are free but registration is
required and donations will be gratefully accepted. To register, send an email to: nftvirtualprograms@gmail.com.

June 2 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
S. Epatha Merkerson, Barbara Montgomery and Ruben Santiago Hudson discuss their artistic journeys.

June 9 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
J. Alphonse Nicholson and Howard Craft discuss the theatrical realization of the play, “Freight: the Five Incarnations of Abel Green.”

June 16 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
Director Petronia Paley and playwright Larry Muhammad on the birth of the production, “Looking for Leroy.”

June 16 at 7:00 PM:
PLAY READING
“Looking for Leroy” featuring AUDELCO Award winning actors Tyler Fauntleroy and Kim Sullivan, directed by Petronia Paley

June 23 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
Playwright Bill Harris and actors Denise Burse-Fernandez and Guy Davis discuss their collaboration.

June 30 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
André De Shields and Chuck Smith rap about creating theater centered around historical figures.

June 30 at 7:00 PM:
PLAY READING
Trevor Rhone’s “Two Can Play,” featuring Ron Bobb-Semple and Joyce Sylvester, directed by Clinton Turner Davis.

KUDOS FOR Woodie King, JR.
On May 19, the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards were announced in a virtual presentation hosted by Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Woodie King, Jr., Founding Director of New Federal Theatre and Off-Broadway producer and director, was honored in the category “Legends of Off Broadway,” recognizing sustained achievement in Off Broadway theater.

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