On Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. (EDT), two multiple Award-winning Asian American theater makers, Francis Jue and Lauren Yee, will join theater critic Diep Tran for Asia Society’s free live video webcast conversation. They will discuss the importance of whose stories are told and why this is so crucial to the American identity.
Signature Theatre’s production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band starring Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng, recently received a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. The production has been nominated for a 2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, a 2020 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, a 2020 Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production of Play, a 2020 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for Joe Ngo.
Francis Jue has been scooping up awards and nominations for four different roles this season. He has garnered a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power; a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Cambodian Rock Band; and two San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards – for Principal Actor in a Play for San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, and for Featured Actor in a Play in Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Jue is in contention for two Drama Desk Awards – for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Cambodian Rock Band and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Soft Power. He was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Lead Actor in a Musical for Soft Power.
Francis Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Some favorite Off-Broadway credits include Cambodian Rock Band (Lucille Lortel Award), Soft Power (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award), Yellow Face (Obie), Kung Fu, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, King Lear, and A Language of Their Own. Other favorite theatre credits include The Language Archive (BATCC), The King of the Yees (BATCC, Scenie Award), In the Next Room… (AriZoni Award), Cabaret (BATCC), Red (Philly Award), Tiger Style!, The King & I, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Joyful Noise, Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU. Jue is featured on the cast recordings of Cambodian Rock Band and Soft Power.
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.
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
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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