2020 WTFringe/Women’s Theatre Festival 2020: Christine Toy Johnson’s EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM Featuring Rin Allen, Rebecca Hirota and Deborah Lew Set for Livestream on July 10 and 11; Cindy Cheung and Nandita Shenoy to Participate in Talkback

EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM, written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson, will stream live during the WTFringe 2020 and the Women’s Theatre Festival 2020 on July 10 at 7:30 pm EST and July 11 at 9 pm EST.

Click here to watch the performances.

The 20-minute comedy tells the story of a Teaneck-born Asian American actress who adopts the persona of an exotic Hong Kong movie star so she can get her shot on Broadway and features Rin Allen, Rebecca Hirota and Deborah Lew.

A talkback with Johnson, Cindy Cheung and Nandita Shenoy (all steering committee members of AAPAC, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition) will take place after the July 10 performance.

Click here to watch the performances.

If you want to make a donation to the festival (they split the proceeds with artists & there’s a suggested donation of $10) you can do so here:
https://www.paypal.me/wtfestivalnc (and put EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM in the memo)
Or here:
(But really, no pressure. It’s meant to be Pay what you can and you can just view for free.)

Christine Toy Johnson (playwright/director) is an award-winning writer, actor, director and advocate for inclusion. Her written works have been produced and/or developed by the Roundabout, Village Theatre, Barrow Group, Prospect Theatre, Weston Playhouse, O’Neill, CAP 21 and more and are included in the Library of Congress’s Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection (Playwrights Division). She is an alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, was a 2016 fellow of The Writers Lab (supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and NYWIFT), was the 2013 recipient of the Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity, serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and is host of the Guild’s podcast “Talkback” on Broadway Podcast Network. As an actor, Christine has worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on television and is on “extended intermission” from the North American tour of COME FROM AWAY. She is currently writing book & lyrics for a new musical with composer/lyricist Jason Ma, commissioned by Village Theatre, as well as several other pieces to get her mind off of the pandemic. For details, please visit www.christinetoyjohnson.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.

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