Watch: Adventure Theatre MTC Explores Biracial and Multi-Racial Journeys to Broadway on SUNDAY STORYTIMES with Erin Quill, Merle Dandridge, Ali Ewoldt and Manna Nichols

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday Storytimes is bringing new light to multi-racial and biracial stories with guest host Erin Quill from the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q. On Sunday, August 9th, Erin will interview actress Merle Dandridge (Once on This Island), star of Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit series “Greenleaf,” on fluidity in racial identity, representation onstage and onscreen, and talking to kids about acknowledging others’ identities at 1:00pm.

Erin Quill, Merle Dandridge

Erin will continue the discussion at 3:00pm with actresses Ali Ewoldt, most known for her portrayal as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and Manna Nichols of 2019’s “Cold Pursuit,” the live-action “Beauty & the Beast” on which she sang background vocals, and George Takei’s Allegiance.

Ali Ewoldt, Manna Nichols

Executive Director Leon Seemann, Artistic Director Chil Kong, and Education Director Margo Brenner Collins are humbled and thrilled to have such wide variety of theatre and screen talent tell their personal, inspiring stories of their racial journey and their experience in entertainment industry.

Says Kong, “I’m so excited to bring to the table more stories about racial identity for families and children in the DC area to foster and encourage discussions about how the next generation empathizes with others and creates a better world. These actresses personal journeys are inspiring for not only our patrons but our students as well who hope to rise to their level of technique in the future.”

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Lia Chang

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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