Watch: New York Theatre Barn’s New Works Series Presents Sneak Peek of Christine Toy Johnson and Jason Ma’s BROKEN GROUND Featuring Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee Jr. 

New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Available on New York Theatre Barn’s YouTube channel and Broadway on Demand, the live 45-minute series includes excerpts from two new musicals and a conversation with the writers and creative team.

Artwork by Bruce Alan Johnson
Artwork by Bruce Alan Johnson

On November 18 at 7:00 p.m., New York Theatre Barn will present Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I) and Jonny Lee Jr. in excerpts of Broken Ground, featuring Book and Lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson (Come From Away) and Music and Lyrics by Jason Ma (Gold Mountain, Miss Saigon)
Originally commissioned by Village Theatre (Robb Hunt, Executive Producer, Jerry Dixon, Artistic Director, Brandon Ivie, Associate Artistic Director).

Taking place in 1912 on the cusp of a new era for China, Broken Ground tells the story of 18-year old Xue Lán, as she sets out on the path created for her by tradition and her family to marry a young soldier. Still grieving the recent loss of her mother and twin brother and yearning to make peace with the new life before her, she seeks guidance from both Guan Yin, the goddess of compassion, and the spirit of her mother. Transported to another space and time of an ancient myth via an embroidered story in NüShu, the centuries-old writing system created by and only for women, Xue Lán connects to her mother’s wishes for her and discovers that she can indeed find happiness by both speaking her truth and honoring her destiny.

The New Works Series is produced and hosted by Jen Sandler and Joe Barros. Since March, the company has presented 28 virtual installments of its New Works Series (among other programming), has presented 60 new musicals, and lifted up the work of 100 writers and over 200 artists. For more information, visit New York Theatre Barn’s website:

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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