Watch: Prospect Theater Company’s LADY APSARA and Q & A with Angel Desai, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Kamala Sankaram, Zi Alikhan, Cara Reichel, Moderated by Joel de la Fuente

Prospect Theater Company’s VISION Series presented a premiere of Lady Apsara, featuring book and lyrics by Naveen Bahar Choudhury, and music by Kamala Sankaram on November 19.

Helmed by Zi Alikhan, with Directors of Photography Sean MacLaughlin and Brian Bon, Lady Apsara stars Angel Desai, and features Chris Cornwell, Shinya Miyamoto, and Debbie Christine Tjong. Desai portrays Apsara, a hard-working NYC actress whose identity is both Filipina and Indian, sings her way through a two-audition day… to an extraordinary conclusion.

Prospect’s VISION Series is a new initiative continuing the company’s mission of creating and presenting original musical theater works by emerging artists while public gatherings are on pause.

Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Cara Reichel, Joel de la Fuente, Kamala Sankaram, Angel Desai and Zi Alikhan.
Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Cara Reichel, Joel de la Fuente, Kamala Sankaram, Angel Desai and Zi Alikhan.

Actor Joel de la Fuente hosted a fascinating post-screening discussion book writer and lyricist Naveen Bahar Choudhury, composer Kamala Sankaram, director Zi Alikhan,  actor & associate producer Angel Desai and Prospect’s Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel. The wide ranging chat touched on duel identity, code switching, inclusion, South Asian stories and representation, and the challenges of creating theater on film under strict COVID-19 restrictions.

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Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang

Most recently, Joel de la Fuente can be heard reading Charles Yu’s National Book Award Finalist, “Interior: Chinatown” for Penguin Books. Onscreen, Joel appears in the Amazon original series, “The Man in the High Castle” as Chief Inspector Kido and onstage all across the country doing the one-person play “Hold These Truths,” by Jeanne Sakata, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and won a Theatre Bay Award for Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role. For more info, please visit:

Debbie Christine Tjong and Angel Desai. Photo Credit: Zi Alikhan Director/Photographer

The resident production and design team at the Goodwill Theatre included Production and Projection Designer Lianne Arnold, Lighting Designer Adam Honoré, Sound Designer and Audio Engineer Marián Gómez Villota, and Production Manager Josh Cape. During Prospect’s September residency at the Goodwill Theatre (Chief Executive Officer: Naima Kradjian) located outside of Binghamton, NY, health and safety needs were generously sponsored by United Health Services, which included regular COVID testing under the guidance of Health Safety Supervisor, RN Megan Farmer.

Prospect’s VISION Series is a music-theater-on-film initiative made possible with leadership project support from Leonard Majzlin, and by Somerled Arts For more information on Prospect Theater Company, visit

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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