Video: The Lucille Lortel Foundation Presents an IG Live Chat with Jason Ma and Viet Vo in Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Lucille Lortel Foundation is presenting an IG Live with Actor/Lyricist/Composer, Jason Ma and Actor Viet Vo on Friday, May 7 at 7pm EST. 

Follow @lorteltheatre on instagram and watch the chat below.

1st Row: Viet Vo, Steven Eng, Jason Ma, Jonny Lee, Jr., Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Ali Ewoldt. 2nd Row: Eric Elizaga, Darren Lee, Alan Muraoka, Daniel May, David Henry Hwang, Joseph Steven Yang, Lawrence-Michael Arias, Eric Bondoc, Alex Hsu, Kiet Tai Cao, Robert Scott Smith, Max Chang, Spike 150 Board Member in rehearsal for Gold Mountain the Musical on May 6, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Ma (馬智培) is a son of an immigrant family and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. In addition to writing, he is an actor who has performed extensively on  Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters  and many international venues.  Jason is the ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 recipient of the Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist.  He wrote the music, book and lyrics for GOLD MOUNTAIN, which was performed  as a key commemorative  event for Utah’s Spike 150 anniversary celebrations  in 2019.  GOLD MOUNTAIN was also presented  in a  2017 concert at TheTimesCenter in New York City  by the National Asian Artists Project in partnership with Prospect Theater Company, as well as  selected for  the 2016 ASCAP/ DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. With librettist/co-lyricist Christine Toy Johnson, Jason wrote music and lyrics for the full-length musical BARCELONA, which was subsequently selected for Village Theatre’s 2015 Festival of New Musicals  and currently, they are writing and developing the new original musical BROKEN GROUND, a commissioned work for Village Theatre.

Alex Hsu, Viet Vo and Lawrence Michael Arias in Gold Mountain. Photo by Lia Chang

Originally from Hawaii, Viet thought moving from that island to the island of Manhattan was going to be the same. Until he realized there were no beaches, just a lot of pavement. However, he has had many a great opportunity to work with amazing as well as well known people. For that, he is living beyond his dreams. Theatre: ROMEO AND BERNADETTE, CAROUSEL, FISHING FOR WIVES, MISS SAIGON, MIKADO. TV/FILM: THE BLACKLIST, A CRIME TO REMEMBER, TALES OF THE CITY, LOST.

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 filmsWolf, 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.  

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