As part of the ongoing celebration of Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month, The Lucille Lortel Foundation is continuing to use its social media platforms to help elevate and honor AAPI theatrical community members. Viet Vo will interview 2020 Lucille Lortel Award Winner Francis Jue (Cambodian Rock Band) “IG LIVE WITH” on the Lortel Foundation Instagram account on Friday, May 14 at 7:00 pm. Jue received the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face.
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Francis Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Some favorite Off-Broadway credits include Cambodian Rock Band (2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Soft Power (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award), Yellow Face (Obie, 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play), Kung Fu, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, King Lear, and A Language of Their Own. Other favorite theatre credits include The Language Archive (BATCC for Featured Actor in a Play), The King of the Yees (BATCC for Principal Actor in a Play, Scenie Award), In the Next Room… (AriZoni Award), Cabaret (BATCC), Red (Philly Award), Tiger Style!, The King & I, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Joyful Noise, Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU. Jue is featured on the cast recordings of Cambodian Rock Band and Soft Power.
Originally from Hawaii, Viet Vo 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.
The Lucille Lortel Foundation was created by Lucille Lortel to foster excellence and diversity in the theatre, as well as to faithfully preserve the rich history and support the continued prosperity of Off-Broadway.
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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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