Aug. 4: Restart Stages at Lincoln Center, HARLEM WEEK and the Harlem Arts Alliance Present Debra Ann Byrd in BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey

Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center, HARLEM WEEK and the Harlem Arts Alliance are presenting Debra Ann Byrd in BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey, directed by Tina Packer on Wednesday, August 4 at The Isabel and Peter Malkin Stage at Hearst Plaza at 7:00 p.m.

Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang
Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

Classically trained actress and playwright Debra Ann Byrd’s one-woman “living memoir” and musical play, Becoming Othello, explores her upbringing as a young girl raised in Spanish Harlem and the painstaking process of expressing that sometimes troubled personal history through her acclaimed gender-switched performance as the Moor of Venice. Byrd’s life as a single mother and as an artist provide her with the grounding and depth necessary to inhabit Othello, but it is the willing bravery to share her unseen truths that most resonates with her audiences. In this new adaptation of the play, produced by Harlem Arts Alliance in honor of the annual HARLEM WEEK celebration, she mines the Shakespearean tradition to showcase the struggle, triumph and excellence of the uptown Black experience.

Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

Seats are available via the TodayTix Lottery. Enter for a chance to win a FREE pod (two seats) starting two weeks before the show. Entries close three days before a performance at 12:59 pm ET.  Click here for more information.

Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang
Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang
Debra Ann Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

The Berkshire Eagle: Debra Ann Byrd realizes dream of writing her memoir in solo show ‘Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey’

BWW Interview: Debra Ann Byrd of BECOMING OTHELLO: A BLACK GIRL’S JOURNEY at Shakespeare & Company

New York Amsterdam News: Debra Ann Byrd on her free, one-woman show airing Dec. 14

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker 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. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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