Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner and DEATH OF A SALESMAN Star André De Shields’ Story, “When Iris Eyes Were Smiling” on The Moth Radio Hour’s “Guiding Lights” Through Oct. 31

The Moth Radio Hour episode entitled, “Guiding Lights,” featuring stories by Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Death of A Salesman star André De Shields, Bud Trillin, and Francine Lobis Wheeler, is airing on nationally on public radio stations from Tuesday, October 25 – Monday, October 31, 2022. Click here for local air times.

André De Shields and Moth Artistic Director Catherine Burns. Photo by Lia Chang

In this episode, stories of the voices that inspire us, comfort us, and help us navigate the world–sometimes in defiance of science or logic. This episode is hosted by Moth Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Synopsis:
André De Shields is inspired by his sister and muse, Iris.
Bud Trillin and a Chinatown chicken play tic-tac-toe.

In the wake of an unfathomable loss, Francine Lobis Wheeler must navigate grieving in the public eye.

Click here for the full episode.

The global storytelling nonprofit THE MOTH made its Broadway debut with a special storytelling show, HELL-BENT: THE MOTH ON BROADWAY at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on April 25, 2022.

The Moth sells out in Broadway Debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning more than half a century, André De Shields has acquired a number of sobriquets, among them, “Broadway Diety,” “Professional Charmer,” and “Papa Dré.” Mr. De Shields has also distinguished himself as a director, philanthropist and educator. His defining theatrical performances include roles in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty (Tony Award Nomination), Play On! (Tony Award nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), and the titular role in The Wiz. André De Shields is currently starring as Ben Loman in the Broadway revival of Death of A Salesman at the Hudson Theatre through January 15, 2023.  De Shields is experiencing growing pains as he prepares for his next adventure as Actor/Activist, eradicating the inauthentic while elevating the inexplicable. Unbuntu! www.andredeshields.com

André De Shields and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

The Broadway bow celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary as well as the launch of its new book, HOW TO TELL A STORY: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MEMORABLE STORYTELLING FROM THE MOTH (Crown; Hardcover), which is currently available for purchase here.

The Moth Debuted on Broadway with Stories by André De Shields, Danyel Smith, Tiq Milan, Victor Levenstein, Marguerite Maria Rivas and Featured Music by Jewelle Blackman, Tara Jackson, Jessie Shelton, Yael “YaYa” Reich and Liam Robinson

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is a Chinese-American actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

Lia moved to New York from her home in San Francisco when she was 17 years of age and made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet. She spent many years working extensively Off-Broadway, including Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago. Her film work includes Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. The decades of being viewed by others through the narrow lens of “Asian actor” in the industry brought Lia to a turning point, and she picked up her camera, determined to create awareness by documenting the work and the lives of her BIPOC colleagues, resulting in the creation of thousands of photographs and pieces of video. Her photo archives are housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room under “Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011” and in the “Lia Chang Photography Collection” in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library.

Lia’s awards include the 2022 Prospect Muse Award, the 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award and the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. She is also an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate, a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age, a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media, and a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

More recently, Lia co-founded Bev’s Girl Films, which makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. She executive produced and starred in the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com

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