Book Launch Party for Helen Zia’s New Book, LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI, at Chinese Culture Center Auditorium on January 24

CCC, Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, 1990 Institute, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, East Wind Books and other community partners are co-presenting the Book Launch Party for Helen Zia’s new nonfiction book, Last Boat out of Shanghai, at Chinese Culture Center Auditorium, 750 Kearny St, 3rd Fl., SF, CA, on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:45pm.
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Zia is a local writer, reporter and activist whose writings focus on LGBTQ, Women’s and Human Rights. Last Boat out of Shanghai is based on the “dramatic, real-life stories of a generation caught up in the mass rush out of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution” that parallel the struggles faced by emigrants today. Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the U.S.

The release party features a talk with Helen Zia, followed by a Q&A, book signing, and opportunity to purchase your copy of Last Boat out of Shanghai. The first kickoff event for CCC’s theme of the year, Present Tense 2019: Task of Remembrance will bring together projects that reflect on the complexities, gravity, and responsibility of remembering.

Schedule
4:30-5:30pm Pre-reception with author Helen Zia for Reader tickets
5:30pm Doors Open
5:45pm Program begins, followed by Q&A and book signing

Tickets
There are two tickets available: Reader tickets ($60) and General Public tickets ($5 or Pay What You Can).

Reader tickets include a pre-event reception that begins at 4:30, reserved seating and a signed copy of Last Boat out of Shanghai.

General Public tickets are $5 or Pay What You Can with an optional donation choice.

In community partnership with Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Historical Society of America, Center for Asian American Media, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, 1990 Institute, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and East Wind Books (partial list).

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Asia Society Presents ‘The King and I’ Meets ‘Soft Power’ with David Henry Hwang and Bartlett Sher on February 5

David Henry Hwang (Photo by Lia Chang) and Bartlett Sher.
Conrad Ricamora, Austin Ku, Francis Jue, Geena Quintos, Billy Bustamante and Raymond J. Lee. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora, Austin Ku, Francis Jue, Geena Quintos, Billy Bustamante and Raymond J. Lee. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

On Tuesday, February 5th, Asia Society is presenting Tony Award-winning theater artists director Bartlett Sher and playwright David Henry Hwang in conversation on the current state of American musical theater, as it wrestles with becoming more sensitive and inclusive, with focus on Asian-themed musicals.

The inspiration of Hwang’s new musical Soft Power by Sher’s revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I will serve as the basis for discussion of Asian representation in musical theater history, as it informs our present.  Segueing into how to improve upon the status quo, the panel will examine Sher and Hwang’s distinctive approaches, illuminate points of contrast and overlap, and consider their artistic work and goals as complementary. The conversation will be moderated by Karen Shimakawa, NYU Tisch Associate Professor of Performance Studies.

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.

The talk is from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue in New York.  This program is part of the series Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism co-presented with the Barnard College Department of Theatre, Stages of Inquiry.

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$20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers
Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Kahchun Wong Set for NY Philharmonic Debut in Lunar New Year Concert on February 6

Kachun Wong. Photo by Angie Kremer Photography

Kahchun Wong, 32, Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and first prize winner of the 2016 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting the orchestra’s annual Lunar New Year Concert on February 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. A native of Singapore, Wong is only the second conductor-following Long Yu-given the honor to lead the Philharmonic’s annual concert celebration of Asian culture and heritage. This concert also marks Wong’s New York conducting debut.

Kachun Wong. Photo by Angie Kremer Photography
Kachun Wong. Photo by Angie Kremer Photography

The New York Philharmonic’s 2019 Lunar New Year Concert will welcome the Year of the Pig with a program themed around the element of fire, including the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Violin Concerto: Fire Ritual (performed by Bomsori Kim in her Philharmonic debut); Shin Arirang, Dong-Jin Kim’s version of the iconic Korean folk song “Arirang,” and Mozart’s “Der Hölle Rache” from The Magic Flute, both performed by soprano So Young Park in her Philharmonic debut; Liu Yuan’s Train Toccata;and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919 version). Continuing the annual tradition, the concert will also include the Spring Festival Overture by composer Li Huanzhi, recognizing the composer’s centenary in 1919.

Wong’s remarkable last-minute debut with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in October 2016 led to his appointment as Chief Conductor. In September 2018, Wong began his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, leading the orchestra’s season opening concert in a program that included the world premiere of Kah Hoe Yii’s Concerto 4 Orchestra, Brahms’ Violin Concerto in N*E*R*D Major with soloist Midori, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. In October, Wong led the orchestra on a tour to Milan, Italy and Kepmten & Unterföhring, Germany.

Wong conducted the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Gala on January 5 and 6, 2019 featuring works by Oscar Straus and Richard Strauss; and will lead Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya in March 2019. Wong concludes the first season of his tenure as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor on May 11 conducting Puccini’s Preludio sinfonico and Capriccio sinfonico, Lalo’s Cello Concerto in N*E*R*D minor, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4,”Italienische.”

In December 2018, Wong made his debut with the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic, in a program that featured Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Denis Kozhukhin, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1945). Bachtrack raved about the performance, writing “There was an obvious warmth between Wong and the players. He had a vision, taking the audience on the most extraordinary music journey.”

Later this season, Wong will be a guest conductor with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (March 30), the Tonküstler Orchestra in Baden, Austria (April 5) and Wiener Neustadt (April 6), the Kyoto Symphony (May 18 and 19), and Nagoya Symphony(May 24 and 25).

A passionate advocate for access to arts education and the belief that music education has the power to inspire, Wong co-foundedProject Infinitude, an inclusive arts initiative embracing children from diverse backgrounds. Recent initiatives have included immersive and sensory-friendly performances with young audiences sitting amongst the musicians and receiving red bean soup in Singapore, and cross-cultural collaborations involving the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore-based Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Wong and his co-founder Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer Gustav Mahler, aim to expand the project in a sustainable and thoughtful way.

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Ako, Satomi Blair, Tom Coiner, Emma Kikue and Jay Patterson Set for Primary Stages’ GOD SAID THIS by Leah Nanako Winkler at Cherry Lane Theatre, January 16 – February 15

Primary Stages is presenting God Said This, written by Leah Nanako Winkler (Two Mile Hollow) and directed by Morgan Gould (Kentucky). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014) on January 16, 2019 with opening night set for Tuesday, January 29, for a run through February 15, 2019. Tickets are on sale now and are available at primarystages.org.

Proudly developed during award-winning playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s tenure as part of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, God Said This is a provocative and surprisingly funny new drama about five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways.

The cast of God Said This will include Ako (Sayonara), Satomi Blair (Kentucky), Tom Coiner (“The Night Of”), Emma Kikue (“The Sinner”), and Jay Patterson (Inherit the Wind).

God Said This will feature scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado (Dance Nation), costume design by Jessica Pabst (Marvin’s Room), lighting design by Ryan Seelig (Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf), and sound design by M.L. Dogg (Downstairs).

The performance schedule for God Said This is as follows: Tuesday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm; Tuesday, January 29; and Tuesday, February 5. There will be an additional performance on Wednesday, January 23 at 2pm.

Single tickets for God Said This start at $80, with additional premium seating options offered. All tickets are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available by contacting 212-840-9705.

AKO (Masako). Theater: ATL, OSF, WTF, ACT Seattle, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, 5th Ave. Theatre. CATF, Alley Theatre, ESIPA. EST, Prospect Theater, Pan Asian Rep., Urban Stage, Gotham Stage. Film: Snow Falling on Cedars, No Reservations, Prisoners in Time (BBC), Too Tired to Die, I Origin. TV: “30 Rock,” “Mercy.” JAPAN: Takarazuka Revue Company. www.ako-actress.comwww.amaterasuza.org.

SATOMI BLAIR (Hiro). Off-Broadway: Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Vampire Cowboys), Solstice Party (ART-LiveSource), Land O’Fire (JCTC) These Seven Sicknesses, and American Sexy (Flea Theater-former company member). Regional Theatre: Gloria (Woolly Mammoth), I Now Pronounce, God Said This (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival); Gloria at The Dallas Theater Center; Seminar (WHAT); Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage). Television: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “The Village” (NBC), “Rescue Me” (FX). Satomi attended Fordham University and is a member of Morgan Gould & Friends. 4Hawk Productions (Founder): Starring Austin PendletonPostcards from Miss Universe, “The Last Great American Webseries.” 4hawkproductions.com  satomiblair.com.

TOM COINER (John). Primary Stages debut. Recent Theater: God Said This, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival; The Invisible Hand, Milwaukee Rep; Good Men Wanted, NY Stage & Film; Silent Sky, Merrimack Rep; Both Your HousesThe Little Foxes, The Great Society, Our Betters, Asolo Rep. Screen: “Law & Order SVU,” “Person of Interest,” “The Night Of,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Red Dead Redemption 2.” MFA National Theatre Conservatory.

EMMA KIKUE (Sophie). Primary Stages/Off Broadway debut. Regional: God Said This (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival World Premiere,) Up the Hill (O’Neill Theater Center,) Vrooommm! (Triad Stage.). TV: “The Sinner,” “Elementary,” “The Code,” “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “Braindead.” Feature Film: Josie and Jack. Workshops and Readings: Sundance Lab, Writers Guild/New York Television Festival, New Dramatists, Atlantic Theater Co, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi, and Clubbed Thumb. Education: BFA UNCSA.

JAY PATTERSON (James). Broadway: K2 (Outer Critics Circle nom.), Inherit the Wind. Off Broadway: Roundabout, McGinn-Cazale, NYTW, CSC, Mint, EST. Regional: Guthrie, Arena Stage, McCarter, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center-Stage, ASOLO Rep. Alliance, Cincinnati Playhouse. NY Stage and Film. TV: all “Law & Order,” “BrainDead,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” “Blue Bloods,” etc…. Film: more than 40 films including Places In The HeartNobody’s FoolLove Ludlow (Sundance selection), Ted 2, Nine Lives, Norman.

ARNULFO MALDONADO (Scenic Designer). Recent credits include: The Carpenter (Alley Theater); Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre); India Pale AleSugar In  Our Wounds (MTC); Charm, School Girls… (MCC Theater); I Was Most Alive With You, Dance Nation, Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons); Usual GirlsBobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theater Company); 42nd Humana Festival (ATL); Parable of the Sower (UTR/International tour); The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (International tour). Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and a multiple Henry Hewes design nominee. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.arnulfomaldonado.com.

M.L. DOGG (Sound Designer) has designed for such companies as Second Stage Theatre, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Women’s Project, Signature Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, American Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre, Ars Nova, Pearl Theatre, and Nicholas Ward Productions. Broadway: Straight White Men; Oh, Hello On Broadway; The Pee-wee Herman Show. Lortel award for Here Lies Love.

ANDREW DIAZ (Props Supervisor) has previously worked on the Primary Stages productions of The Tribute Artist, Daniel’s Husband, Final Follies, and Downstairs. Andrew is a Brooklyn based set and props designer previously worked with: Walt Disney Entertainment, Roundabout Theatre Company, MCC Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Signature theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Carnegie hall, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, The Public, Theater for a New Audience, Cherry Lane Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. BFA University of Arizona School of Theater Arts.

RYAN SEELIG (Lighting Designer) Select credits include: EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF (Elevator Repair Service), THE REHEARSAL ARTIST(Michelle Ellsworth); THEY THEMSELF AND SCHMERM (Becca Blackwell); LIFE DOES NOT LIVE(James Sprang); THE B-SIDES(The Wooster Group); KENTUCKY(Ensemble Studio Theatre) and LOSING TOM PECINKA(Morgan Gould and Friends). Ryan is a 2009 graduate of Fordham University. www.ryanseelig.com

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Tony Award Winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Kathleen Chalfant, Linda Powell and More Set for Waterwell’s World Premiere of THE COURTROOM, Additional Dates Added

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles

Waterwell is presenting the World Premiere site-specific production of The Courtroom, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings, with text arranged from real court transcripts by Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed, and featuring direction by Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans.

The cast will feature Happy Anderson, Michael Braun, Tony Award nominee and four-time Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant, Hanna Cheek, Michael Bryan French, Mick Hilgers, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Linda Powell, and Kristin Villanueva.

The Courtroom will play four performances in two active legal spaces: the Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street) on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00pm, and Saturday, January 26 at 7:00pm; and the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse (40 Foley Square) on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30pm and Friday, January 25 at 6:30pm. Tickets are free and available now at waterwell.org.

Due to popular demand, additional dates have been added:

January 30, 7pm at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery (131 East 10th Street)
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January 31 & February 1, 7pm at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South)
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The Courtroom is a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Chicago, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom will be performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

AVENUE Q Original Broadway Cast And Creative Team To Celebrate 15 Year Run on Broadway At BroadwayCon on January 12

Ann Harada and Erin Quill

AVENUE Q – winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical – will celebrate its 15+ year run on the BroadwayCon MainStage this weekend, Saturday, January 12, when Original Broadway Cast and Creative Team members will reunite for a special Q&A Panel. Robert Lopez, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Howie Michael Smith, Erin Quill, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, and Ann Harada are confirmed to attend. BroadwayCon moderators, Ben Cameron and Danny Jordan will host the event scheduled to take place from 4:40-5:30pm at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, (141 West 54 St.) in Manhattan.

Powered by its Tony for Best Musical and additional Tonys for Best Music and Lyrics to Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and Best Book of a Musical to Jeff Whitty, AVENUE Q’s victory at the 2004 Tony Awards was considered an historic upset and effectively redrew the landscape for innovation, originality and success on Broadway. The musical recouped its investment in just 10 months, and with its fresh and funny tale about people and puppets just out of college looking for their purpose in life, AVENUE Q has been groundbreaking in its appeal to young theatergoers who relate to the characters and the challenges they face learning adult life lessons about racism, coming out, unemployment, dating, sex and porn. The show has indeed captivated audiences of all generations with it singular, hilarious take on the traditional story of boy-meets-girl, boy-loses girl, boy tries to win girl back – except in Avenue Q, the boy and girl just happen to be puppets.

Late last year, it was announced by the show’s producers, Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group that AVENUE Q will close on April 28, 2019. The show will have played a total of 6537 performances upon closing: from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003 to its final performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.)

AVENUE Q’s unforgettable cast of characters include Princeton, Kate Monster, Rod, Lucy The Slut, Trekkie Monster, Gary Coleman, The Bad Idea Bears, Mrs. Thistletwat, Christmas Eve and Brian.

The current cast of AVENUE Q includes Katie Boren, Grace Choi, Matt Dengler, Jamie Glickman, Imari Hardon, Jason Jacoby, Gizel Jiménez, Nick Kohn, Lacretta, Michael Liscio, Jr., and Rob Morrison.

AVENUE Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and is directed by Jason Moore. Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with puppets conceived and designed by Rick Lyon, musical supervision by Stephen Oremus, choreography by Ken Roberson, scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Mirena Rada, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. Music director is Brian Hertz. Animation design is by Robert Lopez, incidental music is by Gary Adler, and casting is by Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell. Christine M. Daly is Production Stage Manager.

At New World Stages, AVENUE Q performs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com. A limited number of rush tickets are available at the box office for each performance.

For more information about Avenue Q, please visit: AvenueQ.com

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah and Thomas Silcott Set for Athol Fugard’s BOESMAN AND LENA at Signature Theatre, February 5 – March 17

Signature Theatre’s revival of Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard, helmed by Yaël Farber runs February 5, 2019 to March 17, 2019 with a February 25, 2019 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing SquareSignature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

Tickets, priced at $35 thanks to the Signature Ticket Initiative, are on sale now for the production. To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

The cast of Boesman and Lena includes Zainab Jah (Signature’s Venus) as Lena, Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Signature’s Master Harold… and the Boys) as Boesman and Thomas Silcott (“Luke Cage”) as Old African.

The creative team includes Susan Hilferty (Scenic & Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Matt Hubbs (Sound Design), UnkleDave’s Fight-House (Fight Direction), and Barbara Rubin(Dialect Coach). The Production Stage Manager is Cherie B. Tay and Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Legacy playwright Athol Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center, and his South African-set stories, with themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, remain as relevant as ever. In this new production of the “prophetic and brilliant” (The New York Times) Boesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope and compassion is on display in the struggles of abusive Boesman and his long-suffering wife Lena, who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

All tickets for the initial run of the production are $35 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. For more information, please visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation with additional support provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Unlikely Collaborators, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Stephen Adly Guirgis, Elizabeth Canavan and More Set for LAByrinth Theater Company’s 19th Annual Barn Series at Cherry Lane, January 11 – 20 

Stephen Adly Guirgis. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephen Adly Guirgis. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephen Adly Guirgis. Photo by Lia Chang

LAByrinth Theater Company their 19th Annual Barn Series, the award-winning company’s developmental play reading series, January 11-20, 2019 at Cherry Lane Theatre, where LAByrinth is the Company in Residence.  This year’s series features ten new plays written and directed by LAB company members. All readings are free and open to the public. Visit www.labtheater.org to make reservations.

The Barn Series continues LAByrinth’s tradition of creating, developing, and producing the work of its company members. LAB’s 2019 summer production at Cherry Lane will be a fully-staged World Premiere of one of the works presented in this Barn Series, the title of which will be announced in March.

“We’re thrilled to announce a wildly diverse lineup of ten original plays at LAByrinth’s 19th annual Barn Series Festival. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than presenting a wide array of inspired work-from LAB vets such as Stephen Adly Guirgis and Liz Canavan to an exciting group of young artists from our education program to everything in between,” says Artistic Director John Ortiz. “This free reading series is an integral part of our play development process, and it’s a privilege to share it with our community.”

LAByrinth’s new Executive Director, Rachel Shuey, believes that the Barn Series is a critical step in LAByrinth’s play development process. “I am excited for the public to bear witness to our company members’ incredible work. Each piece has its finger on the pulse of our society in a deeply nuanced and important way,” says Shuey.

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Brian D. Coats, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, Gayle Samuels, John Archie, Daniel Morgan Shelley, Marc Alexander Pierre, Johnieann Smith and JoLe Peynado Set for Florida Rep’s FENCES, January 11 – 30

Florida Repertory Theatre is presenting August Wilson’s “Fences,” the multiple Tony Award-winning Best Play and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, January 11-30 in the Historic Arcade Theatre, 2267 First St, Fort Myers, FL 33901. The run includes four nearly-sold out preview performances, January 8-10.

August Wilson’s celebrated American Century Cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. The cycle begins in the early 1900s, when wounds from slavery and the Civil War were still fresh, and closes in the 1990s when even a large and increasingly influential black middle class would not escape persistent racial tensions. “Fences” is Wilson’s offering for the 1950s, and like many of the plays in his Cycle, it takes place in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

The modern American classic follows Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro leagues now struggling to support his family as a trash collector in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and teenaged son, who now has his chance to become a star athlete.

Florida Rep has assembled an A-list cast of Broadway and regional actors, many of whom have appeared numerous times in “Fences” and other American Century Cycle plays before this.

Mujahid Abdul-Rashid (Florida Rep debut) plays Troy Maxson for the third time in Florida Rep’s production, most recently with Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio. Gayle Samuels (Florida Rep debut) is cast as Rose Maxson after her appearance earlier this year in the Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God” directed by Kenny Leon. Also in the cast as Troy’s longtime friend, Bono, is John Archie, whose appearances at Florida Rep include “Dividing the Estate,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the 2017 PlayLab Festival. Brian D. Coats (Florida Rep debut) plays Gabriel in Florida Rep’s “Fences,” after a recent Broadway appearance in August Wilson’s “Jitney,” the last of the American Century Cycle plays to open on Broadway and at Two River Theater as Stool Pigeon in “King Hedley II.”

Daniel Morgan Shelley plays Troy’s older son, Lyons, after recent appearances in Florida Rep’s PlayLab Festival and the theatre’s 2007 co-production of “Romeo and Juliet” with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Recent Emerson College graduate, Marc Alexander Pierre also makes his Florida Rep debut as Troy’s youngest son, Cory, and local actress, Johnieann Smith (Bayshore Elementary), appears in her second Florida Rep production after appearing in 2017’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Smith is understudied by another of Florida Rep rising stars, JoLe Peynado (Fort Myers Christian School).

One of the country’s preeminent directors of Wilson’s work, Benny Sato Ambush (Florida Rep debut), directs Florida Rep’s “Fences,” and is joined by Ensemble Set Designer Richard Crowell (Florida Rep’s “Outside Mullingar”), Costume Designer Danielle Preston (Florida Rep debut), Ensemble Lighting Designer Todd O. Wren (Florida Rep’s “Tenderly”), Sound Designer Katie Lowe (Florida Rep’s “Damascus”), and Stage Manager Lisa Lamont, returning to Florida Rep after her work in the company’s early years.

August Wilson’s “Fences” is generously sponsored by WGCU Public Media. The Media Sponsor is Lee Pitts Live on FOX 4.

Tickets are priced at $55 and $49 for regular performances and $35 and $29 for discounted previews and are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Subscriptions start as low as $99 for three plays and offer the best seats and the most significant savings, and are available through the box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM. New this season, Florida Rep’s parking lot will open 2 hours before each performance and offers guests limited free parking across the street from the Arcade Theatre.

Performances in the Historic Arcade Theatre are Tuesday-Thursday at 7 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. The theatre’s regular preview schedule is different for Fences ONLY, and the weekday matinee for that week only is Thursday, January 10th. Previews for August Wilson’s “Fences” are January 8 at 7 PM, January 9 at 7 PM, and January 10 at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Tony Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson Brings LACKAWANNA BLUES to The Mark Taper Forum, March 5 – April 21

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

A magical, musical and deeply personal work written, performed and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie.

Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters-from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers-in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in.

Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance accompanied throughout by live blues music performed by Obie winning composer Bill Sims Jr.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an actor, writer, and stage director who has won national awards for his work in all three categories. His film and television credits include American GangsterBillions, CastleComing to AmericaLaw & OrderShaft, and many others. Broadway credits include Seven Guitars (Tony Award, Best Featured Performer), Jelly’s Last Jam, and Gem of the Ocean with Phylicia Rashad. He has been awarded the Humanitas Prize in writing for the HBO film adaptation of his play Lackawanna Blues, the Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Outstanding Direction, and the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award.

Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: Information and charge, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/ACCESS.

Lia Chang
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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com