Erin Quill Moderates Broadwaycon’s AAPI in Focus Panels with Young Jean Lee, Lauren Yee, Helen Park, Rehana Lew Mirza, Marc delaCruz, Zach Piser, Nikhil Saboo and Vishal Vaidya

BroadwayCon, Broadways biggest fan convention is helping focus the conversation on AAPI America with two panels at The New York Hilton Midtown (1335 6th Ave),  moderated by OBC Avenue Q Cast Member, Erin Quill who blogs about Entertainment under FairyPrincessDiaries.com

The first panel is focusing on AAPI Female Playwrights, entitled The Future Is Female and will be held on Friday Jan 24th at 3pm in the Murray Hill Room.

Panelists will be Broadway’s FIRST Asian American Female Playwright, Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men, We’re Gonna Die).

The second most produced modern playwright of the 2019-2020 season, according to American Theater Magazine- Lauren Yee (The Great Leap, Cambodian Rock Band).

The First Asian Composer or Lyricist to win a Lucille Lortel Award, Helen Park (KPOP).

South Asian Media Award Nominee Rehana Lew Mirza (Bhangin It, Barriers) who is a Mellon National Playwright’s Residency at Ma-Yi Theatre, it is going to be a lively hour talking with these dynamic writers who are changing the stage with their work.

Video with AAPI Female Playwrights.

The second panel, Bring On The Men, will be an all male panel held on Sunday Jan 26 at 11:15am in the Regent Room, focusing on the journeys of some of the hottest leading men today, who also happen to be AAPI- from Hamilton, Marc delaCruz, from Dear Evan Hansen, Zach Piser, from Mean Girls, Nikhil Saboo, from Groundhog Day & the upcoming DAVE, Vishal Vaidya.

Topics explored will be the perception of AAPI men in the media and how it affects the stage and the opportunities these actors have been offered, the changing landscape of theater and what their families said when they told them they were making their lives as an Actor.

The video can be viewed at Official Erin Quill Fan Page.

BroadwayCon has always been a huge support in the diversity conversation- working with Erin Quill, they have had an AAPI Panel since they started five years ago.

Past participants include BD Wong, Amy Hill, Manu Narayan, Ali Ewoldt, Shoba Narayan, Orville Mendoza, Telly Leung, Raymond j. Lee, etc.

André De Shields, Erin Quill, Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver, Randi Driscoll, Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas, Lexi Lawson, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jesse JP Johnson, Haviland Stillwell, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Julie Garnyé and More in Scott Nevins’ SPARKLE Benefit Concert at The Green Room 42 

TCG Has Announced the Co-Chairs of 2020 GALA: OUR STORIES Honoring David Henry Hwang and the National Black Theatre Festival at The Edison Ballroom on February 3

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, has shared the co-chair and host committee list of the 2020 TCG Gala: Our Stories, which will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036. The Gala will honor the National Black Theatre Festival, David Henry Hwang, and TCG’s arts advocacy at the federal level.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The list of co-chairs and host committee members, most of whom will be in attendance, includes: Stephen C. Byrd, Chair; Oskar Eustis, Chair; Alia Jones-Harvey, Chair; Rick Miramontez, Chair; May Adrales; Jackie Alexander; Asian American Arts Alliance; André De Shields; Snehal Desai; Michael Dinwiddie and Vincent Parham; Kamilah Forbes; GFP Real Estate; Nambi E. Kelley; James Lapine; Sade Lythcott, Jonathan McCrory, Brian Stokes Mitchell; Dominique Morisseau; Lynn Nottage; Disney Theatrical Productions; Leigh Silverman; Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin; Julie Taymor; and Jeanine Tesori.

The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival Official Portrait. Photo by Lia Chang

A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 7:00pm seated dinner, with entertainment beginning at 7:20pm. Additional speakers and programming will be announced soon. To learn more about the 2020 TCG Gala, and the programming it supports, visit TCG.org/Events/Gala or email Gala@tcg.org. Please email Corinna Schulenburg at cschulenburg@tcg.org for press reservations. To purchase tickets, go to www.TCGgala.org.

“We’re grateful that so many luminaries from the commercial and not-for-profit theatre have lent their support to TCG’s Gala” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “It’s a reminder that when we advocate at the federal level on critical issues such as protecting wireless technology and visas for International Artists, we impact not just not-for-profit theatres, but the sector as a whole.”

“I am so grateful to TCG for its commitment to instilling a passion for advocacy among its members, and specifically how it has nurtured that passion in me,” said Jonathan Moscone, chief producer, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “As cultural workers, we have a responsibility to advocate not only for our field, but to use our creative power to advocate for a better world.”

TCG is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, D.C., and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations, and other significant government opportunities and issues. TCG focuses its advocacy in five major areas: 1) increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts; 2) increased funding for arts education within the U.S. Department of Education; 3) favorable tax treatment of not-for-profit arts organizations and charitable contributions; 4) working toward improved cultural exchange by improving visa processing for artists from abroad and increasing funding and 5) White Space – protecting wireless microphones from interference.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is a program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep). Presented every odd numbered year, the festival hosts upwards of 120 performances, attracts upwards of 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, and has contributed over $230 million dollars to the Winston-Salem economy since its inception in 1989. Founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin, NC Black Rep was the first professional Black theatre company in North Carolina. NC Black Rep’s mission is to engage, enrich, and entertain with innovative programming that resonates across the community and challenges social perceptions. The Company is universally recognized for its artistic and administrative achievements and its international outreach program, the NBTF.

ABOUT David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang’s stage work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards. He co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and worked for four seasons as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing. M. Butterfly recently returned to Broadway in a revival directed by Julie Taymor, which marked his eighth Broadway production. East West Players has named its mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theatre and recent honors include his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Hwang was a Residency One playwright from 2012-14 at New York’s Signature Theatre. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered in May 2018 at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles where it won 6 Ovation Awards, including Best New Production, and enjoyed a successful run in Fall 2019 at The Public Theater.

ABOUT TCG’S “OUR STORIES” GALA
TCG’s annual Our Stories Gala supports vital programs and services for the theatre community. The 2019 Gala honored arts philanthropist and Chairman Emerita, Ingram Industries Inc. Martha R. Ingram; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Broadway press agent and President of DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez. The evening’s programming, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, included special performances from Eva Maria Noblezada and Patrick Page (Hadestown), Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Beth Malone, and Nico Muhly. Past honorees at the TCG annual gala-now in its eighth year- include actor Brian Dennehy, director Kenny Leon, playwright Lynn Nottage, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, theatrical producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, set designer Ming Cho Lee, lighting designer Jules Fisher, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, producers Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Judith O. Rubin, and the creators of War Paint (Scott Frankel, Michael Greif, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright).

Theatre Communications Group Will Honor David Henry Hwang and National Black Theatre Festival at 2020 Gala on February 3 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Soriya K. Chum Set as Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists (CAATA) Inaugural Executive Director

The Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists (CAATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Soriya K. Chum as its first-ever executive director. Mr. Chum will oversee operations of the nationwide arts service organization. He assumes his new post in January 2020.

Soriya K. Chum. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. Chum has nine years of programs management, fundraising, and community engagement experience in the arts and culture sector. Currently, he manages public programs for the flagship branch of the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. At the Library, Soriya plans and develops a robust season of 100+ talks, readings, and symposiums a year. In the past, he has served as the Manager of Public Programs with the Asian American Arts Alliance; Manager of Humanities and Studio Programs with Theatre for a New Audience; and Curatorial Team Member with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Soriya is a graduate of Columbia University.

Outgoing board president Victor Malana Maog said, “This is a milestone for CAATA and our field. With Soriya K. Chum’s holistic and strategic approach and experience to community building, organizing and art making, he was the unanimous choice for this inaugural role. Under Soriya’s leadership in partnership with the Board of Directors, our family of artists, organizations and allies will be better poised to create a network of increased support and resources, radical inclusivity and innovation, social justice and a forever home.”

In a statement, Mr. Chum said, “This is an exciting moment. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead CAATA in its efforts to strengthen its infrastructure and carry out its vision. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board of directors and CAATA’s members to discover the best pathways to help amplify the voices of the Asian American theater community.”

CAATA works to advance the field of Asian American theater through a national network of organizations and artists. It collaborates to inspire learning and sharing of knowledge, and resources to promote a healthy, sustainable artistic ecology. In 2003, six Asian American theater companies began discussions to hold the first National Asian American Theater Conference. As a result of these conversations, the first National Asian American Theater Festival took place June 2007 in New York City, and CAATA came into formation. Conferences and Festivals have since been hosted in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Ashland, and Chicago. The next combined Conference and Festival (ConFest) will be held in Hawai’i from August 7 -16, 2020. www.caata.net

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Nikita Burshteyn, Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez, Michael Marotta, Judy McLane, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker, Zach Schanne and Viet Vo Set for Amas Musical Theatre’s Off-Broadway Premiere of “Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn”

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in association with Eric Krebs is presenting the Off-Broadway premiere of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, and directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen. Previews begin at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 West 53rd Street (10th Avenue & 53rd Street) tonight at 7pm with an official opening on Thursday, January 23rd at 8pm. Performances will continue through February 16, 2020.

Romeo-yes, THAT Romeo-finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it’s Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.

The cast for Romeo & Bernadette is Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis (NY debut), Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Michael Notardonato ( NY debut), Ari Raskin (NY debut), Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush – Upcoming B’wy), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Vietgone).

The creative team is Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini and Joseph Schrope (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), One Dream Sound (Sound Design), Aaron Gandy (Music Director), Steve Orich (Musical Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations), Kathryn Ann Wright (Associate Choreographer). Christine Viega is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Carol Hanzel Casting, CSA.

The performance schedule will be as follows: Tues. at 7pm, Wed.-Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 3pm and 8pm, Sun. at 3pm. Tickets are priced $49-$69.

BIOS

Mark Saltzman (Book/Lyrics) began his career in New York with the Muppets. His “Sesame Street” sketches and songs (including “Caribbean Amphibian”) earned him seven Emmy Awards, but behind Bert and Ernie’s back, Mark was writing shows for Soho Rep, 13th Street Theater, and the Village Gate, where he co-wrote the long-running revue “A, My Name is Alice.” Mark collaborated with Jerry Herman on the CBS holiday movie “Mrs. Santa Claus” starring Angela Lansbury. For the movies, he wrote The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Three Ninjas Kick Back and screenplays for SONY, Universal, and Disney. His TV movie, “The Red Sneakers” directed by and starring Gregory Hines was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. In 1997, Mark’s musical, The Tin Pan Alley Rag opened at The Pasadena Playhouse, received five Ovation Award nominations, including Best Musical, and went on to play at New York’s Roundabout Theater. Other stage works: Falling for Make Believe, Lorenz Hart’s life story (Colony Theater); Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood (Laguna Playhouse,) optioned for the movies by The Little Film Company. Mark is a graduate of Cornell. More information at www.marksaltzman.com

Justin Ross Cohen (Director/Choreographer) Film and theater director won an Audience Favorite nod for Waiting for Yvette, starring Wendie Malick, at both the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and on LOGO/TV. Off- Broadway: I Could Go On Lip-Synching!, starring Lypsinka (Provincetown Playhouse, NY/ Callboard Theater, L.A.), About Time by Paulette Attie (Jose Quintero). Los Angeles: Nocturne, by Adam Rapp (The Other Space), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, by Bill Russell, starring John Rubinstein (Interact), Women Behind Bars, by Tom Eyen, starring Lainie Kazan, Jennifer Tilly, Niecy Nash, Lesley Ann Warren, Ellen Greene and Peter Facinelli (Pico Playhouse), Romeo and Bernadette by Mark Saltzman (Wyoming Theater Festival). Acting credits include Broadway: A Chorus Line, Pippin, The Magic Show, and the film A Chorus Line.

André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Groban, Taylor Mac and More to Celebrate Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on February 3

Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters) will be honored at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).

Rachel Chavkin and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Performers and presenters will include Tony Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812); Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan (Othello, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”); Tony Award nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field); Tony Award nominee Taylor Mac (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus); Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Tony Award nominee Amber Gray (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) & members of the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown; Tony Award nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Three Pianos); Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom); The Bengsons (Hundred Days) & more.

The evening’s program will be directed by Kevin Cahoon (“Glow,” The Nerd), scripted by Josh Koenigsberg (“Orange is the New Black”) and feature musical direction by William Shuler (Pippin National Tour). The live auction will be conducted by Robbie Gordy.

Rachel Chavkin received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org) whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including The National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with The National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer’s Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy, with whom she is working on an upcoming adaptation of Moby Dick (A.R.T. December 2019). Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.

Jordan Roth is recognized as a style influencer and talented creator. As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan champions shows that push the boundaries of Broadway and creates uniquely welcoming experiences for audiences and artists. He has won five Tony Awards, including Hadestown (2019 Best Musical); Angels in America (2018 Best Revival of a Play), which broke records as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history; Kinky Boots (2013 Best Musical); Clybourne Park (2012 Best Play) and Hair (2009 Best Revival of a Musical).

The NYTW Annual Gala raises nearly 10% of the Off-Broadway company’s annual budget. Funds raised at this one-night-only event help NYTW to mount five world class productions each season and to share them with more than 50,000 audience members. Proceeds also support NYTW’s Artist Workshop activities through which nearly 2,000 artists develop more than 80 projects each year and their Education Initiatives including Learning Workshop, Mind the Gap, and Public Programs that serve over 1,600 students of all ages.

Event tickets begin at $1,250 with tables starting at $12,500 and can be purchased at www.nytw.org or by calling 212-780-9037. Please note that the schedule for the evening is subject to change. The Gala will be chaired by Diana DiMenna, Mara Isaacs, Susan Peterson Kennedy, James L. Nederlander, Nick Scandalios, Philip J. Smith, Brian Vollmer and Robert E. Wankel.

Currently in performances at NYTW is the World Premiere of Sing Street, a new musical based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again). Sing Street features a book by Tony Award winner & NYTW Usual Suspect Enda Walsh (Once, Lazarus), music and lyrics by Gary Clark (frontman of Danny Wilson) & Carney, direction by Tony Award winner & NYTW Usual Suspect Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) and choreography by Obie Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Hundred Days). Sing Street opened on December 16, 2019 and is playing an extended run through January 26, 2020.

The New York Theatre Workshop 2019/20 season will continue with Endlings, written by Celine Song (Tom & Eliza) and directed by Sammi Cannold (Evita at City Center). Endlings will begin performances on February 19, 2020 with an opening night set for March 9, for a limited run through March 29, 2020. Following Endlings will be Sanctuary City, written by Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (Cost of Living, queens) and directed by Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke). Sanctuary City will begin previews on March 4, 2020 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), and is set to open on March 24, for a limited run through April 12, 2020.

The season will conclude with a new production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters directed by Tony Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Sam Gold (Othello) featuring Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Season memberships are available at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475.

NYTW is currently represented on Broadway by Hadestown, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, written by Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre; and Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O’Hara, playing at the Golden Theatre through January 19, 2020.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power’s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

LAByrinth’s 2020 Barn Series Set for January 6-12

LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director; Aaron Roman Weiner, Associate Artistic Director) announces the selections for their 20th Annual Barn Series, the award-winning company’s developmental play reading series. This year’s series features seven new plays written and directed by LAB company members and friends. All readings are free and open to the public, and run from January 6-12, 2020 at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford), where LAByrinth is the Company in Residence. Showtime is 7pm.

The Barn Series continues LAByrinth’s tradition of creating, developing, and producing the work of its company members. Currently enjoying an extended, critically-lauded co-production at Atlantic Theater Company through January 5, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven began as part of the 2019 edition of The Barn Series and was selected to receive a full production from the reading.

“We’re thrilled to announce the lineup for our 20th (20th!) Annual Barn Series,” says Artistic Director John Ortiz. “We’re all very excited to see what will emerge from this year’s festival. The lineup features longtime LAB members, LAB friends like Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, and for our 20th Barn, something new: we sent nine LAB writers to spend time with employees working the night shift for a medical supply company in Indiana. This exciting work in progress, entitled Night Shift, humanizes the red/blue divide, and brings the rural assembly line to the West Village.”

Joining the bill alongside Night Shift on the final evening of the festival is a presentation by LAB’s Intensive Ensemble. This selection of 12-minute plays emerges from a series of workshops and new play development by LAB company members and guest artists, generously hosted this past summer by Brooklyn College with the support of New York City’s Coalition of Theatres of Color Initiative. Allowing emerging artists to push boundaries and create their own work through collaborative effort, the Intensive Ensemble Presentation concludes The Barn Series by exemplifying the creative drive and ensemble spirit that motivates all of LAB’s work.

LAB’s 2020 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.

For complete Barn Series information, visit www.labtheater.org.

Schedule:
Monday Jan. 6th: Islands of Contentment by Dipti Bramhandkar

Tuesday Jan. 7th: Without by Michael Puzzo

Wednesday Jan. 8th: Bees & Honey by Guadalís Del Carmen

Thursday Jan. 9th: 11.05.08: POST-RACIAL AMERICA DAY 1 (Or: “Help! I’m trapped in a play about the black experience, written by a white woman, and I can’t get out.”) by Kristina Poe

Friday Jan. 10th: Truckers by Mariana Carreño

Saturday Jan. 11th: Summer with Dianne by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld

Sunday Jan. 12th: Night Shift, conceived & written by nine LAB writers & Pigasus Pictures and LAB’s Intensive Ensemble Presentation

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dipti Bramhandkar (Islands of Contentment) is a playwright and performer. She started writing to chronicle her move from Mumbai to Central NY state as a child, and hasn’t stopped since. Her first play, The Accident, won Best Drama at the Frigid Festival. She has subsequently written and produced several short plays. Her autobiographical solo show, American Rookie, was performed at the Gotham Storytelling Festival, and will receive a full production at Luna Stage in January 2020. What drives her work is a desire to create nuanced portrayals of South Asian people and their stories. Dipti received her B.A. from Cornell, and M.A. from Cambridge, in English literature. She recently completed her residency at Guild Hall where she developed a new play currently titled Camping. www.dipti.bramhandkar.com

Guadalís Del Carmen (Bees and Honey) is a playwright, actor, and Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle in residence at Primary Stages. Her plays include Bees and Honey (Kilroys 2019, 50 Playwrights Project List of Unproduced Latinx Plays 2019), My Father’s Keeper (Steppenwolf Theater’s The Mix List 2019, Honorable Mention The Kilroy’s 2019), A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me… (Parsnip Ship Season Four, Theater Magazine Issue 49), Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Company Chicago 2018, Jeff Award Nominee 2019), Daughters of the Rebellion (Montclair State University New Works Initiative 2019), Blowout (Aguijón Theater 2013). She’s an Ars Nova Resident Artist and Artistic Associate of Black Lives Black Words

Mariana Carreño (Truckers) Mariana’s plays include The Red Gene, Miss 744890 (2014 Winner, MetLife Nuestras Voces, Repertorio Español, 2016; picked for publication in Italian as part of the American Playwrights Project); Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants, (commissioned by Intar Theatre and produced as part of Encuentro 2014, at the LATC); Dance for a Dollar (a dance-theatre collaboration, Miracle Theatre, Portland, OR); Ofelia’s Lovers (Mabou Mines Residencies); Rare Encounters, Darkroom, The Wake and Fool’s Journey (Intar’s NewWorksLabs); and Adela (Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico), among others. Mariana has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Southern California (USC), and is currently a professor of Playwriting at Purchase College (NYC).

Kristina Poe (11.05.08 Post Racial America Day 1 Or: “Help! I’m trapped in a play about the black experience, written by a white woman, and I can’t get out.“) is currently on stage at the Atlantic Theater in LAByrinth’s co-production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN. Prior to that she conceived and curated LAByrinth’s INSTALLATION ON AMERICA taking on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy at the border. Her play THE IDEA OF ME was part of Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project (Chay Yew, mentor); THE RESTLESSNESS OF DESIRE was an O’Neill semi-finalist and LOVE SICK was named one of the best reviewed productions in Los Angeles and published by DPS. She is currently at work on a television pilot, “Every Inch a King” (What if the wrong guy was crucified? What if it was supposed to have been a woman?). Alum: UNCSA; Member: Actors Studio pdw and LAByrinth Theater Company

Michael Puzzo (Without) is a playwright, actor, producer and proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company since 1997. Some recent productions of his plays include; SPIRITS OF EXIT ELEVEN, THE SLASHER’S LAMENT, LYRIC IS WAITING, 5 SANDWICHES and THE DIRTY TALK. His work has been published by Dramatist Play Service, Smith & Kraus, Indie Theater Now and New York Theater Experience. As an actor, he most recently appeared in LAByrinth Theater Company’s Installation on America, Lynn Nottage’s This is Reading & NBC’s New Amsterdam.

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (Summer with Dianne) credits a youth cemented to a loud corner on Amsterdam Avenue in NYC with setting his imagination afire. A lot of his early work both in plays and film are love-letters to that corner. That would include the Play Servy-N-Bernice 4Ever and the films A Brother’s Kiss and King of the Jungle and the NetFlix series “The Get Down”. It has been said that his work chronicles the collisions of cultures in Urban America. His plays The Flatted Fifth, Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, and Downtown Race Riot, were produced by the award winning off-broadway company The New Group. Seth is excited to be working with the LAB, a company that is truly fire.

Night Shift (A work in progress…)

Conceived by: John Armstrong, Elizabeth Canavan, Sean Carvajal, Mel Nieves, Wilemina Olivia-Garcia, John Ortiz, Joey Palestina, Kristina Poe, Michael Puzzo, Zachary Spicer & Martha Wollner.

Intensive Ensemble Presentation

New works by Labyrinth’s Intensive Ensemble 2019 (LAB’s educational program)

LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. LAByrinth Theater Company is a diverse, impassioned, tightly knit ensemble of multicultural artists that empowers individuals and builds community by creating member driven, incendiary, new works of theater.

Theatre Communications Group Will Honor David Henry Hwang and National Black Theatre Festival at 2020 Gala on February 3

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will hold the 2020 TCG Gala: Our Stories on Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Edison Ballroom (240 W 47th Street). The Gala will honor the National Black Theatre Festival of Winston-Salem and David Henry Hwang and will include festive performances, inspiring speakers, and a celebratory dinner with theatre leaders, celebrities, and enthusiasts. A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 7:00pm seated dinner, with entertainment beginning at 7:20pm. Additional programming will be announced soon.

“Every other year, I join tens of thousands of theatre lovers in Winston-Salem, NC for the joyous community and expansive artistry provided by the National Black Theatre Festival,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “We are so excited to bring that joy to New York City, and to honor the impact of the Festival on Black theatre and our broader culture. The Gala is always a great night for theatre, and we look forward to welcoming so many of our friends from the professional not-for-profit and commercial theatre sectors to celebrate our many accomplishments.”

Plays by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

“TCG Books published David Henry Hwang’s first play FOB in 1980 and we’re still publishing his groundbreaking plays 40 years later,” said Terry Nemeth, publisher, TCG. “So while there are many reasons to honor his work, it’s also a chance to celebrate one of the longest relationships TCG Books has had with a playwright. That relationship speaks to the long-term commitment we make to our authors to publish their body of work and keep their plays in print.”

Jackie Alexander, Artistic Director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company. Photo by Lia Chang

“NC Black Rep founder Larry Leon Hamlin created something unique and magical with the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF),” said Jackie Alexander, artistic director, North Carolina Black Repertory Company. “Our biennial celebration and reunion of spirit has cemented Winston-Salem as Black Theatre Holy Ground on a global scale. To be recognized by TCG is both an honor and a testament to the importance and vibrancy of Black Theatre, and for that, NC Black Rep is truly grateful.”

Inside the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival Gala with André De Shields

“For almost 40 years, TCG has supported my work, giving me the tools, resources, and encouragement to take greater risks and redefine the American Theatre,” said David Henry Hwang. “I’m touched to be honored by an organization which challenges and inspires us to tell new stories.”

“The mission of the National Black Theatre Festival has been the recognition of the indelible contribution to world culture by personalities and events whose common roots descend from the far-flung African Diaspora,” said André De Shields, Tony Award-winner and inductee into The American Theater Hall of Fame. “This shared history, both ancient and modern, is commemorated at the biennial gathering of the National Black Theatre Festival as an international celebration and reunion of spirit on Black Theatre holy ground. From the particular individuals who have been martyred in the battle of resistance against the disease of hate, to the universal struggle for the ethical and equitable treatment of all humankind, there is no single institution that better illustrates the profound importance of Black Lives Matter than the National Black Theatre Festival.”

“My experience attending the NBTF for the very first time was beyond anything I could have anticipated and imagined,” said Stephen Byrd, Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated producer. “The networking, attendees, and the awesome number of quality plays and musicals was impressive and extraordinary.”

To learn more about the 2020 TCG Gala, and the programming it supports, visit TCG.org/Events/Gala or email Gala@tcg.org. To purchase tickets, go to www.TCGgala.org.

BIOGRAPHIES
David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival), and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards. He co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince and worked for four seasons as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair”. Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing. M. Butterfly recently returned to Broadway in a revival directed by Julie Taymor, which marked his eighth Broadway production. East West Players has named its mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theatre and recent honors include his 2018 induction into the Theater Hall of Fame. Hwang was a Residency One playwright from 2012-14 at New York’s Signature Theatre. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered in May 2018 at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles where it won six Ovation Awards, including Best New Production, and enjoyed a successful run in Fall 2019 at The Public Theater.

The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is a program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep). Presented every odd numbered year, the festival hosts upwards of 120 performances, attracts upwards of 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, and has contributed over $230 million dollars to the Winston-Salem economy since its inception in 1989. Founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin, NC Black Rep was the first professional Black theatre company in North Carolina. NC Black Rep’s mission is to engage, enrich, and entertain with innovative programming that resonates across the community and challenges social perceptions. The Company is universally recognized for its artistic and administrative achievements and its international outreach program, the NBTF.

TCG’s annual Our Stories Gala supports vital programs and services for the theatre community. The 2019 Gala honored arts philanthropist and Chairman Emerita, Ingram Industries Inc.’s Martha R. Ingram; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Broadway press agent and President of DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez. The evening’s programming, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, included special performances from Eva Maria Noblezada and Patrick Page (Hadestown), Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Beth Malone and Nico Muhly. Past honorees at the TCG annual gala-now in its eighth year- include actor Brian Dennehy, director Kenny Leon, playwright Lynn Nottage, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, theatrical producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, set designer Ming Cho Lee, lighting designer Jules Fisher, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, producers Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Judith O. Rubin, and the creators of War Paint (Scott Frankel, Michael Greif, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright).

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and nearly 10,000 Individual Members. Through its Core Values of Activism, Artistry, Diversity, and Global Citizenship, TCG advances a better world for theatre and a better world because of theatre. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, including the annual TCG National Conference, one of the largest nationwide gatherings of theatre people; awards grants and scholarships, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG’s partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 17 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.www.tcg.org.

Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama Set for the New York Premiere of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre, February 4 – March 8

Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director) is presenting the New York premiere of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, directed by Chay Yew, featuring songs by Dengue Fever. The production will play from February 4 to March 8, 2020 with opening night set for February 24, 2020 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Click here for more information.

The cast includes Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng.

The creative team for Cambodian Rock Band includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Luke Norby (Projection Design), Matt MacNelly (Music Supervision) and Unkle Dave’s Fight-House (Fight Director). The Production Stage Manager is Charles M. Turner III and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, the New York premiere of this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. It launches Steinberg Award-winning playwright Lauren Yee’s Residency 5. The play has received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Award, the Whiting Award, and the Horton Foote Prize.

Additionally, Signature Theatre will host several special events at The Pershing Square Signature Center in conjunction with its run of Cambodian Rock Band. Signature Spotlight Series is sponsored by American Express.

Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team for this production will also take place following the performances on Thursday, February 13; Thursday, February 27 and Thursday, March 5.

Signature Theatre is hosting Asian American nights on Sunday, February 4 and 9 at 6:30pm. These nights will be dedicated to audience members of Asian descent to celebrate the New York Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band. There will be a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. The performances are already sold-out.

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, which recently celebrated its one-millionth ticket sold, 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. Additional support is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Waterwell’s THE COURTROOM to Play at the Great Hall at The Cooper Union on December 9

Waterwell’s next performance of The Courtroom, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings, is for one night only at the historic Great Hall at The Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street), on Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm. The production is included in The New York Times‘ Best Theater of 2019 list. Tickets are free and available at waterwell.org.

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 Courtroom is an intimate encounter with our nation’s immigration court system. Due to popular demand after a sold-out run earlier this year, the production is playing a series of special, one-night engagements in civic venues between now and the 2020 election.

By partnering with The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Waterwell is bringing The Courtroom to one of New York City’s most enduring civic venues. Built in 1858, the Great Hall was the platform for some of the earliest workers’ rights campaigns and for the birth of the NAACP, the women’s suffrage movement and the American Red Cross. Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Clinton and Obama have all spoken at its lectern. Now, the cast of The Courtroom will stand at that lectern to debate the fate of the show’s protagonist and her family.

The Courtroom features a rotating cast throughout the year. The complete cast for the performance on December 9 is Happy Anderson, Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner J. Smith-Cameron, Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant, Hanna Cheek, Michael Bryan French, Mick Hilgers, Linda Powell, Jason Ralph, and Kristin Villanueva.

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 Bloomington, IL, 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 is performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.

The performance of The Courtroom at Cooper Union is supported by show sponsors Nazgol Saati and Kambiz Shahbazi.

Performances in 2020 will be announced soon.

Waterwell (Lee Sunday Evans, Artistic Director; Adam J. Frank, Managing Director; Heather Lanza, Director of Education; Arian Moayed, co-founder and Board Chair) is a civic-minded theater and education company creating and teaching contemporary performance that grapples with pressing social, economic and political questions of our time. The company’s most recent production, The Courtroom, which The New York Times called “theater as civic meditation,” was a verbatim re-enactment of deportation proceedings performed in active legal spaces around New York City, including the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. This Memorial Day weekend, Waterwell produced the first annual Fleet Week Follies, a festival of food and family activities for active duty and veteran members of the military and their families. Waterwell’s education program, the Waterwell Drama Program, has been in residence at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) since 2010, where it delivers top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students.

SOFT POWER:  A Panel Discussion with David Henry Hwang, Jean Howard, Denise Cruz, and Ana Paulina Lee at Columbia University on December 3

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia Department Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures are co-sponsoring a celebration of the importance of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER as a cultural and theatrical event.

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Scholars of theater history, gender and sexuality studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, and race and performance studies will offer commentary on the play, followed by comments from David Henry Hwang and audience Q&A. The panel discussion with David Henry Hwang, Jean Howard, Denise Cruz, and Ana Paulina Lee will take place at Columbia University, 403 Kent Hall at 4:00 pm.

David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award winning playwright, and Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. David Henry Hwang’s  stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also America’s most-produced living American opera librettist (two Grammy Awards), and co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince. Since 2015, he has been a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair”. Hwang serves as Chair of the American Theatre Wing. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, received its New York premiere this fall at the Public Theater.

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Will Release a Cast Recording in Spring 2020 

Jean Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Denise Cruz is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a scholar of gender and sexuality in national and transnational cultures.

Ana Paulina Lee is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and a scholar of race and performance in the hemispheric Americas.