HADESTOWN’s Reeve Carney Returns to The Green Room 42 on June 30

Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, star of Broadway’s Hadestown, returns to The Green Room 42 on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 PM.

Reeve’s concert will highlight original songs from his five-time Independent Music Award-winning album, Youth Is Wasted. Hadestown – Anaïs Mitchell’s new musical directed by Rachel Chavkin, currently in performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre – has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”

Lia: How has your role of Orpheus changed since the National?
Reeve: One of the most exciting changes for me is that in the National Theatre version of Hadestown, and even at Edmonton, Orpheus has shedded a bit of that bravado and traditional masculinity for guilelessness. There is an aspect of him having no guile, which I love. It affects the different characters in different ways and certainly has an affect on Orpheus and the way that I play him. It feels really nice.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How does it feel to be back on Broadway?
Reeve: There’s no better place. I’m from New York originally. My time on Broadway before now has been incredibly rewarding. It’s such hard work. If you like to work out, which I don’t particularly, but there are people who feel that’s hard work but it feels good, that’s how Broadway feels to me.

Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: On his studio in his apartment
Reeve: I built a studio because with the Broadway hours, often time with matinee days in particular, it wouldn’t make sense to have a 12-hour lockout in an actual studio. I built it so I could see what would happen. I finished the entire album there, including the drums. I built some things so people couldn’t hear them.

Lia: What has been like to work with Eva as your love interest?
Reeve: In an actor, the best thing that you can have is trust. We really all have that with one another. When you are playing lovers, you really need that trust. It’s like water, it is so easy.

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: On your artistic family
Reeve: My mom is an incredible jewelry designer; my dad is an incredible songwriter. My mom is also an incredible songwriter. My brother and sister are also incredible songwriters. My brother is an amazing guitar player and singer. They do a lot. Our great uncle is Art Carney, from “The Honeymooners”. I’m excited to tell the crew here. When I told the crew at Spiderman, they treated me like I was in the royal family.

Adriana Stan, Zane Carney, Marti Heil, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the record-breaking Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. A lifelong musician, Reeve jumped at the opportunity to perform a score by U2’s Bono and The Edge-not to mention re-team with director Julie Taymor, who he’d worked with in her film, The Tempest. In 2013, he however, Reeve finally hung up his Spidey suit and headed to Dublin for Showtime’s buzzed-about John Logan/Sam Mendes series, “Penny Dreadful,” in which he played reckless hedonist Dorian Gray. Reeve’s latest album, Youth is Wasted, was recorded primarily in his New York apartment. In an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, Reeve will play the late singer, marrying his love of music and acting.

Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Reeve Carney will perform at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 PM. The cover charge ranges from $35-$75. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.

2019 Drama League Award Winners: HADESTOWN, THE FERRYMAN, THE WAVERLY GALLERY, KISS, ME KATE, Bryan Cranston, Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Mac and Alex Timbers 

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

Jodi Long Stars in Self-Penned SURFING MY DNA at NJ Rep, May 2-26

New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting Surfing My DNA, written and performed by Ovation Award winning actress/playwright Jodi Long, for a limited engagement from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 26, 2019. NJ Rep is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ.

Eric Rosen directs the solo show, which also features composer/musician Yukio Tsuji.

Surfing My DNA is the true story of a popular husband and wife nightclub act of the ’40s and ’50s narrated and framed by the experiences of their daughter, Jodi. Combining a family’s journey, show business history and the ravages of racism, it is a tale of humor, passion, and perseverance against insurmountable odds.

Jodi Long made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of 5 Broadway shows: Loose Ends with Kevin Kline, The Bacchae with Irene Papas, Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away With Murder and the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper Forum. Lincoln Center, Public Theater, Roundabout, MTC, ranging from Wasserstein to Shakespeare to originating 5 David Hwang plays. Film: Beginners with Ewan McGregor, Patty Hearst, Sour Sweet, The Hot Chick, Striking Distance and Rollover with Jane Fonda. TV: Okcha in “Sullivan And Son,” Margaret Cho’s mother in “All American Girl,” “Cafe American,” “Falling Water”. Ms. Long wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary Long Story Short about her vaudevillian parents. Her one woman show, Surfing My DNA, garnered her an Ovation Nomination for Best Solo Performance.

YUKIO TSUJI (Composer and PerformerYukio Tsuji (shakuhachi, percussion) has collaborated on more than 200 productions over the years. Throughout his career, he has worked with many major theater directors including Estelle Parsons, Ellen Stewart, Jerome RoBbins, Julie Taymor, Sir Peter Hall, John Dexter, Andre Serban, and Elizabeth Swados. Yukio’s Broadway credits are extensive,(featuring Al Pacino): OEDIPUS, FATHER, and SALOME (directed by Estelle Parsons). A frequent collaborator with Estelle Parsons, he also composed and performed music for her productions of MACBETH, NIGHT OVER TAOS and LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Yukio was a co-arranger and performer on the Broadway production of M.BUTERFLY. He also created original music for TRANSPOSED HEAD (directed by Julie Taymor), “Window of The City” for the Shanghai Expo. 9 Acts production of TANTALAS (directed by Sir Peter Hall with The Royal Shakespeare Company), the New York City Ballet production of WATERMIL (directed by Jerome Robins). He composed and performed the title music for the film YEAR OF THE DRAGON, and created more than twenty-five hours of music for Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Dance Company. Yukio is also a founding member of the New York-based Sara Galas Band with Sara Galassini.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. A special talk-back with Ms. Long will be presented on Thursday, May 2 following the performance. A meet-and-greet with reception will follow the Saturday, May 4th evening performance.

Tickets are $30-$60 plus service fee and may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org

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/Sesame Street’s Jennifer Barnhart Sparkles in Cabaret Debut At The Laurie Beechman; Encore Performance on April 7

Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart and director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang

After years of playing well with others – whether singing backup for friends’ shows, or crooning alongside a cast of puppet characters – Jennifer Barnhart stepped into the spotlight and slayed in her debut solo cabaret on March 31st, fittingly titled, “It’s About Time!” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at the Westbank Cafe on 42nd Street.

Alan Muraoka, Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Alan Muraoka, Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang

“Sesame Street”‘s Alan Muraoka was at the helm of an evening of stories, silliness and song as the statuesque and gifted comedienne shared the journey that led her to two of the most famous streets in the world: Broadway and Sesame Street.

Music Director Gary Adler. Photo by Lia Chang
Music Director Gary Adler. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Barnhart was accompanied by music director Gary Adler, bassist Jim Donica and percussionist Michael Croiter, all of whom were in the original Avenue Q orchestra. She was joined by puppeteer Rick Lyon.

Jennifer Barnhart, the Bad Idea Bears and Rick Lyon. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, the Bad Idea Bears and Rick Lyon. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, the Bad Idea Bears and Rick Lyon. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, the Bad Idea Bears and Rick Lyon. Photo by Lia Chang

Her entertaining set list included: “It’s Today,” “I Had Someone Else,” “Moonlight Savings Time,” “I Love Rock & Roll, “Just in Time,” “Natural Woman” sung with Cleo the Lion, “Black Coffee,” “Not Perfect,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Barcelona” with Rick Lyon and the Bad Idea Bears, “Drinking for Two,” “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” with Mrs. T. Roz, “Brave,” “Crazy World,” “Save Your Sorrow for Tomorrow”. She sang followed  “Let the Rest of the World Go By,” as her encore.

Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Rick Lyon, Jim Donica, Alan Muraoka and Michael Croiter. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Rick Lyon, Jim Donica, Alan Muraoka and Michael Croiter. Photo by Lia Chang

Catch Ms. Barnhart in her second performance on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 pm. Click here for tickets.

Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Barnhart (Performer) was an Original Broadway Company member (Outer Critics Circle Award) of the smash Tony Award-winning hit Avenue Q, and she remained with the show in the role she created for its entire six-year run on Broadway. As a puppeteer, Jennifer has performed on numerous children’s television shows, most notably “Between the Lions,” “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Johnny & the Sprites,” “Julie’s Greenroom” (with Julie Andrews, for Netflix), and “Sesame Street,” where she plays Zoe. Some favorite ‘human’ roles include: Lady Macbeth, Goneril and Veronica in God of Carnage (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Officer Randy in Superior Donuts (The Arden Theatre). She has also appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” (once as a puppeteer) and was the Speaker of the House on Season 5 of “House of Cards”. Jennifer’s voice can be heard on various educational apps, and as a narrator for the YA novel The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle (Penguin/Random House). Website: www.jenniferbarnhart.com Follow on Instagram: #iamjenbarnhart

Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart and director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia chang
Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart and director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia chang

Alan Muraoka (Director) NY directing credits: Avenue Q (Off-Broadway Resident Director), Telly Leung: Telly on a Sunday (Birdland-November 2018), The Report (NY Fringe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre-AD), Ann Harada: American Songbook (Lincoln Center), Awesomer & Awesomer!!! (Triad Theatre), The King and I (Harbor Lights Theatre), Telly Leung: Playlist and What Makes a Man? (54 Below), Ali Ewoldt: From Phantom to Phantom (54 Below) Grand Hotel (NYU/Cap 21), Falsettoland (NAATCO), John Tartaglia AD-LIBerty (Joe’s Pub) & Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve (BC/EFA Benefits). Regionally: South Pacific & Once On This Island (Olney Theatre),The King and I, Xanadu, Disney’s High School Musical and Disney’s High School Musical 2 (all at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Disney’s High School Musical (MUNY, Casa Manana), Urinetown (Trinity University), and Up In The Air (Kennedy Center-AD). Television: “Sesame Street,” Macy’sThanksgiving Day Parade. As an actor, Alan is most recognizable for his role in the Emmy Award winning series, “Sesame Street,” where he plays “Alan,” the proprietor of Hooper’s Store. He has appeared in 7 Broadway shows; Aladdin, Pacific Overtures, Mail, Shogun, the Musical, My Favorite Year, The King and I (with Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy), and most notably Miss Saigon, where he played the lead role of the Engineer. Member SSDC & DGA. Website: www.alanmuraoka.net Follow on Instagram: #alanathoopers

Jennifer Barnhart, Gary Adler. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Gary Adler. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Mrs. T. Roz. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Mrs. T. Roz. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart and Mrs. T. Roz. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart and Mrs. T. Roz. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Cleo the Lion. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Cleo the Lion. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Cleo the Lion. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Cleo the Lion. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart and Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart and director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart and director Alan Muraoka. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Gary Adler, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart, Michael Croiter. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Donica, Jennifer Barnhart, Michael Croiter. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Donica. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo by 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

Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Muppeteers Pam Arciero and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph Perform at The Met’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 9

Alan Muraoka and muppeteer Pam Arciero at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting its annual Lunar New Year festival on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Pig will feature dozens of programs—for visitors of all ages—that reflect traditions from across Asia. Dance and music performances, artist-led workshops, and interactive gallery activities will take place throughout The Met Fifth Avenue as part of the festival celebration. All Lunar New Year Festival programming is free with Museum admission. The Met Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in New York.

Alan Muraoka and muppeteer Pam Arciero at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Pig, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

Performances

Space is limited; first come, first served.

Lunar New Year Parade

11–11:30 am

Ring in a prosperous New Year with the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe.

Floor 1, Great Hall

Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Muppeteers Pam Arciero and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph 

11:30 am–12 pm

Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior at event location.

Discover the traditions of Lunar New Year with Sesame Street puppeteers.

Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Photo Op with Sesame Street Muppeteers

12:30–1:30 pm

Snap a pic and meet some friendly Sesame Street characters.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall East, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Lunar New Year Performances

Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to each session at event location.

1–1:45 pm, 2:30–3:15 pm, 4–4:45 pm

Be entertained by the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe, New York Chinese Cultural Center dancers, drummers from New York Korean Performing Arts Center, and Chinese yo-yo tricks from the Valley Stream South High School Cultural Society.

Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Art Activities and Demonstrations

Meet artists and make art together inspired by The Met collection! Unless otherwise noted, activities are best for ages 3 and up.

Hands-on opportunities available.

Zodiac Zone

Discover more about your sign. Proudly wear your zodiac animal sticker to meet others who share the same characteristics.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education 

Golden Piggy Bank

Create a year of good fortune! Design your own boarish bank.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

Wishful Fish with the Museum of Chinese in America

Fish symbolize abundance in the New Year. Using traditional Chinese paper cuts as inspiration, fold and cut a moveable paper fish to usher in a year of plenty.

Ground floor, Carson Family Hall West, Uris Center for Education

When Pigs Fly Scrolls

Put your imagination to the test to create your own scroll story inspired by flying pigs using sumi ink.

Ground floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings (Best for ages 6 and up)

12–3 pm

Cheer the New Year with freshly made bubble tea from Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Co., then join a demonstration by tea masters at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration with Chef Zhang

1:30–2 pm, 2:30–3 pm, 3:30–4 pm

Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to each session at event location.

The longer the noodles, the longer and happier the life!

Ground floor, Studio, Uris Center for Education

Mud Play!

Stimulate your senses by contributing to our textured mud painting, inspired by the Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru mural in Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Ground floor, North Classroom, Uris Center for Education

Celestial Drawing Stations

11:30 am–4:30 pm

Explore and sketch animals depicted in the lunar zodiac across cultures.

Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 350

Hide and Seek with The Sheep’s Meow

11 am–5 pm

Blend into your surroundings with EXPOSURE by game designers GJ Lee and Brian S. Chung. Create your own digital camouflage to hide from predators.

Floor 1, The American Wing, The Charles Engelhard Court, Gallery 700

Korean Paper Doll Making

Dress your own paper doll pig in the finest hanbok, Korean traditional clothing, to celebrate the New Year with the Korea Society.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 209, The Astor Forecourt

Ring in the New Year: Jewelry Making

Start your New Year with a bit of luck. Design jewelry inspired by Chinese fortune coins.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 209, The Astor Forecourt

Collaborative Village

Around the world, families return home to celebrate the New Year. Design your own magical home to add to our growing village.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 217, The Astor Court

Storytelling and Quiet Spaces

Piglet’s Play Pen (Best for ages 0–5)

Play and learn with books, blocks, and more just for early learners.

Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education 

Bilingual Storytime (Best for ages 3 and up)

1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm

Enjoy quiet time with stories in English and Mandarin.

Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

Kamishibai Storytelling with CMOM

1–1:20 pm, 1:30–1:50 pm, 2–2:20 pm, 2:30–2:50 pm

Join Children’s Museum of Manhattan educators for an interactive form of Japanese storytelling that mixes traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 

Quiet Spaces

11:30 am–4:30 pm

Stop by these quiet spaces for time with art and books.

Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 353

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 238, South Asian Hindu-Buddhist and Jain Sculpture

For Adults

Collection Chats with New New Yorkers

(Best for ages 13 and up)

Join recent immigrants in exploring great works of Asian art. In Partnership with the Queens Library and The New New Yorkers Program at the Queens Museum.

Daoist Immortals with Chuankui Jiang

1–1:20 pm, 1:30–1:50 pm in English

2–2:20 pm in Mandarin

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 222, Chinese Decorative Arts

Chinese Jade with Tsae Jiaug Su 

1–1:20 pm, 1:30–1:50 pm in English

2–2:20 pm in Mandarin

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 207, The Charlotte C. Weber Galleries

Chinese Painting with Olivia (ChiMing) Hsieh

2:30–2:50 pm, 3–3:20 pm in English

3:30–3:50 pm in Mandarin

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 210

Wu Na + Chang Jing: Sound and View

12–12:45 pm, 2–2:45 pm

Hailing from China, master musicians Wu Na and Chang Jing elicit the sounds of nature—mountains, water, wind, and moon—from traditional Chinese zithers. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the feeling of sonic scenery.

Ground floor, Robert Lehman Wing, Gallery 963

ETHEL and Friends: Erhu-Cello Duo

5–5:30 pm, 6–6:30 pm, 7–7:30 pm

Go on a musical journey with acclaimed string quartet ETHEL.

Floor 2, Great Hall Balcony, Gallery 204

This event is made possible in part by the Tiger Baron Foundation.

More about the event and directions to programming throughout the Museum will be available at the information desk inside the main entrance at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street and in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, located near the ground-floor entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street. All Lunar New Year Festival programs are free with Museum admission. Recommended Museum admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over), and $12 for students. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free.

A full list of festival programming, along with further details and a schedule of events, is available on The Met website.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster will also be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #MetFest.

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 and San Francisco Native BD Wong, Arye Gross, Tim Liu and Ruibo Qian Set for Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, March 6-31

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced the full cast and creative team for award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, performing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) March 6-31, 2019.

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé-now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches. Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from Yee-developed at A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival in 2017-explores cultural identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Under the direction of two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, The Great Leap soars through time and leaps across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of a revolution, building tension right up to the buzzer. Press night for The Great Leap will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Single tickets (ranging from $15-$110) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Following rave reviews and audience acclaim in The Great Leap at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past spring, Tony Award winner and San Francisco native BD Wong (The Orphan of Zhao at A.C.T.; “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) will reprise his role as “Wen Chang.” Joining him are (in alphabetical order) Arye Gross (ABC’s “Castle”; Wild Oats at South Coast Repertory Theatre) as “Saul,” Tim Liu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Incident at Hidden Temple at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre) as “Manford,” and Ruibo Qian (Bull in a China Shop at Lincoln Center Theater; Water by the Spoonful at The Old Globe) as “Connie.”

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon: “I am delighted to have this San Francisco story-written by one of theater’s most exciting new voices and developed at A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival-play The Geary Theater. Yee’s basketball play puts a surprising search for self and belonging center court.”

The creative team for The Great Leap includes Robert Brill (Scenic Designer), Meg Neville (Costume Designer), Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), and Hana Sooyeon Kim (Video Designer).

In connection with The Great Leap, A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while having an entire night out at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season: Bike to the Theater Night:

Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Providing a greener alternative to theater transportation, A.C.T. and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offer free valet bike parking, as well as a special discount on tickets, for these select performances.

Prologue:
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get a sneak peek at the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff.

Audience Exchanges:
Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m. | Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m. | Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors and artists who create the work onstage.

OUT with A.C.T.:
Wednesday, March 20, following the 8 p.m. performance
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and enjoy free drinks and treats at this popular after-party.

Wente Vineyards Wine Series:
Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine-tasting event featuring the Bay Area’s hottest local winery.

PlayTime:
Saturday, March 30, 12:45 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with the artists who make it happen at this interactive theater workshop. A.C.T.’s production of The Great Leap is made possible by executive producers The Milledge and Patti Hart Family; Jo S. Hurley; and Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; and producers Lloyd and Janet Cluff; and David and Carla Riemer.

A.C.T.’s production of The Great Leap is made possible by executive producers Kevin and Celeste Ford; The Milledge and Patti Hart Family; Jo S. Hurley; and Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; and producers Lloyd and Janet Cluff; and David and Carla Riemer.

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

Stage Door Records Releases Pat Suzuki: ‘The Complete Album Series’ and ‘Singles And Rarities 1958-1967’

I spent Christmas morning listening to the Stage Door Records CD debut release of Broadway actress and singer Pat Suzuki’s back catalogue of solo recordings.

Released this year across two albums, ‘The Complete Album Series’ (2 CD Set) and ‘Singles And Rarities 1958-1967’ is a treasure trove representing Pat Suzuki’s complete discography as a solo recording artist.

Click here to read a review of the CDs.

Pat Suzuki and dancers (“Fan Tan Fanny”) (Photo: Friedman-Abeles)
Pat Suzuki and dancers in the Broadway production of FLOWER DRUM SONG. (“Fan Tan Fanny”) (Photo: Friedman-Abeles)

Pat Suzuki, best known for starring in the original Broadway production of ‘Flower Drum Song’ and originating the Rodgers & Hammerstein standard ‘I Enjoy Being A Girl’, enjoyed great success as a solo recording artist (receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Album in 1960), issuing four solo albums for RCA Records between 1958-1960. For the first time ever, all four of Pat Suzuki’s solo albums ‘The Many Sides Of Pat Suzuki’ (1958), ‘Miss Pony Tail’ (1958), ‘Broadway ’59’ (1959) and ‘Looking At You’ (1960) now make their debut on CD as the Deluxe 2CD set ‘Pat Suzuki – The Complete Album Series’.

Source: The Official Masterworks Broadway Site

The retrospective collection features 50 tracks including Suzuki’s haunting interpretation of ‘How High The Moon’ (later featured in the 1988 film ‘Biloxi Blues’) and her solo recording of ‘I Enjoy Being A Girl’ which became a Top 50 hit in the United Kingdom when issued as a single in April 1960.

The release of ‘The Complete Album Series’ is a joint collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Also available is the limited edition release ‘Singles And Rarities’ featuring all Suzuki’s non album singles and unreleased tracks recorded between 1958-1967. Click here to for more information and here to purchase the CDs.

Click below to learn more about Pat Suzuki.  https://masterworksbroadway.com/artist/pat-suzuki/

DISC ONE
THE MANY SIDES OF PAT SUZUKI (MONO)
1. From This Moment On (from ‘Out Of This World’) [LISTEN]
2. Fine And Dandy
3. A Sunday Kind Of Love
4. Something’s Gotta Give (from ‘Daddy Long Legs’)
5. Solitude
6. Poor Butterfly
7. Just One Of Those Things (from ‘Jubilee’)
8. I Had The Craziest Dream
9. The Song From Moulin Rouge / Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
10. Always True To You In My Fashion (from ‘Kiss Me Kate’)
11. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
12. Lazy Afternoon (from ‘The Golden Apple’) [LISTEN]

PAT SUZUKI – MISS PONY TAIL (STEREO)
13. The Song Is You (from ‘Music In The Air’) [LISTEN]
14. Star Dust
15. Black Coffee [LISTEN]
16. Anything Goes (from ‘Anything Goes’)
17. I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face (from ‘My Fair Lady’)
18. Daddy
19. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (from ‘Leave It To Me!’)
20. As Time Goes By
21. How High The Moon [LISTEN]
22. The Lady Is A Tramp (from ‘Babes In Arms’) [LISTEN]
23. Be My Love
24. I’ll Never Smile Again

DISC TWO
BROADWAY ’59 (STEREO)
1. I Enjoy Being A Girl (from ‘Flower Drum Song’) [LISTEN]
2. Love Look Away (from ‘Flower Drum Song’)
3. Sunday (from ‘Flower Drum Song’)
4. Two Faces In The Dark (from ‘Redhead’) [LISTEN]
5. Just for Once (from ‘Redhead’) [LISTEN]
6. Tonight (from ‘West Side Story’)
7. On The Street Where You Live (from ‘My Fair Lady’)
8. The Party’s Over (from ‘Bells Are Ringing’)
9. Just In Time (from ‘Bells Are Ringing’)
10. Not Like Me (from ‘First Impressions’) [LISTEN]
11. I Feel Sorry for the Boy (from ‘First Impressions’)
12. Till There Was You (from ‘The Music Man’)
LOOKING AT YOU (STEREO)
13. Looking At You
14. Small World (from ‘Gypsy’) [LISTEN]
15. Cheek To Cheek (from ‘Top Hat’)
16. He’s My Guy
17. My Funny Valentine (from ‘Babes In Arms’) [LISTEN]
18. You Better Go Now
19. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
20. I See Your Face Before Me
21. I Didn’t Know About You
22. Easy Living
23. Don’t Look At Me That Way!
24. Let Me Love You
FLOWER DRUM SONG (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST ALBUM)
25. I Enjoy Being A Girl (from ‘Flower Drum Song’ – Bonus Track)
26. Grant Avenue (from ‘Flower Drum Song’ – Bonus Track)

2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary 

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: © 2000-2018 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

Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow Receive 2018 DO40 Legacy Awards

Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Legacy Award honorees Lawrence Leritz, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel, Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow. Photo by Lia Chang
Legacy Award honorees Lawrence Leritz, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel, Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow. Photo by Lia Chang

Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross, Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow received 2018 DO40 Legacy Awards at the 10th annual Legacy Awards and Dinner at LIPS Restaurant in New York on December 10th. Speakers  included Jerry Mitchell, Host Jim Brochu, Joan Cohen and Mimi Turque and Mary Alice, who introduced Ms. Chinn prior to her receiving the award from John Sefakis.

Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang

Lori Tan Chinn was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Broadway (original casts): Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (Broadway and theatrical debut), G. R. PointM. Butterfly. Off Broadway: The Primary English ClassG. R. PointThe Ballad of Soapy Smith, Peking Man. Off-Off:  La Mama, E.T.C., La Mama Chinatown, 52nd Street Project, Young Playwrights, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Federal Theatre, AMAS Repertory Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival, NY Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, New Dramatists. Regional: Arena Stage (South Pacific, Bloody Mary—Helen Hayes Award); Goodman Theatre (Peter Sellars’s The Merchant of Venice), Harold Prince Theatre (Hough in Blazes); Walnut Street Theatre (South Pacific); O’Neill Memorial Theater Center (seven seasons as an actor, five seasons as a reader to artistic director Lloyd Richards), Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Center Stage, Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Arena. Film: Mickey Blue EyesWhat About Bob?Glengarry Glen RossShe-Devil, . Television: “Orange Is the New Black,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific” (Bloody Mary), “Roseanne”, “Revealing Evidence”, “The Cosby Show”, “It’s Like, You Know…”, “Spin City”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Trial By Jury.  Ms. Chinn was interviewed for the Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. She is the recipient of the 2018 Dancers Over 40 Legacy Award;  2013, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Ensemble, Comedy Series: “Orange is the New Black”); 2013 Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Performance in a Musical, Supporting Role, “South Pacific”); 1998 Charles Bowden Actor Award at New Dramatists; and the 1984 American Theatre Wing/O’Neill Theater Center/Clarence Ross Fellowship.

Sydni Beaudoin, Lori Tan Chinn (Mae) and Garrett Turner; Photo by Jerry Dalia
Sydni Beaudoin, Lori Tan Chinn (Mae) and Garrett Turner; Photo by Jerry Dalia
Ms. Chinn recently appeared as Mae in HALFTIME, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Tamara Torres, Lori Tan Chinn and Dale Soules. Photo by Lia Chang
Honoree Lori Tan Chinn is flanked by her “Orange is the New Black” cast mates Tamara Torres and Dale Soules. Photo by Lia Chang
Tamara Torres, Lori Tan Chinn, Marti Gould Cummings II, Dale Soules, John Sefakis. Photo by Lia Chang
Tamara Torres, Lori Tan Chinn, Marti Gould Cummings II, Dale Soules, John Sefakis. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Amy Chin, Lori Tan Chinn, Richard Young, Mel Young, Michael Sean Lee and Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Amy Chin, Lori Tan Chinn, Richard Young, Mel Young, Michael Sean Lee and Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Honoree Lawrence Leritz and Jerry Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Honoree Lawrence Leritz and Jerry Mitchell, who directed Lori Tan Chinn in HALFTIME this summer at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo by Lia Chang
Honorees Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow, Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz and Virginia Seidel. Photo by Lia Chang
Honorees Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow, Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz and Virginia Seidel. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Brochu, Lawrence Leritz, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel, Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow and John Sefakis. Photo by Lia Chang
Host Jim Brochu, Lawrence Leritz, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel, Larry Ross, Sharon Wendrow and John Sefakis. Photo by Lia Chang
Amy Chin, Baayork Lee, Mary Alice, Luis Kraus, Lori Tan Chinn Eleanor Yung, Mel Young, Richard Young, Greg Everett, Ankeen McGuire, Michael Sean Lee, Michael DiGioia, Dale Soules. Photo by Lia Chang
Amy Chin, Baayork Lee, Mary Alice, Luis Kraus, Lori Tan Chinn Eleanor Yung, Mel Young, Richard Young, Greg Everett, Ankeen McGuire, Michael Sean Lee, Michael DiGioia, Dale Soules. Photo by Lia Chang

Dancers Over 40 is an all-volunteer, membership-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our mature creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. The event was videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
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 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: © 2000-2018 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

BD Wong to Revisit Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, March 6 – March 31

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

Following rave reviews and audience acclaim at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past spring, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced that Tony Award winner and San Francisco native BD Wong will reprise his role as ‘Wen Chang’ in award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, performing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) from Wednesday, March 6, through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Says Wong: “I’m always looking for the rare work that’s as moving as it is funny, that has characters who are people you’ve never met before but whom you somehow immediately feel familiar with. This play, kind of miraculously, gives me all of it. I love Lauren Yee’s insightful vantage point that looks over family relationships and the unsettled scores such relationships keep, all wrapped up in a fresh athletic metaphor. It’s a play that is so specifically Chinese American, yet somehow all-embracing-and that isn’t an easy feat for a playwright. It is a gift of an opportunity to perform Lauren’s play on one of the great regional stages in the country.”

Lauren Yee, BD Wong, Lisa Peterson, Pam MacKinnon. Photo by Lia Chang
Lauren Yee, BD Wong, Lisa Peterson, Pam MacKinnon. Photo by Lia Chang

Adds MacKinnon: “The Great Leap was already going to be a celebration of San Francisco-a story set here, by a playwright from here, about a sport vital to here. We now add to that a homecoming for San Francisco’s own BD Wong. I cannot wait!”

When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé-now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches. Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from Yee-developed at A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival in 2017-explores cultural identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Under the direction of two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, The Great Leap soars through time and leaps across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of a revolution, building tension right up to the buzzer.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Wong is the only actor ever to have received all five major New York Theater awards for a single role-namely his performance in M. Butterfly (his Broadway debut): the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, and the Tony Award.

Wong gained notice on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Oz” as the resilient prison priest (Father Ray) for the show’s six-season run. Then, for 11 seasons on the top-rated NBC series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” he played George Huang, an FBI forensic psychiatrist and expert on the criminal mind. Other television credits include NBC’s “Awake,” ABC’s “All-American Girl,” HBO’s telefilms And the Band Played On and The Normal Heart, as well as guest-starring roles on “Sesame Street,” “The X-Files,” “Madam Secretary,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” He most recently has been seen in two drastically different television roles simultaneously: as the nefarious Hugo Strange on “Gotham” and as the mysterious trans-female hacker Whiterose on “Mr. Robot.” For his work on the latter, he received an Emmy, Gold Derby, and a Critic’s Choice Award nominations.

Wong has appeared in more than 20 feature films, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jurassic World, Focus, The Space Between Us, Stay, The Salton Sea, Executive Decision, Seven Years in Tibet, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride (1 & 2), and The Freshman. He can also be heard as the voice of Shang in the Disney animated films Mulan and Mulan II. He will next be seen in Birdbox.

Wong’s additional New York theater credits include The Great Leap at The Atlantic Theater Company, The Tempest, A Language of Their Own, As Thousands Cheer, Shanghai Moon, and the Broadway revivals of the musicals You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (the latter for which he received a Drama League nomination for distinguished performance). He recently starred regionally in The Orphan of Zhao at La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco’s A.C.T. In addition, he has starred in five productions of the one-man musical Herringbone, a project dear to his heart.

Wong holds an honorary M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater.

Three-, four-, and five-play subscriptions are available and offer incredible savings, unparalleled access, exclusive benefits, and personalized customer service. Subscribers save as much as 50% off single-ticket prices. Students and educators are eligible to save up to half price on subscriptions, and senior discounts are available for certain series. A.C.T.’s competitive subscriber benefits include free ticket exchanges up to the day of your scheduled performance, guaranteed best seating, ticket insurance, access to convenient prepaid parking one block away from the theater, discounts for neighborhood restaurants, and the opportunity to subscribe to Words on Plays, A.C.T.’s in-depth theater guide for each show.

BD Wong, Ned Eisenberg, Ali Ahn and Tony Aidan Vo Celebrate Opening Night of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP 

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee

TheatreWorks SV’s Production of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Nominated for 3 2018 TBA Awards including Outstanding Production of a Play, Star Joel de la Fuente and Director Lisa Rothe

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

San Francisco’s Theatre Bay Area has announced the nominees for their 5th Annual TBA Awards which will be handed out on Monday, November 5 at 7 pm at The Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102. For more information, email awards@theatrebayarea.org.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata and Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang
Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata and Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s critically-acclaimed production of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, an inspiring true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II, snagged three 2018 TBA Award nominations including Outstanding Performance in a Play- Tier 1 for Joel de la Fuente; Outstanding Direction of a Play – Tier 1 for Lisa Rothe and Outstanding Production of a Play – Tier 1.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Congressional Medal of Freedom. Hold These Truths shares the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process of artists and productions from companies who are members of Theatre Bay Area and pay an awards registration fee.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Over 120 theatre companies from all around the Bay participate in the TBA Awards program each year.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY – TIER 1
Joy Carlin​ for ​Marjorie Prime​ at Marin Theatre Company
Joel de la Fuente​ for ​Hold These Truths​ at TheatreWorks
Emilio Delgado​ for ​Quixote Nuevo​ at California Shakespeare Theater
Santoya Fields​ for ​White​ at Shotgun Players
Margo Hall​ for ​Skeleton Crew​ at Marin Theatre Company & Theatreworks
Randy Harrison​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Jeremy Kahn​ for ​The Liar​ at Center Repertory Company
Kerri Shawn​ for ​Shirley Valentine​ at Center Repertory Company
Stephen Spinella​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Calvin M. Thompson​ for ​The Royale​ at Aurora Theatre Company
Zoe Winters​ for ​Reel to Reel​ at Magic Theatre

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Tier 1
Michael Butler​ for ​The Liar​ at Center Repertory Company
Rachel Chavkin ​for ​Small Mouth Sounds​ at American Conservatory Theater
Josh Costello​ for ​Eureka Day​ at Aurora Theatre Company
Lisa Rothe​ for ​Hold These Truths​ at TheatreWorks
Tony Taccone​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Tier 1
Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at ​Berkeley Repertory Theatre Eureka Day​ at ​Aurora Theatre Company
Hold These Truths​ at ​TheatreWorks
Our Great Tchaikovsky​ at ​TheatreWorks
Reel to Reel​ at ​Magic Theatre
The Liar​ at ​Center Repertory Company

Complete listings of nominees can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org

Hold These Truths made its world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. In 2012, the solo play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company starring Joel de la Fuente, and received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since its world premiere, it has gone on to play throughout the nation including theatres in Boston, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Portland, and many others. Critics have lauded the period piece as “a top-notch production” (The New York Times), “particularly impactful” (TheaterMania), and a show which “gives hope that the arc of the moral universe does indeed eventually bend toward justice” (Los Angeles Times).

The production team includes Sound Designer/Composer Daniel Kluger, Scenic Designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, Scenic Design Assistant Joo Hyun Kim, Costume Designer:Margaret E. Weedon, Lighting Designer: Cat Tate Starmer, Casting Director Jeffrey Lo and Stage Manager Randall K. Lum.

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mercurynews.com: Now playing on SF Bay Area stage: 1 man’s fight against the Japanese internment camps

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
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 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: © 2000-2017 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

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Emmy Winner Denise Burse Stars in Kenny Leon Helmed DOT by Colman Domingo at Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART, October 20 – November 18

Denise Burse
Denise Burse
Denise Burse

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART, in association with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, presents Colman Domingo’s Dot to launch its 2018-2019 Season with this compelling work under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (American Son currently on Broadway starring Kerry Washington, A Raisin in the Sun and August Wilson’s Fences) and starring Emmy Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre alumna Denise Burse (“Black Mirror,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”) as Dotty. Previews begin October 20 – 24, 2018 with the Opening on Thursday, October 25, 2018 and will run through November 18, 2018 at The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216.

Director Kenny Leon, Denise Burse, Playwright Colman Domingo, Rhynn Saver, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Lee Spencer Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown and Bendetto Robinson. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Glenn Brown/Facebook
Director Kenny Leon, Denise Burse, Playwright Colman Domingo, Rhynn McLemore Saver, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Lee Spencer Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown and Bendetto Robinson. Photo courtesy of Gilbert Glenn Brown/Facebook

Crackling with humor, Dot takes a light-hearted look at an illness facing all communities and explores the interactions of widowed matriarch Dotty and her family and mental health in the Black community. As Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory – a result of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis – her children must fight to balance care for their mother with care for themselves.

Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography
Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the newly-reimagined Billie Holiday Theatre and to present True Colors’ production of Colman Domingo’s Dot to Brooklyn audiences,” remarked True Colors’ Artistic Director Kenny Leon. “Dot allows us the opportunity to come together as community; not just as individuals, but as two theaters committed to the best, wisest and most challenging parts of ourselves and our stories.”

Bendetto Robinson and Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography
Bendetto Robinson and Denise Burse. Brenda Nicole Photography

“To curate storytelling for the largest African American community in the nation – Central Brooklyn – demands that we bring our audiences stories that matter,” stated Dr. Indira Etwaroo, The Billie’s Executive Director. “Colman Domingo’s Dot, helmed by Kenny Leon with a cast led by Denise Burse, in partnership with True Colors is an embarrassment of riches. Excellence and relevance are in the very DNA of this production and partnership.”

Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Lee Osorio. Brenda Nicole Photography
Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Lee Osorio. Brenda Nicole Photography

Denise Burse stars as Dot with Tinashe Kajese-Bolden as Shelly, Rhyn McLemore Saver as Jackie, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Donnie, Lee Osorio as Adam, Amber A. Harris as Averie, and Benedetto Robinson as Fidel. The cast recently enjoyed a critically acclaimed run produced by True Colors Theatre Company this summer, with standing ovations every night.

Gilbert Glenn Brown and Tinahse Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography
Gilbert Glenn Brown and Tinahse Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography

General Information
Single Tickets: $25 – $40; Tickets: (866) 811-4111, www.thebillieholiday.org or Box Office (1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY). Group Sales: (929) 432-3322, (866) 811-4111.

Lee Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Amber A. Harris and Rhyn McLemore Saver. Brenda Nicole Photography
Lee Osorio, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Amber A. Harris and Rhyn McLemore Saver. Brenda Nicole Photography

About The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART
As cultural anchor and artistic presenter to the largest African-American community in the US, RestorationART presents world-class artistic expressions of Black culture from around the corner and around the world to Central Brooklyn audiences and beyond. The driving force of RestorationART’s creative complex is the Obie and AUDELCO Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre, a non-profit theatre whose mission is to present the diversity of voices within the African Diaspora. For more information, visit www.thebillieholiday.org.

Benedetto Robinson, Denise Burse, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography
Benedetto Robinson, Denise Burse, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography

“Black Mirror” Emmy winner Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and More Open in THE OLD SETTLER at The Billie Holiday Theatre 

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
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 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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