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

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

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

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

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

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

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$20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers
Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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

Kachun Wong. Photo by Angie Kremer Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada To Perform At Kean Stage’s Enlow Recital Hall on February 1

Eva Noblezada
Eva Noblezada
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Gabriel Makake Photography

Kean Stage is presenting Tony nominee Eva Noblezada in concert at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Noblezada is currently starring as Eurydice in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London through January 26th.

Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

She starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of the musical Miss Saigon last season and received a Tony Award nomination at the age of 21 for this role in her Broadway debut. She previously starred in the long-running London revival of the show, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.

Eva Noblezada will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, N.J. Tickets can be purchased at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, N.J., by phone at 908-737-7469 or at www.keanstage.com.

Click here for tickets and more information on Hadestown in London, currently in rep at the Royal National Theatre. See remaining performances below:

January 22 @ 7:30pm
January 23 @ 7:30pm
January 24 @ 2 pm & 7:30pm
January 25 @ 7:30pm
January 26 @ 2pm & 7:30pm

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More Celebrate HADESTOWN Opening Night at National Theatre

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and more Open in HADESTOWN at National Theatre on November 13 

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Tony Award Winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Kathleen Chalfant, Linda Powell and More Set for Waterwell’s World Premiere of THE COURTROOM, January 23 – 26

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles

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

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

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

The Courtroom is a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Chicago, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom will be performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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

Ann Harada and Erin Quill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Brian Kim Talks about AUBERGINE, THE BEACH HOUSE and THE KOREAN DRAMA ADDICT’S GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR VIRGINITY

Dana Lee and Brian Kim
Dana Lee and Brian Kim
Dana Lee and Brian Kim

Brian Kim is deep in rehearsal for the role of Ray in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at San Diego REP, a role that he has long coveted.

Last year, the award-winning actor, filmmaker, writer and producer performed onstage in Dinner with Georgette at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), May-Lee Yang’s The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity with Theatre Mu at Park Square in St Paul, Labour of Love at Olney, and The Emperor’s Nightingale with Pan Asian Rep in New York.

Gregory Yang, Yeej Moua, Brian Kim, and Clay Man Soo as F4. Photo by Rich Ryan
Gregory Yang, Yeej Moua, Brian Kim, and Clay Man Soo as F4 in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Brian Kim is a Minnesota native who currently calls Brooklyn his home. He has appeared in Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel, Flower Drum Song, and his personal favorite, Hair!  Other workshops include Great Wall, The Music of Time, Enter Laughing, and Jason Ma’s Gold Mountain.

Daniel J. Edwards, Brian Kim and Tyler Bunch in Jason Ma's GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel J. Edwards, Brian Kim and Tyler Bunch in Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

As a voiceover artist, he can be heard on Pokemon: Sun and Moon, Regal Academy, MCvs. Through his production company, Misfit Dog, he continues to explore the American-Asian narrative through film and theatre – including his debut short film, The Beach House, currently on the festival circuit. Kim won Best Actor at The Grove Film Festival.

Brian Jose, Lia Chang and Brian Kim at Pio Pio in New York on December 24, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Jose, Lia Chang and Brian Kim at Pio Pio in New York on December 24, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

During a Christmas Eve Orphan dinner at Pio Pio in New York organized by Brian Jose, Brian and I had a chance to catch up on his whirlwind year.

Lia: Is this the most that you’ve traveled since you moved to New York from Minnesota seven years ago?
Brian: Absolutely. I made a point that I was going to focus on staying in the city and not accept regional work. I hadn’t changed my stance on regional work but it was the piece, The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity that made me go, “Oh well, it’s an interesting title, it’s a Korean role and it was also back at home.” Accepting the offer continued to lead me to new opportunities and although a lot of them were out-of-town, I just let the universe point in the right direction.

Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) and Brian Kim (Benedict). Photo by Rich Ryan
Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) and Brian Kim (Benedict) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Lia: What were your favorite projects this year?
Brian: Benedict in The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity – that was an incredible experience. Playwright May Lee-Yang is topical. She’s not afraid to push buttons and push the envelope. She also did her homework. She is obsessed with Korean dramas. She had a lot of reference points to pull from and she made this beautiful character. To be able to do it at home where I haven’t done a show in seven years was an incredible homecoming. I had the opportunity to share it with family and friends. It was also the biggest role I had done to that point – the male romantic lead. When does that happen for Koreans or Asian Americans? Never! I felt like I was playing a role that was written for me. It was really fun.

Brian Kim (Benedict) and Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee). Photo by Rich Ryan
Brian Kim (Benedict) and Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Lia: Did you kid her about that?
Brian: I told May-Lee Yang, the playwright, many times that had she gone with her original title, The Sun Embrace the Moon, I may have passed over the audition notice. It was some kind of kismet that brought me home – even as far back as the audition video, I’ve had my fair share of rejections and I always try to do my best. But I felt like I nailed this character and it was mine.

Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee), Katie Bradley (Gary Johnson), and Brian KIm (Benedict). Photo by Rich Ryan
Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee), Katie Bradley (Gary Johnson), and Brian KIm (Benedict) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Theater Mu Presents May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” 

The next one, I haven’t done it yet, would be Ray in Aubergine. I’ve been in love with this play since I saw it Off-Broadway. I never in a million years thought I would have the chance to actually do it. I’m always grateful for any project that I get to work on and to have it be a Korean story and a story about family relationships – it hits home right now in my life. As an adoptee, I’m trying to figure out that balance with my Korean roots and how much do I want to delve into that past and accepting the path that I have here in America and the great life and opportunities that have been given to me through my adoptive family. Getting to explore Korean tradition and family expectation through this play, I’m really looking forward to it and working with my fantastic cast – Dana Lee as my father and my friend Audrey, who is from Minnesota, is playing my girlfriend.

Ben Langhorst, Jermaine Golden & Brian Kim. Photo by Ryan Jensen
Ben Langhorst, Jermaine Golden & Brian Kim in NYTW’s DINNER WITH GEORGETTE. Photo by Ryan Jensen

Brian Kim in DINNER WITH GEORGETTE at Next Door at NYTW 

It’s a tie- Dinner with Georgette at New York Theatre Workshop where I played this weird character called Cactus Eyes – a Korean refugee taken away from Korea to a war base in Arizona. It was written by Rick Burkhardt and directed by Ellie Heyman. This was the start of my year-of-playing-Korean-characters!

Brian Kim, Kennedy Kanagawa, Ben Langhorst, Gianni Masi, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Kim, Kennedy Kanagawa, Ben Langhorst, Gianni Masi, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang

Labour of Love at Olney. The play was about British Parliament and politics. It was so relevant to American politics and what we are going through with Xenophobia, feeling like we need to put America first and dealing with immigration and jobs. Being in DC, it was so timely and relevant. I spent a lot of my time off exploring the memorials. It was such a relief from today’s climate to be reminded of the great rhetoric from leaders past. In many ways, it made me a better American and not so despondent. I’ve been very fortunate that each project this year has been great as far as artistic progress and human growth.

Brian Kim, left, Emily Kester, M. Scott McLean and Julia Coffey in “Labour of Love,”  at Olney Theatre Center. (Teresa Castracane)
Brian Kim, left, Emily Kester, M. Scott McLean and Julia Coffey in “Labour of Love,”  at Olney Theatre Center. (Teresa Castracane)

Lia: How many times did you see Crazy Rich Asians?
Brian: 7 or 8 times.

Lia: How many times did you see it with other Asians?
Brian: 5 or 6.

Lia: How did the film speak to you as an Asian American man?
Brian: Going to it the first time, I knew it was a big deal as far as the historical context because of previous films like Joy Luck Club. But the movie started and within the first 15 minutes I had tears because I was part of this historic moment. Sometimes, you don’t realize how badly you need something in your life until it is right there in front of you. Seeing these Asian people be the majority cast of the movie was incredible. I saw it in Minnesota. At lot of my friends in New York were in Asian filled houses. I was in a White filled house. I might have been the loudest and laughed out loud the most, but they showed up and they were supporting it, liking it and really enjoying it. It meant a lot. I saw it a bunch to boost the box office sales but I also couldn’t get over it. Yes, it was about Asians but it was a good romantic comedy. The cast is phenomenal.

Lia: Do you feel like it has affected you as far as auditioning is concerned?
Brian: I’ve always been a believer that Asian American stories are really close to being told. Seeing this really made me believe it. It gave me a kick in the pants. Most people would say that I am a motivated person but this movie drove me even more. To pair it with Searching, starring John Cho. That was more incredible – Asian August – Asian Year. It’s brought a lot of pride, confidence and the knowledge that the audience is out their for our stories. Stay the course and amp it up. Don’t waste your time. Networks and houses are picking up new material all over the place. If you want to get on this ride, you have to act now because our peers are. It’s been a really good motivator.

Lia: What inspired you to make The Beach House
Brian:  In my first short film The Beach House, written and directed by Eric Elizaga, I play Max with Daniel J. Edwards as Jeremy, Jean Tree as Jamie, Daniel Klimek as Sean, Viet Vo as Luke, and Todd & Jan McCormick as Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury. It was the most unexpected gift of a ride. The Beach House was produced by SMD Productions / Misfit Dog Productions with Charlie Muentes as Director of Photography. The Beach House tells the story of  Korean Adoptees Max and Jamie who discover they have a lot in common while bonding over similar experiences as American Asian kids who grew up in their white families.

THE BEACH HOUSE cast members Viet Vo, Daniel Klimek, Jean Tree, Brian Kim and Daniel J. Edwards.
THE BEACHHOUSE cast members Viet Vo, Daniel Klimek, Jean Tree, Brian Kim and Daniel J. Edwards.

We were on Baayork Lee’s rooftop on the 4th of July. We decided we should make a movie when we heard about HBO’s “Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition.. Months went by and then we only had two months left. We had plans that fell through but luckily we had this beach house so off we went to Westport by the ocean. Technology makes it so easy to just shoot something and as artists, we all know to a degree what is good and what is bad. We may have to work on some technical things but we’ve seen enough media. To work with your friends and tell a story that hasn’t been told – I’d be happy doing it forever. The exposure that we’ve been getting at festivals has been highly unexpected. We took it to 2018 Boston Asian American Festival. We took it the 2018 Grove Film Festival. We just got accepted to the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival. That was the launching point to realizing we can make films.

We made The Struggle for the 72 Hour Asian American Film Lab Shoot Out. We placed 2nd and won best actor, best director and best cinematographer, which connected me with people at ABC, NBC and some other amazing people. We’re really trying to parlay that into doing really good work. At the end of the day it is just about having fun with my friends.

You can catch Brian in Aubergine at San Diego Rep, January 24-February 17.

An unforgettable story of love, family and the healing power of food, performances for Aubergine run January 24 – February 17, 2019, in the Lyceum Space Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza in San Diego.

Helmed by San Diego REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey, the cast of Aubergine also includes veteran actor of the stage and screen, Dana Lee (“Dr. Ken,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Rambo: First Blood, Part II,”) as Ray’s father, Minneapolis-based actor Audrey Park as Cornelia (Theatre Mu, Penumbra Theatre), San Diego local and Brown University/Trinity Rep graduate, Terrell Donnell Sledge as Lucien (Cygnet Theatre’s Wind and the Breeze), Yong Kim as Uncle (“Spa Night” and “Dog Bowl”) and San Diego REP favorite Amanda Sitton (REP’s The Oldest Boy, Road to Mecca, Doubt) as Diane.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Ali Ewoldt to Star in Royal Family Productions’ World Premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: PART I, January 24 – February 11

Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt

After a successful workshop in 2017, Royal Family Productions is presenting  the World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I starring Broadway’s Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis) as Anne. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, this production is adapted and directed by Chris Henry with choreography by Lorna Ventura and will begin performances on January 24th – February 11, 2019 with an opening night set for Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm. There will also be a workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables: Part II (January 31 – February 10). Both shows will be performed at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space is located at 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $29 – $59, $250 (VIP) and can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org

Ms. Henry’s Anne of Green Gables is a one-woman, movement-fueled, theatrical experience for all-ages featuring dynamic choreography by Lorna Ventura. Anne of Green Gables: Part I stars Ali Ewoldt and shares the journey of Anne Shirley; an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, eleven-year-old orphan, and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. Ms. Ewoldt is joined by dancers Brooke Averi, Kiersten Foster, Mindy Lai,Kara Menendez, and Stephanie Young.

“As someone who was adopted, the story of a fiery, strong, imaginative orphan girl really resonated with me throughout my childhood and well into my college years. I am delighted to take this material and adapt Ms. Montgomery’s text for the Royal Family stage with my collaborator Lorna Ventura. We have stripped down the book to its essence and have broken it up into three parts. In January, we are excited to host this World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I as a one-woman movement-fueled piece starring the amazing Ali Ewoldt with four dynamic dancers. We are equally thrilled to develop Part II right in front of our audiences in order to give Royal Family’s patrons a unique chance to watch this work evolve. Anyone who has ever tried to find their place in the world will find the story of Anne of Green Gables inspiring, and we are so happy to bring Anne Shirley to life at Royal Family.” – Artistic Director, Chris Henry

Ali Ewoldt in her dressing room at The Majestic in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt in her dressing room at The Majestic in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt (Anne) Ali Ewoldt recently completed more than two years as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, a role she also played on the National Tour, and appeared in Lincoln Center’s recent Tony Award Winning revival of The King and I. Ali has played Maria in numerous productions of West Side Story across the nation and around the world, including in Houston on the 2009 Broadway Revival’s 1st National Tour. Her other credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa) Off-Broadway, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at The Muny in St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The King and I (Tuptim), and McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Fan/Mrs. Bonds). Ali performed her solo concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York and has sung in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall and at Canyon Ranch. Her symphony work includes The NY Pops Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall, The American Pops Orchestra, The Houston Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Ali’s TV/Film credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Yield, Drama: The Web Series” and the short film Mia. She has a BA in psychology from Yale University. www.aliewoldt.com

Anne of Green Gables: Part I‘s creative team includes Amanda Armstrong, Lars Jacobsen, and Bart Kuebler (Original Music), Cheyenne Sykes (Lighting, Scenic, and Costume Design), Chelsie McPhilimy (Projection Design), Chet Miller (Sound Design), Jessica Wu (Associate Director), Lorna Ventura (Choreographer), and Chris Henry (Writer/Director).

Royal Family will also offer a glimpse into Anne of Green Gables: Part II with its workshop presentation taking place between January 31 – February 10. Anne of Green Gables: Part II continues the journey with Anne as she navigates her new life in Avonlea – by going to school, making new friends, and trying to control her temper. Cast TBA.

Anne of Green Gables marks the first time that Royal Family has adapted a pre-existing work as well as their first-ever production for a multi-generational, family-friendly audience.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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