Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER? Extends at Vineyard Theatre through April 27

Opening night curtain call with Tom Aulino, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long, Tiffany Villarin, Greg Keller, Megan Hill and Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Opening night curtain call with Tom Aulino, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long, Tiffany Villarin, Greg Keller, Megan Hill and Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Due to popular demand the New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon, has been extended at Vineyard Theatre  (108 East 15th Street) through April 27th.

Jeanne Sakata, Tom Aulino, Tiffany Villarin, Margot Bordelon, Greg Keller, Megan Hill, Justin Long, Mara Nelson-Greenberg and Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast includes Tom Aulino (ON THE TOWN), Ugo Chukwu (WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN), Megan Hill (EDDIE AND DAVE), Greg Keller (Vineyard’s THE AMATEURS), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Jeanne Sakata (HOLD THESE TRUTHS) and Tiffany Villarin (TEENAGE DICK).

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? began previews on March 22 and opened on April 2 with Sara Holdren of New York Magazine declaring “It’s funny, it’s mordant, and it keeps you on edge with a loopiness that masks something somber and truly frightening.” Robert Hofler of The Wrap adds “Mara Nelson-Greenberg is an offbeat, novel, wonderful voice making her New York debut.”

Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s dazzling dark comedy, Sofia (Villarin) is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva  in the kitchen, and the unspoken dynamics of their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling. This absurdly funny and potent new play, directed by Margot Bordelon, reminds us that change is not always easy, and may come with unexpected costs.

Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

POST-SHOW TALKBACK
Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM

Clara Moisello, Ph.D., (NY Center for Nonviolent Communication) embraced Nonviolent Communication as part of a journey of self-discovery and transformation that began once she left her home in Italy in 2006 to pursue her doctoral studies in New York. While still working as a neuroscience researcher at CUNY, Clara became actively involved in supporting the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, participating in and facilitating practice groups and workshops and training under the mentorship of the founder Thom Bond. Eventually, this led her to a major life and career shift.

Tiffany Villarin, Justin Long, Ugo Chukwu. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Justin Long, Ugo Chukwu. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

As of today, Clara has completed over 800 hours of NVC training and supports NYCNVC as coordinator, trainer, and mentor. Clara also teaches yoga in Brooklyn and is a body-positive wellness coach, supporting people in developing a loving relationship with their body, weight and food. Her passion and work as neuroscientist informs and inspires all her activities. You can find more about her and her work at claramoisello.com and nycnvc.org.

Tiffany Villarin, Jeanne Sakata. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Jeanne Sakata. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

The design team includes scenic design by Laura Jellinek (OKLAHOMA! at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway), costume design by Emilio Sosa (THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS), lighting design by Marie Yokoyama (DAYBREAK), and original music & sound design by Palmer Hefferan (SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS).

Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Remaining performances include: Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm; Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm; Thursday, April 25 at 7pm; Friday, April 26 DARK; and Saturday, April 27 at 8pm.

Tom Aulino, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tom Aulino, Megan Hill. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Tiffany Villarin, Megan Hill, Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Ugo Chukwu, Justin Long. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Greg Keller, Tiffany Villarin. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Greg Keller, Tiffany Villarin. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

Tickets for DO YOU FEEL ANGER? can be purchased online at vineyardtheatre.org, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? received its world premiere at the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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

Chay Yew Helmed CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND by Lauren Yee Set for Signature Theatre, February 4 – March 8, 2020

World Premieres from Dominique Morisseau, Katori Hall, and More Lined Up for Signature's 2019/20 Season

Steinberg Award-winner Lauren Yee begins her Residency 5 with the New York premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, directed by Chay Yew, February 4 – March, 2020 on the Irene Diamond Stage during the 2019-2020 Signature Theatre Season.

Lauren Yee Wins Steinberg-ATCA Award For CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Ms. Yee recently received the Steinberg-ATCA Award and the Whiting Award for Cambodian Rock Band, awarded to ten diverse emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

Don’t miss this powerful play, currently running at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by Chay Yew and Victory Gardens in Chicago, directed by Marti Lyons.

Greg Watanabe, Rammel Chan, Eileen Doan, Peter Sipla, Aja Wiltshire and Matthew Yee in Chicago Premiere Of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Victory Gardens 

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee

Yee joins four other resident playwrights in a season that will feature six works  including two productions by Signature’s new Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, world premiere plays from Residency 5 playwrights Katori Hall and Dominique Morisseau, and a new production of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Legacy playwright Horton Foote.

All performances will take place at the company’s Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Signature is proud to continue the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, its one-of-a-kind commitment to providing subsidized, affordable tickets to every seat at every performance during a production’s regular run. All tickets will be $35 for the 2019-2020 Season.

Obie, Lortel and MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith will join Signature as Residency 1 playwright in the 2019-2020 Season. Residency 1 is Signature’s core Playwright-in-Residence program that produces multiple plays by one writer over the course of a year. Signature will produce two of Smith’s plays – Fires in the Mirror, directed by Saheem Ali, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, directed by Taibi Magar – in the 2019-20 Season, with a new play to be produced in an upcoming season.

Residency 5 will feature two world premieres, with The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, and Confederates by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Kamilah Forbes. The groundbreaking Residency 5 program supports playwrights with exceptional resources for five years, so they can create new work, and guarantees each playwright a minimum of three productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The program includes a diverse community of playwrights as they build bodies of work, and offers commission support, health benefits and a stipend to attend theatre. In addition to Hall, Morisseau and Yee, the program’s current playwrights are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, The Mad Ones and Dave Malloy.

Signature’s Legacy Program, a homecoming for past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence, will feature a new production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote, directed by Foote’s longtime collaborator Michael Wilson.

Signature’s current 2018-2019 Season continues with a new production of Curse of the Starving Class by Legacy playwright Sam Shepard, directed by Terry Kinney, beginning performances on April 23, 2019, and the world premiere of the chamber choir musical, Octet by Residency 5 writer Dave Malloy, directed by Annie Tippe, beginning performances on April 30, 2019.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature Productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $35, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. This spring, Signature will offer its millionth subsidized ticket through the Signature Ticket Initiative. 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, Unlikely Collaborators, the Lily AuchinclossFoundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Subscriptions to the 2019-2020 Season are on sale now by calling Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or by visiting www.signaturetheatre.org.

Inside the Opening Night Afterparty of HADESTOWN with André De Shields

Hadestown, the new Broadway musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Come of 1812), kicked off opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48thStreet) on April 17, 2019 with 3 Drama League nominations.

Amber Gray and André De Shields have been nominated for 2019 Drama League Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

Amber Gray and two-time Tony nominee André De Shields have received Drama League nods for Distinguished Performance and the production has been nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Broadway or Off-Broadway.

Scroll down for my coverage of the curtain call at the theater and the afterparty at Guastavino’s.

Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Jewelle Blackman, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell, David Neumann, Afra Hines, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable and John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney stars as Orpheus, André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Patrick Page as Hades, fresh from the acclaimed National Theatre production in London. Previews began March 22nd.

The cast also includes Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable and Ahmad Simmons play the chorus of workers, and the full cast also include swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth woman in Broadway history to accomplish this creative feat. The show originated as Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Rachel Chavkin and Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone –Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Todd Sickafoose, Liam Robinson, Rachel Hauck, David Neumann, Erica Sweany, Rachel Chavkin and Cody Owen Stine. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for Broadway features Drama Desk Award nominee Rachel Hauck (set design), three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design), Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design), Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design), three-time Bessie Award® winner David Neumann (choreography), Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements), Michael Chorney, Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations), Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy), and Stewart/Whitley (casting).

Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Tinidad, Ahmad Simmons, Eva Noblezada, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable, John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney. Back Row: Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Ahmad Simmons, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Timothy Hughes, Kimberly Marable. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Kimbery Marable, John Krause. Photo by Lia Chang
Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell, David Neumann, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017. This winter’s sold-out engagement at the National Theatre in London recently ended its run at the Olivier Theatre. Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was further developed by The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.

Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit www.hadestown.com.

Adriana Stan, Zane Carney, Marti Heil, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada, Lia Chang and Reeve Carney. Photo by Garth Kravits
André De Shields and 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: © 2000-2019 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

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin and More Set for (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42 on April 21

Returning to The Green Room 42 for it’s sixth installment on Easter Sunday, April 21st at 7pm, (YOUNG) showcases some of Broadway’s biggest littles while supporting littles around the world through the (YOUNG) For Young Initiative.

(YOUNG) Broadway Series Returns To The Green Room 42Accompanied by 12-year-old Joshua Turchin, the show features a cast with from Broadway and national touring shows including Frozen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Ferryman, School of Rock, Sound Of Music, Waitress, Love Never Dies, and more.

All profits from the show benefit the (YOUNG) For (Young) Initiative, which sees the ongoing sponsorship and support of littles and their communities around the world; namely Hudson, Benedicta, Rimi, Faiza, and Mulgata, aged 5 – 9 and hailing from Uganda, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka.

Tickets are begin at $22, and are available for purchase HERE. Tickets are also available for purchase at the box office before the show for an additional $5.

The full cast of the sixth installment of (YOUNG) is as follows; Alexandra Bradley, Avelina Sanchez, Catherine Ashmore Bradley, Ella Dane Morgan, Fiona Quinn, Gianna Harris, Jake Miller, Jenna Weir, Joshua Turchin, Julian Lerner, Kaylin Hedges, Madison Lagares, Sway Bhatia, and Will Coombs.

This is the cabaret debut of Avelina Sanchez, whose latest project is the developmental reading of Lainie Sakakura (producer/book) and Paul Fujimoto’s (music/lyrics) CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, a musical adaptation of The New York Times Best Selling novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Her COBS cast mate Joshua Turchin, who serves as music director, accompanist and host of YOUNG, invited her to perform.

Avelina Sanchez and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

*Performers subject to change without notice

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Jeffrey Li, Telly Leung And More Star In Reading Of CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

The #YoungBroadwaySeries is playing The Green Room 42 at Yotel (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, Fourth Floor) on April 21st at 7pm. Tickets and information are at www.thegreenroom42.com.

Located in the heart of the theatre district, The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest, most spacious, and funkiest entertainment hall. Featuring a wide variety of performances by your favorite Broadway stars, and a delicious menu of food and drink, our club opens the doors of hospitality to the small stage while providing you value. Plus, there’s no F&B minimums — so, stick around, relax; Your evening is already planned.

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

PRIDE PLAYS by Chay Yew, Paula Vogel, Terrence McNally, Philip Dawkins & More to Commemorate Stonewall Uprising, June 20 – 24

Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang
Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang
Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Nevin, Michael Urie, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater present Pride Plays, an upcoming festival of play readings to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.

More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LBTQIA voices will be presented from June 20th through 24th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

The advisory committee for Pride Plays is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, and Ted Snowdon.

“Throughout our various collaborations, Michael and I have continually discussed the need to both honor the broad scope of past LGBTQIA-related work and to support the next generation of out writers, directors, and performers,” said Festival Producer Doug Nevin. “When Daniella Topol mentioned that she was looking for a way in which Rattlestick could celebrate Stonewall 50 and world pride, this seemed like a perfect marriage. Michael, Nick and I are thrilled that Rattlestick has offered us a home as we bring together important LGBTQ works and artists old and new.”

“I’m proud to join Daniella and The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, my friends Doug and Nick, and this amazing group of artists as we bring queer theater voices to the West Village during World Pride,” said Festival Producer Michael Urie. “I have longed for a place where LGBTQIA theater creators are number one and during Pride Plays, we will be. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising couldn’t be a better time to commemorate the heroes who started our fight, the artists who chronicled it, and the young geniuses who benefit from it.”

“The Stonewall Uprising happened just down the street from where Rattlestick is located and we are honored to celebrate these 50 years of liberation with this exciting festival,” said Daniella Topol, Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. “There is a stunning body of work over these past 50 years that deserve to be remembered, celebrated, or to be seen for the very first time. The works in Pride Plays are so very different but are aligned in their courage and complexity creating a thrilling opportunity for amazing artists – veterans and emerging – to be in conversation with one another. I am so impressed by Doug Nevin, Michael Urie, and Nick Mayo’s vision for this festival, in partnership with an Advisory Board of thoughtful artists and leaders.”

Pride Plays
BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM: AN ODE TO Bayard Rustin

By Michael Benjamin Washington

Directed by Moises Kaufman

LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE

By Jane Chambers

Directed by Miranda Haymon

BRAVE SMILES…ANOTHER LESBIAN TRAGEDY

By the Five Lesbian Brothers:

Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron

SOME MEN

By Terrence McNally

Directed by Logan Reed

AS IS

By William Hoffman

Directed by Sheryl Kaller

EAT AND YOU BELONG TO US

By MJ Kaufman

ON THIS MORNING

By Caroline Prugh

Directed by Kevin Newbury

ROOM ENOUGH (FOR US ALL)

By Daaimah Mubashshir

NORA HIGHLAND

By Ryan Spahn

LE SWITCH

By Philip Dawkins

Directed by Stephen Brackett

A PROGRAM OF ORIGINAL WORKS FROM TRANS LAB

http://www.transtheaterlab.org

Directed by Èamon Boylan

MARIQUITAS

By Eduardo Machado

ONE LEG

By Eri Nox

THE BALTIMORE WALTZ

By Paula Vogel

LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE

By Jonathan Tolins

Directed by Nic Cory

A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN

By Chay Yew

Three Hares Presents Paulo K Tiról’s ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD Featuring Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Diane Phelan, Joanne Javien, Kevin Schuering and Michael Protacio, May 2 – 12

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

NYC-based theatre collective Three Hares presents a new song cycle with music and lyrics by Paulo K Tiról titled, “On This Side of the World,” running May 2 – May 12 at Access Theater in Tribeca, New York. The team is a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2019 Creative Engagement grant, which is awarded to artists with “diverse artistic experiences” whose work “contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of our communities” – and that can certainly be expected this Spring.

The cast features Albert Guerzon* (Escape to Margaritaville, Honeymoon in Vegas, Mamma Mia!, Ghost the Musical), Jaygee Macapugay* (Wild Goose Dreams, School of Rock, Here Lies Love), Diane Phelan* (School of Rock, The King and I), Joanne Javien* (Thoroughly Modern Millie, First National Tour), Kevin Schuering* (The King and I, Lincoln Center National Tour), and Michael Protacio (Joanna Gleason’s “Out of the Eclipse” at 54 Below).

Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, aspiring actors, and carefree millennials. “On This Side of the World” is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States, and what emerges is a mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith – eight thousand miles from home.

The show begins at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, where six Filipinos wait to board their flight to the United States of America and more specifically – to New York City. Each has a passport, a one way ticket, and some “make believe courage” as they embark on a new life a world away from all they know. With no interstitial dialogue, each song in Tiról’s “On This Side of the World” is a self-contained story that focuses on a distinct character. Featuring an entirely Asian-American cast, the piece expands the musical theater song book for underrepresented artists by lifting up Asian and immigrant stories, and introduces Tiról as an exciting new theatrical voice.

“The Filipino immigrant story is one of courage, sacrifice, searching for identity, struggling to belong, and ultimately, redefining home,” says Filipino composer-lyricist Paulo K Tiról, whose work has been described by the Boston Globe as “a delightful treat.” “And come to think of it,” he continues, “Isn’t that every person’s story? These are not just stories of the Filipino experience – these are stories of human experiences that just happen to be told by a Filipino frame.”

Paulo K Tiról began writing “On This Side of the World” in 2013 as a project at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. From 2013 to 2017, ten songs were completed, and individual songs were performed at major venues such as Joe’s Pub, the Laurie Beechman, and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2016. In May 2018, director Noam Shapiro heard “Light of the Home” at a showcase of musical theatre writers of color by Musical Theater Factory at Joe’s Pub , and reached out to Paulo, asking to hear more. They have been collaborating on the piece since.

From September 2018 to February 2019, Paulo and Noam were Artists in Residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan, where the piece was completed, workshopped with the help of wonderful actors, and shared with the world in its first full reading on February 15, 2019.

Following two sold out presentations, “On This Side of the World” was programmed at Access Theater for May 2019 as part of its Association Series, which partners with Off-Off Broadway artists who are looking to take on ambitious and stimulating works of theater, accessible to a range of audiences. “Three Hares is committed to international, diverse, and socially engaged theater – theater that says, let’s make the table bigger,” says director and Producing Artistic Director, Noam Shapiro. “I think that theater artists have a responsibility to lift up new voices and to create spaces for stories that haven’t been seen or heard before.” This is reflected in the multiethnic and multinational makeup of the team for “On This Side of the World,” which features artists with roots in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.

“On This Side of the World” translates across cultural boundaries while lifting up stories of new immigrants and the children of immigrant families. “As my community of Filipino immigrants has expanded, so has the array of stories and characters that have gripped, intrigued and inspired me,” says Paulo K Tiról, “I now have a sense of mission, both for the theatre community and for the Filipino community at large. My mission is to share the community’s stories with pride, honesty, and love.”

*denotes member of AEA

Paulo K Tiról, composer-lyricist; Noam Shapiro, director; Ian Miller, music director; Priscilla Villanueva, stage manager; Melanie May (scenic designer); Annie Le (costume designer); Ethan Olsen (lighting designer); Lawrence Schober (sound designer); Megumi Lee, producer; Three Hares, executive production; Toro Communications, public relations.

On This Side of the World’s 12-show limited engagement at Access Theater (380 Broadway) begins Thursday May 2 and continues through Sunday May 12. Tickets range from $30 for General Admission to $35 for Reserved Seating, and can be purchased online here via artful.ly.

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

New-York Historical Society’s Speaker Series: AN AMERICAN SOLDIER with David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo on April 23

David Henry Hwang (Photo by Gregory Costanzo), Huang Ruo and Agnes Hsu-Tang

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the New-York Historical Society’s latest installment of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series will feature An American Soldier, a grand opera based on the tragic life of a 19-year-old Chinese American soldier Danny Chen, whose death while serving in Afghanistan led to President Obama signing into law a bill designated to combat military hazing.

In this intimate conversation moderated by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang will explore their highly acclaimed work that was hailed by the New York Times as among the Best Classical Music of 2018. Exclusively for New-York Historical, this special event will include a performance of excerpts from the opera.

Huang Ruo is an award-winning composer and conductor whose works have premiered and been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and others. Acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang has received numerous honors for his prolific work in theater, television, film, and opera. His M. Butterfly won the Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Agnes Hsu-Tang (moderator) is an international cultural heritage policy advisor on the faculty at Columbia, a managing director at the Met Opera, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

The program will take place in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $38, $24 for members $24 and $10 for students.

To purchase tickets by phone, contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268; Online and in person, advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only 20 in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

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

Greg Watanabe, Rammel Chan, Eileen Doan, Peter Sipla, Aja Wiltshire and Matthew Yee in Chicago Premiere Of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band runs April 5 – May 5, 2019 with press performance on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Victory Gardens is also pleased to announce a partnership with Lincoln Hall to present Dengue Fever in concert on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Rammel Chan, Matthew Yee and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Rammel Chan, Matthew Yee and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Cambodian Rock Band is presented with City Theatre Company and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Following the run at Victory Gardens Theater, Cambodian Rock Band will be presented at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA, September 14 – October 6, 2019, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, October 16 – November 10, 2019.

Rammel Chan and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Rammel Chan and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced-his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago-it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee’s (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.

Matthew Yee and Rammel Chan. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Matthew Yee and Rammel Chan. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

The cast of Cambodian Rock Band includes Rammel Chan (Duch), Eileen Doan (Pou/Guard/Keyboard), Peter Sipla (Rom/Journalist/Drums), Greg Watanabe (Chum/Bass), Aja Wiltshire (Neary/Sothea/Vocals), and Matthew Yee (Leng/Ted/Guitar).

Matthew Yee and Aja Wiltshire. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Matthew Yee and Aja Wiltshire. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

The creative team includes Matt MacNelly (music direction), Yu Shibagaki (scenic design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), and Mikhail Fiskel (sound design).

Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Cast of Cambodian Rock Band. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren
Aja Wiltshire and Greg Watanabe. Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

Lead Partner for the Victory Gardens Theater production of Cambodian Rock Band is the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial located at 2831 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL. www.cambodianmuseum.org

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, Devin Ilaw, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan, Hansel Tan, Nina Zoie Lam, Timothy Huang, Jelani Alladin and More Celebrate Steven Eng at Prospect Theater Company Gala

On Monday night, Lucille Lortel nominee Steven Eng (Pacific Overtures) was honored at the Prospect Theater Company 2019 Gala at Manhattan Penthouse along with Michelle McGorty and Harriet Slaughter.

Honorees Harriet Slaughter, Michelle McGorty and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening also recognized two decades of commitment and vision from the co-Founders of Prospect: Melissa Huber, Peter Mills, Cara Reichel, and Tony Vallés.

Timothy Huang and Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony and Grammy Award nominated actress Ashley Park (Mean Girls, KPOP) hosted the evening’s festivities which included cocktails, dinner and a concert event featuring favorite songs from Prospect’s history.

Steven Eng and Ashley Park. Photo by Lia Chang

Chanel Karimkhani, Andrew Mayer, Lilli Thomas, Skyler Volpe, Cathryn Wake, members of the cast of The Hello Girls, the company’s recent Off-Broadway hit, were featured in an encore performance, alongside a line-up of other Broadway friends and Prospect artists including Ali Ewoldt, Devin Ilaw, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan, Hansel Tan, Hillary Fisher, Ben Moss, Mia Pinero, Ashley Park, Destinee Rea, LaDonna Burns, Tia DeShazor, A.J. Shively, Mary Kate Morrissey, Jennifer Blood, David Perlman, Simone Zamore and Bob Stillman.

The performances were directed by Christine O’Grady, with music direction by Andy Roninson on piano, Kiku Enomoto on violin, Brian Sanders on cello and Matt Scharfglass on bass.

The Band: Brian Sanders, Andy Roninson, Kiki Enomoto and Matt Scharfglass. Photo by Lia Chang

Steven Eng’s relationship with Prospect spans over a decade, beginning as an actor with the 2007 musical workshop of Honor. That would lead to subsequent performances with Prospect, and in the last several years to a producing partnership with National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), the non-profit he co-founded in 2009. NAAP’s mission is to showcase the works of Asian-American theater artists through performance, outreach and educational programming.

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of “Pacific Overtures” by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

A professional actor for over 20 years, he continues to perform (2018 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Pacific Overtures), direct (NAAP/Prospect’s 2018 Into the Woods), and teach on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where his work as a voice, speech/text authority has also be presented at the national conferences of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Mr. Eng has been interviewed on NPR and other medial outlets and served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. In May, he’ll appear in four performances of Jason Ma’s Gold Mountain in Utah as part of the Spike 150 celebration.

Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Sold Out in Salt Lake City, Final Casting Announced 

Nina Zoie Lam was on hand to celebrate her NAAP co-founder.

Steven Eng and Nina Zoie Lam. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt, Devin Ilaw, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan and Hansel Tan performed “One Time, One Meeting” from Honor.

Kiku Enomoto, Andy Roninson, Matt Scharfglass, Jason Ma, Hansel Tan, Diane Phelan, Ali Ewoldt and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Ma, Hansel Tan, Andy Roninson, Diane Phelan, Matt Scharfglass, Ali Ewoldt and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Frozen’s Jelani Alladin, a former student, presented Mr. Eng with his award.

Steven Eng and Jelani Alladin. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Eng and Jelani Alladin. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is Mr. Eng’s speech:
“Monday, November 12, 2007, the first rehearsal for the work-in-progress musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It set in feudal Japan. It would only be Act 1 for this workshop, but to me, it was the taste of something that I knew would be extraordinary. This was my introduction to the gifts of Cara Reichel and Pete Mills, and the important company that we are here to celebrate tonight.

Steven Eng and Ali Ewoldt in the 2008 production of HONOR at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York. Photo by Richard Termine

By the time the full 2-Act production of Honor had rehearsed, opened and closed half a year later, I already knew that my experience had been quite special. It remains so to this day. Just look at my incredibly talented friends who just performed for you tonight. And “Little Gray Stone” will always be one of the most cherished songs I will ever have the privilege of performing on any stage.”

NAAP co-founders Nina Zoie Lam, Baayork Lee and Steven Eng at the NAAP Gala celebrating 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein's FLOWER DRUM SONG on December 2, 2018 at The Golden Unicorn on December 2, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
NAAP co-founders Nina Zoie Lam, Baayork Lee and Steven Eng at the NAAP Gala celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s FLOWER DRUM SONG on December 2, 2018 at The Golden Unicorn on December 2, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Since co-founding National Asian Artists Project in 2009 with Baayork Lee and Nina Zoie Lam, my admiration for Prospect has only grown. I’ve learned that founding, running, and maintaining a non-profit theater company is hard. Producing new musicals is hard. Keeping the creative mind and heart lit when you must raise money to pay for actors, musicians, creative teams, designers, crews, costumes, sets, lights, sound, rehearsal spaces, performance venues … not to mention management, administration, marketing, development, office space … that’s … well … hard. And for 20 years.

Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel at Prospect Theater Company's 2017-18 IGNITE Series GOLD MOUNTAIN concert at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel at Prospect Theater Company’s 2017-18 IGNITE Series GOLD MOUNTAIN concert at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo Lia Chang

So to Cara, Pete, Missy, Tony and the whole Prospect family, my hat’s off to you.

Lawrence Michael C. Arias, Eric Bondoc and Steven Eng in GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
Lawrence Michael C. Arias, Eric Bondoc and Steven Eng in GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

For myself, I’ve had the chance to wear several hats with Prospect, from actor to director to producing partner. And just as Prospect has recognized me as someone who has played a significant role in its growth, I can say unequivocally, the feeling is mutual.

Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella) and Steven Eng (Director). Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella) and Steven Eng (Director) in rehearsal for INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang

So thank you for honoring me tonight, for allowing me a reason to bring my family from across the country to share in this remarkable evening, and here’s to what wonderful things lie ahead in our next 20 years.”

Steven Eng and his mom, Ping Fong Ng. Photo by Lia Chang
Brenda Wong, honoree Steven Eng, Ping Fong Ng and Sandrea Faabeng. Photo by Lia Chang
Brenda Wong, Tomas Sander, honoree Steven Eng, Ping Fong Ng, Lasse Faabeng, Sandra Faabeng. Photo by Lia Chang
Tomas Sander, Brenda Wong, Nina Zoie Lam, Ping Fong Ng, honoree Steven Eng, Sandra Faabeng and Lasse Faabeng. Photo by Lia Chang

Michelle McGorty’s interest in musical theater started in the late 70’s, when her parents took her to a touring production of CATS. An avid performer from that moment on, she joined the Princeton University Triangle Club in college, where she served as the Vice President and Tour Manager, and met future Prospect founders Cara Reichel, Peter Mills and Melissa Huber. As one of Prospect’s earliest advocates, she joined its Board of Directors in 2005 and served through 2014, championing productions such as Golden Boy of the Blue Bridge and The Underclassman and helping the company grow by launching its first Gala. A positive force in all her endeavors, after graduating from Princeton, Ms. McGorty earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and spent 12 years Booz Allen Hamilton before experimenting with “mompreneurship” via her baking company, Sweet McG’s. She is currently the Triangle Club’s Alumni Board Secretary, where she continues to support young artists.

Co-chair Jane Abramson, Honorees Harriet Slaughter, Michelle McGorty, Steven Eng and Co-chair Tira Harpaz. Photo by Lia Chang

Harriet Slaughter has been a life-long advocate for the arts, including theater, dance, poetry and visual art. Her career began as a triple-threat performer on the stage – including the original Inherit the Wind and the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Ms. Slaughter then went on to serve in senior executive leadership positions for Town Hall, Actors’ Equity, and The Broadway League. As co-president of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), she co-produced the Women in Theatre TV series for CUNY-TV, hosted by Linda Winer of Newsday. For her achievements, she was honored by the New York Women’s Agenda with their Galaxy Award. Long a supporter of women in the arts, she was first introduced to Cara Reichel and the work of the Prospect Theater Company through the LPTW’s Lucille Lortel Committee and has since remained an avid Prospect supporter. She published a book of her original poetry and paintings, ARS POETICA and her paintings have also appeared in galleries in New York City. She regularly features her poetry at various venues on Long Island, where she now resides.

Proceeds from the evening will support Prospect’s mission to bring to life new musical theater by emerging theater artists. www.ProspectTheater.org

Hansel Tan, Devin Ilaw, Steven Eng, Nina Zoie Lam, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Hansel Tan, Devin Ilaw, Julie Miller, Steven Eng, Nina Zoie Lam, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw, Ali Ewoldt, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan and Hansel Tan. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw, Ali Ewoldt, Jason Ma, Diane Phelan and Hansel Tan. Photo by Lia Chang
Hansel Tan, Diane Phelan, Jason Ma, Ali Ewoldt and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Hansel Tan, Diane Phelan, Jason Ma, Ali Ewoldt and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
A SHANGHAI LIL reunion with Jason Ma, Jeanne Sakata, Steven Eng and Timothy Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
A SHANGHAI LIL reunion with Steven Eng, Jeanne Sakata and Timothy Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Prospect Theater Company is presenting a workshop staging of American Morning, with book, music and lyrics by Timothy Huang, from May 8 – 19, in the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres. Marlo Hunter directs. The cast features James Seol, Hansel Tan, Andew Cristi, Chil Kong, Daniel Le, Dorcas Leung, Aaron Phillips and Isabel Santiago. For tickets and more information, click www.ProspectTheater.org.

Photo Flash: Steven Eng, Michelle McGorty, And Harriet Slaughter Honored At Prospect Theater Company’s 2019 Gala

James Seol, Hansel Tan, Andew Cristi, Chil Kong, Daniel Le, Dorcas Leung, Aaron Phillips and Isabel Santiago Set for Prospect Theater Company’s Workshop Production of AMERICAN MORNING by Timothy Huang, May 8 -19 

Chatting with Steven Eng – 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for “Pacific Overtures” 

Alvin Ing and Yuriko Kikuchi Honored at NAAP Gala Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s FLOWER DRUM SONG 

Jason Ma, Ann Harada, Raymond J. Lee and More in NAAP’s INTO THE WOODS Rehearsal

Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Concert and AfterParty 

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

Thom Sesma, Kimiye Corwin, Emma Kikue and Jeffrey Omura Set for Ma-Yi’s World Premiere of Sam Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES, April 23 through May 19

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting the Off-Broadway world premiere of FRUITING BODIES by Asian-American playwright Sam Chanse featuring Kimiye Corwin (Noises Off, Henry VI), Emma Kikue (God Said This, Up the Hill), Jeffrey Omura (House Rules, Hamlet) and Thom Sesma (Superhero, Sweeney Todd), with previews beginning on April 23 prior to its official press opening on April 28 at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street) in Manhattan. Shelley Butler directs.

FRUITING BODIES is the story of two sisters in a Northern California forest which seems to keep shape-shifting around them, as they go looking for their father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom-hunting expedition. After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes.

ABOUT THE CAST:
Kimiye Corwin (Mush): New York Theater: The Changeling (Red Bull), Martyrs (La Mama), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque (Ars Nova), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “The Family,” “The Following,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “One Life to Live,”Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Training: BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. www.kimiyecorwin.com

Emma Kikue (Vicky) recently made her Off Broadway debut as SOPHIE in the premiere of God Said This, produced by Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theater. Previously, Emma had a recurring role in USA’s THE SINNER, appeared on “Madame Secretary” and will guest star in the upcoming season of “Elementary”.

Jeffrey Omura (Boy) returns to Ma-Yi Theater having previously appeared in House Rules by A. Rey Pamatmat. Select credits also include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Public/NYSF); Macbeth (Hartford Stage). Film: Sex & the City 2. TV: “Gossip Girl”; “White Collar”; “Damages”; “Blue Bloods”; “High Maintenance”; “Limitless”; “The Blacklist”; “Gone”; “Elementary.” Voice Over work: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2. Proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Jeffreyomura.com

Thom Sesma (Ben) is currently featured in the new Tom Kitt & John Logan musical, SUPERHERO at 2nd Stage. Select stage credits also include Broadway: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search & Destroy, Nick & Nora. National Tours: Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic. TV credits include: “Instinct'” “Madam Secretary,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest.” Thomsesma.com

Sam Chanse
Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse (Playwright). TRIGGER, THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, and WHAT ARE YOU NOW. Her work has also been developed with the Lark, Cherry Lane, Leviathan, Ars Nova, and EST/Sloan, and is published by Kaya Press (LYDIA’S FUNERAL VIDEO) and TCG (The Kilroys List). A former fellow at MacDowell, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Sundance, and Playwrights Realm, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is a Lark Venturous Fellow, a resident playwright of New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

Shelley Butler (Director). Recent credits include the world premieres of Lucas Hnath’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 at South Coast Repertory, THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER by Lila Rose Kaplan for Geva and HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger for the Denver Center Theatre Company. She has developed plays and musicals with Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Stage and Film, PlayPenn, Playwright’s Realm, New Dramatists and the Lark.

Design credits for FRUITING BODIES include: Reid Thompson (Set Designer), Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Designer), and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Designer). Kate Marvin (Sound Designer and Original Music).

Tickets to FRUITING BODIES at Theatre Row are on sale now. Tickets range in price from $32.25 to $42.25 and can be purchased by calling the Telecharge phone number 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Please also check out Theatre Row’s website, www.theatrerow.org, and The Ma-Yi Theater Company website for additional information, www.ma-yitheatre.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