Lori Tan Chinn Visits David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY

Jason Garcia Ignacio, Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Manny Brown, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
M. BUTTERFLY marquee. Photo by Lia Chang
M. BUTTERFLY marquee. Photo by Lia Chang

“Orange is the New Black” star and Broadway vet Lori Tan Chinn received a warm welcome at the Cort Theatre last night from the cast of the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly. 

Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Emmanuel Brown, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Emmanuel Brown, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Garcia Ignacio, Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Manny Brown, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Garcia Ignacio, Murray Bartlett, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Manny Brown, Clea Alsip and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Tony Award® winner Julie Taymor, M. Butterfly features Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard. Broadway newcomer Jin Ha stars in the role of Song Liling, and is joined by Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

Lori Tan Chinn and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Jin Ha. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Chinn, who portrayed numerous characters in the 1988 production of M. Butterfly including the hip-talking maid, Suzuki, the Cultural Revolution enforcer, Comrade Chin and Shu Fang, took great delight in meeting all the new players and enjoyed Ms. Taymor’s visionary direction.

David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

Kristen Faith Oei, Jin Ha, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry and Jake Manabat. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Faith Oei, Jin Ha, Celeste Den, Lori Tan Chinn, Clea Alsip, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry and Jake Manabat. Photo by Lia Chang

M. Butterfly features original music by Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal, choreography by Ma Cong, scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Will Pickens, wig and hair design by Dave Bova, makeup design by Judy Chin, and casting by Telsey + Company/Will Cantler, CSA & Adam Caldwell, CSA.

Lia Chang, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry, Jake Manabat, Kristen Faith Oei and Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang, Emmanuel Brown, Jess Fry, Jake Manabat, Kristen Faith Oei and Garth Kravits.

M. Butterfly is produced by Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, Doug Morris, In Fine Company, Jim Kierstead, Hunter Arnold, Spencer Ross, JAM Theatricals, and in association with Alix L. Ritchie, Kades-Reese, Storyboard Entertainment, and Jeffrey Sosnick.

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after playing 19 previews and 61 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street). Click here for tickets.

Jin Ha and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Jin Ha and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Inside the Opening Night Party of the Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owen, Jin Ha and More

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

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH to Benefit INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on December 17

TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH, a play created through the #Pages4PuertoRico collaboration to benefit the INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York.

In September, writer/producer Lawrence Feeney’s home was damaged by Hurricane Irma. While trying to navigate the waters of insurance, contractors and FEMA, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. He was navigating his own nightmare from the effects of Irma, but fixated on the news and some of his friends’ posts – one friend in particular – director Lainie Sakakura. Sakakura and her husband, Alex Sanchez could not locate their family members for two weeks. Mr. Feeney tried to imagine the pain and suffering of those hit so much harder in Puerto Rico, and couldn’t. He wanted to do something.

In October, Mr. Feeney started #Pages4PuertoRico by enlisting the help of 29 other writers, each one of them contributing 3 pages each to build a full-length play. AFTERMATH, is the result. It is the story of the Bonilla family’s struggle to connect and survive following the devastation and distress brought on by Hurricane Maria.

AFTERMATH is written by Lawrence Feeney, Craig Pospisil, David Hilder, Ashlie Atkinson, Tony Pennino, Robin Rothstein, Joanna Parson, Ryan Duncan, Katharine Clark Gray, Tanya Perez, Renee Flemings, Jonathan Marc Sherman, P. Seth Bauer, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Maria Deasy, Liz Duffy Adams, Jessica Fleitman, Migdalia Cruz, Candido Tirado, Carmen Rivera Tirado, Ana Maria Jomolca, Adriana Santos, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Analisa Velez, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Jorge Perez, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Andrew Rincón, Angelo Parra, and Raquel Almazan.

Starring Tony Chiroldes and Elise Santora. Featuring Berto Colόn, Jason Liebman, Sol Marina, Tanya Perez, Edwin Polanco, Justin Rodriguez, Alex Sanchez, Adriana Santos, Kyle Sherman, Summerisa Bell Stevens.

The creative team includes Director Lainie Sakakura, Dramaturg Alex Sanchez, Musical Director Alexander Rovang and Stage Manager Debora Porazzi.

All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Cherry Lane Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.

This reading is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.  Then, click CHECKOUT to add your donation.

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Don’t Miss Joel de la Fuente’s Tour-de-Force Performance in Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center through December 20

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

Don’t miss Joel de la Fuente’s tour-de-force performance in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, directed by Lisa Rothe, currently playing a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street).

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

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

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

Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.

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

Remaining performances are scheduled for Fri 12/15, Sun 12/17, Mon 12/18, Tue 12/19, and Wed 12/20 at 7:30pm; Sat 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; and Sun 12/17 at 2pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812. The code GORDON gets you 20% off the top two ticket prices and the code TRUTH gets you 30% off the middle ticket price when you buy 10 or more tickets. The codes are good for any of the performances during the run. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

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

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and Joel de la Fuente was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

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

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Arden Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang
Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Go to www.hangatale.org for more information.

Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang

Theaterscene.net: Hold These Truths- Joel de la Fuente is magnificent in this powerful solo play that depicts a Japanese-American’s resistance to the Japanese internment during W.W.II.

TDF.org: Why You Need to Hear Gordon Hirabayashi’s Story

Francis Jue, Famke Janssen, Uzo Aduba, Madeleine Martin, Glenn Fleshler, John Ellison Conlee, Garth Kravits and More Celebrate Joel de la Fuente at Opening Night of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: First Look at Joel De La Fuente in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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GOLD MOUNTAIN’s Jason Ma, Jazz Legend Dee Dee Bridgewater and COME FROM AWAY’s David Hein and Irene Sankoff Among Honorees At The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Honors

Jason Ma
Jason Ma
Jason Ma

The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Honors were held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City tonight.

Jason Ma, who created the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations for the musical Gold Mountain, an epic love story set against the backdrop of the 1860s construction of The Central Pacific Railroad, received The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award. The ASCAP Foundation also honored jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater with The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award, and acclaimed Broadway composers/lyricists/librettists David Hein and Irene Sankoff with the Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

A complete list of 2017 ASCAP Foundation Scholarship and Award recipients can be found here.

Past recipients of the Cole Porter Award, presented annually to an emerging composer/lyricist “whose work shows promise,” include Brett Ryback, Sam Willmott and Peter Mills.

Ma’s musical Gold Mountain was presented at the 2016 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles.

Jonny Lee Jr. and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonny Lee Jr. and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

In late October, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee, Jr. starred in a glorious sold out concert of Gold Mountain at TheTimesCenter, directed by Alan Muraoka and produced by National Asian Artists Project in partnership with Prospect Theater Company as a part of Prospect’s IGNITE series. Gold Mountain is a love story set against the epic backdrop of a pivotal event in America’s history, the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, and celebrates the striving immigrant spirit, the redemptive power of love and the ultimate nobility of self-sacrifice. www.goldmountainthemusical.com

GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Creator Jason Ma at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Creator Jason Ma at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also included Alan Ariano, Lawrence-Michael Arias, Eric Badique, Eric Bondoc,Tyler Bunch, Marc de la Cruz, Dan Edwards, Steven Eng, Alex Hsu, Brian Kim, Daniel May, and members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus: Ben Bartels, Eric Elizaga, David Eng, Alphonse Gonzales, Andrew Sakaguchi, and Viet Vo.

The Company of GOLD MOUNTAIN at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of GOLD MOUNTAIN at TheTimesCenter in New York on October 21, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

GOLD MOUNTAIN featured choreography by Billy Bustamante, music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, with Todd Low on erhu and viola, Steven Lyon on dizi, flute, and piccolo, and Leigh Stuart on cello. The concert was line produced by Julie L. Miller.

Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang

I had the opportunity to photograph several rehearsals, tech, the performance and the afterparty. Below is my conversation with Jason.

Lawrence-Michael C. Arias, Alex Hsu, Alphonse Gonzales, Daniel May, Marc de la Cruz, Jason Ma, Daniel J. Edwards, Alan Ariano and Andrew Sakaguchi. Photo by Lia Chang
Lawrence-Michael C. Arias, Alex Hsu, Alphonse Gonzales, Daniel May, Marc de la Cruz, Jason Ma, Daniel J. Edwards, Alan Ariano and Andrew Sakaguchi. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How has The Ascap Foundation made a difference in your life and career?
Jason: The ASCAP Foundation put Gold Mountain front and center before a panel of some of the most respected and successful writers in the business during the 2016 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop, led by Stephen Schwartz. The feedback from these folks was so encouraging and practical, and I was able to apply all their good information in the continued work on the piece afterward. Inclusion in the workshop opened many doors for me. The ASCAP stamp of approval worked wonders and resulted in a number of opportunities for growth and visibility.

GOLD MOUNTAIN creator Jason Ma and the company in rehearsal at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
GOLD MOUNTAIN creator Jason Ma and the company in rehearsal at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What does it mean to you to receive The 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award?
Jason: It means that the American dream is alive and well. My father came into the country with forged papers while the Chinese Exclusion Act was federal law. For the son of an illegal immigrant to be given an award named after Cole Porter is probably the most awesome sign to me that all things are still possible, even in this day and age.

Jason Ma with his parents at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada.
Jason Ma with his parents at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada.

Lia: What inspired you to create Gold Mountain?
Jason: I’m still figuring this one out. I was in the middle of a performance backstage during a long run of a show when I started picturing and hearing a Chinese man and woman on a hillside in America sharing their memories of home with each other. I asked myself, “Who are they and how did they get there?” and then the writing started. In the ensuing years since then, I’ve tried to figure out where that initial creative impulse came from. Perhaps it was an attempt to fill in a gap in the musical theater canon — a story written about a community which is not often included in our culture and stories, and an opportunity to see the world and our country’s history through a different, but universal, lens of human experience.

GOLD MOUNTAIN musical director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld and creator Jason Ma at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
GOLD MOUNTAIN musical director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld and creator Jason Ma at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What did it feel like to experience the concert of Gold Mountain in New York?
Jason: It felt like this:

I had this lovely corner in the back of the house all to myself, where I had a view of the entire audience. To watch them experience this story and see how invested they were in the lives of the people onstage was an experience of a lifetime for me. I’m still reeling from it.

Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Concert and AfterParty 

The Company of GOLD MOUNTAIN in rehearsal at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of GOLD MOUNTAIN in rehearsal at Ripley-Grier Rehearsal Studios in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
GOLD MOUNTAIN received a 2017 eStudio grant for a workshop at The Masie Center this past summer. Courtesy of Masie Productions
GOLD MOUNTAIN received a 2017 eStudio grant for a workshop at The Masie Center this past summer. Courtesy of Masie Productions

Gold Mountain was also selected for development by Apples & Oranges Studios for their 2017 THEatre ACCELERATOR, presented as a staged reading for San Francisco LaborFest 2016 at The Aurora Theatre, and received a 2017 eStudio grant for a workshop at The Masie Center this past summer.

Jason Ma has provided theater music for The Old Globe, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Leviathan Lab, and Ugly Rhino, and is the composer and co-lyricist for the full-length musical Barcelona, written with Christine Toy Johnson (book/co-lyricist). He is also an actor who has appeared in a number of productions on Broadway, as well as numerous regional, international and Off-Broadway productions.

Francis Jue, Lia Chang, Alan Muraoka, Ann Harada, Robert Sella, Christine Toy Johnson and Jason Ma. Photo by Daniel J. Edwards
Francis Jue, Lia Chang, Alan Muraoka, Ann Harada, Robert Sella, Christine Toy Johnson and Jason Ma. Photo by Daniel J. Edwards

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

www.ascapfoundation.org

Jonny Lee, Jr. and the ensemble. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonny Lee, Jr. and the ensemble. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Alan Muraoka Helms Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN; Concert At TimesCenter On October 21

National Asian Artists Project and Prospect Theater Company Present a Concert Performance of Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Featuring Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr., Alan Ariano, and More at The TimesCenter on October 21 

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Jennifer Ikeda, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu, Ron Domingo, Emily Kuroda and Nadine Malouf in Susan Soon He Stanton’s TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY at New Ohio through December 23

Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits

Page Seventy-Three Productions (Page 73) is presenting the world premiere of TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY, a new play by Susan Soon He Stanton.

Jennifer Ikeda Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Jennifer Ikeda
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Directed by Kip Fagan (The Profane), TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY has a limited run through Saturday, December 23, 2017 at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street).

Emily Kuroda Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Emily Kuroda
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

The cast includes Jennifer Ikeda (Vietgone) as Emily, and features Jonathan Brooks (Neil Young’s Greendale), Ugo Chukwu (Ripcord), Ron Domingo (“The Blacklist”), Emily Kuroda (“Gilmore Girls”), and Nadine Malouf (Ultimate Beauty Bible).

Nadine Malouf. Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Nadine Malouf. Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O’ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn’t help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.

Ron Domingo Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Ron Domingo
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY features scenic design by Dane Laffrey (Once on This Island), costume design by Jessica Pabst (Marvin’s Room), lighting design by Jennifer Schriever (Eclipsed), sound design by Palmer Hefferan (Charm) and props by Alison Mantilla (Oedipus El Rey). Kara Kaufman will serve as Production Stage Manager, with Justin Myhre as the Assistant Stage Manager. Intuitive Production Management will serve as Production Manager.

 Sound Designer and Live Foley Artist Palmer Hefferan Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Sound Designer and Live Foley Artist Palmer Hefferan
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchased in advance at www.page73.org or by calling 866-811-4111. General admission tickets are $30, with $40 reserved seats available for all performances. The box office for TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY opens thirty minutes prior to every performance.

Jennifer Ikeda and Ugo Chukwu Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Jennifer Ikeda and Ugo Chukwu
Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm. Exceptions: There will be additional 3pm performances on Friday, December 15; Saturday, December 16 and Saturday, December 23. There will be an additional 7:30pm performance on Monday, December 18. There will be no evening performance on Saturday, December 23.

Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Jeanne Sakata, Emily Kuroda, Jennifer Ikeda, Ron Domingo, Jonathan Brooks, Ugo Chukwu. Photo by Garth Kravits

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Final Week to see Jin Ha, Clive Owen and More in David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after playing 19 previews and 61 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street). Click here for tickets.

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen at the M. BUTTERFLY opening night party at the Red Eye Grill in New York on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets purchased for performances after December 17 can be rescheduled or refunded at their point of purchase. M. Butterfly began previews on October 7th and officially opened on October 26th. The production had been scheduled to close on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, M. Butterfly features Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard. Broadway newcomer Jin Ha stars in the role of Song Liling, and is joined by Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

Jin Ha and cast. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha and cast. Photo: Matthew Murphy

David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

Clive Owen and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Clive Owen and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

M. BUTTERFLY features original music by Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal, choreography by Ma Cong, scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Will Pickens, wig and hair design by Dave Bova, makeup design by Judy Chin, and casting by Telsey + Company/Will Cantler, CSA & Adam Caldwell, CSA.

Clive Owen. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Clive Owen. Photo: Matthew Murphy

M. BUTTERFLY is produced by Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, Doug Morris, In Fine Company, Jim Kierstead, Hunter Arnold, Spencer Ross, JAM Theatricals, and in association with Alix L. Ritchie, Kades-Reese, Storyboard Entertainment, and Jeffrey Sosnick.

Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Scott Weber and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Scott Weber and Jin Ha. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Clive Owen is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.

Inside the Opening Night Party of the Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owen, Jin Ha and More

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Final Chance to see Alan Ariano, Pun Bandhu, Helen Coxe, Lydia Gaston, Wei Yi Lin and Seth Moore in Zhu Yi’s A DEAL at Urban Stages

Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

The World Premiere of Zhu Yi’s A Deal, directed by John Giampietro, ends its limited engagement at Urban Stages (259 West 30th Street) on December 10, 2017. Click here for tickets.

Alan Ariano and Pun Bandhu.Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Alan Ariano and Pun Bandhu.Photo Credit: Ben Hider

Like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, Mr. and Mrs. Li are proud to give their only daughter a life they could only dream of (an Ivy League degree in art and an apartment in Manhattan), until they realize she’s turning into a dangerous stranger. A Deal is a dark comedy that features a Chinese family’s home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the RMB against the US dollar. It reveals the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow.

Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Pun Bandhu and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

International known playwright Zhu Yi has had her work presented by theaters in Canada, Norway, China, Mexico, Italy, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A Deal at Urban Stages will be her first Off Broadway production, and will be simultaneously touring China in Mandarin.

Lydia Gaston, Wei-Yi Lin and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Wei-Yi Lin and Alan Ariano. Photo Credit: Ben Hider

Cast includes: Alan Ariano (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Pun Bandhu (Broadway: Wit. NY: The Treasurer), Helen Coxe (Film: Julie & Julia Broadway: Side Man. NY: Tail! Spin!), Lydia Gaston (Broadway: The King and I; Miss Saigon), Wei Yi Lin (Gable Stage: 4000 Miles. TV: “Zero Hour”) and Seth Moore (NY: Agnes!).

Rebecca Kane (Stage Manager), Rachel Kartiganer (Assistant Stage Manager), Frank Oliva (Set Designer), John Salutz (Lighting and Sound Designer), Audrey Nauman(Costume Designer), Ryan Belock (Projection Designer) and Kim Sharp (Technical Director), Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director), Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator), and Ilanna Saltzman (Program Director).

Lydia Gaston, Helen Coxe and Alan Ariano, Photo Credit: Ben Hider
Lydia Gaston, Helen Coxe and Alan Ariano, Photo Credit: Ben Hider

 

Francis Jue, Famke Janssen, Uzo Aduba, Madeleine Martin, Glenn Fleshler, John Ellison Conlee, Garth Kravits and More Celebrate Joel de la Fuente at Opening Night of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang

Joel de la Fuente (Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “Hemlock Grove”) made a triumphant return to the New York stage in his Drama Desk nominated role as Gordon Hirabayashi and 30 other characters in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, which opened on December 7 and is currently playing a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street).

Joel de la Fuente at his opening night curtain call of HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center in New York on December 7, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente at his opening night curtain call of HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center in New York on December 7, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Following the matinee performances of Hold These Truths on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10,  Hang a Tale Theater Company will welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss the history of forced Japanese internment during WWII and the parallels to our current time, when Muslims and other minorities are again fighting to preserve their civil liberties. Start time is approximately 3:30pm, and each discussion will last approximately 45-60 minutes. In order to attend the talkback events you must have purchased tickets to the matinee performance, immediately preceding the event.

Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeanne Sakata, Joel de la Fuente and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang

Panelists for Saturday, 12/9 :
Jeanne Sakata (Actor of film, television and theater and writer of Hold These Truths), will be joined by Julie Azuma (President, Different Roads to Learning), Albert Fox Cahn (Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), and George Hirose (Co-President, JACL-NY).

Panelists for Sunday, 12/10:
Jeanne Sakata will be joined by David Okada (Co-President, JACL-NY) Allison Hiroto (NY Day of Remembrance Committee), and Hussein Rashid, PhD (academic, speaker educator, and founder of Islamicate L3C).

A HEMLOCK GROVE reunion for Famke Janssen, Joel de la Fuente and Madeleine Martin. Photo by Lia Chang
A HEMLOCK GROVE reunion for Famke Janssen, Joel de la Fuente and Madeleine Martin. Photo by Lia Chang

Remaining performances are scheduled for Saturday, 12/9 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/10 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Monday, 12/11 at 7:30pm; Friday, 12/15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/17 at 2pm & 7:30pm; 12/18 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, 12/19 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, 12/20 at 7:30pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812.

Glenn Fleshler, Joel de la Fuente, John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang
Glenn Fleshler, Joel de la Fuente, John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

Jeanne Sakata, Lisa Rothe, Margaret Vandenburg, Glenn Fleshler and John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata, Lisa Rothe, Margaret Vandenburg, Glenn Fleshler and John Ellison Conlee. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.

Lia Chang, Joel de la Fuente, Jeanne Sakata, Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang, Joel de la Fuente, Jeanne Sakata, Garth Kravits.

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and Joel de la Fuente was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang
Jesse Liebman, Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata, Kim Martin-Cotten, Joel de la Fuente, Michael Wurl Larson. Photo by Lia Chang

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Arden Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Wurl Larson, a guest, Mikiko Suzuki Adams, Mary K. Botosan, Joel de la Fuente, Cat Tate Starmer, Kim Martin- Cotten, Vanessa Morosco, Lisa Rothe, Jesse Liebman Photo by Lia Chang

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Go to www.hangatale.org for more information.

Morgan Jenness, Joel de la Fuente, Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams and Lisa Rothe. Photo by Lia Chang
Morgan Jenness, Joel de la Fuente, Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams and Lisa Rothe. Photo by Lia Chang

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night Of HOLD THESE TRUTHS At Sheen Center 
Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: First Look at Joel De La Fuente in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at The Sheen Center
Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Star Joel de La Fuente in Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS through December 20 at Sheen Center

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

Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, directed by Lisa Rothe and starring Joel de la Fuente (Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”), opens on December 7 and will play a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street).

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

Following select performances of Hold These Truths, Hang a Tale Theater Company will welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss the history of forced Japanese internment during WWII and the parallels to our current time, when Muslims and other minorities are again fighting to preserve their civil liberties.

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

The talkbacks will take place following the matinee performances of Hold These Truths on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.

Panelists for Saturday, 12/9 :
Jeanne Sakata (Actor of film, television and theater and writer of Hold These Truths), will be joined by Julie Azuma (President, Different Roads to Learning), Albert Fox Cahn (Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), and George Hirose (Co-President, JACL-NY).

Panelists for Sunday, 12/10:
Jeanne Sakata will be joined by David Okada (Co-President, JACL-NY) Allison Hiroto (NY Day of Remembrance Committee), and Hussein Rashid, PhD (academic, speaker educator, and founder of Islamicate L3C).

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

Start time is approximately 3:30pm, and each discussion will last approximately 45-60 minutes. In order to attend the talkback events you must have purchased tickets to the matinee performance, immediately preceding the event.

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

Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the life Gordon Hirabayashi, will play at The Sheen Center through December 20. Remaining performances are scheduled for Thu 12/7, Fri 12/8, Sun 12/10, Tue 12/12, Fri 12/15, Sun 12/17, Mon 12/18, Tue 12/19, and Wed 12/20 at 7:30pm; Sat 12/9 and Sat 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; and Sun 12/10 and Sun 12/17 at 2pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812. The code GORDON gets you 20% off the top two ticket prices and the code TRUTH gets you 30% off the middle ticket price when you buy 10 or more tickets. The codes are good for any of the performances during the run. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

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

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

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

Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”) stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.

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

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and Joel de la Fuente was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

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

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Arden Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

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

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Go to www.hangatale.org for more information.

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH to Benefit INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on December 17

TONGUES Reading Series presents a Staged Reading of AFTERMATH, a play created through the #Pages4PuertoRico collaboration to benefit the INDESTRUCTIBLE Campaign for Hurricane Maria relief efforts on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:00PM at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York.

Last month, #Pages4PuertoRico enlisted the help of 30 writers, who contributed 3 pages each to building a full-length play titled AFTERMATH, helmed by Lainie Sakakura with dramaturg Alex Sanchez.

Written by Lawrence Feeney, Craig Pospisil, David Hilder, Ashlie Atkinson, Tony Pennino, Robin Rothstein, Joanna Parson, Ryan Duncan, Katharine Clark Gray, Tanya Perez, Renee Flemings, Jonathan Marc Sherman, P. Seth Bauer, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Maria Deasy, Liz Duffy Adams, Jessica Fleitman, Migdalia Cruz, Candido Tirado, Carmen Rivera Tirado, Ana Maria Jomolca, Adriana Santos, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Analisa Velez, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Jorge Perez, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Andrew Rincón, Angelo Parra, and Raquel Almazan.

All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through Co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.

This reading is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.  Then, click CHECKOUT to add your donation.

For more information, click here.