Photos: THE LITTLE DANCER- A Holiday Family Musical at Theatre 71 through December 29

Evan Wormald and Company. Photo by Lia Chang

The Little Dancer… a holiday family musical is currently playing a limited run at Theatre 71 (152 W. 71st Street, 10023, right off Broadway) throughout the month of December. For tickets and more information, visit thelittledancermusical.com. Scroll down for production photos.

Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell and Company. Photo by Lia Chang

Written by Steven Fisher, helmed by Richard Vida and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura, the one-hour show tells the heart-warming story of how 14-year-old Marie Van Goethem, Edgar Degas’ model for his one and only sculpture, became the most famous ballerina in the world.

The Full Company of THE LITTLE DANCER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of The Little Dancer features New York actors Evan Wormald (Degas/Ed), Georgia Monroe (Marie), Heather Cadarette (Mama/Mistress de la Ballet), Beatrice Howell (Charlotte), Avelina Sanchez (Louise), Jordan Stanfield (Georges) and Liz Friedman (Swing/Dance Captain), as well as 29 young people who make up the show’s “Musical Theatre Geek Chorus” (MTGC) – Charley Bazzle, Audim Brokenbough, Cole Bryne, Maya Collins, Silas Costa, Lexi Eichel, Margalit Eisenstein, Logan Ford, Chelsea Gadsden, Tate Hamburg, Rose Jeffres, Jeremy Peyton Jones, Ella Keim, Channa Lewenson, Stephanie Moorhatch, Elizabeth Mun, Sade Mutua, Mekhi Patterson-White, Arabella Pirrone, Sophia Repkoe, Nicolena Rivera, Sophie Santago-Sterling, Emma Shay, Christopher Simcox, Cobrin Stanish, Giuliana Stout, Amalia Matetic Undurraga, Sarah Weil-Jones and Tabitha Wismer.

Associate Art Designer Chris Williams, Choreographer Lainie Sakakura, Costume Supervisor Rashidah Nelson, Writer Steven Fisher, Director Richard Vida, Lighting Designer Ridley Walker, Music Director Evan Alperone. Photo by Lia Chang

The production features Music Director Evan Alparone and Josh Suslak on Piano, Set Design and Costume Design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith, Costume Supervisor Rashidah Nelson, Lighting Design by Lighting Designer Ridley Walker, Associate Art Designer Chris Williams, Production Stage Manager Tama-Rose Bazzle and Assistant Stage Manager Moriah Tobin. Casting by Mungioli Theatricals, Inc.

Avelina Sanchez, Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell. Photo by Lia Chang

Fisher prides himself on writing elevated theatre for young people. “Children’s Theatre doesn’t have to be dumbed down for kids or boring for adults. Kids today are savvy, and their parents always appreciate not being put to sleep,” says Fisher. “This particular show has it all for young people, offering them the world of theatre, art, dance, and musical theatre all in one.”

Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe and Company. Photo by Lia Chang

The kids who make up the MTGC are members of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), for which Fisher serves as Founder and Artistic Director. CY transforms the lives of over 800 young people through the power of making music together. Like last year, proceeds from the production will benefit Find Your Instrument!, CY’s award-winning outreach program, which offers hundreds of students in under-resourced schools the opportunity to experience the profound joy of singing with others.

Georgia Monroe and Company. Photo by Lia Chang

Recommended for children ages 6 to 106, The Little Dancer... a holiday family musical will run at Theatre 71 (152 W. 71st Street, 10023, right off Broadway) throughout the month of December. For more information, visit thelittledancermusical.com. For tickets, visit the Box Office.

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, December 7 at 11am and 1pm
Sunday, December 14 at 11am and 1pm
Saturday, December 21 at 11am and 1pm
Sunday, December 22 at 11am and 1pm
Thursday, December 23 at 11am
Thursday, December 26 at 11am
Friday, December 27 at 11am
Saturday, December 28 at 11am
Sunday, December 29 at 11am and 1pm

Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan Stanfield, Georgia Monroe and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell, Avelina Sanchez and Jordan Stanfield. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez and Beatrice Howell. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Heather Cadarette, Avelina Sanchez, Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell and Jordan Stanfield. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Georgia Monroe, Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Georgia Monroe, Jordan Stanfield and Beatrice Howell. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Georgia Monroe, Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield, Evan Wormald and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Georgia Monroe, Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Heather Cadarette and Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield, Avelina Sanchez, Heather Cadarette. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell, Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell, Jordan Stanfield and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell and Jordan Stanfield. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Heather Cadarette. Photo by Lia Chang
Evan Wormald, Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe, Jordan Stanfield, Beatrice Howell and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe, Jordan Stanfield, Beatrice Howell and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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

THE LITTLE DANCER- A Holiday Family Musical Opens at Theatre 71, Performances through December 29

The Little Dancer… a holiday family musical makes a triumphant return to New York City for its second production at Theatre 71 on the Upper West Side, right off Broadway on 71st Street.

The Full Company of THE LITTLE DANCER. Photo by Lia Chang

Written by Steven Fisher, the one-hour show tells the heart-warming story of how 14-year-old Marie Van Goethem, Edgar Degas’ model for his one and only sculpture, became the most famous ballerina in the world.

Beatrice Howell, Lainie Sakakura, Avelina Sanchez and Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang

Last year’s premier received rave reviews. “Steven Fisher’s The Little Dancer is nothing less than extraordinary,” wrote Kristen Morale of BroadwayWorld. “This production captures the very essence of magic that exists in a child’s heart.” The show was also featured on Good Morning America.

Avelina Sanchez, Beatrice Howell and Georgia Monroe. Photo by Lia Chang

The Little Dancer will once again be directed by Richard Vida and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura.

Heather Cadarette, Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell Avelina Sanchez and Jordan Stanfield. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of The Little Dancer features New York actors Evan Wormald (Degas/Ed), Georgia Monroe (Marie), Heather Cadarette (Mama/Mistress de la Ballet), Beatrice Howell (Charlotte), Avelina Sanchez (Louise), Jordan Stanfield (Georges) and Liz Friedman (Swing/Dance Captain), as well as 29 young people who make up the show’s “Musical Theatre Geek Chorus” (MTGC) – Charley Bazzle, Audim Brokenbough, Cole Bryne, Maya Collins, Silas Costa, Lexi Eichel, Margalit Eisenstein, Logan Ford, Chelsea Gadsden, Tate Hamburg, Rose Jeffres, Jeremy Peyton Jones, Ella Keim, Channa Lewenson, Stephanie Moorhatch, Elizabeth Mun, Sade Mutua, Mekhi Patterson-White, Arabella Pirrone, Sophia Repkoe, Nicolena Rivera, Sophie Santago-Sterling, Emma Shay, Christopher Simcox, Cobrin Stanish, Giuliana Stout, Amalia Matetic Undurraga, Sarah Weil-Jones and Tabitha Wismer.

Associate Art Designer Chris Williams, Choreographer Lainie Sakakura, Costume Supervisor Rashidah Nelson, Writer Steven Fisher, Director Richard Vida, Lighting Designer Ridley Walker, Music Director Evan Alperone. Photo by Lia Chang

The production features Music Director Evan Alparone and Josh Suslak on Piano, Set Design and Costume Design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith, Costume Supervisor Rashidah Nelson, Lighting Design by Lighting Designer Ridley Walker, Associate Art Designer Chris Williams, Production Stage Manager Tama-Rose Bazzle and Assistant Stage Manager Moriah Tobin. Casting by Mungioli Theatricals, Inc.

Heather Cadarette, Avelina Sanchez, Georgia Monroe, Beatrice Howell and Evan Wormald. Photo by Lia Chang

Fisher prides himself on writing elevated theatre for young people. “Children’s Theatre doesn’t have to be dumbed down for kids or boring for adults. Kids today are savvy, and their parents always appreciate not being put to sleep,” says Fisher. “This particular show has it all for young people, offering them the world of theatre, art, dance, and musical theatre all in one.”

The kids who make up the MTGC are members of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), for which Fisher serves as Founder and Artistic Director. CY transforms the lives of over 800 young people through the power of making music together. Like last year, proceeds from the production will benefit Find Your Instrument!, CY’s award-winning outreach program, which offers hundreds of students in under-resourced schools the opportunity to experience the profound joy of singing with others.

Recommended for children ages 6 to 106, The Little Dancer... a holiday family musical will run at Theatre 71 (152 W. 71st Street, 10023, right off Broadway) throughout the month of December. For more information, visit thelittledancermusical.com. For tickets, visit the Box Office.

Evan Wormald – Ed/Degas
Evan Wormald – Ed/Degas

Evan is delighted to be making his New York City debut in The Little Dancer! A recent graduate of Point Park University’s BFA Acting program, Evan’s latest theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) with St. Vincent Summer Theatre, The History Boys (Irwin), Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), and You on the Moors Now (Mr. Rochester) with Point Park Conservatory Theatre Company, and the world premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Brad Hays) with Prime Stage.

Georgia Monroe – Marie
Georgia Monroe – Marie

Georgia Monroe, a Senior at Pace University in New York City, is pursuing a BFA in Commercial Dance. She is so excited to be a part of The Little Dancer for her second year! Her credits include I’m a Brass Band (Charity, DancesPace) Rock of Ages (PCLO), Dance Dance Dance; Heartbeat (Hershey Park), Evita and Showboat (Interlakes Summer Theater). Much love and thanks to my supportive family, Croix, Steve, Richard and Lainie. Happy Holidays!

Heather Cadarette – Mama/Mistress de la Ballet
Heather Cadarette – Mama/Mistress de la Ballet

Heather Cadarette is thrilled to be reprising her role in this wonderful musical! She has worked as a preschool teacher while pursuing acting here in NYC, with select credits including Off-Broadway: Louise – Beauty and the Beast; NYC: Sister Antonia – If the Saints Arrive in Germany; Regional: Fairy Godmother – Shrek The Musical; Jane – God-Shaped Hole; Ms. Cratchit – Mrs. Scrooge the Musical; Margaret – Much Ado; Mary Jane – Big River; Gertrude McFuzz – Seussical The Musical. Proud graduate of UCSD. Much love to family, friends, fiancé, and this wonderful cast and crew!

Avelina Sanchez – Louise
Avelina Sanchez – Louise

Avelina Sanchez is thrilled to be a part of The Little Dancer. NYC Theater credits include: The Perfect Fit (Laura), Teatro Latea Theater, directed by GarthKravits; Two-29 HR AEA Readings of Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Keiko), Theatre 71 directed by Lainie Sakakura and Playroom Theater directed by Darren Lee. NYC Dance credits include: High Above with India Arie, City Center; Gloria, Jazz Lincoln Center; Dance Theatre of Harlem Vision Gala with Patti LaBelle, Cipriani 42; Journey of the Nightingale, Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Cabarets: 54 Below and The Greenroom 42. Thank you Richard Vida, Steven Fisher, Lainie Sakakura, Arnold Mungioli Theatricals, Melanie Lockyer, Lia Chang, and my family.

Beatrice Howell – Charlotte
Beatrice Howell – Charlotte

Beatrice Howell is thrilled to be making her New York City debut in this heartwarming holiday musical. She is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in New York City. She attends The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is majoring in Dance Theatre. She is ecstatic to be working with such a phenomenal cast, crew, and production team. She wishes to thank her family and all her amazing teachers and mentors!

Liz Friedmann – Swing (Mama, Marie, Louise, Charlotte)
Liz Friedmann – Swing (Mama, Marie, Louise, Charlotte)

Liz Friedmann is so excited to share this fantastic show with audiences of all ages! A Saint Louis native, she grew up fostering her love of the arts performing at The Muny. Since then, she has performed regionally at theaters such as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, and STAGES St. Louis. She was most recently seen in Man of La Mancha at STAGES St. Louis. She is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University! Liz sends thanks and love to the production team of The Little Dancer, her family and friends, and to her ultimate support system, Ryan.

Jordan Stanfield – Georges D’Herve

Jordan is very excited to be joining The Little Dancer. After high school he trained at the School of Ballet Arizona. While there, Jordan performed with company in many of their works. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Sister, and friends for being so supportive.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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

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

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evan Wormald, Georgia Monroe, Heather Caderette, Beatrice Howell, Avelina Sanchez, Jordan Stanfield and Liz Friedman Set for Limited Run of THE LITTLE DANCER at Theatre 71, December 1 -29

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, The Little Dancer… a holiday family musical will make a triumphant return to New York City for its second production at Theatre 71 on the Upper West Side, right off Broadway on 71st Street.

Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang

Written by Steven Fisher, the one-hour show tells the heart-warming story of how 14-year-old Marie Van Goethem, Edgar Degas’ model for his one and only sculpture, became the most famous ballerina in the world.

Last year’s premier received rave reviews. “Steven Fisher’s The Little Dancer is nothing less than extraordinary,” wrote Kristen Morale of BroadwayWorld. “This production captures the very essence of magic that exists in a child’s heart.” The show was also featured on Good Morning America.

THE LITTLE DANCER on Good Morning America.

The Little Dancer will once again be directed by Richard Vida and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura.

The cast of The Little Dancer features New York actors Evan Wormald (Degas/Ed), Georgia Monroe (Marie), Heather Cadarette (Mama/Mistress de la Ballet), Beatrice Howell (Charlotte), Avelina Sanchez (Louise), Jordan Stanfield (Georges) and Liz Friedman (Swing/Dance Captain), as well as 29 young people who make up the show’s “Musical Theatre Geek Chorus” (MTGC) – Charley Bazzle, Audim Brokenbough, Cole Bryne, Maya Collins, Silas Costa, Lexi Eichel, Margalit Eisenstein, Logan Ford, Chelsea Gadsden, Tate Hamburg, Rose Jeffres, Jeremy Peyton Jones, Ella Keim, Channa Lewenson, Stephanie Moorhatch, Elizabeth Mun, Sade Mutua, Mekhi Patterson-White, Arabella Pirrone, Sophia Repkoe, Nicolena Rivera, Sophie Santago-Sterling, Emma Shay, Christopher Simcox, Cobrin Stanish, Giuliana Stout, Amalia Matetic Undurraga, Sarah Weil-Jones and Tabitha Wismer.

The production will feature Music Director Evan Alparone and Josh Suslak on Piano, Set Design and Costume Design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith, Costume Supervisor Rashidah Nelson, Associate Art Designer Chris Williams, Production Stage Manager Tama-Rose Bazzle and Assistant Stage Manager Moriah Tobin. Casting by Mungioli Theatricals, Inc.

Fisher prides himself on writing elevated theatre for young people. “Children’s Theatre doesn’t have to be dumbed down for kids or boring for adults. Kids today are savvy, and their parents always appreciate not being put to sleep,” says Fisher. “This particular show has it all for young people, offering them the world of theatre, art, dance, and musical theatre all in one.”

The kids who make up the MTGC are members of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), for which Fisher serves as Founder and Artistic Director. CY transforms the lives of over 800 young people through the power of making music together. Like last year, proceeds from the production will benefit Find Your Instrument!, CY’s award-winning outreach program, which offers hundreds of students in under-resourced schools the opportunity to experience the profound joy of singing with others.

Recommended for children ages 6 to 106, The Little Dancer... a holiday family musical will run at Theatre 71 (152 W. 71st Street, 10023, right off Broadway) throughout the month of December. For more information, visit thelittledancermusical.com. For tickets, visit the Box Office.

Evan Wormald – Ed/Degas
Evan Wormald – Ed/Degas

Evan is delighted to be making his New York City debut in The Little Dancer! A recent graduate of Point Park University’s BFA Acting program, Evan’s latest theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) with St. Vincent Summer Theatre, The History Boys (Irwin), Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), and You on the Moors Now (Mr. Rochester) with Point Park Conservatory Theatre Company, and the world premiere of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Brad Hays) with Prime Stage.

Georgia Monroe – Marie
Georgia Monroe – Marie

Georgia Monroe, a Senior at Pace University in New York City, is pursuing a BFA in Commercial Dance. She is so excited to be a part of The Little Dancer for her second year! Her credits include I’m a Brass Band (Charity, DancesPace) Rock of Ages (PCLO), Dance Dance Dance; Heartbeat (Hershey Park), Evita and Showboat (Interlakes Summer Theater). Much love and thanks to my supportive family, Croix, Steve, Richard and Lainie. Happy Holidays!

Heather Cadarette – Mama/Mistress de la Ballet
Heather Cadarette – Mama/Mistress de la Ballet

Heather Cadarette is thrilled to be reprising her role in this wonderful musical! She has worked as a preschool teacher while pursuing acting here in NYC, with select credits including Off-Broadway: Louise – Beauty and the Beast; NYC: Sister Antonia – If the Saints Arrive in Germany; Regional: Fairy Godmother – Shrek The Musical; Jane – God-Shaped Hole; Ms. Cratchit – Mrs. Scrooge the Musical; Margaret – Much Ado; Mary Jane – Big River; Gertrude McFuzz – Seussical The Musical. Proud graduate of UCSD. Much love to family, friends, fiancé, and this wonderful cast and crew!

Avelina Sanchez – Louise
Avelina Sanchez – Louise

Avelina Sanchez is thrilled to be a part of The Little Dancer. NYC Theater credits include: The Perfect Fit (Laura), Teatro Latea Theater, directed by GarthKravits; Two-29 HR AEA Readings of Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Keiko), Theatre 71 directed by Lainie Sakakura and Playroom Theater directed by Darren Lee. NYC Dance credits include: High Above with India Arie, City Center; Gloria, Jazz Lincoln Center; Dance Theatre of Harlem Vision Gala with Patti LaBelle, Cipriani 42; Journey of the Nightingale, Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Cabarets: 54 Below and The Greenroom 42. Thank you Richard Vida, Steven Fisher, Lainie Sakakura, Arnold Mungioli Theatricals, Melanie Lockyer, Lia Chang, and my family.

Beatrice Howell – Charlotte
Beatrice Howell – Charlotte

Beatrice Howell is thrilled to be making her New York City debut in this heartwarming holiday musical. She is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in New York City. She attends The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is majoring in Dance Theatre. She is ecstatic to be working with such a phenomenal cast, crew, and production team. She wishes to thank her family and all her amazing teachers and mentors!

Liz Friedmann – Swing (Mama, Marie, Louise, Charlotte)
Liz Friedmann – Swing (Mama, Marie, Louise, Charlotte)

Liz Friedmann is so excited to share this fantastic show with audiences of all ages! A Saint Louis native, she grew up fostering her love of the arts performing at The Muny. Since then, she has performed regionally at theaters such as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, and STAGES St. Louis. She was most recently seen in Man of La Mancha at STAGES St. Louis. She is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University! Liz sends thanks and love to the production team of The Little Dancer, her family and friends, and to her ultimate support system, Ryan.

Jordan Stanfield – Georges D’Herve

Jordan is very excited to be joining The Little Dancer. After high school he trained at the School of Ballet Arizona. While there, Jordan performed with company in many of their works. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Sister, and friends for being so supportive.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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

Lucas Steele, George Abud, Laura Schein, Ann Harada, Felicia Boswell, Natalie Weiss, Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon, Max Crumm, Jacob Dickey and More Set for EMOJILAND, January 9 – March 8

Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang

Arborhouse Productions & Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka) are presenting the Off-Broadway run of Emojiland from Thursday, January 9, 2020 through Sunday, March 8, 2020 at The Duke on 42nd Street in New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). The production garnered 12 nominations and 5 wins at the 2018 NYMF Awards and was a 2018 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist.

Lucas Steele

The cast includes Lucas Steele (The Great Comet) as Skull, George Abud (The Band’s Visit) as Nerd Face, Emojiland Co-Writer Laura Schein as Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes (aka “Smize”), Emmy Winner & Grammy Nominee Felicia Boswell (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE, Shuffle Along, Motown) as Police Officer, Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, YouTube’s “Breaking Down the Riffs”) as Construction Worker, Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Pile of Poo, Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Princess and Josh Lamon (The Prom, Groundhog Day) as Prince, Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster) will take on the role of the Man In Business Suit Levitating emoji, along with Jacob Dickey (Aladdin Broadway as Aladdin) as Smiling Face with Sunglasses, (aka “Sunny”), Dwelvan David (Finding Neverland & The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Tours) as Guardsman, Heather Makalani (Aladdin) as Kissy Face, Tanisha Moore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tour) as Woman Dancing and Jordan Fife Hunt (A Chorus Line First Revival Tour) as Man Dancing.

Kenny Ingram
Kenny Ingram

Emojiland‘s book, music and lyrics are written by Keith Harrison & Laura Schein. The musical will be directed by Thomas Caruso (Southern Comfort, Matilda, Groundhog Day), with choreography by Kenny Ingram (The Lion King) and musical direction by Lena Gabrielle (Endangered!). Scenic design is by David Goldstein, costume & make-up design is by Vanessa Leuck, lighting design is by Jamie Roderick, sound design is by Ken Goodwin, and projection design is by Lisa Renkel & Possible Productions. The production is cast by Binder Casting (Chad Murnane, CSA), is Executive Produced & General Managed by Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin / Tim Sulka), and is Production Managed by Tinc Productions. Social Media & Influencer Marketing is by YesBroadway (Sam Maher). Bell Arts Entertainment (Jacquelyn Bell) associate produces.

Originally presented by the New York Musical Festival, Dan Markley, Executive Director & Producer, Emojiland was a Grand Jury Selection of the 2018 New York Musical Festival.

Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji Movie, Emojiland is an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?

MEET THE COMPLETE CAST
Max Crumm’s Broadway credits include: DISASTER! (The Nederlander), Grease (Brooks Atkinson). Off-Broadway: The Evolution Of Mann, Hot Mess, The Fantasticks, Disaster!, Brooklyn Crush {formerly: F#%KING UP EVERYTHING}. Festival/Regional: Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey Vs. The Devil (NYMF 2017), The Situation, Jersey Shoresical (NY Fringe Festival). Walter Paisley, Beatsville (Asolo Rep.), Andy, Legendale (Human Race Theatre). Film/TV: Emergence, Ray Donovan, Easy A, Killing Diaz & Echoboom.

Heather Makalani is making her Off-Broadway debut in Emojiland! She made her Broadway debut in Aladdin the Musical understudying Princess Jasmine. She also appeared at the Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival this summer as Sandy Dumbrowski at the Merry Go Round Playhouse’s production of Grease where she was nominated for best leading actress in a musical by the SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theatre). Australian credits include Aladdin the Musical (original Australian cast), Heathers the Musical, and RENT.

Jordan Fife Hunt (Man Dancing, Ensemble) tour: A Chorus Line (1st national revival). City Center Encores!: Fiorello!, Where’s Charley? International: Sousatzka (Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, world premiere). Regional: Claude in Hair(Waterfront Playhouse), Loch Ness (The Rev), The Wiz (Broadway Sacramento), West Side Story (Guthrie Theater), Evita (ACT), Prime Time (The Studios of Key West), Paul in A Chorus Line (Theatre Under The Stars, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre), Disney’s Aladdin (The Muny). TV: “The Wendy Williams Show,” “New Year’s Eve: From Lincoln Center” on PBS, “The A-List” on LOGO, “Todrick” on MTV. Dance: Dance Key West, Veracity Dance Theatre, Gig- The Show, MET Dance, Benjamin Briones Ballet. Training: BFA in Musical Theatre (The Boston Conservatory).

Tanisha Moore is making her Off-Broadway debut with Emojiland! She has toured the country with Flashdance the Musical and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Regional credits include; the role of June in Gypsy, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Wiz, and the world premiere of Disney’s Freaky Friday.

Jacob Dickey is making his Off-Broadway debut. Other credits include Aladdin (Broadway and Nat’l Tour as Aladdin), Stephen Schwartz’ Prince of Egypt (as Moses), and Next to Normal (as Gabe).

Dwelvan David’s theatrical credits include the first national tour of Finding Neverland; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. NYC: Standby (NYMF 2013) Regional: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center); Sister Act (Tuacahn); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (STAGES/Riverside); Show Boat (Lyric Opera Chicago); The Wiz (TATC); Caroline, or Change (Human Race); Ragtime (Drury Lane); TV: “Bull,” “Gotham,” “Law&Order SVU,””Happy!” BFA Millikin University. AEA

Ann Harada (Pile of Poo) played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Bway credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (revival), 9 To 5, Seussical, and M. Butterfly. Recent Off Bway: Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson. Film: SISTERS, TROUBLE, YOUTH IN OREGON, ADMISSION, HOPE SPRINGS, FEEL, HAPPINESS. TV includes: SMASH (as Linda, the Stage Manager), THE GOOD WIFE, HOUSE OF CARDS, MASTER OF NONE, THE Jim Gaffigan SHOW, SEARCH PARTY, YOUNGER, GOTHAM, NEW AMSTERDAM.

Felicia Boswell (Police Officer): EMMY Winner & GRAMMY Nominee (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE), 2x Helen Hayes AWARD Winner (Outstanding Lead Actress), Broadway World Winner (Best Lead Actress), Jeff Award (Best Supporting Actress nom). Broadway: Shuffle Along (Josephine Baker); Motown (Diana Ross); Memphis (Felicia Farrell). Nat’l Tour: Memphis (Felicia Farrell); Dreamgirls (Deena, Lorell). Highlights: The Color Purple (Celie) Portland Center Stage; Jelly’s Last Jam (Anita) Signature Theatre; MEDEA (Medea) Bay Street; Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Evelyn) GSPlayhouse; Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) Paramount; AIDA (Aida); Man of LaMancha (Aldonza) Barrington Stage; RENT (Mimi); Caroline or Change, Guthrie Theatre; SOUL: Stax Musical (Carla Thomas); Little Rock (Minniejean Brown); MANDELA (Zindzi) ASCAP; Midwives (Charlotte); Quiet World (Marianne) Lincoln Center. TV: “POWER” (Melissa) STARZ; “The Good Fight” (Lace) CBS; NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Macy’s Day Parade (Diana Ross) Motown, “Last Week w/John Oliver.” “Mama Knows Best” single available, all music platforms.

George Abud (Nerd Face) is an Arab-American actor. Broadway: The Band’s Visit starring Katrina Lenk & Tony Shalhoub (Daytime Emmy Award, OBC Recording); The Visit starring Chita Rivera & Roger Rees (OBC Recording). Off-Broadway: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Raúl Esparza, Nathan The Wise opposite F. Murray Abraham, Peer Gynt opposite Gabriel Ebert, and Allegro directed by John Doyle (Classic Stage Company); The Band’s Visit directed by David Cromer (Atlantic Theater Company); Lolita, My Love opposite Robert Sella (York Theatre Company). Regional: August Rush (Lewis Chapman, Paramount Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun directed by Sarna Lapine (Charlie Davenport, Bay Street Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck, Geva Theatre Center); 1776 (The Muny); Fiddler on the Roof (Human Race Theatre); Man of La Mancha, Oliver Twist (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). International: The New Prince with Barbara Walsh, Marc Kudisch, and Paulo Szot at the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

Natalie Weiss (Construction Worker) has gained an international following from her performance & coaching videos and popular YouTube web series, “Breaking Down The Riffs”. She made her Broadway debut in 2010 understudying the Menonettes in Everyday Rapture, starring Sherie Rene Scott, was a swing in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables, and performed in the ensemble / understudied Elphaba in the 2nd National Tour of Wicked. Other regional credits include Molly in Ghost, Florence in Chess, and Candy in Saturday Night Fever. Natalie’s voice can be heard on the acclaimed soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, on the Original Broadway Cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen as one of the Virtual Community Voices, and on the jingles for The Incredibles 2. She was also an American Idol season 4 semi-finalist. Natalie received her BFA in musical theatre from Penn State University.

Laura Schein (Co-Writer / Smize) has been in the biz of show since age 10. 1st Nat’l Tour: Ragtime. Regional: Holiday Inn (Goodspeed), Mary Zimmerman’s Pericles (Goodman), Carousel (Long Wharf), 2019 LA Writers Workshop (CTG), Coney Island Christmas (Geffen), Oblivion (CTG), NOFX’s Home Street Home (Davenport Theatricals). TV/Film: “Kidding”, “Masters of Sex,” “Weeds” (Showtime), Sing It! (YouTube Originals), Crystal’s Balls (Funny or Die), and the animated feature UglyDolls (STX), for which she co-wrote the Kelly Clarkson-Janelle Monae duet “Unbreakable.” Currently writing on an upcoming musical series starring Zosia Mamet.

Lesli Margherita (Princess) won the Olivier Award for her West End debut as Inez in Zorro The Musical. Broadway: Matilda the Musical;Dames at Sea. Off-Broadway: Who’s Holiday (Drama Desk, Lortel, & Off-Broadway Alliance noms. – Best Solo Performance); A Scythe of Time (NYMF; Outstanding Performance Award). Television (recurring) “Transparent,” “Most Likely to” (ABC pilot), “Homeland,” “Instinct,” “Elementary,” “Seven Seconds.” Film: The Many Saints of Newark (upcoming), Opening Night (opp. Taye Diggs & Topher Grace). Regional (select credits): Guys & Dolls (Bucks County), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus), Kiss Me Kate (Reprise; Ovation Award – Best Actress), The Gronholm Method (The Falcon; Ovation nom. – Best Ensemble), Man of La Mancha (MTW; Ovation nom. & LADCC nom – Best Actress), Showboat (Goodspeed), Little Shop Of Horrors (La Mirada); Spamalot (Sacramento Music Circus). Lesli’s debut album Rule Your Kingdom now available in stores/online.

Josh Lamon (Prince) TV/FILM: Here Today (Dir. Billy Crystal), “Katy Keene,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Fight,” “30 Rock,” “Deadbeat,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Steve Phoenix: The Untold Story.” Broadway: The Prom, Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf and Hair. Off-Broadway: A New Brain (Encores!), Into The Woods (Shakespeare in the Park), Little Miss Sunshine (2nd Stage), Little Me (Encores!) and February House (The Public). You can hear his podcast ‘Josh Swallows Broadway’ on the Broadway Podcast Network. Composition: co-book writer, conceiver and additional musical and lyrics for the musical Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher.

Keith Harrison (Co-Writer) is a musical wizard whose credits include work on The Prom (Netflix, upcoming), Cinderella (Sony, upcoming), The Politician (Netflix), “American Idol” (FOX, ABC), “American Horror Story” (FX), “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix), “Westside” (Netflix), Kidding (Showtime), “The Daytime Emmy Awards” (POPTV), “Claws” (TNT), “Ugly Dolls” (STX), 911 (FOX), and the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet. Notable collaborators have included: Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, Ben Vereen, Ana Gasteyer, Shoshana Bean, Andrew Lippa, Larry O’Keefe, Babyface, Emmylou Harris, Jason Alexander and many more.

Thomas Caruso (Director) Southern Comfort (The Public Theatre; NY Times Critics Pick, Lucille Lortel Award & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations: Best New Musical), Dynamo: Seeing Is Believing (West End, U.K. & Australian Tours). B’way National Tours: Matilda, Ghost, Master Class. Broadway Associate Director credits include: A Christmas Carol, Groundhog Day, Matilda, Ghost, Mamma Mia!, Bombay Dreams, Follies, Master Class. Other directing credits include: David Blaine: Real or Magic (Asia tour); Earth To Bucky (Bay Street Theatre), the premiere of Terrence McNally and Israel Horovitz’s Off Season (Gloucester Stage).

Performances of Emojiland will be Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm, and Sundays at 7pm.

Tickets for Emojiland are available for purchase online at Dukeon42.org; by phone at 646-223-3010; or in person at The Duke on 42nd Street at 229 West 42nd Street (Tuesdays-Fridays 4-7 and Saturdays 12-6).

The running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

Visit Emojiland.com for more info and updates.

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT at The Green Room 42 on December 1 to Benefit Actors Fund; André De Shields, Nathan Lee Graham, Natalie Douglas, Erin Quill and More to Appear

The annual holiday extravaganza SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City on Sunday, December 1 for its 8th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org).

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted and produced by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s “The People’s Couch”), SPARKLE will take place at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY), featuring 2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’) reading Twas the Night Before Christmas, Grammy Award Winner Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver (“The Voice”), Singer/Songwriter Randi Driscoll, Multi-MAC Award Winner Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Jesse JP Johnson (SpongeBob, Wicked), Havilland Stillwell (Les Miserables, Fiddler), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots), Erin Quill (Avenue Q original Broadway company) and Julie Garniyé (Come From Away). Brian Nash will once again serve as Music Director and Arranger. *Cast is subject to change without notice.

General Admission Tickets for the show are $65; Premium Tickets (includes name recognition in the program) are $90; VIP Ringside Seating (includes a pre-show meet & greet, name recognition from the stage as well as in the program, and the best seats in the house): $125 each. Seating is very limited for this exclusive event and tickets will sell out quickly. Click here for tickets.

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT began when TV personality and host Scott Nevins had the desire to present a “small holiday concert” in Palm Springs, CA to help raise funds for a worthy organization. The event was an instant hit, quickly moving to a much larger venue, and earning 4 consecutive sold-out years as the holiday musical event of the season in the desert. Nevins then expanded on the idea by producing very successful all-star versions of the show in New York City and Los Angeles, both benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. Sparkle has featured a remarkable cast of the industry’s most legendary and iconic performers like Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Richard Kind, Lorna Luft, Loni Anderson, Richard Simmons (in his last public appearance), and Jo Ann Worley, along with some of today’s biggest and brightest from TV, Theatre and Film such as Tony Award winners Billy Porter, Melba Moore and Lillias White, Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony Award nominees Daisy Eagan, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Robin De Jesus, Norm Lewis, Max von Essen, Constantine Maroulis and Bobby Steggert, Emmy Award winner & recording artist Liz Callaway plus Bobbie Eakes, Lea Thompson, Nick Adams, Erich Bergen, Christina Bianco, Emerson Collins, Wilson Cruz, Matt Doyle, Ilene Graff, Blake McIver, Sharon McNight, Anthony Rapp, Jai Rodriguez, The Skivvies, Shayna Steele, Marty Thomas, columnist & TV personality Perez Hilton, and many more!

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit actorsfund.org.

Atlantic Theater Company Extends HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN by Stephen Adly Guirgis through December 29

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) announces a one week extension for the world premiere production of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy), directed by Obie Award winner John Ortiz, and co-produced with LAByrinth Theater Company. The production, which opens on Monday, December 9th will now play through Sunday, December 29th, 2019 Off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven features Victor Almanzar (Between Riverside and Crazy), David Anzuelo (Se Llama Cristina), Elizabeth Canavan (Between Riverside and Crazy), Lucille Lortel Award winner Sean Carvajal (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, King Lear), Patrice Johnson Chevannes (The Homecoming Queen), Molly Collier (Salutations! I’m Creative Dave), Liza Colón-Zayas (Mary Jane, Between Riverside and Crazy), Esteban Andres Cruz (Off-Broadway Debut), Greg Keller (Do You Feel Anger?), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Dutch Heart Of Man), Kristina Poe (The Idea of Me), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (The Stowaway), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black,” The Motherf#cker with the Hat), Andrea Syglowski (queens), Benja Kay Thomas (Barbecue), viviana valeria (Off-Broadway Debut), Pernell Walker (Seed), and Kara Young (The New Englanders).

Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this world premiere play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City, helmed by John Ortiz (LAByrinth Artistic Director) in his Off-Broadway directing debut. Atlantic is thrilled to partner with LAByrinth Theater Company to present Guirgis’ first new play since Atlantic Theater Company’s 2014 award-winning production of Between Riverside and Crazy.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven features scenic design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger, sound design and original compositions by Elisheba Ittoop, and casting by Telsey + Company.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven is made possible with leadership support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

LAByrinth Theater Company and this production are supported in part by Cherry Lane Theatre, Angelina Fiordellisi, Seri Lawrence and Janio Marrero.

LAByrinth Theater Company (co-producer), originally founded in 1992 by a small group of actors as The Latino Actors Base, was created to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception. Over twenty-seven years, that small group of actors has grown to a company of more than one hundred multicultural artists. LAByrinth is a diverse, tightly knit ensemble-driven company comprised of actors, designers, directors, musicians, and writers committed to developing and producing incendiary new works for the stage, giving voice to new perspectives that are powerful and groundbreaking. From LAB’s first two productions in the early 90’s, David Deblinger’s one man show, Nobody’s Home, and Lilian Slugocki’s family drama RoughHouse at INTAR, to multiple Stephen Adly Guirgis world premieres including In Arabia, We’d All be Kings (1999), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (2000), and Our Lady of 121st Street (2002), all three directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Center Stage NY, to Brett C. Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo (2004) and Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating (2007) at The Public Theater, to Melissa Ross’s Thinner Than Water (2011) at the Bank St Theater, to Maggie Bofill’s Devil of Choice (2018) at the Cherry Lane Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company has produced over fifty world premieres, developed over 250 new plays, and has changed the face of America’s theatrical landscape.

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director; Mary McCann, School Executive Director). At Atlantic, our aim is singular-to empower simple and honest storytelling that fosters greater understanding of our shared world. We are a family of artists dedicated to exploring essential truths onstage, be it a show at Atlantic Theater Company or a class at Atlantic Acting School. As a producer, presenter, and educator of theater, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and urge us to reflect on our role in society. From our Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to our community-based education programs, we are committed to uncovering and celebrating the stories of our varied human existence. Founded as an ensemble of impassioned artists in 1985, Atlantic Theater Company has grown into a powerhouse Off-Broadway company. We challenge, inspire, and awaken audiences with truthful storytelling presented across our two venues, the Linda Gross Theater and the intimate Stage 2 black-box. As a producer of compelling new works, we are committed to championing the stories from new and established artists alike, amplifying the voices of emerging playwrights through our deeply collaborative programs and initiatives. We have produced more than 200 plays and musicals including Derren Brown: Secret (now on Broadway) and Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen (beginning Broadway performances February 28, 2020); Tony Award-winning productions of The Band’s Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses), now playing on tour; Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik); and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); New York Drama Critics’ Circle winner for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) and Best Foreign Play Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); Obie Award winner for Best New American Play Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph); and Obie Award Special Citation recipient Skeleton Crew (Dominique Morisseau). For more information, visit atlantictheater.org.

Schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday at 8:00pm, Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Sunday evening performances at 7:30pm on 12/1, 12/15, 12/30
Monday evening performance at 7:00pm on 12/23
Wednesday afternoon performance at 2:00pm on 12/18
No performance on Thursday, 11/28, Tuesday, 12/24, and Wednesday, 12/25

Tickets:
Regular tickets begin at $70. Order online at atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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Asia Society and the Santa Fe Opera Present David Henry Hwang and Huang Ruo’s M. BUTTERFLY Opera Working Rehearsal

Asia Society’s inaugural Contemporary Art Triennial of Asia, in partnership with the Santa Fe Opera, kicked off its pre-opening programming on Nov 20, 2019 with a sold-out exclusive world preview of the much anticipated new opera M. Butterfly.

Met Opera 2019 National Council Auditions Winner William Guanbo Su, Asia Society Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director Boon Hui Tan and Asia Society Triennial Executive Chairman Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD with members of the Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors including (from left to right) Barbara & Chuck Moore, Bruce Chemel, Board President-Elect David Henry Jacobs, and Kevin & Dannehl Twomey. Photo by Lia Chang

Executive Chair of the Art Triennial, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and her husband, Oscar Tang, a trustee of Asia Society, hosted a pre-performance reception for a delegation of board members from the Santa Fe Opera at the Asia Society in New York.  Many board members from the Met Opera and Asia Society, including Betsy Cohen, Met Opera Treasurer and Asia Society Vice Chair, and her husband Ed Cohen, the President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic Deborah Borda, Met Opera’s Assistant General Manager Diane Zola, and President of the Juilliard School, Damian Woetzel, were also in attendance.

Composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang following the world premiere preview of their new opera, M. BUTTERFLY, set to premiere on August 1, 2020 at the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on Hwang’s 1988 Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer-Prize finalist Broadway play, M. Butterfly is the story of René Gallimard, a French diplomat who carried on a 20-year love affair with Song Liling, a Peking opera star with an astonishing secret that leads to Gallimard’s professional and personal ruin. The story’s many parallels with Puccini’s well-known Madama Butterfly are echoed in the new opera’s music, composed by the celebrated young Chinese American composer Huang Ruo. The working rehearsal featured Conductor Susanne Sheston and pianist John Arida.

Countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim sings the role of Song Liling, and will make his Santa Fe Opera debut in the world premiere of M. BUTTERFLY next summer. Photo by Lia Chang

Kangmin Justin Kim (countertenor) and Michael Hawk (baritone) star as Song Liling and René Gallimard respectively. The cast also features Hera Hyesang Park as Comrade Chin/Shu Fang, Joshua Dennis as Marc, Adrian Rosas as Manuel Toulon/Judge. The ensemble features Stephen Carroll, Hayan Kim, Seiyoung Kim, Nicolas Martorano, Nate Mattingly, Jana McIntyre, Elliott Paige, Heather Petrie Elizabeth Picker, Rachel Policar, Jarrett Porter and Kathleen Reveille.

M. BUTTERFLY composer Huang Ruo (left) and librettist David Henry Hwang (right) with BD Wong, recipient of the Tony Award for his portrayal of Song Liling in the Broadway production, and the countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim who will be singing the role in the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere next summer. Photo by Lia Chang

Huang Ruo’s (composer) first collaboration with The Santa Fe Opera was the American premiere of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, his first opera, in 2014. Admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory at age twelve, Chinese-born Huang Ruo moved to the U.S. to continue his education, earning a BM from Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music and MM and DMA degrees from Juilliard. Now a U.S. citizen, The New Yorker cited Huang Ruo as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers.” His writing spans orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and modern dance to sound installation, multimedia, folk rock, and film. Reflecting his life story, he strives to create a seamless integration between Eastern and Western elements, integrating influences from Chinese folk, Western avant-garde, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic whole.

Librettist David Henry Hwang, who wrote the original Broadway play, narrates musical excerpts from the new opera M. BUTTERFLY, set to have its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

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

BD Wong, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang with her husband and Asia Society trustee, Oscar Tang. Photo by Lia Chang

The world premiere preview of M. Butterfly is a collaboration between Asia Society and the Santa Fe Opera and is developed with assistance from the American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director,  and with generous support from Agnes Hsu-Tang PhD and Oscar Tang.

Asia Society Triennial Executive Chair and Met Opera Managing Director Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, with fellow Met Opera Managing Director, Douglas Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang
Asia Society Vice President and Museum Director Boon Hui Tan, former Sotheby’s Vice Chairman for Chinese Art and Member of Triennial Steering Committee, Mee-Seen Loong, and Met Opera board member Sharon Wee. Photo by Lia Chang
Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang with Met Opera and Met Museum trustee, Marina French. Photo by Lia Chang
Met Opera Chair of Executive Committee Bill Morris, with former Met Opera President and CEO, Judith-Ann Corrente, and her husband Wim Kooyker, a former Asia Society trustee. Photo by Lia Chang
Santa Fe Opera Board Chairman Susan F. Morris with Cynthia Sculco, Cindy Aloi and Santa Fe Opera Board President Susan G. Marineau. Photo by Lia Chang
Santa Fe Opera Board members Miranda Lind and Fred Haas with Rafael Gomez and Shoshanna Conway. Photo by Lia Chang
Asia Society Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director Boon Hui Tan welcomes the audience to the preview of M. BUTTERFLY, set to receive its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang
Santa Fe Opera General Director Robert K. Meya welcomes the audience to the preview of M. BUTTERFLY, set to receive its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang
Santa Fe Opera Chorus Master Susanne Sheston conducts the world premiere preview of M. BUTTERFLY, with (from left to right) tenor Joshua Dennis, bass Adrian Rosas, baritone Michael Hawk (standing), soprano Hera Hyesang Park, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, and pianist John Arida. Photo by Lia Chang
Baritone Michael Hawk, who will cover the role of René Gallimard sings musical excerpts from the new opera M. BUTTERFLY, which will have its world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera next summer. Photo by Lia Chang
Conductor Susanne Sheston is flanked on her right by tenor Joshua Dennis, bass Adrian Rosas, baritone Michael Hawk, soprano Hera Hyesang Park and countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim. Photo by Lia Chang
Following the working rehearsal, Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD moderates a Q&A with (from left to right) librettist David Henry Hwang, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, composer Huang Ruo and stage director James Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Following the working rehearsal, Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD moderates a Q&A with (from left to right) librettist David Henry Hwang, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, composer Huang Ruo and stage director James Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Asia Society Triennial Executive Chairman Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD with (from left to right) composer Huang Ruo, librettist David Henry Hwang, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and stage director James Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, who will be singing the roles of Song Liling in the world premiere of M. Butterfly and Rosina in The Barber of Seville, respectively, at the Santa Fe Opera next summer. Photo by Lia Chang

The World Premiere of M. Butterfly will take place at the Santa Fe Opera on August 1, 2020, with subsequent performances on August 5, 14, 19 and 26, 2020. Click here for tickets for M. Butterfly.

Asia Society Triennial

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Asia Society And The Santa Fe Opera Present David Henry Hwang And Huang Ruo’s M. BUTTERFLY Opera Working Rehearsal 

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: New-York Historical Society Presents Excerpts Of David Henry Hwang And Huang Ruo’s Opera, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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

Siyan Wong Featuring Alvin Tsang – “Five Cents a Can: Making the Invisible Visible” on View at New York Arts Center through December 1

Siyan Wong

Siyan Wong’s oil paintings of people who collect cans to survive (“canners”) together with a sculpture built of thousands of gold cans, other conceptual art pieces of the tools used by the canners, and video installations made in collaboration with filmmaker and artist Alvin Tsang are currently on view at the New York Arts Center (78 Bowery, Manhattan) from November 10 through December 1, 2019. This exhibition, entitled Five Cents a Can: Making the Invisible Visible, captures a powerful story about the people who occupy the lower strata of our current society.

“Garbage Pile” (left), “Sorting Cans” (center), “Hunched Canner “(right)

Siyan, a New York City based artist, focuses on the working poor, the homeless, women and the elderlies. As a workers’ rights lawyer, her contact with everyday working people informs her empathy and artistic vision.

Siyan’s observations of canners who are often ignored or invisible on our streets are transformed into important questions of human existence and survival. As such her paintings play with perceptions of what is real versus distorted perspectives of our own realities. While people generally work everyday for the comforts of a nice home and good food, canners toil just to survive. Their very existence is a reminder of the reality of all working people – the lack of choice to live freely with labor recognized as a valuable contribution to society. Survival for the employed, though on a more palatable scale, is still the chain that locks us all in place. In fact, the canners’ reality in Siyan’s paintings offers a contrast to the illusion of wealth for the rest of us. As Siyan makes the canners seen through her paintings, she also makes our own reality visible.

While the paintings hold the viewers’ attention beyond the mere seconds that are normally accorded the canners, the installations also aim to draw connections and lessons from the past. A mountain built with gold cans draws from the time of the California gold rush when Chinese workers were lured to mine gold. The gold cans mock the minuscule value of these five-cent cans, and confront the dream that when we work hard, we will be rewarded. This exhibition shows the viewers that in reality, it’s all work and no life.

Siyan is committed to finding help for the canners. Fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds from the sale of her paintings will be set aside for the benefit of the canners. Details of how the funding will be spent is in consultation. Furthermore, Siyan launched the Make It 10 Cents campaign at the opening of the exhibition. She will be working with young people and seniors, and anyone else interested in seeing the bottle law in NYS increase from 5 cents to 10 cents a bottle.

In light of the success of this exhibition, demonstrated from the paintings sold and reaching the Kickstarter goal to fund the cost of this exhibition in just 15 days, Siyan and Alvin plan to tour this exhibition in three other major cities in the United States.

Finally, from now until noon on November 27th, Alvin and Siyan are raising money for holiday goody bags to be distributed to canners throughout New York City. To support this Second Annual Canners Holiday Tour, please contribute via Siyan’s Kickstarter Campaign.

Siyan Wong, Alvin Tsang, Ed Morris

Saturday 11/30 (Closing Events)
12 noon – Gallery opens
2:00 pm – Artist Gallery Talk with Siyan and Alvin
3:00 pm – Talk: What is Work? Philosopher Ed Morris on the meaning of work, joy and what the canners tell us about society and ourselves
4:00 pm – After party at Asia Roma (40 Mulberry) – light snacks/appetizers

Location: New York Arts Center, 78 Bowery, Suite C1, NYC 10013 Opening Hours: M-Sat 10-5pm

For more information, you can connect with Siyan at artistsiyanwong@gmail.com. Follow her on social media – Facebook and Instagram: @artistsiyanwong

Ed Morris is a philosopher, freelance intellectual, botanist and writer who devotes his life to humanism, nature and the cosmos. Throughout his life, he had studied Western thought, as well as Chinese. He has travelled throughout the West, and in India, Nepal and China. Morris extensively visited the gardens in China and was a consultant in the installation of the Chinese Garden (Suzhou style) at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Through The Met and a National Endowment of the Humanities grant, Morris is an author of published books which include “The Gardens of China: History, Art and Meaning”, “Fragrance: The Story of Perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel” and “Scents of Time: Perfume from Ancient Egypt to the 21st Century.” He is also a Jungian psychologist and a long-time resident of the Lower East Side in New York City.

Film Independent Presents Hollywood Chinese: Why Stop at the Doc? with Arthur Dong – A Talk and Book Signing on December 3

Arthur Dong. Photo by Max Shapovalov

Film Independent is presenting Hollywood Chinese: Why Stop at the Doc? on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:30pm at Film Independent HQ, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90036.Tickets are free and the event is open to the general public. Click here to register for the event.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong (Hollywood ChineseComing Out Under Fire) has been a pioneer of self-distribution for over twenty years. From theatrical releases to home video, television and the educational market, to complex collaborations with museums and social outreach organizations, he has mastered the art of exploiting the rights of his films and creative work far beyond a festival premiere.

Hollywood Chinese started life as an acclaimed documentary about a little-known chapter of cinema: the Chinese in American feature films. Next came an exhibit at the Chinese American Museum, which is currently on display at the legendary Formosa Café in West Hollywood.

Now, Arthur has just released the latest iteration of the Hollywood Chinese story: a lavish coffee table book, published by Angel City Press.

To mark the launch of Arthur’s book, Film Independent presents a show-and-tell-all seminar where the filmmaker/author will share the secrets of his ongoing success in sustaining a living through expanding the life of his films.

Following the conversation, which will be moderated by Lisa Leeman, copies of Hollywood Chinese (the book!) will be available for purchase and signing by Arthur.

Dong’s second bookHollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films provides a spectacular view of the Chinese American impact on the movies, from some of the earliest films set in America’s renowned Chinatowns to contemporary hits and artists that are remaking the face of Hollywood.

Filled with page-after-page of stunning vintage images, this lavish coffee-table book is not only an opulent and entertaining look at some of the movie world’s most fascinating characters, it also illustrates the myths, misconceptions, and memorable moments of the Chinese and Chinese Americans in films made in the United States. Hollywood Chinese brings to life the history of these films as only Arthur Dong, an award-winning filmmaker, can—vividly, with an eye for detail that captures the drama inherent in how Asian cultures have been portrayed by Hollywood studios.

“The Cat’s Paw” lobby card, front (l-r):Harold Lloyd and Alyn Warren (1934).
“The Cat’s Paw” lobby card, front (l-r):Harold Lloyd and Alyn Warren (1934).

Exploring the ways the American film industry has celebrated Chinese and Chinese American culture, Dong also examines how that industry subtly—and not so subtly—projected stereotypes into its movies. His book Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films explores the power of these images and their lasting impact.

Poster for “China’s Little Devils” (1945)
Poster for “China’s Little Devils” (1945)

Hollywood Chinese spotlights archival material selected from more than 2,000 pieces of movie memorabilia the author has collected since his youth, when he was growing up in San Francisco Chinatown and during his ten years of research for his documentary of the same name—the genesis of his new book. Featuring Dong’s trove of cinematic artifacts—photographs, posters, lobby cards, stills, press kits, and other ephemera—Hollywood Chinese visually explains many of the social and cultural attitudes on race over the past century, to show how those attitudes have played out in Hollywood films. Although Hollywood Chinese centers on the Chinese, its analysis will resonate with other ethnic and marginalized groups as well, challenging racist assumptions about minorities in America, biases that were especially pervasive in early Hollywood films.

Anna May Wong and James B. Leong in “Shanghai Express” (1932)
Anna May Wong and James B. Leong in “Shanghai Express” (1932)

As a counterpoint to Hollywood’s yellowface and whitewashed caricatures, Arthur Dong includes his personal interviews with Chinese and Chinese American artists who have produced, directed, written, and starred in Hollywood films. These chronicles of resistance will empower readers with inspiring alternative narratives. Ang Lee, Nancy Kwan, Justin Lin, James Hong, Joan Chen, Wayne Wang, David Henry Hwang, and Amy Tan provide insights, while Dong’s impeccable research traces the uphill battle fought by pioneers such as Marion Wong who was the first Asian American to direct and produce a feature in California. Hollywood Chinese features a Foreword by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an Afterword by award-winning producer Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club).

From left: James Hong, Arthur Dong, Nancy Kwan, B.D. Wong, and Lisa Lu at the “Hollywood Chinese” book launch at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills on October 17, 2019. Photo by Alan Duignan, courtesy A.M.P.A.S.

Click here to purchase the book.

HOLLYWOOD CHINESE Author and Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker Arthur Dong Receives 2019 California LGBT Arts Alliance Trail Blazer Award 

About the speaker
A San Francisco Chinatown native, Arthur Dong is an Oscar nominee, a Peabody and Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author, and curator whose work centers on Asian American and LGBTQ stories. Dong’s films about Asian American history and culture include The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015); Hollywood Chinese (2007); Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989); and Sewing Woman (1987). Among his films on LGBTQ issues are Coming Out Under Fire (1994) and Licensed to Kill (1997). Dong has curated exhibitions showcasing his extensive archive of cultural ephemera, including Chop Suey on Wax: The Flower Drum Song Album; Forbidden City, USA; and his most recent, Hollywood Chinese, on display at the iconic Formosa Café in West Hollywood. Dong’s first book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970 received an American Book Award in 2015 and and the Art Deco Historic Preservation Award. Dong recently received The 2019 California LGBT Arts Alliance Trail Blazer Award. www.deepfocusproductions.com

About the moderator
Lisa Leeman is a longtime documentary filmmaker, whose films illuminate contemporary social issues through intimate character-driven stories that follow people at critical turning points (One Lucky ElephantOut of FaithAwake). She is currently directing and producing Trans*Formed, a follow-up to her award-winning film Metamorphosis (Sundance Filmmakers Trophy, POV/PBS).

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Broadwayworld: Film Independent Presents Hollywood Chinese: Why Stop At The Doc? With Arthur Dong 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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