Francis Jue, Ned Eisenberg, Jennifer Lim, Daniel K. Isaac, Jeena Yi, Joe Ngo and Tobias C. Wong Set for Readings at Lauren Yee’s Kesselring Prize Ceremony on November 5

Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren
Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren
Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren

Actors Francis Jue, Ned Eisenberg, Jennifer Lim, Daniel K. Isaac, Jeena Yi, Joe Ngo and Tobias C. Wong are set for a reading of plays by Lauren Yee when the rising young playwright receives the 2017 Kesselring Prize on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South). Ms. Yee earned the Kesselring for her play THE GREAT LEAP, to be produced this season by Denver Center, Seattle Rep and Atlantic Theater Company. The Prize includes a $25,000 award and the opportunity for Ms. Yee to reside for two weeks in the historic clubhouse of the National Arts Club in order to develop her work.

David Henry Hwang - Photo by Lia Chang, and Lauren Yee
David Henry Hwang – Photo by Lia Chang, and Lauren Yee

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will present Ms. Yee with the prize at an awards ceremony at the National Arts Club on Sunday, November 5 at 4 p.m. The evening will include readings of select scenes from Ms. Yee’s plays. A gala reception in the NAC parlors and dining room follows the awards presentation. For further information and to reserve seat for the awards ceremony and readings, visit Kesselring@thenationalartsclub.org.

The readings will feature selections from Yee’s plays KING OF THE YEES, THE GREAT LEAP and CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND.

Also present at the awards presentation as a guest speaker on Sunday: actress Regina Taylor.

Established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support young writers who are not as yet nationally recognized, and provide them with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Past recipients include Lucas Hnath (now on Broadway with A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2), Tony Kushner, Anna Deavere Smith, Nicky Silver and last year’s honoree, Lindsey Ferrentino, whose play UGLY LIES THE BONE was produced this year at the National Theatre in London.

Each year, the National Arts Club invites theaters across the country to nominate an emerging playwright for the Kesselring Prize who is poised for a higher national profile through his or her growing body-of-work. Atlantic Theater Company nominated Ms. Yee.

Her previous works include IN A WORD, a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award; THE HATMAKER’S WIFE, which was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for its John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright; and KING OF THE YEES, which premiered last season at The Goodman Theatre.

The 2017 Kesselring Prize Jury that selected Ms. Yee consisted of: famed playwright John Guare; Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater, Anne Cattaneo; and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The Kesselring Prize Artistic Director is Michael Parva.

www.nationalartsclub.org

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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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ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL Named Best Political Documentary at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Ceremony

Steve James’ compelling film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail was named Best Political Documentary at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at BRIC in Brooklyn.

Jillette lead the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees — The Cats of Istanbul (Kedi), Etty Ausch (One of Us), Al Gore (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Laird Hamilton (Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton), Dolores Huerta (Dolores), Gigi Lazzarato (This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous), The Sung Family (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail).

Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Heather Sung, Chanterelle Sung, Vera Sung and Jill Sung. Photo by Lia Chang
Thomas Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Heather Sung, Chanterelle Sung, Vera Sung and Jill Sung. Photo by Lia Chang

One of the past year’s most critically acclaimed documentaries during its robust international film festival run and a national theatrical release, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the saga of the Sungs — a Chinese-American family who own and operate Abacus Federal Savings in New York’s Chinatown.

But in 2009, the Sung’s fired a loan officer after they discovered fraud. They reported the fraud to law enforcement, but soon found themselves and the bank under scrutiny. Two-and-a-half-years later, Abacus Federal Savings and two senior officers were accused of mortgage fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, becoming the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crash and the first bank indicted in New York since 1991.

With riveting detail, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail follows how the indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves — and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community — over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail examines the case against the bank, hearing from prosecutors, jurors, defense lawyers, and Mr. and Mrs. Sung and their four daughters — whom James filmed for more than a year as they fought to clear their names.

Credits
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS). It is co-presented with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The director is Steve James. The producers are Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman. The co-producers are Fenell Doremus and Nick Verbitsky. The executive producers are Gordon Quinn, Christopher Clements, Betsy Steinberg and Justine Nagan. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath. The executive producer of ITVS is Sally Jo Fifer.

The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and nonfiction television. The awards were determined by Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA)  members with expertise in the documentary field. The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was produced by Bob Bain Productions.

Click here for a full list of the winners.

About BFCA/BTJA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com
FRONTLINE to Premiere ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL on September 12; Photos from Asia Society Screening

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

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

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David Henry Hwang to present Lauren Yee with 2017 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting at National Arts Club on Nov. 5

David Henry Hwang - Photo by Lia Chang, and Lauren Yee

Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang, whose acclaimed play M. Butterfly is currently in previews at the Cort Theatre, shall present the National Arts Club’s 2017 Kesselring Prize to Lauren Yee at the award ceremony and readings on Sunday November 5, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, located at 15 Gramercy Park South. A gala reception in the NAC parlors and dining room shall follow the awards ceremony.  Golden Globe winning actress Regina Taylor is also set as a guest speaker for the evening.

Lauren Yee, the rising young playwright whose newest work, THE GREAT LEAP will be produced this season by Denver Center, Seattle Rep and Atlantic Theatre Company, will receive $25,000 award and provides the opportunity for  Ms. Yee to reside for two weeks in the historic clubhouse of the National Arts Club in order to develop her work.

For further information and to reserve seats for the awards ceremony and readings, please contact: Kesselring@thenationalartsclub.org.

Established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support young writers who are not as yet nationally recognized, and provide them with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Past recipients include Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner, Anna Deavere Smith, Nicky Silver and last year’s honoree, Lindsey Ferrentino, whose play UGLY LIES THE BONE was produced this year at the National Theatre in London.

Each year, the National Arts Club invites theaters across the country to nominate an emerging playwright for the Kesselring Prize who is poised for a higher national profile through his or her growing body-of-work. Atlantic Theatre Company nominated Ms. Yee.

Francis Jue (Larry) and Stephenie Soohyun Park (Lauren) in the world premiere of King of the Yees, written by Lauren Yee and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. Photo by Liz Lauren
Francis Jue (Larry) and Stephenie Soohyun Park (Lauren) in the world premiere of King of the Yees, written by Lauren Yee and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. Photo by Liz Lauren

Her previous works include IN A WORD, a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award; THE HATMAKER’S WIFE, which was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for its John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright; and KING OF THE YEES, which premiered last season at The Goodman Theatre.

The 2017 Kesselring Prize Jury that selected Ms. Yee consisted of: famed playwright John Guare; Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater, Anne Cattaneo; and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The Kesselring Prize Artistic Director is Michael Parva.

www.nationalartsclub.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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Clive Owen and Jin Ha Star in Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY, Opens October 26

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY is currently in previews at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street), and will open on Broadway on October 26, 2017. Click here for tickets.

Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, M. BUTTERFLY stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard and Broadway newcomer Jin Ha in the role of Song Liling.

The cast also features Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Emmanuel Brown, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, Scott Weber and Erica Wong.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, 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.

For the Tony Award-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

M. BUTTERFLY will feature original music by Academy Award winnerElliot 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.

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

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

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 Examiner.comJade 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 to receive 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award

Jason Ma
Jason Ma
Jason Ma

Congratulations to Jason Ma who will received the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award at the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Honors Celebration, an annual invitation-only event held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, December 14th.

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 and will be performed in its entirety in an upcoming concert starring PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt, 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 at TheTimesCenter on Saturday, October 21st at 8pm.

Director Alan Muraoka, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and author Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Alan Muraoka, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and author Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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.

Single tickets for the October concert are $25, $35 and $45, and may be obtained through online purchase at www.NAAProject.org or www.ProspectTheater.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, beginning at 7pm on the night of the concert. The TimesCenter (www.TheTimesCenter.com) is located at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in the heart of NYC’s Times Square District.

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 

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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 Examiner.comJade 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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M. BUTTERFLY’s Broadway Revival: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang at China Institute on September 26

Tonight, China Institute is presenting M. Butterfly’s Broadway Revival: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang, moderated by NY1’s Frank DiLella at 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006, from 6:30PM- 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 for Members and $20 for Non-members. Click here for more information.

This fall, visionary director Julie Taymor presents a Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen. Inspired by the true scandal that captivated the world, this is a story about an illicit affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera diva whose secrets lie deep beneath the surface. At this conversation between Mr. Hwang and NY1’s Frank DiLella we will delve into the story behind M. Butterfly, explore its themes, and discuss the artistic approach behind this new production.

David Henry 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 in Drama. In addition to M. Butterfly, his works include ChinglishYellow FaceGolden ChildKung FuThe Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author) and Disney’s Tarzan. He also updated the libretto for the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song. America’s most-produced living opera librettist, Hwang premiered his new opera, Dream of the Red Chamber (co-authored with Bright Sheng), at San Francisco Opera last fall. Hwang has been honored with the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He has also been a long-time board member of the Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwrigt at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. He is currently a writer/producer for the Gold Globe-winning TV series, The Affair, and was recently named Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

Frank DiLella is a theater reporter and producer for NY1 and host of the weekly program On Stage and the Time Warner Cable spin-off program On Stage Across America, where he has interviewed legendary artists including Bette Midler, August Wilson, Tom Stoppard, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition to his work at NY1, DiLella is a contributing correspondent for Playbill and MANHATTAN Magazine and has given lectures on theater and journalism at Hofstra University and The American Theatre Wing. In the fall of 2009, DiLella and the On Stage team were honored by the New York Musical Theater Festival for their weekly coverage of NYC theater.

Register Online. For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: anicholson@chinainstitute.org or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138

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Broadway’s M. BUTTERFLY Adds Performance for Students Featuring Prime Seats on October 14

David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Clive Owen, has added an additional performance on Saturday, October 14 at 2pm.

For this special performance only, M. BUTTERFLY has set aside 100 prime front orchestra seats to be available for students for only $25. These student tickets are available in person only at the Cort Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance. One ticket per valid student ID. The Cort Theatre box office (138 West 48th street) will open at 10am on October 7. All other tickets for this added performance are available at www.MButterflyBroadway.com or www.Telecharge.com.

Joining Clive Owen are Jin Ha, Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, 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.

For the Tony Award-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

M. BUTTERFLY will feature 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.

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.

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

BLACK MIRROR Star Denise Burse and Peter Jay Fernandez Attend 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Peter Jay Fernandez and his wife Denise Burse attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Peter Jay Fernandez and his wife Denise Burse attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Peter Jay Fernandez and his wife Denise Burse attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Before Denise Burse begins rehearsal for John Henry Redwood’s The Old Settler at The Billie Holiday Theatre (The Billie), she is attending the 69th Annual Emmy Awards with her husband Peter Jay Fernandez (“Luke Cage”)  at the Microsoft Theater in LA tonight for the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series  “Black Mirror,” where she played Elder Kelly, the elder version of Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character, shot on location in London and Capetown.

Critically-acclaimed and a fan favorite, “San Junipero” is up for two Emmy nominations: the first is for Charlie Brooker, for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and the second is in the Outstanding TV Movie category.

Denise Burse as Elder Kelly in the "San Junipero" episode of "Black Mirror".
Denise Burse as Elder Kelly in the “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror

Ms. Burse shared, “I was very proud of the “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero”. Our episode was written and produced by Charlie Brooker the creator of the “Black Mirror” series. It was very exciting to be on the set with the mastermind behind a show that has been so well received from fans across the country, but this episode has been submitted in film festivals around the globe and received critical acclaim as a stand alone story. It was an honor to be a member of such stellar cast and crew. We owe a great deal of the positive outcome of the episode to our director Owen Harris.”

Collider.com: ‘Black Mirror’: Charlie Brooker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Talk “San Junipero” in Our Spoiler Interview

Emmys 2017: why San Junipero’s heartbreaking vision of Heaven will live forever

Black Mirror wins Outstanding Television Movie Emmy

Updated: 9/17/17

“Black Mirror” won in both categories -Charlie Brooker, for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and for Outstanding TV Movie. Below are the acceptance speeches.

Ms. Burse had a blast working on one of her favorite shows, the very popular “Greenleaf” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, appearing as Kevin’s mother, Ethlin Satterlee, in the season 2, episode 3 entitled, “A Mother’s Love.”

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THE OLD SETTLER at The Billie, October 20 – November 19

Maechi Aharanwa, Pauletta Washington Denise Burse and Warner Joseph Miller.
Maechi Aharanwa, Pauletta Washington Denise Burse and Warner Joseph Miller.

Helmed by Tony Award nominee Michele Shay, The Billie is launching its 46th season in the newly renovated theater with The Old Settler, October 20 – November 19, 2017.  In addition to Ms. Burse (Brownsville Song: b side for Trey, “House of Payne”), the cast also features Pauletta Pearson Washington (Two Trains Running, Autumn), Warner Miller (“Luke Cage”), as well as newcomer and Juilliard graduate Maechi Aharanwa (An Octoroon).

Set in 1943 Harlem, The Old Settler focuses on two sisters’ struggle to afford their rising rent. Faced with a choice between giving up their apartment and renting out their extra room to a stranger, they decide to take a chance on a boarder, newly arrived from the South. In equal measures funny and poignant, The Old Settler is a glimpse into the heart of an American City.

The Old Settler will be stage managed by Carolyn Reich. The design team includes lighting design by David Moodey, sound design by Kevin Novinsky, costume design by Niiamar Felder, and scenic design and props by Frank Oliva.

Tickets are available at TheBillieHoliday.org. Subscriptions to the 2017-2018 season are on sale by calling 718-636-6995 or by visiting the website.

Ms. Burse can be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia and Bruce Beresford’s Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding opposite Jane Fonda. Her favorite film roles include her co-starring turns as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother opposite Howard Rollins in The Boy King (WSB); as Buster Marshall, Thurgood Marshall’s wife in Simple Justice (PBS American Experience); as Sister Marcie in Preaching to the Choir, directed by Charles Randolph Wright, as Sergeant Martin in A Time to Triumph (CBS) starring Patty Duke; and as Eleanor Clark in Resting Place (CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame), starring John Lithgow and Morgan Freeman. Other film and TV credits include the BET/STARZ movie Funny Valentines, with Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine, Angel, Basquiat, The Juror, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, The Sopranos, The Cosby Show, New York Undercover and One Life to Live.

Ms. Burse appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Her Off-Broadway credits include Eisa Davis’ Angela’s Mixtape (Ohio Theatre), Don Juan of Seville (Classical Stage Company), Ground People (American Place Theatre), Harriet’s Return (Cherry Lane Theatre), Hannah Davis (Negro Ensemble Company) and Bill Harris’ Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil (New Federal Theatre). Her regional credits include Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts with Michael Genet (CENTERSTAGE); Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West with Ruby Dee at The Kennedy Center; Charles Randolph Wright’s Blue (Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva); Miss Evers’ Boys (Illusion Theater); African Company Presents Richard III (Cleveland Playhouse); Fences (CENTERSTAGE); A Raisin in the SunThe Piano Lesson (Seattle Repertory Theatre, director Lloyd Richards) and James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (True Colors Theatre Company/Alliance Theatre). Helmer Kenny Leon has directed her in August Wilson’s Fences (Alliance Theatre), Radio Golf (CENTERSTAGE, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars (Alliance Theatre). Ms. Burse garnered a Theatre World Award for her Off-Broadway debut in Ground People and an AUDELCO Award for Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil.

Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

A native of Atlanta, Ms. Burse honed her craft performing at the Just Us Theatre, The Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Children’s Theater.

Ms. Burse is repped by Brett Adams Ltd. Artists’ Agency.

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

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

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Orville Mendoza, Connor Barrett, Ben Beckley, Edward Chin-Lyn, Brenna Palughi, Socorro Santiago and Cherene Snow Set for National Tour of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS; Performances Begin at Long Wharf on August 30

Orville Mendoza

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS to Launch Long Wharf's 2017-18 Season

Long Wharf Theatre and Eva Price are presenting the opening of the 2017-2018 National Tour of the Obie Award-winning Small Mouth Sounds, by Bess Wohl, directed by Tony-nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).

Performances begin on August 30 and will run through September 24, 2017 at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II (222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT). Tickets prices begin at $29. The press opening will take place on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm.

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Small Mouth Sounds is the unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

Orville Mendoza
Orville Mendoza

The cast features Connor Barrett (Jan), Ben Beckley (Ned), Edward Chin-Lyn (Rodney), Orville Mendoza (Teacher), Brenna Palughi (Alicia), Socorro Santiago (Joan), and Cherene Snow (Judy).

The original design team of Small Mouth Sounds returns for the national tour and includes Obie-winner Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Tilly Grimes (Costume Design), Mike Inwood (Lighting Design), Lortel- nominee Stowe Nelson (Sound Design), Andrew Schneider(Projection Design), and Noah Mease (Prop Design). Chavkin and the designers will restage the production, originally performed in traverse, for a proscenium setting.

The inspiration from the play came from Wohl’s own personal experience. Surrounded by people who were looking for a way for their lives to be changed or healed, Wohl decided that this was fertile subject matter for a play. “What I loved about that for a play is that what’s necessary for any play is that all the characters really need something. This is such a great environment: a play where there is this automatic need,” Wohl said in an interview. “I think the central question of the play is should we seek peace or not, and if so, how?” Obie Award-winner Chavkin told Slant Magazine in a 2016 interview.

Small Mouth Sounds played a record-breaking run at Ars Nova in 2015 and an acclaimed and extended commercial production at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Theater in 2016. Small Mouth Sounds is booked for 24 weeks in multiple cities, making it one of the longest tours for an Off Broadway show of this size in recent memory.

The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
For more information on additional cities and about the Small Mouth Sounds National Tour, visit www.smallmouthsounds.com.

The current National Tour Schedule is as follows:

New Haven, CT
August 29 – September 24, 2017
Long Wharf Theatre

San Francisco, CA
October 11 – December 10. 2017
American Conservatory Theatre

Santa Monica, CA
January 11 – January 28, 2018
Broad Stage

Dallas, TX
February 1 – February, 11, 2018
AT&T Performing Arts Center

Miami, FL
February 16 – March 4, 2018
Arsht Center

Philadelphia, PA
March 13 – April 1, 2018
Philadelphia Theatre Company

Long Wharf Theatre began in the unlikeliest of places in the unlikeliest of ways. Located in a food terminal facing the New Haven Harbor, the theatre’s original founders, Jon Jory and Harlan Kleiman, shared the dream of starting a resident professional theatre company in New Haven.

Beginning its 53rd season, Long Wharf Theatre is an organization of international renown producing an annual season of six plays on its two stages, along with children’s programming, new play workshops and a variety of special events.

Under the watch of Arvin Brown and Edgar Rosenblum for over 30 years, Long Wharf Theatre established itself as an important force in the regional theatre movement. Under the current leadership of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, Long Wharf Theatre continues to be a leader in American theatre, revitalizing classic and modern plays for a contemporary audience, discovering new resonance in neglected works and premiering new plays by new voices that both investigate and celebrate the unique circumstances of our time.

Throughout its history, Long Wharf Theatre has created a unique home in New Haven for theatre artists from around the world, resulting in the transfer of more than 30 Long Wharf productions to Broadway or Off-Broadway, some of which include Napoli Brooklyn, The Glass Menagerie, My Name is Asher Lev, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Wit (Pulitzer Prize), The Shadow Box (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award/Best Play), Hughie, American Buffalo, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Quartermaine’s Terms (Obie Award/Best Play), The Gin Game (Pulitzer Prize), The Changing Room, The Contractor, and Streamers.

Long Wharf Theatre has received New York Drama Critics Awards, Obie Awards, the Margo Jefferson Award for Production of New Works, a Special Citation from the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1978.

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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 Examiner.comJade 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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Jin Ha, Michael Countryman, Celeste Den, Cole Horibe, Kristen Faith Oei & More Join Clive Owen in Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY 

Clive Owen and Jin Ha Photo Credit: Josef Astor
Clive Owen and Jin Ha Photo Credit: Josef Astor

Broadway newcomer Jin Ha will star in the role of Song Liling, opposite Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen in the role of Rene Gallimard in the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly, directed by Tony Award® winner Julie Taymor.

The cast will also include Clea Alsip, Murray Bartlett, Manny Brown, Michael Countryman, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Enid Graham, Thomas Michael Hammond, Cole Horibe, Jason Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

M. Butterfly will begin previews on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street) on October 7, 2017 and will open on October 26, 2017.

David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, 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.

For the Tony Award®-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

M. Butterfly will feature 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.

M. Butterfly is being produced by Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, Doug Morris and Spencer Ross.

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

Clive Owen (Rene Gallimard) is an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for his role as Larry in Closer, directed by Mike Nichols. The film also starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. Clive first came onto the scene in several British and American telefilms. In 1991, he starred in his first big hit, the UK television series “Chancer.” Other UK telefilm credits included the BBC’s “Second Sight,” which aired on PBS’s “Mystery!” Clive made his film debut in Beeban Kidron’s Vroom in 1988, in which he restores a classic-American car to take off on the road with costar David Thewlis. He went on to play a brother who acts upon his incestuous feelings in Stephen Poliakoff’s Close My Eyes. Later, he went on to star as a reckless homosexual in corrupt pre-war Germany who finds unconditional love while in a Nazi war camp in Sean Mathias’ film of Martin Sherman’s Bent. In 2001 and 2002 respectively, he went on to star in Joel Hershman’s offbeat British comedy, Greenfingers, Mike Hodges’ Croupier and Robert Altman’s star-studded Gosford Park. With his captivating performance in the title role of Mike Hodges’ sleeper hit Croupier, critics have compared him to the likes of Bogart, Mitchum and Connery. In Clive’s next films, he starred with Angelina Jolie in the romantic war drama Beyond Borders; the Mike Hodges thriller I’ll Sleep When I Am Dead; Sin City, which co-starred Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba; Derailed opposite Jennifer Aniston; Spike Lee’s thriller Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster; Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed action-packed film Children of Men opposite Julianne Moore and Michael Caine; Michael Davis’s Shoot Em Up and Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett, where he portrayed Sir Walter Raleigh. Other film credits include Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity opposite Julia Roberts; The International with Naomi Watts; Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s The Intruders; Scott Hicks’ Boys are Back; Trust with Catherine Keener and Viola Davis, directed by David Schwimmer; The Killer Elite with Robert De Niro and Jason Statham; James Marsh’ critically acclaimed Shadow Dancer with Andrea Riseborough; Guillame Canet’s Blood Ties with Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and Billy Crudup; and Fred Schepisi’s Words & Pictures with Juliette Binoche. Clive will next be seen in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Upcoming films include Anon and Andorra, directed by Fred Schepisi. In television, Clive was most recently seen starring in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” for Cinemax, which he also executive produced. His portrayal of Dr. Thatchery earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Best Actor nomination. In 2011, Clive made his American TV debut in HBO’s Emmy nominated film “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” starring opposite Nicole Kidman and directed by Phil Kaufman. His performance earned him Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Clive is also an acclaimed stage actor with roles including his portrayal of Romeo at The Young Vic, starring in Sean Mathias’ staging of Noel Coward’s Design for Living, and playing the lead role in Patrick Marber’s original production of Closer at the Royal National Theater in 1997. In the fall of 2001, he starred in London in Lawrence Boswell’s staging of Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. In fall 2015, Clive made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Old Times. Clive starred as “the driver” in the series of BMW internet short features entitled “The Hire,” each directed by John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Jin Ha (Song Liling) is a New York City-based actor. M. Butterfly is Jin’s Broadway debut. After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Languages & Cultures, Jin went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from NYU Tisch. Previous credits include Troilus & Cressida (NYSF) and the original Chicago company of Hamilton: An American Musical.

Clea Alsip (Ensemble/Renee, Pinup Girl & Others) is making her Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By (Second Stage); 10K and What Happens in Vegas (59e59);Ping Pong (The Public Theater), Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons); Sex of the Baby (Access Theater); Wide Awake Hearts, (59e59). Regional: I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival); The Nerd, Steel Magnolias, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike (Bucks County Playhouse); The Killing of Sister George (Long Wharf Theatre); Clybourne Park (Dorset Theatre, Barrington Stage); Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch (George Street, Williamstown); The Show Off (Westport); Brace Yourself (Berkshire Theatre); Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown). Film/TV: “The Sinner,” “Billy & Billea,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Expecto Patron,” 10K, Cabin Fear, Hunter & Game. Education: BA, Stanford University; MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program. http://www.cleaalsip.com

Murray Bartlett (Ensemble/Pinkerton, Marc, Man 2, Agent 2 & Others) graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia) and worked on stage with various companies including Sydney Theatre Company (Les Parents Terribles, Titus Andronicus) and Queensland Theatre Company (Winter’s Tale). He originated the role of Greg Connell in Boy From Oz, starring opposite Hugh Jackman in the 2006 Australian national tour. Murray Starred in various Australian TV series and co-starred with Geoffrey Rush in the film Dad and Dave. In the U.S., Murray played Dom on the HBO series “Looking” and has had guest starring roles on “Iron Fist,” “Nashville,” “Limitless,” “Damages,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “White Collar,” and “Sex and the City,” amongst others. He also played Cyrus Foley on “Guiding Light” (2005-2007). Murray’s US film credits include August, and Girl Most Likely.

Michael Countryman’s (Ensemble/Sharpless, Toulon, Judge, Man 1, Agent 1 & Others) Broadway credits include: Six Degrees of Separation, Wit, Mary Stuart, Night Must Fall, Holiday, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Few Good Men, and Face Value. Recent Off-Broadway: Privacy, The Open House (Drama Desk Award), Dancing at Lughnasa, Bluebird, Equivocation, Shipwrecked! Film: Spotlight, True Story, Burn After Reading, P. S. I Love You, Che, The Namesake, Squid and the Whale, You Can Count on Me, among others. Television includes: “The Path,” “Billions,” “Boardwalk Empire” (SAG Award Nomination), “The Girlfriend Experience,” “The Americans,” “Elementary,” “The Sopranos.”

Celeste Den (Ensemble/Comrade Chin, Suzuki & Others) makes her New York and Broadway debut with M Butterfly. Select theatre credits include the world premiere of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans at American Repertory Theatre and Young Vic in London; David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory and the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival; Water by the Spoonful and Two Gentlemen of Verona at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 11 Septembre 2001, Peach Blossom Fan and King Lear with Center for New Performance; The King of Hell’s Palace at Goodman New Stages Festival; As You Like It at Center Stage, The Joy Luck Club at East West Players; and the world premiere of Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love at South Coast Repertory. Film & TV credits include For The People ? “Law & Order: True Crime,” “Homeland,” “American Horror Story,” “Scandal,” “Shameless,” “Castle,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Larry Crowne.” Den received her BFA from the University of Florida and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. http://www.celeste.den.com

Jess Fry (Ensemble/Dancer, Kurogo #3) is making her Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. She has danced professionally in the Jacob’s Pillow A Jazz Happening and Menlowe Ballet Company. Regional theater credits include The Wild Party (Jackie) and Rent (Ensemble). Jess trained atStanford University, The Juilliard School, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Boston Conservatory, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Bay Area Dance School. She has received scholarships including Dance Masters of America Miss Dance of America and Beach Blanket Babylon.

Enid Graham (Ensemble/Agnes, Woman at Party & Others) can currently be seen as Elizabeth Lacey in the original USA series “The Sinner.” Other credits include: Broadway: The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime (OBC), The Constant Wife, Dinner at Eight, Fortune’s Fool, Honour (Tony nomination, Best Featured Actress. Off-Broadway: Bull in a China Shop (LCT3), King Lear (Public Theater), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Roundabout). Film and TV credits include: Margaret, Margot at the Wedding, The Interpreter, The Awakening (upcoming), “Mindhunter” (Netflix upcoming), “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Law & Order,” and Rose Van Alden on “Boardwalk Empire.”

Thomas Michael Hammond (Ensemble/Rene Gallimard, Marc, Man #2, Agent #2, Pinkerton Understudy). Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, The Merchant of Venice. Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience); Dr. Knock, The Madras House (Mint Theater). Television: “Billions,” “Happyish,” “Blue Bloods,” “American Masters.”

Cole Horibe (Ensemble/Dancer, Kurogo #1; Associate Choreographer & Dance Captain) is an actor, dancer, and martial artist. He placed second runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 and is a Taekwondo silver medalist in both Junior Olympics and Collegiate Nationals, and a Siu Lum Pai Kung Fu Black Belt. He originated the lead role of Bruce Lee in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu at Signature Theatre. He also played Phra Alack and Angel/George in LCT’s The King and I on Broadway. TV/Film: Go For Broke, “Hawaii Five-O,” Precision, Unspoken, Out, and Dragonfly.

Jason Ignacio’s (Ensemble/Dancer, Kurogo #4) musical-theater credits include Finch in Newsies (Fulton Theater), Carpet and LeFou’s Understudy in Beauty and The Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Theater), Simon of Legree in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Traumnovela (Barrow Street Theater, Dallas Hub Theater), Miss Saigon (Maine State Music Theater), and Mistoffelees in Cats (West Virginia Public Theater & Maine State Music Theater). A Manila native, Ignacio studied at Steps Dance Studio and received scholarships at Ballet Hispanico of NY, The Ailey School, and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. He has performed as a principal dancer and soloist for companies around the United States. Ignacio performed overseas for eight years with Company E as part of the Cultural Diplomatic Mission of the State Department. He was the recipient of the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Emerging Artist in Washington, DC and was granted the PEARL Cultural Heritage Award by The Embassy of The Philippines.

Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble/Dancer, Kurogo #2) has most recently been seen in New York in the original Broadway casts of The King and I and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Mary Jane understudy). Off-Broadway: world premiere of Kung Fu (Patty/Ruby Chow/Grace), In Your Arms with NY Stage and Film. International/first national tours & sit downs include: Wicked (dance captain), We Will Rock You in Las Vegas, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (Amneris understudy), West Side Story in Europe, and Fame the Musical. TV/film: “Zack and Cody on Deck,” “Mozart In The Jungle,” and Isn’t It Romantic.

Erica Sweany (Ensemble/Agnes, Woman at Party, Pinup Girl, Renee Understudy) is a multi- disciplinary artist with a background in dance, theatre, music and design. Performance credits include Honeymoon in Vegas (Broadway); How To Transcend a Happy Marriage (Lincoln Center Theater; Rebecca Taichman, dir); Hadestown (New York Theater Workshop; Rachel Chavkin, dir.); CHIX 6 (Queens Theater in the Park); touring productions of The Who’s Tommy and Cats; and My Paris (Long Wharf- Kathleen Marshal, dir.), Chicago (Flat Rock), Showboat (North Shore), Cabaret (Arena Stage), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Maltz Jupiter), Music Man (Walnut Street), White Christmas (Arvada Center) regionally. Favorite film/TV work includes, It Had to be You (available on iTunes/Amazon), Casual Encounters, After Life, and NBC’s “The Blacklist,” “Eye Candy” on MTV, “Late Night w/ David Letterman,” “I Love You, But I Lied” (Lifetime) and “Law & Order: SVU.” EricaSweany.com and SweanyDesign.com

John Leonard Thompson (Ensemble/Sharpless, Toulon, Judge, Man 1, Agent 1 Understudy) has done many plays on Broadway (most recently, Butley), off-Broadway (Love, Janis; Sin, and shows with the Mint Theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company), internationally, on tour (Angels in America and The Graduate), and at many theatres across the United States. Film: Guarding Tess, Killer, Empty Chairs. Television: “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “Zero Hour,” “All My Children,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Sesame Street,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “A Woman Named Jackie.”

Erica Wong (Swing) has appeared on Broadway in The King and I. Tours: An American in Paris (1st National). Regional: In Your Arms (The Old Globe). New York: War Paint (workshop). Ballet Companies: Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland.

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 lia@liachang.com

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