Lea Salonga and Jett Pangan in SWEENEY TODD at the Theatre at Solaire through October 27

The Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s production of SWEENEY TODD starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga and rock icon Jett Pangan as Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd respectively, has performance through October 27 at the Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino
1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Paranaque City, Philippines. Tickets are available at TicketWorld.com.ph.

Jett Pangan, Lea Salonga. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

The cast includes Ima Castro as the Beggar Woman, Andrew Fernando as Judge Turpin, Gerald Santos as Anthony Hope, and Nyoy Volante as Adolfo Pirelli, Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, (BEAUTIFUL) as Johanna; Luigi Quesada (DANI GIRL, WAITRESS) as Tobias; Arman Ferrer (MABINING MANDIRIGMA, BEAUTIFUL) as Beadle, and Dean Rosen (BEAUTIFUL, WAITRESS) as Jonas Fogg. Completing the ensemble are Steven Conde, Sarah Facuri, Christine Flores, Jep Go, Kevin Guiman, and Emeline Celis Guinid.

Jett Pangan, Lea Salonga. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Jett Pangan, Lea Salonga. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

Helmed by Bobby Garcia, SWEENEY TODD features set design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, musical direction by Gerard Salonga along with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, costume design by Rajo Laurel, choreography by Cecile Martinez, lighting design by Aaron Porter, hair and makeup design by Leslie Espinosa, vocal direction by ManMan Angsico, and sound design by Justin Stasiw.

The Company
The Company

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical masterpiece SWEENEY TODD has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere, as well as the Oliver Award for Best New Musical. SWEENEY TODD, a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world. The Broadway revival went on to win two more Tony Awards taking its total up to 10 Tony Awards. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the musical, having first opened on Broadway in 1979. SWEENEY TODD caps Atlantis’ 20th-anniversary season, which has included acclaimed runs of ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, BEAUTIFUL: THE Carole King MUSICAl, and the launch of its new division ATLANTIS IMAGINARIUM YOUNG THEATRE (AIYT) with its premiere production MADAGASCAR, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE.

Nyoy Volante, Steven Conde. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Nyoy Volante, Steven Conde. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

http://www.TicketWorld.com.phSWEENEY TODD runs from October 11 to 27, 2019, at the Theatre at Solaire in Manilla, Philippines. Tickets are now available at TicketWorld.com.ph.  It will then transfer to the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 28 November to 8 December 2019.

Jett Pangan. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Jett Pangan. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group 
Lea Salonga. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Lea Salonga. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, Gerald Santos. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, Gerald Santos. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Andrew Fernando, Arman Ferrer. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Andrew Fernando, Arman Ferrer. Photo Credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

The Museum of Chinese in America to Honor Tzi Ma, the Tsai Family, Oregon State Senator The Honorable Mae Yih, Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D. at 2019 Legacy Awards Gala at Mandarin Oriental on November 13

The Museum of Chinese in America is presenting the 2019 Legacy Awards Gala, on Wednesday, November 13 at the Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, in New York City. Click here for tickets and more information.

This year, the Generational Legacy Award will be presented to the Tsai Family from Long Island, New York, whose family members Erh-Ping Tsai, Cynthia Chuang, and Sue Tsai are acclaimed for their excellence in the arts. Legacy Awards will be presented to Tzi Ma, beloved Hong Kong American actor and director; The Honorable Mae Yih, Oregon State Senator, pioneering public servant and the first Chinese American state legislator from Portland, Oregon; and Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D., New York-based philanthropist and plastic surgeon of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, respectively, who are advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.

6:00 PM Open Bar Reception
7:00 PM Dinner and Awards Program
10:00 PM After Party
Black Tie Affair or Festive Chinese Attire

Erh-Ping Tsai and Cynthia Chuang are life-long jewelry and ceramic artists dedicated to communicating and expressing their love of nature through art. Their creative practices cross the boundaries between ceramics, metalworking, painting, sculpture, and horticulture. In 1993, Erh-Ping Tsai was named American Outstanding Craft Artist. They also founded Jewelry10, where they leverage their artistic and technical skills to create nature-inspired masterpieces.

Erh-Ping Tsai and Cynthia Chuang met at the National Academy of Arts in Taiwan before emigrating to the U.S. to study at the Parsons School of Design. Their home in Long Island represents the significance of their everyday life and is fundamental to their artistic creation: an elaborate, curated and constantly evolving expression of appreciation and love for nature.

Tracing the roots of her inspiration to her family’s values, Sue Tsai, daughter of Erh-Ping and Cynthia, is an artist and designer born and raised in New York. Her striking creations of vibrant acrylic on canvas and mixed media sculptures reflect an impressive crossover of fine art, fashion, and pop culture. Her pop surrealism style has infiltrated into the music industry, creating major collaborations with stars such as Rihanna, TI, and Wale.

Sue Tsai’s creative talents and on-going entrepreneurial ventures have brought her partnerships with global brands in product design and curated events. In her recent debut collection of PUMA x SUE TSAI, she used her signature style to tell a story of flowers gone wild, rising up to take the planet back from humanity.

Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D.

A native New Yorker, Jess Ting, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai, where he completed the hospital’s first gender reassignment surgery in 2016 and advanced his clinical specialty to the surgical care of the transgender and gender non-binary community. Following Dr. Ting’s groundbreaking practice, Mount Sinai established the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS). Dr. Ting’s team has performed more than 400 operations to date, making CTMS as one of the first programs in the United States to offer multi-specialty transgender care in one location. After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, Dr. Ting attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Documenting Dr. Ting’s journey, philanthropist and entrepreneur Michelle Koo Hayashi has aided in the public understanding towards the transgender community as producer of her heart-warming film Born to Be. Directed by Tania Cypriano, this documentary chronicles the evolution of an uncharted medical process, alongside the emotional and physical metamorphoses of some extraordinary patients. The world premiere will be held at the 57th New York Film Festival 2019. Ms. Koo Hayashi was born in Taiwan, raised in Japan, and emigrated to the U.S. in 2011. She was the CEO of a Tokyo-based real estate investment firm, and founder of an online wedding planning company in Taiwan. She has been a board member of nonprofits in Taiwan and Japan, and since relocating to the U.S., has been a board member of the Museum of Chinese in America and the China Institute.

Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma is a beloved Hong Kong American actor and director. Having started his career in New York City in 1973, Mr. Ma has an impressive number of theatre and film credits and has worked with many renowned directors and playwrights, including fellow MOCA Legacy Award recipient David Henry Hwang in his 1979 Obie Award-winning FOB and 2001 Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song. Mr. Ma’s most recent films include appearances in Arrival, Meditation Park (Best Actor Nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television), Pali Road (Jury Award, Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Film), The Farewell, Netflix’s first martial arts original series “Wu Assassins,” and Disney’s forthcoming live-action Mulan.

Honorable Mae Yih

The Honorable Mae Yih is an internationally esteemed and admired legislator who made history 43 years ago when she won a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives as the first Chinese American elected to a state legislature anywhere in the United States. As a revered public official, Ms. Yih served 26 years in the legislature after she had served on the board of two local schools for 13 years, a total of 39 years of outstanding public services. Ms. Yih’s many accomplishments in the State of Oregon include introducing and helping to pass legislation that created a sister-state relationship between Oregon and Fujian province in China. She has made a significant impact in the development of U.S.-China relations for more than three decades. Her book, titled East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace, and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries, shares her experiences and powerful lessons that she learned from life in China, America, and public services.

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

Denzel Washington To Be Honored By Crossroads Theatre Company With Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award on October 19

Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will be the recipient of Crossroads Theatre Company’s inaugural Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award at its benefit gala at the Heldrich Hotel and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ., on October 19, 2019.

David Alan Grier will host the evening’s program, which will include scenes from the award-winning plays Fences by August Wilson and Fly by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, as well as a sneak preview of The Divine One based on the story of Sarah Vaughn. Also featured are a special musical performance by the incomparable Gregory Porter and tributes to Denzel from the family of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Phylicia Rashad, and other surprise guests.

The Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company (CTC), now a resident member of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), is in its fourth decade of being a preeminent gateway for black theatre that has been the stage for many actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre professionals. Since opening in 1978, CTC has built a rich and storied history, celebrating the culture, history, spirit and voices of the African Diaspora.

“We are pleased and proud to celebrate and recognize Mr. Denzel Washington for his lifetime achievements with our first Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award,” said Anthony P. Carter, Crossroads Theatre Company Board Chairman. “As part of our coming home festivities, Crossroads has created the award to recognize a prominent person(s) from the arts and entertainment community who emulates the activist voice, vision and value of its namesakes and whose body of work illustrates best-in-class acting and portrayal of people, places and promise,” Carter added. More than a performing couple, Davis and Dee used their gifts to bring the civil rights movement to the national stage and the small and big screen and to nurture and cultivate acting, directorial and production talent.

Washington began his professional acting career in New York, where he performed in theatre productions such as Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Othello, and When The Chickens Come Home to Roost. He rose to fame when he landed the role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the NBC long-running hit television series, “St. Elsewhere”. As Denzel crossed over into the world of film, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of real life figures. Denzel’s unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards; three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award; and the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors for a career in film. Denzel Washington has also been a mentor, benefactor and inspiration for many of today’s best actors and actresses. Up next for Mr. Washington is producing Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix which will be directed by George C. Wolfe and will feature Viola Davis, both Crossroads Theatre Company alumni.

“NBPAC is delighted to join Crossroad Theatre Company, one of New Jersey’s premiere cultural assets, in commemorating and acknowledging Denzel Washington’s stellar career accomplishments,” said Chris Paladino, President of the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), the arts center’s developer. “We all look forward to a wonderful evening with Denzel Washington, entertainment luminaries and Crossroads long-time patrons and theatre-going supporters,” he added.

Honorary Co-Chairs for the A Night With Crossroads Theatre Company gala are film, television, and theatre director and playwright Charles Randolph Wright and Tamara Tunie film, stage, and television actress, director, and producer.

For additional information about A Night With Crossroads Theatre Company honoring Denzel Washington, along with sponsorship and ticket pricing levels, click here.

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

SLAVE PLAY to Receive a Two-Week Extension on Broadway

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, which opened just last week at the Golden Theatre already has more to celebrate. The play, directed by Robert O’Hara, has just announced that it will extend its limited run by two weeks, now closing on January 19, 2020. The show was previously scheduled to close on January 5.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast for Slave Play features Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. The cast is being understudied by Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.

The full cast of SLAVE PLAY (On Ground L to R): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes L to R): Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
The full cast of SLAVE PLAY (On Ground L to R): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes L to R): Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

The creative team for the production includes Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Drama Desk Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director). Mark Shacket serves as Executive Producer.

Annie McNamara and Sullivan Jones. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Annie McNamara and Sullivan Jones. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation – in the breeze, in the cotton fields…and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.

James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
The full cast of SLAVE PLAY (L to R): Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Joaquina Kalukango (kneeling), Irene Sofia Lucio, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolan, and James Cusati-Moyer. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
The full cast of SLAVE PLAY (L to R): Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Joaquina Kalukango (kneeling), Irene Sofia Lucio, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolan,

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Joaquina Kalukango and Paul Alexander Nolan. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy Joaquina Kalukango and Paul Alexander Nolan. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Inside the Opening Night of SLAVE PLAY with André De Shields 

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

Jerome Preston Bates, Brandon Dion Gregory, Forrest McClendon, Ashley Pierre-Louis, Reynaldo Piniella, Jody Reynard, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Garrett Turner and Hollie E. Wright Set for Baltimore Center Stage’s World Premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN by Keenan Scott II, October 10–November 10

Baltimore Center Stage is presenting the world premiere play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, October 10–November 10. Baltimore Center Stage is located at 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

Hollie E. Wright (Woman #2) and Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) in the world premiere of "Thoughts of a Colored Man". Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Hollie E. Wright (Woman #2) and Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

This journey through the 21st Century mind captures the strengths, weaknesses, and deepest fears of men striving to discover their identities.

Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang

Written by one of today’s boldest new voices, Keenan Scott II, Thoughts of a Colored Man is a rich theatrical mosaic that goes beyond the basketball court and barbershop to shed a brilliant light on the life changes and adversities each character embodies.

The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo credit: Michael Davis

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends a powerful use of language, music and dance which captivates audiences from the opening monologue. “Keenan’s distinctive storytelling style is amplified by the constellation of artists bringing this play to life,” said Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director, Stephanie Ybarra. “This piece represents an exciting evolution of our art form, and I can’t wait to share it with Baltimore.”

Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of "Thoughts of a Colored Man". Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of “Thoughts of a Colored Man”. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

Thoughts of a Colored Man, is co-produced by Baltimore Center Stage and Syracuse Stage in association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons.

Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) and Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

The cast includes Jerome Preston Bates* (Wisdom); Brandon Dion Gregory* (Passion); Forrest McClendon* (Depression); Ashley Pierre-Louis (Woman #1); Reynaldo Piniella* (Lust); Jody Reynard* (Happiness); Ryan Jamaal Swain* (Love); Garrett Turner* (Anger); and Hollie E. Wright* (Woman #2/Dance Captain).

Garrett Turner (Anger), Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love), Forrest McClendon (Depression), and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

The creative team includes Keenan Scott II (Playwright); Steve H. Broadnax III (Director); Millicent Johnnie (Choreographer); Robert Brill (Scenic Designer); Toni-Leslie James (Co-Costume Designer); Devario Simmons (Co-Costume Designer); Ryan J. O’Gara (Lighting Designer); Mikaal Sulaiman (Sound Designer); Sven Ortel (Projections Designer); Te’La and KAMAUU (Music); Bianca LaVerne Jones (Associate Director); B.J. Forman* (Production Stage Manager); and Cathy Hwang* (Assistant Stage Manager); and Calleri Casting (Casting).

Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Ryan Jamaal Swain (Love) and Reynaldo Piniella (Lust) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association

Thoughts of a Colored Man begins with preview performances on Thursday October 10. Press Night is Opening Night, Thursday October 17. Click here to purchase tickets.

Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Forrest McClendon (Depression) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Brandon Dion Gregory (Passion) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Brandon Dion Gregory (Passion) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN in the world premiere. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
The cast of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN in the world premiere. Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Garrett Turner (Anger) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN . Photo Credit: Michael Davis
Jerome Preston Bates (Wisdom) and Garrett Turner (Anger) in the world premiere of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN . Photo Credit: Michael Davis
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

 

Multimedia: HADESTOWN Star André De Shields Receives 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award at The Theatermakers Black Theater Preview at the Schomburg

Emmy and 2019 Tony Award-winning actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, playwright and educator André De Shields received the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award at The Schomburg on October 7.

Erich McMillan-McCall, Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Erich McMillan-McCall, Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award recipient André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) President Jackie Jeffries, Project1Voice Founder and CEO Erich McMillan-McCall, Marcia Pendelton, President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) presented THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, hosted by four-time Tony Award®-winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney).

Mr. De Shields took The Schomburg audience to church, kicking off the evening with an acapella rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  During the course of the interview, Simons asked Mr. De Shields to tell the story of his audition for The Wiz. De Shields painted a vivid picture of his audition at The Majestic and then sang his audition song, “In the Midnight Hour,” which sealed the deal.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 theater awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields will receive The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on November 11 and will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on November 18. He recently received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. www.andredeshields.com

James Mirrione and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Black Theater Preview, now in it’s second year, shines the spotlight on the presence of black artists on stage: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond.


André De Shields and Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang
Erich McMillan-McCall, Marcia Pendleton and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Erich McMillan-McCall, Jackie Jeffries, Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang

THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition, featured presentations from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Between Me and the World at The Apollo Theatre, and the Broadway-bound Thoughts of a Colored Man (Baltimore Center Stage); conversations with playwrights Donja R. Love (one in two) and Glynn Borders; directors Saheem Ali (Fires in the Mirror, The New Englanders), Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, Booty Candy, Mankind); leaders of black theater institutions such as Carl Clay (Black Spectrum Theatre Company), Dr. Indira Etwaroo (The Billie Holiday Theatre) and Kamilah Forbes (Apollo Theatre).

Spoken Word Artist Jay Delise. Photo by Lia Chang

Spoken Word Artist Jay Delise. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Ron Simons. Photo by Lia Chang

Excerpts were presented from Classical Theatre of Harlem’s A Christmas Carol In Harlem; (A)loft Modulation by Jaymes Jorsling; Black Spectrum Theatre Company’s Sassy Mamas by Celeste Bedford Walker; for all the women who thought they were MAD by Zawe Ashton; American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices conceived and directed by Judy Tate; Reparations by James Sheldon; Broadbend, Arkansas – A new musical by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers; The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America by Zoey Martinson; New York Theatre Workshop’s runboyrun & IN OLD AGE by Mfoniso Udofia; and Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO, the Audience Development Committee, Inc., was established in 1973 by Vivian Robinson to honor excellence in African-American theatre in New York City. AUDELCO presents the Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards (also known as Viv awards) annually. The awards were created to promote “recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in the African-American community.” Upon the death of Robinson, Grace L. Jones carried on the organization’s vision and mission for 13 years until she passed in 2018. The legacy continues with Jackie Jeffries, a 32-year veteran of theater.


Ralph Carter, Bambi Jones, Linda Armstrong, André De Shields, Jackie Jeffries and Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang

(A)loft Modulation
A play with jazz
by Jaymes Jorsling
directed by Christopher McElroen
The American Vicarious | Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York
September 26 – October 27

Eric Miller and Charlie Hudson III. Photo by Lia Chang
Bambi Jones, Mary Seymour. Photo by Lia Chang

American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices
Conceived and Directed by Judy Tate
American Slavery Project and Sheen Center
October 15 – 16

Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang
Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang
Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang

Erich McMillan-McCall is the Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) a 501(c)(3), nonprofit performing arts service organization based in New York City. Its mission is to support and promote the American theater specifically the narrative of and by people of African descent. Through its innovative programs and partnerships, P1V works to provide significant support, accessibility and adequate representation for African American theater. P1V’s core activity is the coordination of an international, same-day staged reading series that revives and re-introduces forgotten seminal works by playwrights from the African Diaspora—a critical thread in the tapestry of the American theater—called One Play One Day. It takes place on the third Monday in June, each year.

Donna Briggs, Erich McMillan-McCall, Patrick L. Riley, Cherine Anderson and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Marcia Pendelton is the Founder and President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online. The company, founded in 2000, is a New York-based boutique marketing, audience development and group sales agency for the performing arts, with a special emphasis placed on the theater. The company has provided its expertise in creating diverse audiences for over 25 Broadway shows including the Tony winning productions of Jitney, Fences, and FELA! and numerous Off-Broadway for productions for clients such as The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, and many more. Follow the company on Twitter @blktheatronline and Instagram @walktallgirl.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over 11 million items that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts, and culture.

Ron Simons, Jaymes Jorsling, Glynn Borders, Donja R. Love, Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Carl Clay, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

Between The World And Me
Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Theatre
October 25, 26. 28

Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

Sassy Mamas
by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Lorna Little Way
Black Spectrum Theatre Company
October 11 – 27

Carl Clay. Photo by Lia Chang

Between The World And Me
Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Theatre
October 25, 26. 28

Kamal Bolden and Lisa Arrindell in a scene from James Sheldon’s Reparations. Photo by Lia Chang

Established with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 93 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, the Schomburg won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and in January 2017, the Schomburg Center was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, recognizing its vast collection of materials that represent the history and culture of people of African descent through a global, transnational perspective. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

for all the women who thought they were MAD
by Zawe Ashton
directed by Whitney White
Soho Rep
October 14 – November 17

Ron Simons and Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephanie Berry. Photo by Lia Chang

The Black History Museum…
According to the United States of America
by Zoey Martinson
HERE
November 1 – 24

A monologue from The Black History Museum …According to the United States of America. Photo by Lia Chang

The Schomburg Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for patrons with disabilities. All facilities and entrances are wheelchair accessible. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for most events with at least two weeks advance notice.

Ron Simons, Whitney White, Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly, Christina Franklin, Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang

The New Englanders
by Jeff Augustin
directed by Saheem Ali
Stage II at New York City Center | Manhattan Theater Club
September 17 – October 20

Fires in the Mirror
conceived, written and originally performed by Anna Deveare Smith
directed by Saheem Ali
Signature Theatre
October 22 – November 24

Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang

runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
by Mfoniso Udofia
directed by Loretta Greco & Awoye Timpo
New York Theatre Workshop
September 4 – October 13

Zenzi Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang
Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang
Zenzi Williams and Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang

Thoughts of a Colored Man
by Keenan Scott II
directed by Steven H. Broadnax III
Baltimore Center Stage
October 10 – November 10

Ron Simons and Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons and Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II, Ron Simons and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Slave Play —
by Jeremy O. Harris
directed by Robert O’Hara
Golden Theatre
September 10 – January 5

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
directed by Leah Gardiner
choreographed by Camille A. Brown
The Public Theater
October 8 – November 24

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
by Katori Hall
directed by Phyllida Lloyd
choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
October 12 –

Broadbend, Arkansas – A new musical
by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers
directed by Jack Cummings III
music by Ted Shen
The Transport Group in Association with The Public Theater
The Duke on 42nd Street
October 25 – November 23

one in two
by Donja R. Love
directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
November 19 – December 29

The Dark Star of Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker
by Glynn Borders & Mario E. Sprouse
The La Mama Experimental Theatre
November 21 – December 1

Live Radio Play – The Renaissance EP: A Theatrical Mixtape
by Nsangou Njikam
directed by Adesola Osakalumi
Harlem Stage
November 21-22

A Christmas Carol In Harlem
written by Charles Dickens
adaptation by Shawn René Graham
directed by Carl Coffield
choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Classical Theatre of Harlem
December 4 – 21

BroadwayWorld Photo and Video Flash: Hadestown Star André De Shields Receives 2019 Project1voice Lifetime Achievement Award 

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

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury To Receive Steinberg Playwright Awards on January 13, 2020

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust today announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and Horton Foote Prize-winning playwright Lauren Yee are the recipients of 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards. The acclaimed writers will be honored at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards, presented on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Lincoln Center Theater. The “Mimi” Awards are presented annually to honor the outstanding artistry and accomplishments of some of the most gifted American Playwrights.

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang
Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

“Playwrights create the blueprints for worlds shaded in and populated by a village of collaborators. That village includes supporters like Steinberg. The Trust has had a huge impact on my work and career, both through this award and through its support of America’s regional theaters. This prize deepens that relationship and focuses me on the work that I might do in the future,” said Lauren Yee.

“I am so honored by this prize; it’s an awe inspiring list of playwrights to be among! I’m so grateful to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for strengthening our theatrical ecosystem by supporting a diverse variety of artists and theaters, and thankful to the committee for their consideration,” said Jackie Sibblies Drury.

The Steinberg Playwright Awards are presented biennially to playwrights in early and middle stages of their careers, who have distinctive and compelling voices, and whose current bodies of work exhibit exceptional talent and artistic excellence. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most gifted up-and-coming American Playwrights and honor the promise they hold for the future of American theatre. Each recipient will receive a cash award of $50,000.

“The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust is deeply honored to recognize the remarkable careers of Jackie and Lauren to date. Their work has made an indelible impact in a remarkably short amount of time, and we look forward to watching their powerful ideas continue to influence the lives of all who have the privilege of experiencing them onstage,” said Trustee, Jim Steinberg.

“With humor, imagination, and insight, Lauren Yee writes plays that explore family stories, history and culture, often through the lives of Asian American immigrants and their descendants. Her most recent works, Cambodian Rock Band and The Great Leap, combine deeply personal stories and politically charged events across international borders. Lauren Yee has become a major new voice in American Theatre,” stated Advisory Committee Member, Kent Thompson.

“Jackie Sibblies Drury is a preternaturally disruptive architect of theatrical event. Her plays consider not only what is being dramatized but also who is watching, and what does that mean? How is an audience involved in this? She creates dynamic encounters that demand something more than passive spectatorship. Her formalism is not academic, nor merely an aesthetic pleasure, but rather, an expression of her interest in the inextricable intertwine of content and structure. She is, in a word, indispensable — and deeply deserving of celebration,” said Advisory Committee Member, Sarah Lunnie.

“The future of the American Theater is in fantastically talented hands. Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee are both breathtakingly brilliant, formally innovative playwrights who broaden our world with integrity and originality. We are lucky to have them, and proud to have them,” said Advisory Committee Member, Oskar Eustis.

Along with a monetary award, playwrights receive “The Mimi,” a statuette designed by David Rockwell, Tony Award-nominated scenic designer and architect.

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. Her play THE GREAT LEAP has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

Lauren Yee’s play KING OF THE YEES premiered at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by productions at ACT Theatre, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and Baltimore Center Stage. Other plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian Rep, Mu Performing Arts), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore, Company One), IN A WORD (Young Vic, SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public, Strawdog), SAMSARA (Victory Gardens), THE SONG OF SUMMER (Trinity Rep, Mixed Blood), and THE TIGER AMONG US (Mu).

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artist Award, the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the ATCA/Steinberg Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, and the Francesca Primus Prize. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. TV: PACHINKO (Apple), SOUNDTRACK (Netflix). Current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

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

Colman Domingo’s DOT Nominated for Six AUDELCOs Including Best Revival and Acting Nods for Denise Burse and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden; Full List of 2019 Nominees

Benedetto Robinson, Denise Burse, Amber A. Harris, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. Brenda Nicole Photography
DOT's Associate Director Jamil Jude, Amber A. Harris, Benedetto Robinson, Director Kenny Leon, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Rhyn McLemore Saver, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Lee Osorio and Billie Holiday Executive Director Indira Etwaroo. Photo by Lia Chang
DOT’s Associate Director Jamil Jude, Amber A. Harris, Benedetto Robinson, Director Kenny Leon, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Rhyn McLemore Saver, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Lee Osorio and Billie Holiday Executive Director Indira Etwaroo. Photo by Lia Chang

The Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of Colman Domingo’s DOT has scored six AUDELCO nominations including Best Actress in a Play for Denise Burse, Best Featured Actress in a Play for Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Lighting Design (Andre C. Allen), Costume Design (Jarrod Barnes), Sound Design (Matthew Head) and Best Revival. Ms. Burse has also be nominated for a Suzi Bass Award in the category of Lead Actor- Female for her turn as Dotty in the True Color Theatre Company’s production of DOT in Atlanta.

Emmy Winner Denise Burse Stars in Kenny Leon Helmed DOT by Colman Domingo at Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART

AUDELCO Board members Ralph Carter, Bambi Jones, Linda Armstrong, 2019 Tony Winner Andre De Shields, Jackie Jeffries and Rome Neal attend The Theatermakers Fall Preview at Schomburg Center in New York on October 7, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

“The VIV” Awards, the annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) was established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in, and support of performing arts in black communities. AUDELCO celebrates 47 years of Excellence in Black Theatre this year with the “THE LEGACY CONTINUES” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 in New York on Monday, November 18, 2019. Doors open at 6:30P.M. Program  begins at 7:00P.M. Click here for more information.

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Lynn Nottage’s The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater) received nominations in 13 categories, while The Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater) has been nominated for 11. Both are vying for Best Musical.

Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Margaret Odette, Jeremie Harris, Grantham Coleman, and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Margaret Odette, Jeremie Harris, Grantham Coleman, and Erik LaRay Harvey in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Photo by Joan Marcus

Best Play of the Year nominees Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater); Nambi Kelley’s Native Son (The Acting Company); and Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre) have received seven nods. Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre) and Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater) are also vying for Best Play.

Galen Ryan Kane and Rosalyn Coleman. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Galen Ryan Kane and Rosalyn Coleman in Nambi E. Kelley’s NATIVE SON. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company); Dot (Billie Holiday Theatre); Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company); Reunion in Bartersville (Black Spectrum Theatre Company) are nominated for Best Revival of a Play, while Caroline, or Change (Astoria Performing Arts Center) and The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem) are vying for Best Revival of a Musical.

Lead Actor in a Play nominees include Adrian Baidoo (Separate and Equal); Jason Bowen (Native Son); Marchant Davis (Ain’t No Mo’); Galen Ryan Kane (Native Son); Keith Randolph Smith (Lockdown).

Harvy Blanks, Jonathan Burke, Daniel J. Bryant, Ezra Knight, Toney Goins, Eric Berryman, Phillip James Brannon, April Matthis and Kenn E. Head. Photo: Joan Marcus
Harvy Blanks, Jonathan Burke, Daniel J. Bryant, Ezra Knight, Toney Goins, Eric Berryman, Phillip James Brannon, April Matthis and Kenn E. Head. Photo: Joan Marcus

Nominees for Lead Actress in a Play include Pamela Afesi (Separate and Equal); Cherise Boothe (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine); Denise Burse (Dot); Jessica Frances Dukes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Naomi Lorrain (Behind the Sheet); April Matthis (Toni Stone). 

Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK.. Photo by Joan Marcus

Featured Actor in a Play nominees include Harvy Blanks (Toni Stone); Teagle F. Bougere (Coriolanus); J. Bernard Calloway (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine); Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’); Robert Turner (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda).

Featured Actress in a Play nominees include Rosalyn Coleman (Native Son); Roz Fox (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda); Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Dot); Cristina Pitter (Behind the Sheet); Heather Alicia Simms (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Charlayne Woodard (Daddy).

Lead Actress in a Musical nominees include Jeannette Bayardelle (Girl from the North Country); Danielle Brooks (Much Ado About Nothing); LaDonna Burns (Caroline, or Change); LaChanze (The Secret Life of Bees); Saycon Sengbloh (The Secret Life of Bees). 

Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Photo by Joan Marcus
Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lead Actor in a Musical nominees include Jason B. Brown (The Bacchae); Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing); Sydney James Harcourt (Girl from the North Country); Larry Owens (A Strange Loop); Chris Stack (The Secret Life of Bees).

James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, and L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus
James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, and L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

The solo performance nominees are Richarda Abrams (First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune); Helena D. Lewis (SHEnanigans); Dierdra McDowell (Down to Eartha); Bill Posey (The Day I Became Black); Brenda Pressley (Proof of Love); Malaika Uwamahoro (Miracle in Rwanda). 

The director for dramatic performance nominees are directors Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Petronia Paley (Looking for Leroy);  Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet); Seret Scott (Native Son);  Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’) while Dev Bondarin (Caroline, or Change); Carl Cofield (The Bacchae); Sam Gold (The Secret Life of Bees); Kenny Leon (Much Ado About Nothing) have been nominated for their direction of musical productions.

In order to cast your vote, you must be a Friend of AUDELCO.  Join the voting membership by visiting www.AUDELCO.org. 

Below is a full list of the 2019 “The VIV” Nominees for the 2018-2019 Theatre season. Good luck to all of the nominees.

LIGHTING DESIGN
Andre C. Allen (Dot)
 Jane Cox (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Allen C. Edwards (Native Son)
 Adam Honoré (Ain’t No Mo’)
Allen Lee Hughes (Toni Stone)
Antoinette Tynes (Looking for Leroy)

SET DESIGN
 Chris Cumberbatch (Looking for Leroy)
 Riccardo Hernandez (Toni Stone)
 Kimie Nishikawa (The Light)
 Clint Ramos (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
 Matt Saunders (Daddy)

COSTUME DESIGN
 Carolyn Adams (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)
Carolyn Adams (The Savage Queen)
Dede M. Ayite (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
” Dede M. Ayite (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Jarrod Barnes (Dot)
 Emilio Sosa (Much Ado About Nothing)

SOUND DESIGN
 Emily Auciello (Ain’t No Mo’)
 Justin Ellington (Fireflies)
 Matthew Head (Dot)
 Dan Moses Schreier (The Secret Life of Bees)
 David Wright (The Savage Queen)

Lynn Nottage, Jessica Frances Dukes, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
 Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
 Petronia Paley (Looking for Leroy)
 Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet)
Seret Scott (Native Son)
Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’)

Brenda Pressley and Carl Cofield. Photo by Lia Chang
Brenda Pressley and Carl Cofield. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
 Dev Bondarin (Caroline, or Change)
Carl Cofield (The Bacchae)
Sam Gold (The Secret Life of Bees)
Kenny Leon (Much Ado About Nothing)

PLAYWRIGHT
 Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’)
 Lydia Diamond (Toni Stone)
 Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview)
 Nambi E. Kelley (Native Son)
 Larry Muhammad (Looking for Leroy)
 Charly Evon Simpson (Behind the Sheet)

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
 Harvy Blanks (Toni Stone)
 Teagle F. Bougere (Coriolanus)
 J. Bernard Calloway (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine)
Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’)
Robert Turner (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)

Cherise Boothe, J. Bernard Calloway, Nikiya Mathis, and Marcus Callender in Fabulation, or The Re-education of Undine, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Monique Carboni
Cherise Boothe, J. Bernard Calloway, Nikiya Mathis, and Marcus Callender in Fabulation, or The Re-education of Undine, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Monique Carboni

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Rosalyn Coleman (Native Son)
Roz Fox (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Dot)
Cristina Pitter (Behind the Sheet)
Heather Alicia Simms (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
Charlayne Woodard (Daddy)

Ronald Peet and Charlayne Woodard in Jeremy O. Harris’ DADDY. Photo-by-Monique Carboni

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Jason B. Brown (The Bacchae)
Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing)
Sydney James Harcourt (Girl from the North Country)
Larry Owens (A Strange Loop)
Chris Stack (The Secret Life of Bees)

LaDonna Burns and Nattalyee Randall. Photo by Michael R. Dekker
LaDonna Burns and Nattalyee Randall. Photo by Michael R. Dekker

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
 Jeannette Bayardelle (Girl from the North Country)
 Danielle Brooks (Much Ado About Nothing)
 LaDonna Burns (Caroline, or Change)
LaChanze (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Saycon Sengbloh (The Secret Life of Bees)

Chuck Cooper and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Chuck Cooper and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Chuck Cooper (Much Ado About Nothing)
R. J. Foster (The Bacchae)
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Much Ado About Nothing)
John-Andrew Morrison (A Strange Loop)
Tony Perry (Caroline, or Change)
Nathaniel Stampley (The Secret Life of Bees

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Eisa Davis (The Secret Life of Bees)
Sharae Moultrie (Caroline, or Change)
Margaret Odette (Much Ado About Nothing)
Nattalyee Randall (Caroline, or Change)
Elizabeth Teeter (The Secret Life of Bees)
Olivia Washington (Much Ado About Nothing)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jason Hart (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Gareth Hobbs (The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons)
Frederick Kennedy (The Bacchae)
 Rona Siddiqui (A Strange Loop)
Jason Michael Webb (Much Ado About Nothing)

Special Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb with Lelund Durond Thompson at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

CHOREOGRAPHY
 Camille A. Brown (Much Ado About Nothing)
 Camille A. Brown (Toni Stone)
 Lawrence M. Jackson (Separate and Equal)
 Tiffany Rea-Fisher (The Bacchae)
 Chris Walker (The Secret Life of Bees)

Tony nominee Camille A. Brown attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company)
Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company)
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)
The Key Game (Banana Boat Productions/New Perspective Theatre Co.)
The Light (MCC Theater)
The Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater)

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Richarda Abrams (First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune)
Helena D. Lewis (SHEnanigans)
Dierdra McDowell (Down to Eartha)
Bill Posey (The Day I Became Black)
Brenda Pressley (Proof of Love)
Malaika Uwamahoro (Miracle in Rwanda)

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Adrian Baidoo (Separate and Equal)
Jason Bowen (Native Son)
Marchant Davis (Ain’t No Mo’)
Galen Ryan Kane (Native Son)
Keith Randolph Smith (Lockdown)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Pamela Afesi (Separate and Equal)
Cherise Boothe (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine)
Denise Burse (Dot)
Jessica Frances Dukes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
Naomi Lorrain (Behind the Sheet)
April Matthis (Toni Stone)

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Caroline, or Change (Astoria Performing Arts Center)
The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem)

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company)
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company)
Dot (Billie Holiday Theatre)
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company)
Reunion in Bartersville (Black Spectrum Theatre Company)

BEST MUSICAL
 Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater)
 The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company)

BEST PLAY
Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater)
Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)
Native Son (The Acting Company)
The Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater)
Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre)

AUDELCO “The Viv” Winners and Honorees of the 2017-2018 Season 

Kirsten Childs’ BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE Receives Four AUDELCOs including Outstanding Musical 

Phylicia Rashad, Marjorie Johnson, Jason Dirden, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Joe Morton, Tina Fabrique, Francois Battiste, Colman Domingo, Maurice Hines Among 2016 AUDELCO Award Nominees; SKELETON CREW AND FAMILIAR Lead with Nine Nods Each

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE, Dominique Morriseau’s SKELETON CREW, Marjorie Johnson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tina Fabrique, Joe Morton and Debra Ann Byrd Among 2016 AUDELCO Winners

Cheryl L. Davis’ Maid’s Door Sweeps AUDELCOs with 7 Wins; Complete List of 2014 AUDELCO Recipients 

Chapman Roberts, Loretta Abbott, André De Shields, David Greer, Norm Lewis, Cherine Anderson, Lawrence Evans, Colby Christina & Nicholas A. Jenkins to Receive Special AUDELCO Awards on Nov. 17; 2014 AUDELCO Nominees Announced 

2014 AUDELCO Nominations Announced; Ceremony at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on November 17

Signature’s Revival of The Piano Lesson Sweeps AUDELCO’s with 8 Wins including Best Revival, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Roslyn Ruff, Chuck Cooper and Brandon J. Dirden; Also Among 2013 “VIV” Winners – Wild with Happy’s Colman Domingo and Sharon Washington, and Storyville’s Mercedes Ellington

Knock Me a Kiss Sweeps Audelcos with 9 Wins Including Best Dramatic Play, André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Charles Smith and Chuck Smith 

Photos: André De Shields, Erin Cherry, Gillian Glasco, Marie Thomas, Sean Phillips, Morocco Omari, Charles Smith and Chuck Smith Among 13 Audelco Nods for Knock Me a Kiss

Costume Designer Karen Perry Receives Audelco Nod for The Public Theatre’s Brother/Sister Trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, MTC’s Ruined, De Shields and Nottage Among 2009 Audelco Winners

AUDELCO 2009 “The VIV” Nominees for the 2008-2009 Theatre Season

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

Inside the Opening Night of SLAVE PLAY with André De Shields

Hadestown star André De Shields celebrated the opening night of Jeremy O. Harris’s acclaimed new play, Slave Play at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in New York on October 6.

André De Shields backstage at HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Robert O’ Hara is at the helm of the Slave Play cast featuring Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. The cast also includes understudies Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan and Director Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Irene Sofia Lucio, Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Annie McNamara, James Cusati-Moyer, Chalia La Tour, Playwright Jeremy O’Harris at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for the production includes Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Drama Desk Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director). Mark Shacket serves as Executive Producer.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation – in the breeze, in the cotton fields…and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

Slave Play is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award. The play was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Playwrighting Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are available at www.slaveplaybroadway.com, Telecharge.com, or by calling 1-800-447-7400.

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris and Director Robert O’Hara at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Christina Cocchiara

SLAVE PLAY director Robert O’Hara and Ariel Shafir. Photo by Lia Chang
Ariel Shafir and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
SLAVE PLAY director Robert O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Phillip James Brannon and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Ansel Elgort. Photo by Lia Chang
Derrick Baskin, Juwan M. Jackson, André De Shields, Ephraim Sykes. Photo by Lia Chang
Benji Kahn, Dede Ayite, Kenny Leon, André De Shields, Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Matthew Lopez, Adrienne Warren and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Debbie McIntyre
Adrienne Warren, Matthew Lopez and Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Robert O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Robert O’Hara, Mrs. O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
James Bundy, André De Shields and Anne Tofflemire. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Debbie McIntyre and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The afterparty followed at Second at the Eventi Hotel.

Second at the Eventi Hotel in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Ato Blankson-Wood. Photo by Lia Chang
Annie McNamara, Irene Sofia Lucio, André De Shields and Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call. Photo by Lia Chang
Annie McNamara, Irene Sofia Lucio, André De Shields and Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Mirirai Sithole. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Mirirai Sithole. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lili Cooper, Jamie deRoy, Andy Grotelueschen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mirirai Sithole, Lili Cooper, Jamie deRoy, Andy Grotelueschen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike Karns, Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Artist Kehinde Wiley, Zahra Sherzad, Rachel Gould, Jessica Glick and Brian Keith Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang
Artist Kehinde Wiley, Zahra Sherzad, Rachel Gould, Jessica Glick and Brian Keith Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Ridge and Chris Fink. Photo by Lia Chang
Joaquina Kalukango and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
John Farrish, Jeremy O. Harris and Veronica Farrish. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. 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 5th Avenue Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins Will Present Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto’s New Musical, CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET as 29 Hour Industry Reading on October 23

The 5th Avenue Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins are presenting a 29 Hour reading of a beautiful new musical, Corner of Bitter and Sweet, featuring a book by Lainie Sakakura, music & lyrics by Paul Fujimoto, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 2:30pm at Theatre 71, 152 West 71st Street in New York. Lainie Sakakura will direct.

Paul Fujimoto, Lainie Sakakura and Jamie Ford. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells a stunning multigenerational story about a boy’s coming of age during WWII Seattle, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. The Seattle Times called it “A Chinese-Japanese variation on Romeo and Juliet, (that is) so revealing and so well rendered.”

The cast features Jane Bernhard, Darius de Haas, Carly Gendell, Rick Faugno, Kenny Ingram, Sala Iwamatsu, Spencer Jones, Kathleen Kwan, Jonny Lee Jr., Fenton Li, Jason Ma, Zach Mackiewicz, Marc Oka, Mary Beth Purdy, Alex Sanchez, Avelina Sanchez, Isabela Sanchez, Ian Saraceni, Virginia Woodruff, and Timothy Yang.

The creative team includes Cantonese Consultant Fenton Li, Music Supervisor and Dance Arrangements by Sam Davis, Music Director Evan Alparone, Kory Grossman on Percussion. Anita Shastri and Nicole Marconi will Stage Manage.

Attendance is limited to industry only. For further information, please contact James A. Rocco, Associate Producer, The 5th Avenue Theatre, JRocco@5thavenue.org

Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto. Photo by Lia Chang

BIOS
Lainie Sakakura (Book) is a Japanese America writer/director/choreographer. Recipient of the 2015 Joe A. Callaway Award Outstanding Choreography and 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award Best Choreography. Daughter of Japanese American WWII concentration camp survivor, William Norio Sakakura, and granddaughter to his mother, Kiyome who did not survive the medical conditions caused by her imprisonment there. LainieSakakura.com

Paul Fujimoto (Music and Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist, 4th-generation Japanese-American, born and raised in Seattle, now based in NYC. His songs have been recorded by Tony-winners and nominees and have been showcased in many concert venues around the world. Paul also dabbles in jazz composition and an award-winning trumpet player. Dedicated to his grandfather, Tak Akiyama, who was interned in Minidoka. Training: University of Washington, BMI Musical Theatre Workshop Paulfujimoto.bandcamp.com

Abingdon Theatre Company (Chad Austin, Artistic Director) is dedicated to developing and producing brave, new American work by emerging and established artists. The company provides a safe home where playwrights, directors and actors can collaborate within a supportive and nurturing environment. We search for stories about the human experience that reflect our social, political, historical and cultural diversity. We are acutely aware of the theatre’s power to unite disparate population groups through stories about common human interests, and we strive to shed light on a variety of perspectives.

The 5th Avenue Theatre (Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director; Bernie Griffin, Managing Director) is one of America’s leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theater company and our region’s largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow’s audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit.

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