Broadway On Demand Presents Live Stream Premiere of ALLEGIANCE Starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and More Tonight

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Broadway On Demand, the new streaming platform for theater devotees, will present the online streaming premiere of Broadway’s Allegiance on Friday, May 29 on BroadwayOnDemand.com.

Watch a free, LIVE pre-show event at 7:30 PM ET featuring exclusive interviews with George TakeiLea Salonga and Telly Leung!

The online premiere of the full staged musical production will stream at 8:00 PM ET for $14.99 on BroadwayOnDemand.com, which includes a digital download of the Original Cast Album and an exclusive bonus video. Viewers will be able to watch the full Broadway production of the musical, for a 24-hour rental period. Viewers can also purchase a 24-hour on-demand playback for $8.99 beginning May 30 through June 7, 2020.

Lea Salonga and George Takei. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura (Leung) seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei (Salonga), fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer. The musical officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

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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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Huntington Theatre Company to Honor Tony Award Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Sandra O. Moose with Wimberly Award at 2020 Virtual 2020 Spotlight Spectacular on June 15

Huntington Theatre Company is presenting their annual Spotlight Spectacular Gala virtually on the Huntington’s Facebook and YouTube channels Monday, June 15, 2020 beginning at 7:30pm.

Sandra O. Moose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Sandra O. Moose and Ruben Santiago-Hudson

In an effort to assure the safety of gala attendants while gathering to celebrate the honorees, the Huntington has decided to transform this year’s Spotlight Spectacular to a virtual event. Trustee and civic leader Sandra O. Moose and Tony Award winner and Huntington alumnus Ruben Santiago-Hudson (American Gangster, Selma, ABC’s “Castle”) will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2020 Spotlight Spectacular. The event will be co-hosted by WCVB’s host of “CityLine” and Director of Public Affairs and Community Services, Karen Holmes Ward and Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and President of the Boston Theater Critics Association. This year’s Spotlight Spectacular Chairs are Ann Merrifield and Wayne Davis.

Joyce Kulhawik and Karen Holmes Ward

Performing at this year’s gala is Emmy Award winner Keith David (Seven Guitars at the Huntington, There’s Something About Mary, Crash), Tony Award-nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello Dolly!, Big Fish, Finian’s Rainbow), Tony Award winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Disney feature film Frozen, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), and award-winning actress and R&B singer Marva Hicks (The Lion King, Caroline or Change, Motown The Musical).

Kate Baldwin, Keith David, Santino Fontana and Marva Hicks

Tony and Obie Award-winning director, actor, and writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson appeared in Huntington productions of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean and Seven Guitars. Both productions transferred to Broadway, the latter earning Santiago-Hudson the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In a career that spans over four decades, Santiago-Hudson has starred in a number of films including American Gangster, Shaft, Devil’s Advocate, and Selma. His television credits include Showtime’s “Billions,” ABC’S “Castle,” and “The West Wing.” Santiago-Hudson wrote, executive produced, and co-starred in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues based on his OBIE and Helen Hayes Award-winning play. The movie received honors including Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, NAACP Image Awards, The Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He directed the recent Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney which garnered several awards for Outstanding Revival including the Tony Award and six Tony nominations. Santiago-Hudson recently adapted Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for the screen. The film, which is produced by Denzel Washington and will be released later this year on Netflix, is directed by George C. Wolfe, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

“Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an essential American theatre artist, an accomplished and prize-winning actor, director, writer and musician,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “He demonstrates every day how talent, commitment and compassion can serve as a model for life as an artist. I was introduced to Ruben in 1995 by two giants, director Lloyd Richards and playwright August Wilson, when Ruben originated his Tony Award-winning role of Canewell in August Wilsons’s Seven Guitars, moving Huntington audiences along with an extraordinary cast including Viola Davis and Keith David. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate his career at this year’s Spotlight Spectacular while he is still at the height of his creative powers.”

Sandra (Sandy) O. Moose is a deeply respected leader and has made her mark on the business and philanthropic sectors of Boston and beyond. She has been a dedicated member of the Huntington’s board for over 16 years and has received many professional and personal accolades over her distinguished career. Sandy has been a trailblazer for women in the consulting industry, being the first woman hired and the first woman to become Partner/Senior Managing Partner as well as Leader of the New York Office for 10 years and Chair of the East Coast region at the Boston Consulting Group. After her formal career, Sandy has served as a leader on corporate and non-profit boards. Locally, she was President of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Chair of the Boston Public Library Foundation; Chair of Natixis Advisor and Loomis Sayles Funds. She was also the first Lead Director of Verizon Communications, Inc. and the first woman Chair of the Board of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Governance from the National Association of Corporate Directors in New England in 2018.

“Sandy Moose has brought mentorship and leadership to our organization, and she has the ability to shape vision in a powerful way,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “She has introduced many amazing people into our orbit, while she herself remains one of our brightest stars. Her late partner Eric Birch will be greatly missed as her co-pilot in her love of theatre. Sandy always has a family with us, because we just love her so much.”

Ticket buyers and sponsors will be given access to a VIP experience including a custom party box and an exclusive Zoom cocktail reception with Huntington artists and guests. The Huntington’s festive annual event raises funds to support the Huntington’s programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. The 2019 Spotlight Spectacular honored Huntington Theatre Company Board Chairman David Epstein, Education Committee Chair Betsy Banks Epstein, and Norma Jean Calderwood Artistic Director Peter DuBois. The event raised over $1,000,000 and was attended by over 400 guests.

The Gerard & Sherryl Cohen Award for Excellence will be given to two Huntington staff members who consistently go above and beyond in their contribution to the company: Graphic Designer Lauren Calder and Calderwood Pavilion House Electrician Taylor Ness. Guests will also have the opportunity to “raise a paddle” during the virtual event to support the Huntington’s education programs and other initiatives for our region’s youth. For more information on the event please visit huntingtontheatre.org/support/gala.

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Asia Society Museum Announces New Dates for Inaugural Triennial

Asia Society Museum has rescheduled its inaugural Triennial due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. The Asia Society Triennial is the first recurring initiative in the United States devoted to contemporary art from and about Asia and Asian diasporas. It is now slated to run October 27, 2020 through June 27, 2021.

Asia Society Museum lobby (Frank Oudeman)
Asia Society Museum lobby (Frank Oudeman)

Originally programmed to take place from June 5–August 9, 2020, this groundbreaking initiative will now unfold in two successive parts at Asia Society Museum, and across select participating venues throughout Manhattan. The first part will run from October 27, 2020, through February 7, 2021, and the second part from March 16, 2021, through June 27, 2021. The longer duration will allow for greater flexibility in scheduling, more artistic and educational programming, and new visitor safety protocols.

“Throughout history, pandemics have shown us how vulnerable we are, but also how we give each other strength and hope by coming together,” said Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D., Executive Chair of the Asia Society Triennial. “We believe that the Triennial will be a potent manifestation of the power of art to bring humanity back to a divided, vulnerable, post-COVID-19 world, especially at a time when racism against Asians and Asian Americans has resurged in our society. We are profoundly grateful to our supporters and partner institutions, who have stood firmly by us as we navigated the many difficult challenges to keep the Triennial viable and strong.”

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

Entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, the exhibition and performance program has been reconceived by Dr. Hsu-Tang, Artistic Director of the Triennial and Asia Society Museum Director Boon Hui Tan, and Executive Director of Global Artistic Programs Ken Tan, in response to these unprecedented times. “By presenting the exhibition over a longer period of time and in two consecutive parts, we are moving away from the crush of spectacle associated with many international art events,” said Boon Hui Tan. “This reconfiguration will create a more spread out, yet intimate experience of the artworks while enabling necessary physical distancing. We intend for the exhibition to be one that may be returned to more than once and slowly absorbed, like slow food.”

The exhibition features over 40 artists and collectives from 20 countries. The participating artists and collectives work across a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, video, fiber art, and performance, and nearly half have been commissioned to create new work. There will be a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue and an expanded digital component.

For the latest information on the Triennial, please visit AsiaSociety.org/triennial.

Executive Chair
Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D.

Artistic Director
Boon Hui Tan, Vice President for Global Artistic Programs at Asia Society and Director of Asia Society Museum

Cocurators
Boon Hui Tan and Michelle Yun, Associate Director of the Triennial and Senior Curator of Contemporary Asian Art at Asia Society Museum

Guest curators
Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D., curator of We the People: Xu Bing and Sun Xun Respond to the Declaration of Independence
Giovanna Fulvi, curator of the Triennial film series
Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D. curator of Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum at the New-York Historical Society, a collateral exhibition

Asia Society Museum presents a wide range of traditional, modern, and contemporary exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, taking new approaches to familiar masterpieces and introducing under-recognized arts and artists. The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises a traditional art collection, including the initial bequests of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and a contemporary art collection. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in both traditional and contemporary Asian art, and in Asia today.

Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution based in New York with state-of-the-art cultural centers and gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City.

To stay informed about Asia Society and New York offerings, visit AsiaSociety.org/NY and @AsiaSocietyNY.

Asia Society Triennial to Feature over 40 Artists from 19 Countries 

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Video: New-York Historical Society Art Salon: Asian Americans: Inclusion/Exclusion Today with Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang, Huang Ruo and Agnes Hsu-Tang

David Henry Hwang, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Huang Ruo

In a timely conversation hosted by the New-York Historical Society, Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang and acclaimed composer Huang Ruo join New-York Historical Trustee Agnes Hsu-Tang to explore the ways they address anti-Asian and Asian American racism in their creative work.This special discussion features exclusive clips of performances from M. Butterfly and An American Soldier and is the first in a series of salons with leading arts and cultural figures of Asian descent. These conversations delve into critical issues in contemporary society, including Orientalism in the post-colonial world, artists as activists, and COVID-19 and resurging racism in America.

David Henry Hwang has received numerous honors for his prolific work in theater, television, film, and opera. His most recent work, the groundbreaking “musical within a play” Soft Power, was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received many other recognitions, including 11 Drama Desk Award nominations. Huang Ruo is an award-winning composer and conductor whose works have premiered and been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and many others. His most recent opera, a highly anticipated work based on David Henry Hwang’s iconic play M. Butterfly, was originally scheduled to receive its world premiere in August 2020 at the Santa Fe Opera. Agnes Hsu-Tang (moderator) is executive chair of the first international contemporary Asian art triennial in North America initiated by the Asia Society Museum, a managing director at the Metropolitan Opera, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

Asia Society Triennial Executive Chairman Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD with (from left to right) composer Huang Ruo, librettist David Henry Hwang, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and stage director James Robinson at Asia Society in New York on November 20, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Guang Yang, Huang Ruo, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, David Henry Hwang, Andrew Stenson, Fang-Tao Jiang at the New-York Historical Society presentation of AN AMERICAN SOLDIER on April 23, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

An American Soldier, a grand opera based on the tragic life of a 19-year-old Chinese American soldier Danny Chen, whose death while serving in Afghanistan led to President Obama signing into law a bill designated to combat military hazing.

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

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

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

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

Photos: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion at New York Historical Society

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre Presents RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS & PLAY READINGS Featuring André De Shields, Chuck Smith, S. Epatha Merkerson, Barbara Montgomery, Ruben Santiago Hudson, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Howard Craft, Petronia Paley, Larry Muhammad, Tyler Fauntleroy, Kim Sullivan, Bill Harris, Denise Burse-Fernandez, Guy Davis, Trevor Rhone, Ron Bobb-Semple, Joyce Sylvester and Clinton Turner Davis, June 2- 30

From June 2 to 30, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre will present “Tuesdays in June 2020: Rapping with the Artists & Play Readings,” a program of seven live-streamed discussions and play reading events featuring distinguished artists who have done formative and influential work at New Federal Theatre.

Elizabeth Van Dyke, André De Shields, Art Evans and Woodie King, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

These events are New Federal’s inaugural virtual programming, aiming to connect and share some creative content with friends and supporters until we can all meet in person at the theater. All events are free but registration is
required and donations will be gratefully accepted. To register, send an email to: nftvirtualprograms@gmail.com.

June 2 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
S. Epatha Merkerson, Barbara Montgomery and Ruben Santiago Hudson discuss their artistic journeys.

June 9 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
J. Alphonse Nicholson and Howard Craft discuss the theatrical realization of the play, “Freight: the Five Incarnations of Abel Green.”

June 16 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
Director Petronia Paley and playwright Larry Muhammad on the birth of the production, “Looking for Leroy.”

June 16 at 7:00 PM:
PLAY READING
“Looking for Leroy” featuring AUDELCO Award winning actors Tyler Fauntleroy and Kim Sullivan, directed by Petronia Paley

June 23 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
Playwright Bill Harris and actors Denise Burse-Fernandez and Guy Davis discuss their collaboration.

June 30 at 3:00 PM:
RAPPING WITH THE ARTISTS
André De Shields and Chuck Smith rap about creating theater centered around historical figures.

June 30 at 7:00 PM:
PLAY READING
Trevor Rhone’s “Two Can Play,” featuring Ron Bobb-Semple and Joyce Sylvester, directed by Clinton Turner Davis.

KUDOS FOR Woodie King, JR.
On May 19, the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards were announced in a virtual presentation hosted by Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Woodie King, Jr., Founding Director of New Federal Theatre and Off-Broadway producer and director, was honored in the category “Legends of Off Broadway,” recognizing sustained achievement in Off Broadway theater.

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

May 24: WGBH Live Broadcast: Yo-Yo Ma to Play Bach Six Suites for Solo Cello, A memorial for those we have lost and a tribute to our resilience

Yo Yo Ma. Photo by Jason Bell
Yo Yo Ma. Photo by Jason Bell

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach’s six cello suites live from the studios of public media producer WGBH on Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET, a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities. Presented by WCRB Classical Radio Boston, the two-and-a-half-hour performance will air live and uninterrupted on WGBH channel 2 in Boston, and on public radio airwaves, made available to stations across the country by PRX. The performance will also stream live worldwide on Yo-Yo Ma’s YouTube channel and at ClassicalWCRB.org.

Ma’s offering of music comes in the midst of the now-rescheduled final leg of his Bach Project, a tour of the complete cello suites to 36 communities on six continents, part of a larger conversation about how culture can help us to imagine and build the world we want.

Ma will perform the six suites in isolation from WGBH’s Fraser Studio, with each element of the production managed remotely by a single person and using robotic cameras.

“In times of challenge, we’ve often come together in shared experiences,” said Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH. “Yo-Yo Ma has a generosity of spirit, a solemnity that the moment deserves, and a warmth that reminds us of togetherness even as we feel alone. It is the strength we draw from each other that will help move us forward, and we are honored to host and produce this memorial event at WGBH and share it with the world through our public media network.”

“We are proud to work with Yo-Yo to share his sounds of solace from our studio to the world,” said Anthony Rudel, general manager at WCRB. “It is supremely fitting to have a great musician who has devoted his life to the international community bring the world closer together through the international language that is music, and more specifically Bach.”

How to Watch and Listen
Yo-Yo Ma’s live performance will broadcast on WGBH-TV Channel 2 in Boston and 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston. The performance will stream on Yo-Yo Ma’s YouTube channel and at ClassicalWCRB.org. Through the distribution efforts of public media organization PRX, select local radio stations across the nation will also air the performance including Iowa Public Radio; Maine Public Radio; Louisville Public Media; Texas Public Radio – KPAC, San Antonio; Nashville Public Radio – WPLN; Hawaii Public Radio; WNED, Buffalo; WCLV in Cleveland, OH; KUSC in Los Angeles, CA; KALW in San Francisco, CA; New England Public Radio in Amherst, MA; St. Louis Public Radio; WETA in Washington, DC; Virginia Public Media in Richmond, VA; KPBS in San Diego, CA; Blue Ridge Public Radio (WCQS) in Asheville, NC; KRPS in Pittsburgh, KS, WRTI, Philadelphia and WQXR in New York, NY. (Additional stations may be added/check local listings.) Stations who would like to air the program can reach out to PRX’s Station Services team at membership@prx.org. The performance will only be available live, uniting an audience in a shared experience.

Management for Yo-Yo Ma
Opus3Artists.com

About WCRB
WCRB 99.5 FM is a non-commercial, independent, listener-supported public radio station dedicated to excellence in classical music broadcasting. Serving Boston and the New England region, it offers accessible classical radio of the highest caliber and operates under the core belief that classical music can and should be part of everyone’s life. WCRB is a key community convener for classical music in New England, partnering with local arts organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, the New England Conservatory, and more. Its online streaming reaches a global audience. WCRB is a service of national public media leader WGBH.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels WORLD and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of digital content and programs for public radio through PRX, including The World and Innovation Hub, a leader in educational multimedia with PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content, and a pioneer in services that make media accessible to deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, and visually-impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.

About PRX PRX is a non-profit media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. PRX’s award-winning portfolio ranges from iconic public radio programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, The World, The Takeaway and Reveal to a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia network. Each month, PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates more than 70 million podcast downloads. Visit PRX.org for more.

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

LAByrinth to Present Virtual Elizabeth Rodriguez Helmed Benefit Reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET Featuring Elizabeth Canavan, Liza Colón-Zayas, Scott Hudson, Russell G. Jones, Portia, Al Roffe, Felix Solis, David Zayas, David Deblinger, Bobby Cannavale, John Doman, Laurence Fishburne and Dierdre Friel Tonight at 8pm

On Saturday, May 23 at 8pm, LAByrinth Theater Company is presenting a one-night-only virtual benefit reading of Our Lady of 121st Street, the play that led The New York Times to dub Stephen Adly Guirgis “the poet laureate of the angry,” and to declare LAByrinth “perhaps the most exciting troupe in the city.”

Clockwise, from top left corner: Liza Colón-Zayas*, Russell G. Jones*, Elizabeth Canavan*, Bobby Cannavale*, Portia, Felix Solis*, Laurence Fishburne, Dierdre Friel, David Deblinger*, Al Roffe*, John Doman*, Scott Hudson*, Elizabeth Rodriguez*, Stephen Adly Guirgis*, David Zayas*. *LAByrinth company member
Clockwise, from top left corner: Liza Colón-Zayas*, Russell G. Jones*, Elizabeth Canavan*, Bobby Cannavale*, Portia, Felix Solis*, Laurence Fishburne, Dierdre Friel, David Deblinger*, Al Roffe*, John Doman*, Scott Hudson*, Elizabeth Rodriguez*, Stephen Adly Guirgis*, David Zayas*. *LAByrinth company member
Melissa Feldman, Portia, and Liza Colon-Zayas in Our Lady of 121st Street at Union Square Theater in 2003. Photo: © Joan Marcus

This event is free to the public, and donations will be accepted throughout the evening to help the company maintain operations and continue their growth amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The reading will be available to view for 24 hours.

To watch, and donate, please visit www.labtheater.org.  After the reading, head over to their Instagram page to chat live with members of the cast, and LAByrinth company members, including Stephen Adly Guirgis, Liza Colón-Zayas, John Ortiz, and more. Company member Joey Palestina will host.

Panic attack: David Zayas helps Elizabeth Canavan with
her inhaler in Our Lady of 121st Street at Union Square Theater in 2003.
Photo: Webb Wilcoxen

Helmed by Elizabeth Rodriguez* (who understudied the original production), the reading will feature eight members of the original Off-Broadway cast: Elizabeth Canavan*, Liza Colón-Zayas*, Scott Hudson*, Russell G. Jones*, Portia*, Al Roffe*, Felix Solis*, and David Zayas*. Joining them are LAB members Bobby Cannavale*, John Doman*, Laurence Fishburne, and Dierdre Friel. David Deblinger*, who originated the role of Gail in the Center Stage, NY production, is reading stage directions.

A reflective David Zayas in Our Lady of 121st Street. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Ortiz Funeral Room is in big trouble: The body of beloved The Ortiz Funeral Room is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts, and their uncertain futures.

Among the equally hilarious and tragic twelve characters, you’ll meet Rooftop, a chronically unfaithful but otherwise popular Los Angeles DJ, looking to reconcile with the love of his life; Pinky and Edwin, two brothers tragically linked forever; and the outrageously angry Norca, who doesn’t let the fact that she slept with her best friend’s husband deter her from the full expectation of being immediately forgiven of her sin by her best friend, Inez, still in pain fifteen years later. The rest of the crowd in this dark, insightful, and very funny comedy inevitably square off on each other, motivated by rage, pain, and a scary desire to come clean—perhaps for the first time.

Russell G. Jones as Flip and David Deblinger as Gail, Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theater in  2002. Photo by Joan Marcus
Russell G. Jones as Flip and David Deblinger as Gail, Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theater in  2003. Photo by Joan Marcus

Our Lady of 121st Street originally ran in an Off-Broadway production by the LAByrinth Theater at Center Stage/NY and then transferred to the Union Square Theatre from March 6, 2003 to July 27, 2003. Helmed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, the cast featured Elizabeth Canavan (Marcia), Liza Colon-Zayas (Norca), David Deblinger (Gail), Melissa Feldman (Sonya), Mark Hammer (Father Lux), Ron Cephas Jones (Rooftop), Russell G. Jones (Flip), Richard Petrocelli (Victor), Portia (Inez), Al Roffe (Pinky), Felix Solis (Balthazar) and David Zayas (Edwin).

The play received: 10 best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominations. In 2018, Signature Theatre Company presented the revival of Our Lady of 121st Street, helmed by Tony winner Phylicia Rashad in the Irene Diamond Stage. The cast featured Joey Auzenne, Obie Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Erick Betancourt, Maki Borden, Jimonn Cole, John Doman, Dierdre Friel, Hill Harper, Kevin Isola, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Paola Lázaro, and John Procaccino.

From left: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper and Deirdre Friel in 'Our Lady of 121st Street' at Signature Theatre in 2018. Photo by Monique Carboni
From left: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper and Deirdre Friel in ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’ at Signature Theatre in 2018. Photo by Monique Carboni

The revival received a 2019 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Quincy Tyler Bernstine, 2019 Drama Desk Award nomination Outstanding Revival of a Play, a 2019 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance for Quincy Tyler Bernstine, a 2019 Hewes Design Award nomination for Costume Design for Alexis Forte, a 2019 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Revival, 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2018 Artios Award nomination for New York Theatre – Comedy or Musical, for David Caparelliotis and Lauren Port, 2018 AUDELCO Award nominations for Lead Actor in a Play for Hill Harper and Lead Actress in a Play for Quincy Tyler Bernstine.

Front Row: Andrea Syglowski, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Liza Colón-Zayas. Back Row: Elizabeth Canavan, Paola Lázaro and Wilemina Olivia-Garcia. Photo by Lia Chang

The company will also be presenting Stephen Adly Guirgis with the Dave Hogue Award. The Dave Hogue Award is LAByrinth Theater Company’s highest accolade given to a member of our community in honor of their artistic courage and outstanding dedication to LAB. This year, we are thrilled to present The Dave Hogue to Stephen Adly Guirgis. Stephen’s longtime commitment of 25+ years to LAB, his contributions of over a dozen groundbreaking world premiere plays with LAB, his tenure as a past artistic director, his role as a mentor to many younger artists, and as a conduit of meaningful relationships, like Dave Hogue, for LAB makes this year’s distinguished presentation a no-brainer.

*Denotes LAByrinth Company Member

About LAByrinth Theater Company
Originally known as Latino Actors Base, LAByrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a small group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits, and tell more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater.

Over twenty-five years, that small group of actors has grown to a company of more than a hundred artists. LAByrinth is an ensemble-driven company comprised of actors, designers, directors, musicians, and writers committed to developing and producing new works for the stage, giving voice to new perspectives that are powerful, groundbreaking, and have changed the face of America’s theatrical landscape.

LAB’s journey has taken them from INTAR, to Center Stage NY, to The Public Theater, to the Bank St. Theater and now their newest home, NYC’s oldest continuously running off-broadway theater, the Cherry Lane Theatre.

From LAB’s first two productions in the early 90’s, David Deblinger’s one man show, Nobody’s Home, and Lilian Slugocki’s family drama RoughHouse at INTAR, to multiple Stephen Adly Guirgis world premieres including In Arabia, We’d All be Kings (1999), Jesus Hopped the A Train (2000), and Our Lady of ‪121st Street‬ (2002) with all three directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Center Stage NY, to Brett C. Leonard’s Guinea Pig Solo (2004) and Bob Glaudini’s ‪Jack Goes Boating‬ (2007) at ‪The Public Theater‬, to Melissa Ross’s Thinner Than Water (2011) at the Bank St Theater, to Maggie Bofill’s Devil of Choice (2018) at the ‪Cherry Lane Theatre‬, and most recently, our co-production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven with Atlantic Theater Company, LAByrinth Theater Company has produced over fifty world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.

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

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN garnered three 2020 Outer Critics Circle Honors including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas and Outstanding Director of Play for John Ortiz 

SOFT POWER Receives Eleven Drama Desk Nominations, HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Eight Nods; Full List of Nominees

2020 Drama League Awards Nominees 

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN, A STRANGE LOOP, ROMEO & BERNADETTE, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards 

SOFT POWER Receives Eleven Drama Desk Nominations, HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Eight Nods; Full List of Nominees 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Ellen Burstyn, Bobby Cannavale and Paola Lázaro-Muñoz at The Drama Book Shop for BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Reading and Signing 

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Stephen Adly Guirgis Reads, Signs Plays at The Drama Book Shop with Bobby Cannavale and More 

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy Garners 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations; Something Rotten!, On the Twentieth Century, An American in Paris garner most nods

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Starring Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colón, Liza Colón-Zayas, Michael Rispoli and Ron Cephas Jones

THE GET DOWN, Baz Luhrmann’s New Drama Series Set in 1970s NYC That Gave Birth to Hip-Hop, Punk and Disco, to Premiere on Netflix in 2016

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Extends through March 22

Photos: Ellen Burstyn, Baz Luhrmann, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Liza Colón-Zayas, Kenneth Lonergan and More Celebrate Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Mimi Awards

Stephen Adly Guirgis to Receive the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the Seventh Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards on November 17

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

May 27: BD Wong, D’Arcy Carden, Paul Giamatti and Marin Ireland Set for Symphony Space’s Virtual Selected Shorts

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

For over 30 years, Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts has united great actors with extraordinary short stories and presented them as captivating literature in performance to enraptured New York audiences, live from the stage at Symphony Space as well as from their hit weekly public radio show.

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

While Symphony Space is temporarily dark, they reached out to some of their closest creative friends to bring this iconic series directly from their homes to the homes of literature lovers around the country. This special, unprecedented event-a truly intimate night that celebrates the power of a great story to transport-is Symphony Space’s gift to their live, radio, and podcast audiences in the hopes that they can recreate the joy of being read to-whether performed from stage, or from a screen.

On Wednesday, May 27 with “Choose Your Own Reality,” a decidedly relatable theme for this moment, Symphony Space’s Virtual Selected Shorts will feature D’Arcy Carden (“The Good Place,” “Barry)”, Paul Giamatti (“Billions,” Sideways), Marin Ireland (“Homeland,” The Irishman), and BD Wong (“Mr. Robot,” “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens”) connecting us with stories by Sherrie Flick, author of the collection Thank Your Lucky Stars; 2012 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow Nathan Go; sci-fi master Philip K. Dick; and Rachel Yoder, author of the forthcoming novel Nightbitch. BD Wong hosts.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SymphonysSpace

Blind Oracle of Mactan by Nathan Go
Performed by BD Wong

What It Would Look Like by Sherrie Flick
Performed by Marin Ireland

Who Is Greg Stalfa and What Does He Mean? by Rachel Yoder
Performed by D’Arcy Carden

The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick
Performed by Paul Giamatti

These first-ever prerecorded Selected Shorts performances will be streamed on the Symphony Space YouTube channel on Wednesday, May 27 from 7:30PM EDT. All information about these events can be found at symphonyspace.org

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

May 23: Park Square Theatre and Full Circle Theater to Present Sneak Peek of R.A. Shiomi’s FIRE IN THE NEW WORLD Featuring Eric Sharp, Gabriele Angieri, Jeannie Lander, Audrey Park, and Seth Patterson

Park Square Theatre and Full Circle Theater is presenting excerpts from R.A. Shiomi’s Fire in the New World, directed by Rick Shiomi as part of the inaugural PARK SQUARE PLAYS ON: A Virtual Play Festival. The cast features Eric Sharp, Gabriele Angieri, Jeannie Lander, Audrey Park, and Seth Patterson.

Time: 4:30pm PST/7:30pm CDT/8:30pm EST

The presentation is 20 minutes long, followed by Q & A with Rick Shiomi and cast members.

R.A. Shiomi, this world premiere is the third installment of Shiomi’s hit noir-style detective comedies featuring Sam Shikaze, the hard-boiled private eye who fights crime in Vancouver’s Japantown and beyond in the years after WWII. This time Sam is up against a big time developer intent on bulldozing Sam’s community. But Sam is also hired to find the developer’s missing Japanese American wife. The play is smart and fun, chock full of social commentary and sly intrigue.

The award-winning Yellow Fever was the first play in Shiomi’s trilogy featuring Sam Shikaze. It has been produced Off-Broadway, across North America, and in Japan.

Tickets are FREE, but your donation helps to pay the actors and offset costs.

Make a contribution here. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link. Participants will be emailed an invitation to the Zoom gatherings the mornings of each date. Only one email address is needed to receive the link, but please register separately for each email address that will be logging into the festival. Capacity is limited to 300 participants.

Rick Shiomi. Photo by Lia Chang

RICK SHIOMI (R. A. Shiomi) has been a leader in Asian American theater for over thirty-five years, as a playwright, director and artistic director and has written over twenty plays, including the award-winning ​Yellow Fever​, ​Rosie’s Cafe, and Mask Dance​. He recently directed Christopher Chen’s Caught for Full Circle at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio. For Theater Mu he has directed many plays including ​Into The Woods​ set in Asia, ​The Mikado​ set in Edwardian England (with Skylark Opera) and ​Yellow Face​ at the Dowling Studio. He was a co-founder of Theater Mu and Artistic Director there from 1993 to 2013. He also directed Chen’s play ​Caught​ and ​Mia Chung’s You For Me For You for InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, which both received Barrymore Award Nominations and Awards . He has received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision, the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.

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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Jin Ha, John D. Haggerty, Stephanie Hsu, Paul Juhn, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Peter Kim, K.K. Moggie, Luis Moreno, Jon Norman Schneider and Thom Sesma in NAATCO’s Virtual First Read of Hansol Jung’s Translation of ROMEO AND JULIET

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:30pm, NAATCO is presenting a virtual first read of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and translated by Hansol Jung. Helmed by Chay Yew, the cast features featuring Jin Ha, John D. Haggerty, Stephanie Hsu, Paul Juhn, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Peter Kim, K.K. Moggie, Luis Moreno, Jon Norman Schneider and Thom Sesma.

NAATCO is taking a page from PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE’s First Read Series, replicating the first day of rehearsal when the company gathers around the table and reads the play together for the first time. While these extraordinary times require that they do this via Zoom, NAATCO promises to bring extraordinary vigor and excitement to this reading.

Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare. This is made possible with generous support from PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE

There will be two 10-minute intermissions

The National Asian American Theatre Co., Inc. (NAATCO) is a tax exempt (501(c)3) not-for-profit organization formed in 1989. NAATCO’s mission is to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture. We present the following repertory:

  • European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts;
  • Adaptations of these classics by Asian American playwrights; and
  • New plays – preferably world premieres – written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by an all Asian American cast.
  • Development and production of new plays by Asian American playwrights that incorporate other performative arts and media.
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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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