AAIFF41: Jon Norman Schneider, Brian Rivera, Patrick Epino, Josephine De Jesus, L.A. Renigen and Theresa Navarro Star in H.P. Mendoza’s BITTER MELON; Screens at Asia Society on August 4

From the producers of SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and COLMA: THE MUSICAL…

AAIFF41 is presenting the New York premiere H.P. Mendoza’s BITTER MELON at Asia Society on August 4, followed by a Q+A panel.

3:30PM – 5:15PM: Screening of BITTER MELON | Asia Society
5:15 – 5:30PM: Q+A with the filmmakers | Asia Society

BITTER MELON is the dark comedy story of a Filipino-American family reuniting for a Christmas party at their family home in San Francisco only to find out that Troy, the second oldest child, has been ruling the house with violence and fear—intimidating everyone who lives there—including his mother, and even physically abusing his wife. What starts as a fun holiday reunion turns into a darkly humorous crime scene as Declan, the gay youngest son, leads the family as they plot to kill one of their own.

The cast features Jon Norman Schneider (Declan), Brian Rivera (Moe), Patrick Epino (Troy), Josephine De Jesus (Prisca), L.A. Renigen (Tiya), Theresa Navarro (Shelly)

Jon Norman Schneider (Declan) is a Bronx-bred, Filipino American actor based in New York. In 2004, Jim McKay cast Jon from an open call in his film Angel Rodriguez, opposite Rachel Griffiths. Since then, he’s appeared on various-sized screens in “The Normals,” “The Girl in the Book,” “Succession” (upcoming HBO), “Jessica Jones,” “Veep,” “30 Rock,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Selected stage credits include Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theater), Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), and Julia Cho’s Durango (Long Wharf and Public Theater). Jon is grateful to filmmakers like H.P. Mendoza for the opportunity to give voice and visibility to characters who look like him and his family.

Bitter Melon

Brian Rivera (Moe) was born in Sacramento and moved to San Francisco to earn his BA in Drama at San Francisco State. Rivera has performed with numerous Bay Area theatre companies and is a member of Campo Santo. He gained on screen acting experience on the TV shows “Cuff Me If You Can” or “Trauma”.
Recently, Brian has been acting as the King in the Broadway Revival of The King & I at Lincoln Center, which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival. Rivera is currently working in the Broadway National Tour of The King & I and resides in New York City. Bitter Melon is his feature film debut.

Bitter Melon

Patrick Epino (Troy) is an actor, director, and producer. He starred in and co-directed the action comedy Awesome Asian Bad Guys. He also directed the dark comedy Mr. Sadman starring Scoot McNairy and Tim Kang. Patrick is the executive producer of National Film Society, a Los Angeles based production studio and YouTube channel. He received an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. In his spare time, he runs the Warriors fansite OaklandWarriors.com.

Bitter Melon

Josephine De Jesus (Prisca) is a Pinay actor, voice-talent, script-translator, dubber for films & TV commercials. She has appeared in biscuit TV commercial & some minor roles on TV soap-operas in the Philippines. She paid her way through college by voicing for radio commercials in early 70s. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Marketing & Advertising. When she first saw the announcement on TFC that the studio was looking for some actors for a mother role, Josephine said she felt in her heart that that role was really for her! She is married to Jun de Jesus, a former actor-singer in Manila & owns a live-band that plays here around the Bay Area.

Bitter Melon

L.A. Renigen (Tiya) is a Los Angeles based Writer, Actor and Producer. She is known for her work in H.P. Mendoza’s films Fruit Fly, I am a Ghost (Producer) and the Independent Spirit Award Nominated Colma the Musical. She also hosted the Comcast food show, “LaLa,” with H.P. Mendoza, profiling Asian Chefs and Restaurants in the Los Angeles area, produced by the Center for Asian American Media. She graduated from SF State with a BA in Theatre Arts, and was also a Resident Artist at Bindlestiff Studios, a Filipino American Performing Arts Center.

Bitter Melon

Theresa Navarro (Shelly) is a Pinay actor, cultural worker and Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer. Her recent credits include YES WE’RE OPEN (CAAMFEST ’12), DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (SXSW ’12) and ADVANTAGEOUS (SUNDANCE ’15). BITTER MELON marks her fourth collaboration with HP Mendoza. Theresa currently works with pioneering media arts nonprofit American Documentary, producer of award-winning series ‘POV’ on PBS and ‘America ReFramed’ on WORLD Channel. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa holds undergraduate degrees from UC Riverside and completed her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is based in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.

Post Screening Panelists:
H.P. Mendoza, Director
Theresa Navarro, Actor

Watch the trailer here:
https://vimeo.com/261721516

Tickets to BITTER MELON Premiere:
General: $16
Student/Senior/Partner: $12

Buy tickets here:
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Lori Tan Chinn Visits David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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M. BUTTERFLY Back on Broadway: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor at Asia Society on November 3

David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor in front of the Cort Theatre on the opening night of M. BUTTERFLY on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Asia Society is presenting A Conversation with Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and director Julie Taymor at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. $20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers BUY TICKETS »

David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor in front of the Cort Theatre on the opening night of M. BUTTERFLY on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor in front of the Cort Theatre on the opening night of M. BUTTERFLY on October 26, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

The revival of Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly  opened on October 26th at the Cort Theatre starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Jin Ha, helmed by the visionary Julie Taymor (The Lion King). Based on real-life scandal, M. Butterfly delves into a world of love, espionage, and deception. David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor come together to discuss their artistic collaboration and the new vision they have developed in recognition of the wider issues that make the production contemporary, nearly 30 years after its original Broadway debut in 1988.

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

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

Speaker Bios

David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. ButterflyChinglishYellow FaceKung FuGolden ChildThe Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng, among others. Hwang is a Tony© Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. Hwang won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels, the 2012 Inge, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi”, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Awards. He heads the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University School of the Arts, and was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre. From 1994-2000, he sat by appointment of President Bill Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. David Henry Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center and was recently elected Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

Julie Taymor
As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.

Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony® Award nominations, with Julie receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. She was the first woman in theatrical history to receive the award for Best Direction of a Musical. In addition to her Tony® Awards, she also received awards for her puppet, costume, and mask designs. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and it’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.

Her credits also include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Also, Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; The Green Bird; and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman; The Flying DutchmanSalomeDie Zauberflote (in repertory at the Met); The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled “Great Performances at the Met”); and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe; and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, as well as a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree. She is currently directing M BUTTERFLY starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

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M. BUTTERFLY Back on Broadway: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor at Asia Society on November 3

(l) Julie Taymor, photo by Marco Grob (r) David Henry Hwang, photo by Gregory Costanzo
 (l) Julie Taymor, photo by Marco Grob (r) David Henry Hwang, photo by Gregory Costanzo
(l) Julie Taymor, photo by Marco Grob (r) David Henry Hwang, photo by Gregory Costanzo

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Asia Society is presenting A Conversation with Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and director Julie Taymor at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. $20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers BUY TICKETS »

Hwang’s The revival of Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly  is currently in previews at the Cort Theatre starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and directed by the visionary Julie Taymor (The Lion King). Based on real-life scandal, M. Butterfly delves into a world of love, espionage, and deception. David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor come together to discuss their artistic collaboration and the new vision they have developed in recognition of the wider issues that make the production contemporary, nearly 30 years after its original Broadway debut in 1988.

Speaker Bios

David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. ButterflyChinglishYellow FaceKung FuGolden ChildThe Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng, among others. Hwang is a Tony© Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. Hwang won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels, the 2012 Inge, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi”, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Awards. He heads the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University School of the Arts, and was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre. From 1994-2000, he sat by appointment of President Bill Clinton on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. David Henry Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center and was recently elected Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

Julie Taymor
As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.

Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony® Award nominations, with Julie receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. She was the first woman in theatrical history to receive the award for Best Direction of a Musical. In addition to her Tony® Awards, she also received awards for her puppet, costume, and mask designs. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and it’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.

Her credits also include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Also, Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; The Green Bird; and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman; The Flying DutchmanSalomeDie Zauberflote (in repertory at the Met); The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled “Great Performances at the Met”); and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe; and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, as well as a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree. She is currently directing M BUTTERFLY starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

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

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‘Abacus’: One Immigrant Family’s Fight for Justice, Screens at Asia Society on September 6  

The Asia Society is presenting a screening of the latest documentary from celebrated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM. The screening at the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) in New York, will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 PM. Tickets for Members $10; Students/Seniors $12; Nonmembers $15

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces Thomas Sung and his formidable daughters to defend themselves—and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community—over the course of a five-year legal battle. Tracking the many twists and turns of the case, Oscar-nominated James creates a moving portrait of a family, a community, and a way of life.

The documentary asks fundamental questions about what the purpose of a bank should be in a community — especially an immigrant community — and whether the prosecution of this small financial institution may have much larger implications for the role of banks in our society.

A Q & A will follow the reception and screening with director and producer Steve James and the Sung family, moderated by Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski.

SPEAKERS
Steve James is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. His films include Hoop DreamsThe Interrupters, and Life Itself, among others.

Thomas Sung is a lawyer and real-estate investor. He is the founder of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York.

Tom Nagorski (moderator) is Executive Vice President of the Asia Society. He joined Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

Program presented in partnership with the Committee of 100 and made possible by Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang.

Find out when Abacus comes to a theater near you at www.abacusmovie.com/events.

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

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

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

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