André De Shields, Murray Horwitz, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Borris York Celebrate Opening of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ at NJPAC

Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York, Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel. Photo by Lia Chang

NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company celebrated the opening night performance of their encore production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, starring Johmaalya Adelekan as Armelia (Ragtime), Zurin Villanueva as Charlaine (Mean Girls and Shuffle Along), Rheaume Crenshaw as Nell (Groundhog Day), David Samuel as Ken (Ruined, Arena Stage), Borris York as Andre (Holiday Inn; Love Never Dies, U.S. tour), with musical direction from David Alan Bunn, in NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre on February 2, 2018.

Borris York, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Borris York, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor André De Shields was an original cast member of Ain’t Misbehavin‘ when it opened on Broadway in 1978 and swept up a few Tonys, including best musical. De Shields returned to direct and choreograph this acclaimed production of the Fats Waller award-winning musical, which premiered during Crossroads Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season. The show was conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz.

Murray Horwitz and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Murray Horwitz and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes costume design by Deborah Caney, sound design by Joshua D. Reid, scenic and lighting design by Burke Wilmore, assistant choreographer Camille Moten and Production Stage Manager Brian Westmoreland.

Crossroads Board President Anthony P. Carter, Producing Artistic Director Marshall Jones, III, Borris York, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Director/Choreographer André De Shields, Co-creator Murray Horwitz and Musical Director David Alan Bunn. Photo by Lia Chang
Crossroads Board President Anthony P. Carter, Producing Artistic Director Marshall Jones, III, Borris York, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Director/Choreographer André De Shields, Co-creator Murray Horwitz and Musical Director David Alan Bunn. Photo by Lia Chang

The band includes Kenneth Crutchfield (drums), George Grier (bass), Irwin Hall (clarinet/tenor sax), Robert Stringer (trombone) and Donald Malloy (trumpet).

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The limited run ends on February 4, 2018. Crossroads is also currently On The Road! While Crossroads Theatre Company awaits Fall 2019 for the arrival of the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the Company will take their productions on the road in New Jersey. After their stop at NJPAC, they will present the world premiere of the cutting-edge satire Back to the Real, by Pia Wilson, at Rutgers University on May 28.

Crossroads Theatre Company continues to lead the nation with its commitment to literary works that examine the African American experience so that it may be understood and appreciated by all people. When co-founders Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson envisioned a space where, as actors, the two young men could work on substantive, non-stereotypical roles, little did they realize that their vision would grow into the major institution that it is today. Crossroads has filled an otherwise empty space on the cultural canvas of the country and the world, with a collective body of work that remains unparalleled by any other of culturally-specific theater in the nation by presenting over 50 world premieres. Crossroads forged its vision into reality through the development, production and touring of new works from throughout the African Diaspora where positive images of African American life, history and culture is celebrated. These honest theatrical portrayals helped move the consciousness of the nation forward. Crossroads continues to lead twenty-first century story-telling by building bridges of understanding and veracity between people of all backgrounds in this society and the world. Find out more at CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org.

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.

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Multimedia: In Rehearsal with Director/Choreographer André De Shields and the cast of Crossroads Theatre Company’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ 

Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York, Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

When NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company needed a director for their upcoming co-production of Ain’t Misbehavin‘, they landed an artist who says the show is part of his “performing DNA.”

André De Shields, the two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor, was an original cast member of Ain’t Misbehavin‘ when it opened on Broadway in 1978 and swept up a few Tonys, including best musical. Nicknamed “the Fats Waller musical,” Ain’t Misbehavin’ sashays into NJPAC’s Victoria Theater for six performances between February 1-4.

The show was conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz.

Check out the photos below from the designer run.

(Front Row) Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw; (back row) David Samuel, André De Shields, Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang
(Front Row) Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw; (back row) David Samuel, André De Shields, Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang

In the past, De Shields has circled back to the show as a director-choreographer and a mentor to those who don the pinstriped suit and bowler hat of the character he created. Ain’t Misbehavin’ “left a cookie on my soul,” says the Baltimore native, comparing his affinity for the musical to an everlasting imprint.

Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Borris York, Rheaume Crenshaw and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Borris York, Rheaume Crenshaw and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

Marshall Jones III, Producing Artistic Director of Crossroads Theatre Company, came up with the idea of reuniting De Shields with the show for a run during his theater’s 2011-12 season. Crossroads, the recipient of an outstanding regional theater Tony, is currently on the move, staging its Afrocentric productions at different venues, including NJPAC, until the completion of a new performing arts complex in New Brunswick.

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

“No one on this planet understands and appreciates this show better than André,” says Jones, who refers to him as “a vital treasure.” “He’s been involved since its inception and the last time we produced the show, it was clear that his vision successfully captured the music and the culture of Fats Waller, and the historic time of his music.”

 Johmaalya Adelekan and Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan and Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang

That time would be the Harlem Renaissance. Set in a smoky jazz club of the ’20s and ’30s, Ain’t Misbehavin’ features a cast of five singer-dancers who unroll back-to-back blues, soul and honky-tonk numbers by stride pianist Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller and other composers of the era. In addition to the title tune, the score includes “Black and Blue,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ladies Who Sing with the Band” and “The Viper’s Drag” (The Reefer Song), the last being De Shields’ mesmerizing reptilian solo, inspired by Eastern dance. TV viewers of the Seventies are likely to recall commercials of the effervescent, late Nell Carter belting “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” the Act One closer.

Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast includes Johmaalya Adelekan (Ragtime), Zurin Villanueva (Mean Girls and Shuffle Along), Rheaume Crenshaw (Groundhog Day), David Samuel (Ruined, Arena Stage), Borris York (Holiday Inn; Love Never Dies, U.S. tour), and musical direction from David Alan Bunn.

Borris York, Zurin Villanueva and David Bunn. Photo by Lia Chang
Borris York, Zurin Villanueva and David Bunn. Photo by Lia Chang

“(Cast members) take over the exquisite job of sharing not only the genius of Fats Waller with the world, but also the gift of American classical music, which is jazz … there’s so much in Ain’t Misbehavin’ that is a teaching moment beyond being a performer in a successful show. There is American history in that show, which is, of course, the Harlem Renaissance, De Shields says.

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

“I’m definitely going to leave my stamp on the choreography, as I did in the 2011 production,” he continues, then elaborates on the part he played. “Because the character requires mystery, I’m going to keep the elements of Balinese dance … and when you see those undulating fingers and those gyrating hips, and you can’t associate it with anything that’s familiar to Western culture, it helps to sell the moment of ‘The Viper’s Drag’ (The Reefer Song).”

Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Borris York, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Rheaume Crenshaw, David Samuel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Borris York, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be performed in NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre from Thursday February 1 to Sunday, February 4. NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street in the heart of Newark’s Arts District. The Center has convenient parking and mass transit options. For tickets, please visit http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/aint-misbehavin or call 1.888.GO.NJPAC.

For more information on Crossroads Theatre Company, visit http://www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org/

Video edited by Garth Kravits.

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

Cast Bios
In his half-century artistic career, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. Mr. De Shields’ numerous accolades include an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, the Black Theatre Network’s 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, and nine AUDELCO Awards. His body of work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, feature films, television, and more. A multiple Tony Award nominee, Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in six legendary Broadway productions: Impressionism (with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen); the world premiere of Mark Medoff’s Prymate (Drama Desk nomination); The Full Monty, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations; Play On! (Tony nomination); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Drama Desk nomination) and The Wiz (title role).

Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang

Highlights of Johmaalya Adelekan’s credits include Broadway (Ragtime), Off-Broadway (Tintypes) and national tours (Les Miserables, Martin Guerre and more). Adelekan has also been featured in various concerts and voiceover work. She is a graduate of both The Boston Conservatory (BFA, Musical Theater) and James Madison University (BS, Sociology).

Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

Zurin Villanueva can be seen in Mean Girls, the musical coming to the August Wilson Theatre later this year. Other credits include a Broadway appearance in Shuffle Along, as well as national tour appearances in Book of Mormon and Nobody’s Perfect.

Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw’s Broadway credits include Groundhog Day and Amazing Grace, as well as Off-Broadway appearances in Alternating Currents (Working Theater) and regional theater appearances in Smokey Joe’s Café (FLMTF/MGR), Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama/Barrington Stage/LaMama), Raisin (St. Black Repertory Co.), and more.

Johmaalya Adelekan and David Samuel. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan and David Samuel. Photo by Lia Chang

David Samuel graduated with his MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep where, in addition to training as an actor, he filmed a documentary on The Red Terror in his family’s native country of Ethiopia. His theater credits include Twelfth Night, As You Like It (Classic Stage), Endangered Species (Drama League) To Kill A Mockingbird, Blues For Mr. Charlie (Trinity Rep), Ruined (Arena Stage), and more.

Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang
Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang
Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Borris York, André De Shields and David Samuel. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang

David Alan Bunn and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
David Alan Bunn and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York, Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, David Samuel, Zurin Villanueva, Borris York, Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

About Crossroads Theatre Company
Crossroads Theatre Company continues to lead the nation with its commitment to literary works that examine the African American experience so that it may be understood and appreciated by all people. When co-founders Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson envisioned a space where, as actors, the two young men could work on substantive, non-stereotypical roles, little did they realize that their vision would grow into the major institution that it is today. Crossroads has filled an otherwise empty space on the cultural canvas of the country and the world, with a collective body of work that remains unparalleled by any other of culturally-specific theater in the nation by presenting over 50 world premieres. Crossroads forged its vision into reality through the development, production and touring of new works from throughout the African Diaspora where positive images of African American life, history and culture is celebrated. These honest theatrical portrayals helped move the consciousness of the nation forward. Crossroads continues to lead twenty-first century story-telling by building bridges of understanding and veracity between people of all backgrounds in this society and the world. Find out more at CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where Great Performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Murray Horwitz And More Celebrate Crossroads Theatre Company’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Opening Night At NJPAC

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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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Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip, Noah Brody, Jessie Austrian, Ben Steinfeld and More in Fiasco’s TWELFTH NIGHT at CSC through January 6

Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang

Classic Stage Company is presenting Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 6  at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Twelfth Night began performances on November 29th and opened on December 14th. Click here for tickets.

TWELFTH NIGHT castmembers Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Emily Young. Not pictured: Andy Grotelueschen, David Samuel, Javier Ignacio
TWELFTH NIGHT castmembers Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Emily Young. Not pictured: Andy Grotelueschen, David Samuel, Javier Ignacio

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the cast of Twelfth Night features Jessie Austrian (Olivia), Noah Brody (Orsino), Tina Chilip (Maria), Paul L. Coffey(Malvolio), Andy Grotelueschen (Sir Toby Belch), Javier Ignacio (Sebastian), David Samuel (Antonio), Ben Steinfeld (Feste), Paco Tolson (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Emily Young (Viola). The play featured scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Emily Rebholz and lighting design by Ben Stanton.

Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang
Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia.

The cast of Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
The cast of Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)

What the critics are saying: 

“Full of the troupe’s signature traits…spirited musical interludes and a winningly prosaic way of delivering thickly poetic dialogue.” –The New York Times
“This is excellent gateway-drug Shakespeare, and I mean that as sincere praise.”
New York Magazine/Vulture.com
David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
“Joy, fun and exuberant flair mark this new Twelfth Night.”-Huffington Post
Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
“Visually appealing and brimming with musicality.” -TheaterMania
“Fiasco’s Twelfth Night is a skillful and joyous take on an old favorite.” –CurtainUp
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus

FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline(TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter, Menier Chocolate Factory, National Tour), Measure for Measure (New Victory/Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger/TFANA) and The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe). Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative-a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, LSU, and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm (upcoming) and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU.

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

Lia Chang, Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip. Photo by Garth Kravits
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

Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Emily Young, David Samuel and More in Fiasco’s TWELFTH NIGHT at Classic Stage Company through January 6

David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Doyle and Executive Producer Jeff Griffin, is presenting Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare at CSC (136 East 13th Street) through Saturday, January 6. Click here for tickets.

The cast of Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
The cast of Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the cast of Twelfth Night features Jessie Austrian (Olivia), Noah Brody (Orsino), Tina Chilip (Maria), Paul L. Coffey (Malvolio), Andy Grotelueschen (Sir Toby Belch), Javier Ignacio (Sebastian), David Samuel (Antonio), Ben Steinfeld (Feste), Paco Tolson (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Emily Young (Viola). Scenic design is by John Doyle, costume design by Emily Rebholz and lighting design by Ben Stanton.

David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia. New York’s innovative Fiasco Theater brings their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus

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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Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Emily Young, David Samuel and More Set for Fiasco’s TWELFTH NIGHT at Classic Stage Company, November 29-January 6

Paco Tolson

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Doyle and Executive Producer Jeff Griffin, will present Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, beginning performances Wednesday, November 29 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 6. The official press opening is Thursday, December 14.

Paco Tolson
Paco Tolson

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the cast of Twelfth Night features Jessie Austrian (Olivia), Noah Brody (Orsino), Tina Chilip (Maria), Paul L. Coffey (Malvolio), Andy Grotelueschen (Sir Toby Belch), Javier Ignacio (Sebastian), David Samuel (Antonio), Ben Steinfeld (Feste), Paco Tolson (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Emily Young (Viola). Scenic design is by John Doyle, costume design by Emily Rebholz and lighting design by Ben Stanton.

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia. New York’s innovative Fiasco Theater brings their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

Classic Stage Company (CSC). CSC is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally recognized education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. Classic Stage Company is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season.

FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline(TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter,Menier Chocolate Factory, National Tour), Measure for Measure (New Victory/Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger/TFANA) and The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe). Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative-a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, LSU, and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm (upcoming) and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU.

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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André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Kyle Scatliffe, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at CSC

Lori Tan Chinn, Garth Kravits, André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Dan Marshall

Classic Stage Company’s production of As You Like It  by William Shakespeare, helmed by Tony Award winner John Doyle and featuring music by Stephen Schwartz, opened at CSC (136 E. 13th St.) on September 28, 2017.  The cast and creative team celebrated their opening night at The Penny Farthing. Check out the festivities below.

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Jefferson Roberts and his wife. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Jefferson Roberts and his wife. Photo by Lia Chang

The production stars two- time Tony nominee and Emmy Award nominee André De Shields as Touchstone, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind, and Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn as Jacques, and features Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Kyle Scatliffe as Orlando, Noah Brody as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout as Phoebe, Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman as Duke Frederick/ Duke Sr., Cass Morgan as Old Adam/Audrey and David Samuel as Silvius.

Kyle Scatliffe, Hannah Cabell, Bob Stillman, André De Shields and Cass Morgan. Photo by Lia Chang
Kyle Scatliffe, Hannah Cabell, Bob Stillman, André De Shields and Cass Morgan. Photo by Lia Chang

As You Like It features scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Mike Baldassari. David Arsenault is Associate Scenic Designer and Amy Sutton is Associate Costume Designer.

Kat West, André De Shields, Leenya Rideout and Hannah Cabell. Photo by Lia Chang
Kat West, André De Shields, Leenya Rideout and Hannah Cabell. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn, Garth Kravits, André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Dan Marshall
Lori Tan Chinn, Garth Kravits, André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Dan Marshall
Jon Hill, Dan Marshall, Vincent Gregory, André De Shields, Vincent Parham and Robert Michael Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Hill, Dan Marshall, Vincent Gregory, André De Shields, Vincent Parham and Robert Michael Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances continue through October 22nd. Click here for tickets.

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Kyle Scatliffe, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Set for AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC 

André De Shields as Touchstone in the John Doyle Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater through September 3 

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at Bay Street Theater

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn and More Set for Stephen Schwartz’s Jazz Era AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC

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 award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Kyle Scatliffe, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Set for AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC

The full company of AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater. Photo by Lenny Stucker
The full company of AS YOU LIKE IT Photo by Lenny Stucker
The full company of AS YOU LIKE IT Photo by Lenny Stucker

Classic Stage Company is presenting AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, with Tony Award winner John Doyle at the helm, with music by Stephen Schwartz, beginning Thursday, September 14th as the first production of CSC’s 50th Anniversary Season. As You Like It is a co-production with Bay Street Theater, where the cast ended their run on September 3rd. Opening night is September 28th, and the production will play through October 22nd. Click here for tickets. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 E. 13th St., New York, NY  10003.

André De Shields​ as Touchstone and Hannah Cabell​ as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT. Copyright Lenny Stucker
André De Shields​ as Touchstone and Hannah Cabell​ as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

The production stars two- time Tony nominee and Emmy Award nominee André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz) as Touchstone, Hannah Cabell (The Father, Men on Boats, Major Barbara) as Rosalind, and Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist) as Jacques.

Ellen Burstyn as Jacques. Copyright Lenny Stucker
Ellen Burstyn as Jacques. Copyright Lenny Stucker

The production also features Quincy Tyler Bernstine (In The Next Room, Small Mouth Sounds) as Celia, Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Les Miserables) as Orlando, Noah Brody (Co-Artistic Director of Fiasco Theater) as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout (War Horse, Company, Cabaret) as Phoebe, Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Songbird, As You Like It) as Duke Frederick/ Duke Sr., Cass Morgan (Memphis the Musical, Mary Poppins) as Old Adam/Audrey and David Samuel (The Diamond in the Rough, To Kill a Mockingbird) as Silvius.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT. Copyright Lenny Stucker
Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

An exiled Duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare’s pastoral romance into the Jazz Age, with lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters.

Kyle Scatliffe and Hannah Cabell in AS YOU LIKE IT. Photo by Lenny Stucker
Kyle Scatliffe and Hannah Cabell in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Photo by Lenny Stucker

AS YOU LIKE IT will feature scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Mike Baldassari. David Arsenault is Associate Scenic Designer and Amy Sutton is Associate Costume Designer.

André De Shields​, Noah Brody and Ellen Burstyn in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater​. Copyright Lenny Stucker
André De Shields​, Noah Brody and Ellen Burstyn in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater​.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

André De Shields (Touchstone) In a career spanning forty-eight years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens’ 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book (2013). In fact Mr. De Shields’ professional career began at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair. From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’Play On! and The Full Monty.

His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, a 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, Florida Atlantic University’s 2014 Making Waves Award, the Theatre School at DePaul University 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award, the Black Theatre Network’s 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, a 2016 Beinecke Fellowship at Yale School of Drama and nine AUDELCO Awards. and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo.

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

Ellen Burstyn (Jaques) Ellen Burstyn’s sixty-year acting career encompasses film, stage, and television. In 1975 she became the third woman in history to win both a Tony Award and an Academy Award in the same year, for her work in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway and the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. She has received five other Academy Award nominations. She has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, winning in 1979 for Same Time, Next Year. She became a “triple crown winner” when she received her first Emmy for a guest appearance in Law & Order: SVU (2009), and won again in 2013 for her role in the miniseries Political Animals. She has been nominated for an Emmy six additional times. In 2014 she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Early films include The Last Picture Show (1971 – Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations) and The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), among others.

Her recent films include Draft Day (2014), The Calling (2014), Interstellar (2014), The Age of Adaline (2015), Custody (2016), and Wiener Dog (2016). Soon to be released are The Tale, Nostalgia, A Little Something For Your Birthday and House of Tomorrow. She made her Broadway debut in Fair Game (1957). Other Broadway credits include 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), Shirley Valentine (1989), Shimada (1991), and Sacrilege (1995). She also performed off-Broadway many times, including The Little Flower of East Orange (2008) and The Atmosphere of Memory (2011). In London, she starred in The Children’s Hour (2011). She was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-1985) and serves as co-president of The Actors Studio. In 2006 she published her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself.

Hannah Cabell (Rosalind) Broadway credits include The Father (MTC), A Man for All Seasons (Roundabout). Off Broadway includes Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb), Major Barbara (The Pearl), Grounded (Page 73) for which Cabell won a Drama Desk nomination, best solo performance. Others include 3C (Rattlestick), Compulsion (Public Theater), Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Zero Hour (13P), Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb), Mark Smith (13P). Regional and International theater includes The Moors Marjorie (Yale Rep), Marie Antoinette (Polignac ART, Yale Rep) , Compulsion (Woman Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep), Three Sisters (John Doyle, dir.) Irina Cincinnati Playhouse; In the Next Room; or the Vibrator Play (Berkeley Rep). Film and Television includes “The Path” (Hulu – recurring), “Mr. Robot” (USA), “Happyish” (Showtime), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”. Voice over includes “Grand Theft Auto” and “The Electric Company.” Cabell received her M.F.A, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and later the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for Young Artists, 2011.

Director John Doyle and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Director John Doyle and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

John Doyle (Director and Set Designer) is the new Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company where he has directed Passion, Allegro, Peer Gynt and the recent production of Dead Poets Society. Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Director of a Musical), Company (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), A Catered Affair (Drama League Award, Best Musical Production), The Visit (Tony nom., Best Musical), The Color Purple (Tony nom., Best Musical Revival). Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage); Road Show (Public Theatre); Where’s Charley?, Irma La Douce (Encores!). Regional: Kiss Me Kate (Stratford); Caucasian Chalk Circle (ACT); Merrily We Roll Along, The Three Sisters (Cincinnati); Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown); The Exorcist (LA). In the UK, John has been artistic director of four regional theaters. Numerous credits include: The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel (West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Oklahoma! (Chichester); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall). Opera includes Madama Butterfly (Grange Park), Lucia Di Lammermoor (Houston/La Fenice/ Sydney Opera House), Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera, NY), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera). He directed the feature film “Main Street.”

Stephen Schwartz (Composer) wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, and Children of Eden. His most recent musical, Schikaneder, premiered in 2016 in Vienna. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. In the classical music field, he collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass, and composed the opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.

Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang
Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang

Classic Stage Company (CSC). CSC is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally recognized education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

André De Shields as Touchstone in the John Doyle Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater through September 3 

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at Bay Street Theater

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn and More Set for Stephen Schwartz’s Jazz Era AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC

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 award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Kyle Scatliffe, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Set for Stephen Schwartz’s Jazz Era AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC

Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater. Copyright Lenny Stucker
The full company of AS YOU LIKE IT Photo by Lenny Stucker
The full company of AS YOU LIKE IT Photo by Lenny Stucker

Classic Stage Company is presenting AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, with Tony Award winner John Doyle at the helm, with music by Stephen Schwartz, beginning Wednesday, September 13 as the first production of CSC’s 50th Anniversary Season. As You Like It is a co-production with Bay Street Theater, where the cast ended their run on September 3rd. Opening night is September 28th, and the production will play through October 22nd. Click here for tickets. Classic Stage Company is located at 136 E. 13th St., New York, NY  10003.

André De Shields​ as Touchstone and Hannah Cabell​ as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT. Copyright Lenny Stucker
André De Shields​ as Touchstone and Hannah Cabell​ as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

The production stars two- time Tony nominee and Emmy Award nominee André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz) as Touchstone, Hannah Cabell (The Father, Men on Boats, Major Barbara) as Rosalind, and Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year, The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist) as Jacques.

Ellen Burstyn as Jacques. Copyright Lenny Stucker
Ellen Burstyn as Jacques. Copyright Lenny Stucker

The production also features Quincy Tyler Bernstine (In The Next Room, Small Mouth Sounds) as Celia, Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Les Miserables) as Orlando, Noah Brody (Co-Artistic Director of Fiasco Theater) as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout (War Horse, Company, Cabaret) as Phoebe, Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens, Songbird, As You Like It) as Duke Frederick/ Duke Sr., Cass Morgan (Memphis the Musical, Mary Poppins) as Old Adam/Audrey and David Samuel (The Diamond in the Rough, To Kill a Mockingbird) as Silvius.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT. Copyright Lenny Stucker
Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

An exiled Duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare’s pastoral romance into the Jazz Age, with lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters.

Kyle Scatliffe and Hannah Cabell in AS YOU LIKE IT. Photo by Lenny Stucker
Kyle Scatliffe and Hannah Cabell in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Photo by Lenny Stucker

AS YOU LIKE IT will feature scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Mike Baldassari. David Arsenault is Associate Scenic Designer and Amy Sutton is Associate Costume Designer.

André De Shields​, Noah Brody and Ellen Burstyn in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater​. Copyright Lenny Stucker
André De Shields​, Noah Brody and Ellen Burstyn in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater​.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

André De Shields (Touchstone) In a career spanning forty-eight years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens’ 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book (2013). In fact Mr. De Shields’ professional career began at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair. From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’Play On! and The Full Monty.

His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, a 2012 Fox Foundation Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, Florida Atlantic University’s 2014 Making Waves Award, the Theatre School at DePaul University 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Pioneer of the Arts Award, the Black Theatre Network’s 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, a 2016 Beinecke Fellowship at Yale School of Drama and nine AUDELCO Awards. and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo.

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

Ellen Burstyn (Jaques) Ellen Burstyn’s sixty-year acting career encompasses film, stage, and television. In 1975 she became the third woman in history to win both a Tony Award and an Academy Award in the same year, for her work in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway and the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. She has received five other Academy Award nominations. She has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, winning in 1979 for Same Time, Next Year. She became a “triple crown winner” when she received her first Emmy for a guest appearance in Law & Order: SVU (2009), and won again in 2013 for her role in the miniseries Political Animals. She has been nominated for an Emmy six additional times. In 2014 she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Early films include The Last Picture Show (1971 – Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations) and The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), among others.

Her recent films include Draft Day (2014), The Calling (2014), Interstellar (2014), The Age of Adaline (2015), Custody (2016), and Wiener Dog (2016). Soon to be released are The Tale, Nostalgia, A Little Something For Your Birthday and House of Tomorrow. She made her Broadway debut in Fair Game (1957). Other Broadway credits include 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), Shirley Valentine (1989), Shimada (1991), and Sacrilege (1995). She also performed off-Broadway many times, including The Little Flower of East Orange (2008) and The Atmosphere of Memory (2011). In London, she starred in The Children’s Hour (2011). She was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-1985) and serves as co-president of The Actors Studio. In 2006 she published her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself.

Hannah Cabell (Rosalind) Broadway credits include The Father (MTC), A Man for All Seasons (Roundabout). Off Broadway includes Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb), Major Barbara (The Pearl), Grounded (Page 73) for which Cabell won a Drama Desk nomination, best solo performance. Others include 3C (Rattlestick), Compulsion (Public Theater), Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Zero Hour (13P), Gentleman Caller (Clubbed Thumb), Mark Smith (13P). Regional and International theater includes The Moors Marjorie (Yale Rep), Marie Antoinette (Polignac ART, Yale Rep) , Compulsion (Woman Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep), Three Sisters (John Doyle, dir.) Irina Cincinnati Playhouse; In the Next Room; or the Vibrator Play (Berkeley Rep). Film and Television includes “The Path” (Hulu – recurring), “Mr. Robot” (USA), “Happyish” (Showtime), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”. Voice over includes “Grand Theft Auto” and “The Electric Company.” Cabell received her M.F.A, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and later the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for Young Artists, 2011.

Director John Doyle and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Director John Doyle and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

John Doyle (Director and Set Designer) is the new Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company where he has directed Passion, Allegro, Peer Gynt and the recent production of Dead Poets Society. Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Director of a Musical), Company (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), A Catered Affair (Drama League Award, Best Musical Production), The Visit (Tony nom., Best Musical), The Color Purple (Tony nom., Best Musical Revival). Off-Broadway: Wings (Second Stage); Road Show (Public Theatre); Where’s Charley?, Irma La Douce (Encores!). Regional: Kiss Me Kate (Stratford); Caucasian Chalk Circle (ACT); Merrily We Roll Along, The Three Sisters (Cincinnati); Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown); The Exorcist (LA). In the UK, John has been artistic director of four regional theaters. Numerous credits include: The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel (West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Oklahoma! (Chichester); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall). Opera includes Madama Butterfly (Grange Park), Lucia Di Lammermoor (Houston/La Fenice/ Sydney Opera House), Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera, NY), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA Opera). He directed the feature film “Main Street.”

Stephen Schwartz (Composer) wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, and Children of Eden. His most recent musical, Schikaneder, premiered in 2016 in Vienna. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. In the classical music field, he collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass, and composed the opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.

Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang
Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang

Classic Stage Company (CSC). CSC is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally recognized education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

André De Shields as Touchstone in the John Doyle Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater through September 3 

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at Bay Street Theater

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn and More Set for Stephen Schwartz’s Jazz Era AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC

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 award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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Final Weekend to See André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and More in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang

It’s your final weekend to see Bay Street Theater’s production of As You Like It by William Shakespeare, with Tony Award winner John Doyle at the helm.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater. Copyright Lenny Stucker
Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind and André De Shields as Touchstone in AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater.
Copyright Lenny Stucker

The production stars Ellen Burstyn as Jacques, André De Shields as Touchstone, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Kyle Scatliffe as Orlando, Noah Brody as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout as Phoebe, Bob Stillman as Duke Frederick/ Duke Sr., Cass Morgan as Old Adam/Audrey and David Samuel as Silvius.

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

Three-time Academy Award winner and musical theater legend Stephen Schwartz has created an original, Jazz Era inspired score for the production and members of the cast play instruments.

Stage manager Kat West, Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang
Stage manager Kat West, Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang

John Doyle has designed the sets in addition to directing the production. The creative team also includes Ann Hould-Ward (Costume designer), Andrew Diaz (Props designer) and Shaughn Bryant (Sound Supervisor), Kat West (Production Stage Manager), and Stewart/Whitely (Casting). As You Like It is a co-production with Classic Stage Company in New York City (September 13-October 22).

Director John Doyle and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Director John Doyle and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

In As You Like It, Rosalind (Hannah Cabell) travels into the merry Forest of Arden leaving behind the politics of the city. Disguising herself as a man and accompanied by her cousin Celia (Quincy Tyler Bernstine), she embarks on a hilarious and romantic journey where she finds love, laughter, and more.

Noah Brody, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel and Cass Morgan Photo by Lia Chang
Noah Brody, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel and Cass Morgan
Photo by Lia Chang

Performances continue through September 3rd. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office at 631-725-9500 11 am – show time daily or online at www.baystreet.org.

Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Leenya Rideout, Kyle Scatliffe, Ellen Burstyn. Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

Classic Stage Company (CSC), now in its 49th Season, is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally-recognized CSC Education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell and Quincy Tyler Bernstine Photo by Lia Chang
Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell and Quincy Tyler Bernstine Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields as Touchstone in the John Doyle Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater through September 3 

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at Bay Street Theater

André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn and More Set for Stephen Schwartz’s Jazz Era AS YOU LIKE IT at CSC 

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 award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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André De Shields, Ellen Burstyn, Hannah Cabell, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and More Celebrate AS YOU LIKE IT Opening Night at Bay Street Theater

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang

I headed out to idyllic Sag Harbor to celebrate the opening performance on Saturday night of Bay Street Theater’s production of As You Like It by William Shakespeare, with Tony Award winner John Doyle at the helm.

Director John Doyle and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Director John Doyle and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

The production stars Ellen Burstyn as Jacques, André De Shields as Touchstone, Hannah Cabell as Rosalind, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Celia, Kyle Scatliffe as Orlando, Noah Brody as Oliver/Corin, Leenya Rideout as Phoebe, Bob Stillman as Duke Frederick/ Duke Sr., Cass Morgan as Old Adam/Audrey and David Samuel as Silvius.

Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

Three-time Academy Award winner and musical theater legend Stephen Schwartz has created an original, Jazz Era inspired score for the production and members of the cast play instruments.

Stage manager Kat West, Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang
Stage manager Kat West, Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Kyle Scatliffe and Bob Stillman, Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell Photo by Lia Chang

John Doyle has designed the sets in addition to directing the production. The creative team also includes Ann Hould-Ward (Costume designer), Andrew Diaz (Props designer) and Shaughn Bryant (Sound Supervisor), Kat West (Production Stage Manager), and Stewart/Whitely (Casting). As You Like It is a co-production with Classic Stage Company in New York City (September 13-October 22).

Bay Street Theater Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Tracy Mitchell and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Bay Street Theater Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Tracy Mitchell and André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

In As You Like It, Rosalind (Hannah Cabell) travels into the merry Forest of Arden leaving behind the politics of the city. Disguising herself as a man and accompanied by her cousin Celia (Quincy Tyler Bernstine), she embarks on a hilarious and romantic journey where she finds love, laughter, and more.

Noah Brody, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel and Cass Morgan Photo by Lia Chang
Noah Brody, Hannah Cabell, David Samuel and Cass Morgan
Photo by Lia Chang

Performances continue through September 3rd. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office at 631-725-9500 11 am – show time daily or online at www.baystreet.org.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

Classic Stage Company (CSC), now in its 49th Season, is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally-recognized CSC Education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell and Quincy Tyler Bernstine Photo by Lia Chang
Leenya Rideout, André De Shields, Hannah Cabell and Quincy Tyler Bernstine Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields
Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields as Touchstone in the John Doyle Helmed AS YOU LIKE IT at Bay Street Theater through September 3 

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

Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and André De Shields Photo by Kyle Scatliffe
Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and André De Shields
Photo by Kyle Scatliffe
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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