Thom Sesma, Kimiye Corwin, Emma Kikue and Jeffrey Omura Set for Ma-Yi’s World Premiere of Sam Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES, April 23 through May 19

Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting the Off-Broadway world premiere of FRUITING BODIES by Asian-American playwright Sam Chanse featuring Kimiye Corwin (Noises Off, Henry VI), Emma Kikue (God Said This, Up the Hill), Jeffrey Omura (House Rules, Hamlet) and Thom Sesma (Superhero, Sweeney Todd), with previews beginning on April 23 prior to its official press opening on April 28 at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street) in Manhattan. Shelley Butler directs.

Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang
Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

FRUITING BODIES is the story of two sisters in a Northern California forest which seems to keep shape-shifting around them, as they go looking for their father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom-hunting expedition. After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes.

ABOUT THE CAST:
Kimiye Corwin (Mush): New York Theater: The Changeling (Red Bull), Martyrs (La Mama), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque (Ars Nova), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “The Family,” “The Following,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “One Life to Live,”Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Training: BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. www.kimiyecorwin.com

Emma Kikue (Vicky) recently made her Off Broadway debut as SOPHIE in the premiere of God Said This, produced by Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theater. Previously, Emma had a recurring role in USA’s THE SINNER, appeared on “Madame Secretary” and will guest star in the upcoming season of “Elementary”.

Jeffrey Omura (Boy) returns to Ma-Yi Theater having previously appeared in House Rules by A. Rey Pamatmat. Select credits also include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Public/NYSF); Macbeth (Hartford Stage). Film: Sex & the City 2. TV: “Gossip Girl”; “White Collar”; “Damages”; “Blue Bloods”; “High Maintenance”; “Limitless”; “The Blacklist”; “Gone”; “Elementary.” Voice Over work: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2. Proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Jeffreyomura.com

Thom Sesma (Ben) is currently featured in the new Tom Kitt & John Logan musical, SUPERHERO at 2nd Stage. Select stage credits also include Broadway: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search & Destroy, Nick & Nora. National Tours: Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic. TV credits include: “Instinct'” “Madam Secretary,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest.” Thomsesma.com

Sam Chanse (Playwright). TRIGGER, THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, and WHAT ARE YOU NOW. Her work has also been developed with the Lark, Cherry Lane, Leviathan, Ars Nova, and EST/Sloan, and is published by Kaya Press (LYDIA’S FUNERAL VIDEO) and TCG (The Kilroys List). A former fellow at MacDowell, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Sundance, and Playwrights Realm, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is a Lark Venturous Fellow, a resident playwright of New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

Shelley Butler (Director). Recent credits include the world premieres of Lucas Hnath’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 at South Coast Repertory, THE MAGICIAN’S DAUGHTER by Lila Rose Kaplan for Geva and HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger for the Denver Center Theatre Company. She has developed plays and musicals with Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Stage and Film, PlayPenn, Playwright’s Realm, New Dramatists and the Lark.

Design credits for FRUITING BODIES include: Reid Thompson (Set Designer), Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Designer), and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Designer). Kate Marvin (Sound Designer and Original Music).

Tickets to FRUITING BODIES at Theatre Row are on sale now. Tickets range in price from $32.25 to $42.25 and can be purchased by calling the Telecharge phone number 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com. Please also check out Theatre Row’s website, www.theatrerow.org, and The Ma-Yi Theater Company website for additional information, www.ma-yitheatre.org.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe in The Playwrights Realm’s Production of Don Nguyen’s HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH through March 24

Director Jade King Carroll, Jon Hoche, Dana Berger, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe, Olivia Oguma and Playwright Don Nguyen at Bowlmor Lanes. Photo courtesy of Playwrights Realm/Facebook
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The Playwrights Realm is presenting the world premiere of Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, through Saturday, March 24th.

Director Jade King Carroll, Jon Hoche, Dana Berger, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe, Olivia Oguma and Playwright Don Nguyen at Bowlmor Lanes. Photo courtesy of Playwrights Realm/Facebook
Director Jade King Carroll, Jon Hoche, Dana Berger, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe, Olivia Oguma and Playwright Don Nguyen at Bowlmor Lanes. Photo courtesy of Playwrights Realm/Facebook

The cast features Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe. Jade King Carroll directs.

Dana Berger, Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Dana Berger, Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Founding Artistic Director; Roberta Pereira, Producing Director) continues its 2017-2018 season this Spring with Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, a quirky, philosophical, and tender comedy from Queens-based playwright Don Nguyen. Split between the perspectives of a lesbian couple trying to conceive, and their potential-sperm-donor/aerospace engineer friend, Nguyen’s characters are stretched to contemplate the unknowns of their future.

Dana Berger, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Dana Berger, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

Betsy (Kaaron Briscoe) and Shoshana (Dana Berger) are looking for a sperm donor to participate in this emotionally confusing and intimate process. They contact a friend from Betsy’s past, William (Jeffrey Omura), an aerospace engineer tasked with tracking Voyager 1 as it journeys to the edge of our solar system. The idea of being responsible for a fragile object millions of miles away is dizzying-but it turns out, so is being asked to create an individual, and to wait, uncertain as to whether it will even work at all. Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth finds mystery and depth by juxtaposing the microscopic intimacies of creating life against the vastness of space. The highly unpredictable journeys of space exploration and conception provoke a raw whirlwind of emotion for all.

Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth sets its own precedent at The Playwrights Realm: it’s their first production by a former fellow that did not originate in the program-another opportunity for the organization to help actualize Nguyen’s work and be a continued champion of his exciting career. Nguyen’s play features characters brought forward in time from another of his works: William and Betsy’s high school friendship is explored in his earlier play The Commencement of William Tan (which premiered at Yale Cabaret in 2015). As he did with that work, about an Asian American high schooler in Nebraska in the ’80s (Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and moved to Nebraska with his family as refugees of the Vietnam War when he was three), Nguyen likewise laces Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth with questions from his own life. Nguyen was himself presented with the very adult experience of being asked by two friends to be a sperm donor, and he decided to evolve these characters along with him to get a more lucid understanding of his own situation -tracking their lives as career and family threaten to become mutually exclusive, as idealism starts giving way to realism. “I had to take stock of my entire life and ask myself questions I didn’t think I was ready to ask. What I found is artificial insemination is not an easy thing-there are complications involved that you really have to discuss,” says Nguyen.

Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The creative team includes Kimie Nishikawa (Set Designer), Nicole Pearce (Lighting Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), and Ari Fulton (Costume Designer). Kara Kaufman is Production Stage Manager, and Lily Perlmutter is Assistant Stage Manager.

General tickets will be priced at $30-$60; tickets for students with valid ID are $15, and group tickets are $25 per seat for groups of six or more. To purchase, please visit http://dukeon42.org/ or call 646-223-3010. For more details, please visit playwrightsrealm.org.

 

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Production Photos: Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe in The Playwrights Realm’s Production of Don Nguyen’s HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH; Opens March 7

Dana Berger, Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The Playwrights Realm is presenting the world premiere of Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, through Saturday, March 24th. Opening night is March 7th.

Dana Berger, Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Dana Berger, Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The cast features Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe. Jade King Carroll directs.

Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Jon Hoche, Jeffrey Omura. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Founding Artistic Director; Roberta Pereira, Producing Director) continues its 2017-2018 season this Spring with Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, a quirky, philosophical, and tender comedy from Queens-based playwright Don Nguyen. Split between the perspectives of a lesbian couple trying to conceive, and their potential-sperm-donor/aerospace engineer friend, Nguyen’s characters are stretched to contemplate the unknowns of their future. Nguyen was part of The Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship in the 2012-13 Season, and the organization is thrilled to welcome him back in this fresh capacity, pairing him with director Jade King Carroll, who will bring Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth to life in her Playwrights Realm debut.

Dana Berger, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Dana Berger, Kaaron Briscoe. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

Betsy (Kaaron Briscoe) and Shoshana (Dana Berger) are looking for a sperm donor to participate in this emotionally confusing and intimate process. They contact a friend from Betsy’s past, William (Jeffrey Omura), an aerospace engineer tasked with tracking Voyager 1 as it journeys to the edge of our solar system. The idea of being responsible for a fragile object millions of miles away is dizzying-but it turns out, so is being asked to create an individual, and to wait, uncertain as to whether it will even work at all. Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth finds mystery and depth by juxtaposing the microscopic intimacies of creating life against the vastness of space. The highly unpredictable journeys of space exploration and conception provoke a raw whirlwind of emotion for all.

Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez
Olivia Oguma. Photo by Daniel Vasquez

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth sets its own precedent at The Playwrights Realm: it’s their first production by a former fellow that did not originate in the program-another opportunity for the organization to help actualize Nguyen’s work and be a continued champion of his exciting career. Nguyen’s play features characters brought forward in time from another of his works: William and Betsy’s high school friendship is explored in his earlier play The Commencement of William Tan (which premiered at Yale Cabaret in 2015). As he did with that work, about an Asian American high schooler in Nebraska in the ’80s (Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and moved to Nebraska with his family as refugees of the Vietnam War when he was three), Nguyen likewise laces Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth with questions from his own life. Nguyen was himself presented with the very adult experience of being asked by two friends to be a sperm donor, and he decided to evolve these characters along with him to get a more lucid understanding of his own situation -tracking their lives as career and family threaten to become mutually exclusive, as idealism starts giving way to realism. “I had to take stock of my entire life and ask myself questions I didn’t think I was ready to ask. What I found is artificial insemination is not an easy thing-there are complications involved that you really have to discuss,” says Nguyen.

From childhood to adulthood, Nguyen has consistently been a “space geek.” When he was young, he kept a scrapbook documenting the journeys of every Space Shuttle, until the explosion of the Challenger-then took to more fictional versions of space travel with Star Wars and Star Trek obsessions. Referencing the backdrop of space here, Nguyen adds, “I always like to take two disparate ideas and find connections between them – a lot of my plays are like that. I like the challenge of it. So the play became about surrogacy and space.”

Nguyen has channeled the sense of wonder children affiliate with space travel into this play, in a manner that’s sneakily philosophical, by setting it a few years back, when the Voyager I was on the cusp of reaching interstellar space. Nguyen wrote his character William as the person in charge of the spacecraft’s tracking software, which essentially gives Voyager 1 a “heartbeat,” evocative of an ultrasound, proving to people back on earth that this isolated object in the dark is still alive. Says Nguyen, “It’s fascinating to think of humans in 1977, when the Voyager I was launched, visualizing how, 40 years later, their space probe could survive and send back this signal.”

The creative team includes Kimie Nishikawa (Set Designer), Nicole Pearce (Lighting Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), and Ari Fulton (Costume Designer). Kara Kaufman is Production Stage Manager, and Lily Perlmutter is Assistant Stage Manager.

Previews remaining: March 5 & 6 at 8pm
Opening: March 7 at 7:30pm
Performances: March 8 – 10, 12 – 17, 19 – 24 at 7:30pm

Click here for more information and tickets.

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth will run from February 24 to March 24 (see above schedule) at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 W 42nd Street, Manhattan). General tickets will be priced at $30-$60; tickets for students with valid ID are $15, and group tickets are $25 per seat for groups of six or more. To purchase, please visit http://dukeon42.org/ or call 646-223-3010. For more details, please visit playwrightsrealm.org.

Don Nguyen’s full length plays include: Sound (Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre Company), The Commencement of William Tan (Yale Cabaret), The Man From Saigon (ACT New Strands Festival), The Supreme Leader (Roundabout Underground Reading Series). Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre, a New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Don is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumni of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and The Civilians R&D Group, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. More info at: thenuge.com

The daughter of the trumpeter and composer Baikida Carroll, Jade King Carroll accompanied her father to the Public Theater in Manhattan as a child, where he scored Lois Elaine Griffith’s White Sirens at the request of Joseph Papp, and to the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., where he wrote, with Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and scored the musical Betsey Brown. After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz, where she majored in theater directing, she moved to New York City and quickly won an internship with the Women’s Project. Since then, she has compiled credits with the McCarter, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Plays, and New Jersey Rep. In 2010, she served as artistic associate at Second Stage Theater. Jade recently directed Emily Mann’s Having Our Say at the Long Wharf Theatre, and will be directing the development of Running on Fire by Aurin Squire at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference prior to her work with BAPF.

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Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe Set for The Playwrights Realm’s Production of Don Nguyen’s HELLO, FROM THE CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH, February 24 – March 24

The Playwrights Realm is presenting the world premiere of Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, from Saturday, February 24 – Saturday, March 24.

The cast features Jon Hoche, Olivia Oguma, Jeffrey Omura, Dana Berger and Kaaron Briscoe. Jade King Carroll directs.

The Playwrights Realm (Katherine Kovner, Founding Artistic Director; Roberta Pereira, Producing Director) continues its 2017-2018 season this Spring with Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, a quirky, philosophical, and tender comedy from Queens-based playwright Don Nguyen. Split between the perspectives of a lesbian couple trying to conceive, and their potential-sperm-donor/aerospace engineer friend, Nguyen’s characters are stretched to contemplate the unknowns of their future. Nguyen was part of The Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship in the 2012-13 Season, and the organization is thrilled to welcome him back in this fresh capacity, pairing him with director Jade King Carroll, who will bring Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth to life in her Playwrights Realm debut.

Betsy (Kaaron Briscoe) and Shoshana (Dana Berger) are looking for a sperm donor to participate in this emotionally confusing and intimate process. They contact a friend from Betsy’s past, William (Jeffrey Omura), an aerospace engineer tasked with tracking Voyager 1 as it journeys to the edge of our solar system. The idea of being responsible for a fragile object millions of miles away is dizzying-but it turns out, so is being asked to create an individual, and to wait, uncertain as to whether it will even work at all. Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth finds mystery and depth by juxtaposing the microscopic intimacies of creating life against the vastness of space. The highly unpredictable journeys of space exploration and conception provoke a raw whirlwind of emotion for all.

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth sets its own precedent at The Playwrights Realm: it’s their first production by a former fellow that did not originate in the program-another opportunity for the organization to help actualize Nguyen’s work and be a continued champion of his exciting career. Nguyen’s play features characters brought forward in time from another of his works: William and Betsy’s high school friendship is explored in his earlier play The Commencement of William Tan (which premiered at Yale Cabaret in 2015). As he did with that work, about an Asian American high schooler in Nebraska in the ’80s (Nguyen was born in Vietnam, and moved to Nebraska with his family as refugees of the Vietnam War when he was three), Nguyen likewise laces Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth with questions from his own life. Nguyen was himself presented with the very adult experience of being asked by two friends to be a sperm donor, and he decided to evolve these characters along with him to get a more lucid understanding of his own situation -tracking their lives as career and family threaten to become mutually exclusive, as idealism starts giving way to realism. “I had to take stock of my entire life and ask myself questions I didn’t think I was ready to ask. What I found is artificial insemination is not an easy thing-there are complications involved that you really have to discuss,” says Nguyen.

From childhood to adulthood, Nguyen has consistently been a “space geek.” When he was young, he kept a scrapbook documenting the journeys of every Space Shuttle, until the explosion of the Challenger-then took to more fictional versions of space travel with Star Wars and Star Trek obsessions. Referencing the backdrop of space here, Nguyen adds, “I always like to take two disparate ideas and find connections between them – a lot of my plays are like that. I like the challenge of it. So the play became about surrogacy and space.”

Nguyen has channeled the sense of wonder children affiliate with space travel into this play, in a manner that’s sneakily philosophical, by setting it a few years back, when the Voyager I was on the cusp of reaching interstellar space. Nguyen wrote his character William as the person in charge of the spacecraft’s tracking software, which essentially gives Voyager 1 a “heartbeat,” evocative of an ultrasound, proving to people back on earth that this isolated object in the dark is still alive. Says Nguyen, “It’s fascinating to think of humans in 1977, when the Voyager I was launched, visualizing how, 40 years later, their space probe could survive and send back this signal.”

The creative team includes Kimie Nishikawa (Set Designer), Nicole Pearce (Lighting Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), and Ari Fulton (Costume Designer). Kara Kaufman is Production Stage Manager, and Lily Perlmutter is Assistant Stage Manager.

Previews: February 24, 26, 27, 28 & March 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 at 8pm
$1to5 drive: February 24, 26, 27, 28, March 1
Opening: March 7 at 7:30pm
Performances: March 8 – 10, 12 – 17, 19 – 24 at 7:30pm

Click here for more information and tickets.

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth will run from February 24 to March 24 (see above schedule) at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 W 42nd Street, Manhattan). Critics are welcome as of March 5 at 8pm for an official opening on March 7 at 7:30pm. Donor pre-sale tickets priced from $1-$5 will be on sale from January 25. The $1to5 drive, where tickets for previews run between $1 and $5, applies to preview performances February 24-March 1. General tickets will be priced at $30-$60 and go on sale January 30; tickets for students with valid ID are $15, and group tickets are $25 per seat for groups of six or more. To purchase, please visit http://dukeon42.org/ or call 646-223-3010. For more details, please visit playwrightsrealm.org.

Don Nguyen’s full length plays include: Sound (Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre Company), The Commencement of William Tan (Yale Cabaret), The Man From Saigon (ACT New Strands Festival), The Supreme Leader (Roundabout Underground Reading Series). Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre, a New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Don is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumni of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and The Civilians R&D Group, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. More info at: thenuge.com

The daughter of the trumpeter and composer Baikida Carroll, Jade King Carroll accompanied her father to the Public Theater in Manhattan as a child, where he scored Lois Elaine Griffith’s White Sirens at the request of Joseph Papp, and to the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., where he wrote, with Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and scored the musical Betsey Brown. After graduating from SUNY-New Paltz, where she majored in theater directing, she moved to New York City and quickly won an internship with the Women’s Project. Since then, she has compiled credits with the McCarter, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Plays, and New Jersey Rep. In 2010, she served as artistic associate at Second Stage Theater. Jade recently directed Emily Mann’s Having Our Say at the Long Wharf Theatre, and will be directing the development of Running on Fire by Aurin Squire at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference prior to her work with BAPF.

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Christine Toy Johnson, Jeffrey Omura, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Kate Burton and More Elected to Actors’ Equity’s National Council 

Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing more than 51,000 professional theatre Actors and Stage Managers, has announced the results of its 2017 National Council election. One (1) National Officer seat and fifteen (15) Councillor seats across all three regions and representing three (3) categories (Principal Actor, Chorus Actor and Stage Manager) were filled.

Eastern Regional Vice President Melissa Robinette was elected to serve the final year of a three-year term as 1st Vice President (Principal).

Equity Members elected to regional Councillor seats will serve three-year terms.

In the Eastern Region, there were five (5) Councillor vacancies in the Principal Actor category. One seat was filled by incumbent Christine Toy Johnson. Also elected in the Principal Actor category were Kellie Overbey, Claire Karpen, Carson D. Elrod and Jeffrey Omura. Filling the two (2) Chorus Actor seats were Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Manoel Felciano. Incumbent Stage Manager Councillor Lisa Dawn Cave was re-elected, while the other vacant Stage Manager seat will be filled by Erin Maureen Koster.

In the Central Region, Non-Councillor Central Regional Board Member Wydetta Carter was elected as a Councillor in the Principal Actor category.

In the Western Region, Kate Burton and Barbara Callander were elected as Principal Councillors. Incumbents Heather Lee and Vernon Willet were both re-elected as Principal Councillors. Michael A. Shepperd was elected to the one available Chorus seat in the region.

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
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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