Drama Desk Awards Postponed Due to Breaking News Events in NY

Due to breaking news events in New York this weekend, Spectrum News NY1 and the Drama Desk organization have made the decision to postpone tonight’s planned airing of The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards. More details on a rescheduled date and time will be made available soon. For the latest information, visit dramadeskawards.com.

drama“The Drama Desk celebrates all that’s outstanding in the work of New York’s diverse theater artists and craftspeople. We regret the postponement of our awards ceremony tonight but, as an organization committed to the principle that all voices must be heard, we stand together with our black colleagues against the racial injustice and violence in our nation and city. We are grateful to Spectrum News NY1 for its comprehensive news coverage of this painful moment.” —Drama Desk Co-Presidents Charles Wright & David Barbour

Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theatre.

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage Tonight at 7:30 PM 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage Tonight at 7:30 PM

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in lieu of a traditional ceremony, the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage on Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 PM. The awards special also will stream on NY1.com, and DramaDeskAwards.com.

SOFT POWER. Photos by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, produced by The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, was nominated in eleven categories including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Henry Hwang, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Leigh Silverman, Outstanding Orchestrations for Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical for Anita Yavich, Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical for Kai Harada, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Alyse Alan Louis and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael R. Jackson’s A STRANGE LOOP Wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; SOFT POWER and HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING Are Finalists 

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, produced by Signature Theatre Company, was nominated for Outstanding Play and Jue received a second Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance as Duch.

Francis Jue as Duch in Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Atlantic Theater’s Production of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy), directed by Obie Award winner John Ortiz, and co-produced with LAByrinth Theater Company, received eight nominations including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Kristina Poe and Elizabeth Rodriguez and Outstanding Director for John Ortiz and Outstanding Fight Choreography for UnkleDave’s Fight House.

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni
Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni

The nominees for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards are:

Outstanding Play
Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre
Greater Clements, by Samuel D. Hunter, Lincoln Center Theater
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Atlantic Theater Company/LAByrinth Theater Company
Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Playwrights Horizons
The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Musical
Octet, Signature Theatre
The Secret Life of Bees, Atlantic Theater Company
Soft Power, The Public Theater
A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions
The Wrong Man, MCC Theater

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Public Theater
Mac Beth, Red Bull Theater/Hunter Theater Project
Much Ado About Nothing, The Public Theater
A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Transport Group
West Side Story

Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg, Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Howard McGillin in THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Charles Busch, The Confession of Lily Dare
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francis Jue, Cambodian Rock Band
Triney Sandoval, 72 Miles to Go…
Kyle Soller, The Inheritance

Raúl Esparza in <i>Seared</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Rose Byrne, Medea
Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Emily Davis, Is This A Room
April Matthis, Toni Stone
Ruth Negga, Hamlet

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
David Aron Damane, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Chris Dwan, Enter Laughing
Joshua Henry, The Wrong Man
Francis Jue, Soft Power
Larry Owens, A Strange Loop

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tammy Blanchard, Little Shop of Horrors
Beth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Saycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of Bees
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz in “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” © Monique Carboni

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Victor Almanzar, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Esteban Andres Cruz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance
Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

Elizabeth Canavan, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Elizabeth Rodriguez & Liza Colón-Zayas. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Patrice Johnson Chevannes, runboyrun & In Old Age
Kristina Poe, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Belange Rodríguez, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Lois Smith, The Inheritance

The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
George Abud, Emojiland
Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Jay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PA
Conrad Ricamora, Soft Power
Ryan Vasquez, The Wrong Man

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Yesenia Ayala, West Side Story
Paula Leggett Chase, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
Alyse Alan Louis, Soft Power
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill

Stephen Adly Guirgis & John Ortiz. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jessica Blank, Coal Country
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
John Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Tina Satter, Is This A Room
Erica Schmidt, Mac Beth

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
Thomas Kail, The Wrong Man
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Leigh Silverman, Soft Power
Annie Tippe, Octet

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, West Side Story
Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid, Beyond Babel
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!
Travis Wall, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Music
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Duncan Sheik, The Secret Life of Bees
Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power

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

Outstanding Lyrics
Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees
Adam Gwon, Scotland, PA
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Dave Malloy, Octet
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette

Outstanding Book of a Musical
David Henry Hwang, Soft Power
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Lynn Nottage, The Secret Life of Bees
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette
Dick Scanlan, The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Lacamoire, The Wrong Man
Or Matias and Dave Malloy, Octet
Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Soft Power
Jonathan Tunick, West Side Story

Outstanding Music in a Play
Steve Earle, Coal Country
Frightened Rabbit, Square Go
Jim Harbourne, Feral
Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Adam Seidel, Jane Bruce, and Daniel Ocanto, Original Sound

Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman
Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
Catherine Cornell, Mac Beth
Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons
Adam Rigg, Fefu and Her Friends
Paul Steinberg, Judgment Day
B.T. Whitehill, The Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
Julian Crouch, Little Shop of Horrors
Anna Louizos, Scotland, PA
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!
Clint Ramos, Soft Power
Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta, Octet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Asa Benally, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Montana Levi Blanco, Fefu and Her Friends
Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Antony McDonald, Judgment Day
Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare
Kaye Voyce, Coriolanus

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Vanessa Leuck, Emojiland
Jeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Anita Yavich, Soft Power
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Isabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Oona Curley, Dr. Ride’s American Beach House
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Judgment Day
Yi Zhao, Greater Clements

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Betsy Adams, The Wrong Man
Jane Cox, The Secret Life of Bees
Herrick Goldman, Einstein’s Dreams
Bruno Poet, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Projection Design
David Bengali, Einstein’s Dreams
Julia Frey, Medea
Luke Halls, West Side Story
Lisa Renkel and POSSIBLE, Emojiland
Hannah Wasileski, Fires in the Mirror

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Justin Ellington, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Palmer Hefferan, Fefu and Her Friends
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada, Is This A Room

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Tom Gibbons, West Side Story
Kai Harada, Soft Power
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!
Hidenori Nakajo, Octet
Nevin Steinberg, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Cookie Jordan, Fefu and Her Friends
Nikiya Mathis, STEW
Tom Watson, The Great Society
Bobbie Zlotnik, Emojiland

Outstanding Solo Performance
David Cale, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Jacqueline Novak, Get on Your Knees
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.

Unique Theatrical Experience
Beyond Babel, Hideaway Circus
Feral, Tortoise in a Nutshell/Cumbernauld Theatre/59E59
Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre
Midsummer: A Banquet, Food of Love Productions/Third Rail Projects

Outstanding Fight Choreography
Vicki Manderson, Square Go
Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play
UnkleDave’s Fight House, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Adaptation
A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne
Judgment Day, by Christopher Shinn
Mojada, by Luis Alfaro
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, by Halley Feiffer

Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)
Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Puppet Design
Raphael Mishler, Tumacho
Rockefeller Productions, Paddington Gets in a Jam
Amanda Villalobos, Is This A Room

Special Awards:

Ensemble Award: To the eight pitch-perfect performers in Dave Malloy’s a cappella musical Octet: Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma proved instrumental in giving a layered look at modern forms of addiction.

Sam Norkin Award: To actress Mary Bacon, who continued her versatile career of compassionate, searing work for such companies as The Mint, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, and The Actors Theater Company, with two of Off-Broadway’s most humane performances this season in Coal Country at the Public Theater and Nothing Gold Can Stay presented by Partial Comfort Productions.

To The Actors Fund, Seth Rudetsky, and James Wesley for connecting members of the theater community and lifting spirits during the coronavirus crisis. The Actors Fund has worked tirelessly to provide financial and health resources to those impacted by the pandemic; Rudetsky and Wesley’s semi-daily “Stars in the House” webcast is raising funds for The Actors Fund, while providing performances, reunions, and medical updates.

To The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater” that began in 1957 and evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater. The current Mobile Unit tours free Shakespeare throughout the five boroughs, including prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers, reminding audiences new and old that the play really is the thing.

To WP Theater and Julia Miles, the company’s founder who died this spring. Formerly known as The Women’s Project and Productions, the company began in 1978 at American Place Theatre, where Miles served as associate to visionary artistic director Wynn Handman, who also died this spring. WP is the largest, most enduring American company that nurtures and produces works by female-identified creators. Over a little more than four decades, it has changed the demographics of American drama through an unwavering focus on women writers, directors, producers, performers, and craftspeople.

To Claire Warden for her pioneering work as an intimacy choreographer in such recent projects as Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and Linda Vista, and her leadership in the rapidly emerging movement of intimacy direction. As part of the creative team of Intimacy Directors & Coordinators and Director of Engagement for and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, she is helping create theater experiences that are safer for performers and more authentic for contemporary audiences.

The evening will feature appearances by Tituss Burgess, James Corden, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Beanie Feldstein, Santino Fontana, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Ashley Park, Andrew Rannells, Ali Stroker, and Susan Stroman.

Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theatre critics, journalists, editors, publishers, and broadcasters covering theatre.

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

June 3: SigSpace Summit with CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Lauren Yee and Mekong NYC Executive Director Chhaya Chhoum

On Wednesday, June 3 at 5:00pm EST, Signature’s award-winning Residency 5 playwright Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band) and Chhaya Chhoum, the Executive Director of Mekong NYC, are hosting the next SigSpace Summit. Join them in conversation about advocacy within the Bronx (one of the communities hit hardest by Covid-19), fighting deportation, and promoting allyship with the Black community.

RSVP to join the conversation live on Zoom, or you can watch as the stream on Facebook Live.



Lauren Yee’s plays include  Cambodian Rock Band  (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theatre) and  The Great Leap  (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama, Pasadena Playhouse). Honors: Doris  Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). She holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Mekong NYC aims to improve the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services. The Southeast Asian community in the Bronx primarily consists of Cambodian Americans and Vietnamese Americans.

Mekong NYC is where history and culture are valued and learned, where history and culture are living, where people’s needs are met, where people are united through struggle, and where the people feel liberated.

Sokunthary Svay, Socheatta Meng, Lauren Yee, Chhaya Chhoum and Auntie at the opening night party of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on February 24, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

Signature Theatre recently announced a new program, SigSpace, which will bring artistically-anchored programming to the unique Signature Theatre lobby space. Signature Theatre launched SigSpace digitally on Friday, April 17 with online programming that connects Signature artists with the community during this moment in history, before welcoming audiences back to The Pershing Square Signature Center when it reopens.

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Francis Jue Wins 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play; Full List of Winners 

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

SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, Lauren Yee and David Henry Hwang 

Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEE’s Garners Five SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards; Francis Jue Wins for Principal Actor in KING OF THE YEES and Featured Actor in THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama

Video and Photos: Inside the 2nd Asian American Night of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre 

Inside Asian American Night at Signature’s First Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Asian American Night for 1st Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama at Signature Theatre Tonight 

Inside AAPI Happy Hour Featuring The Cyclos; Signature Theatre Extends Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND through March 15 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour In Celebration of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre on January 15 

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury Receive 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

May 20: Asia Society WEBCAST – Telling Stories: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Francis Jue and Lauren Yee In Conversation With Diep Tran

On Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. (EDT), two multiple Award-winning Asian American theater makers, Francis Jue and Lauren Yee, will join theater critic Diep Tran for Asia Society’s free live video webcast conversation. They will discuss the importance of whose stories are told and why this is so crucial to the American identity.

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre’s production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band starring Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng, recently received a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. The production has been nominated for a 2019-20 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, a 2020 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, a 2020 Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production of Play, a 2020 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for Joe Ngo.

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Francis Jue has been scooping up awards and nominations for four different roles this season. He has garnered a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power; a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Cambodian Rock Band; and two San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards – for Principal Actor in a Play for San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, and for Featured Actor in a Play in Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Jue is in contention for two Drama Desk Awards – for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Cambodian Rock Band and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Soft Power. He was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Lead Actor in a Musical for Soft Power.

Award-winning Broadway Vet Francis Jue Talks about SOFT POWER, KING OF THE YEES, WILD GOOSE DREAMS, “Madam Secretary” and Getting Married

Francis Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Some favorite Off-Broadway credits include Cambodian Rock Band (Lucille Lortel Award), Soft Power (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award), Yellow Face (Obie), Kung Fu, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, King Lear, and A Language of Their Own. Other favorite theatre credits include The Language Archive (BATCC), The King of the Yees (BATCC, Scenie Award), In the Next Room… (AriZoni Award), Cabaret (BATCC), Red (Philly Award), Tiger Style!, The King & I, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Joyful Noise, Madam SecretaryNew AmsterdamThe Good WifeLaw & Order: SVU. Jue is featured on the cast recordings of Cambodian Rock Band and Soft Power.

Lauren Yee‘s plays include  Cambodian Rock Band  (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theatre) and  The Great Leap  (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama, Pasadena Playhouse). Honors: Doris  Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). She holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Four 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue; Full List of Honorees

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND’s Francis Jue Wins 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play; Full List of Winners 

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

SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, Lauren Yee and David Henry Hwang 

Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEE’s Garners Five SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards; Francis Jue Wins for Principal Actor in KING OF THE YEES and Featured Actor in THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama

Video and Photos: Inside the 2nd Asian American Night of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre 

Inside Asian American Night at Signature’s First Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Asian American Night for 1st Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama at Signature Theatre Tonight 

Inside AAPI Happy Hour Featuring The Cyclos; Signature Theatre Extends Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND through March 15 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour In Celebration of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre on January 15 

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury Receive 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, Lauren Yee and David Henry Hwang at Noon on May 1

On Friday, May 1st, Signature Theatre is presenting their SigSpace Arts Lunch with Award-winning actor Francis Jue at noon on Instagram Live.

Last night, Francis Jue received two San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Excellence in Theatre Awards for Principal Actor in the San Francisco Playhouse’s production of King of the Yees and Featured Actor in The Language Lesson, produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

He’s the toast of the New York Theater Awards season with double Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for his complex star turns as DHH in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, a co-production of The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, and as Duch in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, produced by Signature Theatre.

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

For Soft Power, he received a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and a 2020 Drama Desk Award nod for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. For Cambodian Rock Band, he garnered a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and a 2020 Drama Desk Award nod for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

Award-winning Broadway Vet Francis Jue Talks about SOFT POWER, KING OF THE YEES, WILD GOOSE DREAMS, “Madam Secretary” and Getting Married 

Jue will be joined during the Arts Lunch by David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee. Message your questions in advance with the hashtag #SigSpacePresents!

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND photo montage courtesy of director, Chay Yew.

Francis Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie and M. Butterfly. His Off-Broadway credits include Cambodian Rock Band and Kung Fu at Signature Theatre Company; Soft Power, Wild Goose Dreams, Yellow Face, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Pericles, King Lear at The Public; Coraline and Falsettoland. His regional credits include Soft Power, In the Next Room…, Cabaret, Tiger Style!, Miss Saigon, King of the Yees, tokyo fish story.  Film and TV credits include Joyful Noise, and recurring roles on “Madam Secretary”, “Law & Order: SVU”, and “The Good Wife”. Among his acting awards are an Obie Award and Lortel Award for his role in Yellow Face at the Public Theater (2008), a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for Cabaret, BATCC Best Supporting Actor Award and Best Choreography Award for Pacific Overtures; BATCC Best Supporting Actor Award and Best Choreography Award for Into the Woods; a Philly Award for Best Actor for Red; a Zoni Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Illusion; a Drama-Logue Award for Kiss of the Spiderwoman at TheatreWorks (1997); a Zoni Award for In the Next Room…;  an Elliot Norton Award for Best Supporting Actor for Miss Saigon at North Shore Music Theatre (2013); and another Obie Award for Wild Goose Dreams at the Public (2018). In 2019, Jue received nominations for San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Featured Actor in a Play for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of The Language Archive and for Principal Actor in a Play for San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees. The 44th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards will be announced on April 30 via an online presentation. He is also featured on the recently released Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Soft Power and the soon-to-be-released cast recording of Cambodian Rock Band (May 8).

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and has worked since 2015 as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. He is currently writing the live-action musical feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios. Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. M. Butterfly recently returned to Broadway in a revival directed by Julie Taymor, which marked Mr. Hwang’s eighth Broadway production. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), premiered in May 2018 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre (six Ovation Awards, including Best Production) and San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. Soft Power was nominated for eleven Drama Desk Awards and five Lucille Lortel Awards.

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage and Jungle Theatre. Signature Theatre’s recent production received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Francis Jue, who also received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND cast members Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Moses Villarama and Courtney Reed. Photo by Lia Chang

Her play, THE GREAT LEAP, has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

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

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artists Award, the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Francesca Primus Prize and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes Pachinko (Apple) and Soundtrack (Netflix). She is currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She completed her BA at Yale and her MFA at UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

In partnership with various artists and community organizations, SigSpace will be a home for live performance and events like concerts featuring new music, works-in-progress, storytelling, panels, social justice conversations, self-care activities and other opportunities to gather.

Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SigSpace will also allow Signature to sustain its lobby as a free public workspace and social hub for the NYC community.

Information and content can be found directly on www.signaturetheatre.org/SigSpace

Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEE’s Garners Five SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards; Francis Jue Wins for Principal Actor in KING OF THE YEES and Featured Actor in THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama, To be released on May 8 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEE’s Garners Five SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Awards; Francis Jue Wins for Principal Actor in KING OF THE YEES and Featured Actor in THE LANGUAGE LESSON

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 44th Annual “Excellence in Theatre” awards with an online presentation via its website on April 30.

Originally scheduled for March 30 at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre, the event was postponed as the coronavirus crisis gained a foothold in the US. It was then cancelled altogether as the situation worsened, as was every other scheduled large gathering.

San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees won in five categories – for Entire Production in San Francisco and the Bay Area, Principal Actor in a Play for Francis Jue, Featured Actress in a Play for Rinabeth Apostol and Sound Design for Mikhail Fiksel.

The cast of “King of the Yees,” Jomar Tagatac, from left, Krystle Piamonte, Francis Jue, Rinabeth Apostol and Will Dao appears recently at San Francisco Playhouse. courtesy of Jessica Palopoli

Francis Jue garnered his second award of the season for Featured Actor in a Play in Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. His castmate Jomar Tagatac won for Principal Actor in a Play.

Francis Jue, Jomar Tagatac, Adrienne Kaori Walters, Emily Kuroda. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

For more information about the Circle Awards, visit the SFBATCC web site at www.sfbatcc.org.

The SFBATCC is a private 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving theatres of all types and sizes in the greater region by recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in the field. Active since 1976, the Circle consists of reviewers covering theatre in all nine Bay Area counties, across various media, who are voted into membership by existing members based on the quality and consistency of their reviews. The Circle hosts an annual awards ceremony each Spring to celebrate superior work in the previous year.

Francis Jue To Star In Lauren Yee’s KING OF THE YEES at San Francisco Playhouse, January 22 – March 2

Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Jomar Tagatac, Elena Wright and Adrienne Kaori Walters in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Production of Julia Cho’s THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE through August 4 

SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee at Noon on May 1 

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama, To be released on May 8 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

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

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 has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

2020 Drama League Awards Nominees

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community — specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.

Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the highly coveted Distinguished Performance Award have been announced. Voting is open for Drama League members from May 1 – May 22. Award winners will be announced by Gabriel Stelian-Shanks & Bevin Ross via livestream in June. The Drama League Awards Event Chair is Bonnie Comley.

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Cambodian Rock Band
Directed by Chay Yew
Written by Lauren Yee
Signature Theatre Company

Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Dana H.
Directed by Les Waters
Written by Lucas Hnath
Vineyard Theatre

Ashley Park, Michael Urie, Jane Alexander, and James Cromwell in Grand Horizons. Photo by Joan Marcus

Grand Horizons
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Written by Bess Wohl
Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater

Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre.
Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre. (© Monique Carboni)

The Hot Wing King
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Written by Katori Hall
Signature Theatre Company

John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy
John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Inheritance
Directed by
 Stephen Daldry
Written by Matthew Lopez
Barrymore Theatre

The Michaels
Written and Directed by
 Richard Nelson
Public Theater

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Halley Feiffer
MCC Theater

From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni
From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni

One in Two
Directed by
 Stevie Walker-Webb
Written by Donja R. Love
The New Group

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, 'Sea Wall/A Life' Photo by Richard Hubert Smith
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Sea Wall/A Life
Directed by 
Carrie Cracknell
Written by Simon Stephens/Nick Payne
Hudson Theater

Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus

Seared
Directed by 
Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Written by Theresa Rebeck
MCC Theater

The cast of "Slave Play," (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.
The cast of “Slave Play,” (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.(Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Slave Play
Directed by
 Robert O’Hara
Written by Jeremy O. Harris
New York Theatre Workshop/John Golden Theatre

Toni Lachelle Pollitt, Kristin Dodson, Nikkole Salter and Portia in Stew. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Stew
Directed by 
Colette Robert
Written by Zora Howard
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OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Girl from the North Country
Directed by 
Conor McPherson
Book by Conor McPherson, Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Belasco Theatre

The Broadway cast of 'Jagged Little Pill.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
The Broadway cast of ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Jagged Little Pill
Directed by 
Diane Paulus
Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, Lyrics by Alanis Morissette, Book by Diablo Cody
Broadhurst Theatre

Moulin Rouge!
Directed by
 Alex Timbers
Book by John Logan, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Octet
Directed by 
Annie Tippe
Written by Dave Malloy
Signature Theatre Company

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

The Secret Life of Bees
Directed by Sam Gold
Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Atlantic Theater Company

Jakeim Hart, Max William Bartos, Zara Devlin, Sam Poon, Brenock O’Connor, Brendan C. Callahan, and Gian Perez in Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop.(© Matthew Murphy)

Sing Street
Directed by 
Rebecca Taichman
Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Gary Clark and John Carney
New York Theatre Workshop

Cast of Six. Photo by Liz Lauren

Six
Directed by
 Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Soft Power
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang, Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Public Theater

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

A Strange Loop
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Playwrights Horizons

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Directed by 
Phyllida Lloyd
Book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Music by Various Artists
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Betrayal
Directed by
 Jamie Lloyd
Written by Harold Pinter
Jacobs Theatre

Alexandria Wailes and cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Photo by Joan Marcus

for colored girls who have considered suicide
/when the rainbow is enuf
Directed by
 Leah C. Gardiner
Written by Ntozake Shange
Public Theater

Michael Benjamin Washington in <i>Fires in the Mirror</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michael Benjamin Washington in Fires in the Mirror. Photo by Joan Marcus

Fires in the Mirror
Directed by 
Saheem Ali
Written by Anna Deavere Smith
Signature Theatre Company

Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald in Frankie and Johnny. Photo by Deen van Meer

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
Directed by
 Arin Arbus
Written by Terrence McNally
Broadhurst Theatre

Judgment Day
Directed by 
Richard Jones
Written by Ödön von Horváth, Adapted by Christopher Shinn
Park Avenue Armory

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne in MEDEA. Photo by Richard Termine

Medea
Directed by Simon Stone
Written by Simon Stone after Euripides
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Lorenzo Jackson, Katherine Renee Turner, Rosalyn Coleman and Galen Ryan Kane in A NATIVE SON. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Native Son
Directed by Seret Scott
Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright
The Acting Company

Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus
Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Rose Tattoo
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Tennessee Williams
Roundabout Theatre Company

A Soldier’s Play
Directed by Kenny Leon
Written by Charles Fuller
Roundabout Theatre Company

The Woman in Black
Directed by Robin Herford
Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill
The McKittrick Hotel

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg
Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg

Enter Laughing
Directed by Stuart Ross
Book by Joseph Stein, Music and Lyrics by Stan Daniels
York Theatre Company

Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid
Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid

Little Shop of Horrors
Directed by Michael Mayer
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Westside Theatre

The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy
The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy

Rock of Ages
Directed by Kristin Hanggi
Book by Chris D’Arienzo, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
New World Stages

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Directed by Kathleen Marshall
Book and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
The Transport Group

West Side Story
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Broadway Theatre

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
David Acton, The Woman in Black
Jeffrey BeanDublin Carol
Ato Blankson-WoodThe Rolling Stone and Slave Play

James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy
James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy

Christian BorleLittle Shop of Horrors
Danielle BrooksMuch Ado About Nothing
Danny BursteinMoulin Rouge!

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy
Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy

Rose Byrne, Medea
Len CariouHarry Townsend’s Last Stand
Patrice Johnson Chevannesrunboyrun & In Old Age

Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)
Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)

Liza Colón-ZayasHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Kate del Castillothe way she spoke
Edmund DonovanGreater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francesca FaridanyThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Halley FeifferThe Pain of My Belligerence
Danyel FultonBroadbend, Arkansas
Annie GoldenBroadway Bounty Hunter

Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)
Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)

Donnetta Lavinia GraysWhere We Stand
David Alan GrierA Soldier’s Play
Jonathan GroffLittle Shop of Horrors
Jake GyllenhaalSea Wall/A Life
Tom HiddlestonBetrayal
Paul HiltonThe Inheritance
Kathryn HunterTimon of Athens
Galen Ryan KaneNative Son
Brittney MackSix
April MatthisToni Stone

Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Susannah MillonziThe Crucible
Kate MulgrewThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Joe NgoCambodian Rock Band

Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus
Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus

Deirdre O’ConnellDana H.
Brenock O’ConnorSing Street
Okwui Okpokwasilifor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Karen OlivoMoulin Rouge!

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon
Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon

Larry OwensA Strange Loop
Lauren PattenJagged Little Pill
Chris PerfettiMoscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Ben PorterThe Woman in Black
Isaac PowellWest Side Story
Jonathan PryceThe Height of the Storm
Elizabeth RodriguezHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Michael ShannonFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Tom SturridgeSea Wall/A Life
Marisa TomeiThe Rose Tattoo
Blair UnderwoodA Soldier’s Play
Michael UrieGrand Horizons
Adrienne WarrenTina: The Tina Turner Musical
Michael Benjamin WashingtonFires in the Mirror
PortiaStew

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season.  As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded.
Harvey FiersteinBella Bella
Mary-Louise ParkerThe Sound Inside
Audra McDonaldFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Membership is open to everyone; for more information about membership or the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

THE GREAT LEAP’s Grant Chang, WITCH’s Maura Tierney & Evan Jonigkeit Garner 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Lead Performance; Full List of Winners

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

Grant Chang in Pasadena Playhouse & East West Players’ production of The Great Leap. (Photo Credit: Jenny Graham

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

Grant Chang has garnered a 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance as Wen Chang in Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players’ co-production of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, helmed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. The Great Leap is the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player’s actions become the accidental focus of attention.

Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman's Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse.
Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman’s Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse. (© Jeff Lorch)

There were two recipients of the 2019 Production award: Jen Silverman’s Witch (Geffen Playhouse) and Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company). Awards in 17 other categories celebrated a wide range of Los Angeles theatre, with 18 different productions taking home honors. Geffen Playhouse’s Witch took home the most awards for a single production, with seven in the categories of Production; Lead Performance for Evan Jonigkeit and Maura Tierney;  Ensemble Performance, Writing for Jen Silverman; Direction for Marti Lyons; Costume Design for Danae Iris McQueen. Geffen Playhouse also received the most awards, with three of its productions winning a combined 10 trophies.

The company of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent.” A co-production with Huntington Theatre Company, “Indecent” at the Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Center Theatre Group received a combined nine awards with three of its productions, including Deirdre O’Connell for Solo Performance in Dana H., Bill Sims Jr. for Musical Score for August Wilson’s Jitney and the aforementioned Indecent for Production, Ensemble, Writing and Direction.

The complete list of award recipients is as follows:

PRODUCTION
Indecent, produced by Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company
Witch, produced by Geffen Playhouse

MCCULLOH REVIVAL
The Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by Antaeus Theatre Company
Two Trains Running, produced by Sophina Brown

LEAD PERFORMANCE
Grant Chang, The Great Leap, Pasadena Playhouse
Steve Hofvendahl, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Evan Jonigkeit, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Michael Manuel, Frankenstein, A Noise Within
Rob Nagle, The Judas Kiss, Boston Court Pasadena
Maura Tierney, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Nija Okoro, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Adolphus Ward, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Witch, Geffen Playhouse

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

WRITING
Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Jen Silverman, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Paula Vogel, Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

WRITING ADAPTATION
Lucas Hnath, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

MUSICAL SCORE
Mark Heard, Pat Terry, Randy VanWarmer, Tim Alderson, Salvage, Lounge Theatre
Bill Sims Jr, August Wilson’s Jitney, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

MUSIC DIRECTION
Anthony Lucca, Bronco Billy – The Musical, Skylight Theatre
Stephan Terry, Salvage, Lounge Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Edgar Godineaux and Jared Grimes, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Geffen Playhouse

DIRECTION
Marti Lyons, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Stephanie Shroyer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN
Peter Kaczorowski, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse
Jared A. Sayeg, Ragtime, Pasadena Playhouse

COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Foldenauer, Argonautika, A Noise Within
Danae Iris McQueen, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

SOUND DESIGN
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

CGI/PROJECTION
Yee Eun Nam, The Mother of Henry, Latino Theater Company
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia, Pantages Theatre

SPECIALTY
Steve Cuiffo, Illusions and Lip Sync, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

The following special award winners were previously announced:
The GORDON DAVIDSON Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community: Ojai Playwrights Conference.
The MARGARET HARFORD Award for sustained excellence in theatre:The Fountain Theatre.
The POLLY WARFIELD Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre: A Noise Within.
The JOEL HIRSCHHORN Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre: Celebration Theatre.
The TED SCHMITT Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play: The Mother of Henry, written by Evelina Fernández, produced by the Latino Theater Company.
The MILTON KATSELAS Award for distinguished achievement in direction: Michael Michetti.
The KINETIC LIGHTING Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design: Hana S. Kim, Projection and Set Designer.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2019 membership consisted of:

Frances Baum Nicholson, Southern California News Group, Stage Struck Review
Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw, Theater Diges
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen
Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld, Musicals in LA
Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw, ArtsInLA.com
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw
Harker Jones, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Jenny Lower Beckman, Stage Raw
Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
Terry Morgan, Stage Raw, TalkinBroadway.com
Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw
Melinda Schupmann, Showmag.com, ArtsInLA.com
Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Don Shirley, LA Observed
Les Spindle, EDGE LA
Rob Stevens, haineshisway.com

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

SigSpace Presents Arts Lunch with Francis Jue, David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee at Noon on May 1

On Friday, May 1st, Signature Theatre is presenting their  SigSpace Arts Lunch with Award-winning actor Francis Jue at noon on Instagram Live.

Francis Jue is the toast of the New York Theater Awards season with double Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for his complex star turns as DHH in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, a co-production of The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, and as Duch in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, produced by Signature Theatre.

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

For Soft Power, he received a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and a 2020 Drama Desk Award nod for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. For Cambodian Rock Band, he garnered a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and a 2020 Drama Desk Award nod for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

Award-winning Broadway Vet Francis Jue Talks about SOFT POWER, KING OF THE YEES, WILD GOOSE DREAMS, “Madam Secretary” and Getting Married 

Jue will be joined during the Arts Lunch by David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee. Message your questions in advance with the hashtag #SigSpacePresents!

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND photo montage courtesy of director, Chay Yew.

Francis Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie and M. Butterfly. His Off-Broadway credits include Cambodian Rock Band and Kung Fu at Signature Theatre Company; Soft Power, Wild Goose Dreams, Yellow Face, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Pericles, King Lear at The Public; Coraline and Falsettoland. His regional credits include Soft Power, In the Next Room…, Cabaret, Tiger Style!, Miss Saigon, King of the Yees, tokyo fish story.  Film and TV credits include Joyful Noise, and recurring roles on “Madam Secretary”, “Law & Order: SVU”, and “The Good Wife”. Among his acting awards are an Obie Award and Lortel Award for his role in Yellow Face at the Public Theater (2008), a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for Cabaret, BATCC Best Supporting Actor Award and Best Choreography Award for Pacific Overtures; BATCC Best Supporting Actor Award and Best Choreography Award for Into the Woods; a Philly Award for Best Actor for Red; a Zoni Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Illusion; a Drama-Logue Award for Kiss of the Spiderwoman at TheatreWorks (1997); a Zoni Award for In the Next Room…;  an Elliot Norton Award for Best Supporting Actor for Miss Saigon at North Shore Music Theatre (2013); and another Obie Award for Wild Goose Dreams at the Public (2018). In 2019, Jue received nominations for San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Featured Actor in a Play for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of The Language Archive and for Principal Actor in a Play for San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees. The 44th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards will be announced on April 30 via an online presentation. He is also featured on the recently released Original Off-Broadway cast recording of Soft Power and the soon-to-be-released cast recording of Cambodian Rock Band (May 8).

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and has worked since 2015 as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. He is currently writing the live-action musical feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios. Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. M. Butterfly recently returned to Broadway in a revival directed by Julie Taymor, which marked Mr. Hwang’s eighth Broadway production. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), premiered in May 2018 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre (six Ovation Awards, including Best Production) and San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. Soft Power was nominated for eleven Drama Desk Awards and five Lucille Lortel Awards.

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage and Jungle Theatre. Signature Theatre’s recent production received Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Francis Jue, who also received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND cast members Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Moses Villarama and Courtney Reed. Photo by Lia Chang

Her play, THE GREAT LEAP, has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

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

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artists Award, the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Francesca Primus Prize and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes Pachinko (Apple) and Soundtrack (Netflix). She is currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She completed her BA at Yale and her MFA at UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

In partnership with various artists and community organizations, SigSpace will be a home for live performance and events like concerts featuring new music, works-in-progress, storytelling, panels, social justice conversations, self-care activities and other opportunities to gather.

Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SigSpace will also allow Signature to sustain its lobby as a free public workspace and social hub for the NYC community.

Information and content can be found directly on www.signaturetheatre.org/SigSpace

Video Teaser: Cast Recording of Signature Theatre Production of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama, To be released on May 8 

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards partnered with “Stars in the House” to live stream this year’s nominations and were announced this afternoon by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the hosts of the virtual daily talk show. Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in lieu of a traditional ceremony, the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be announced during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage on Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 PM. The awards special also will stream on NY1.com, and DramaDeskAwards.com.

SOFT POWER. Photos by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, produced by The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, was nominated in eleven categories including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical for David Henry Hwang, Outstanding Music for Jeanine Tesori, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Leigh Silverman, Outstanding Orchestrations for Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical for Anita Yavich, Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical for Kai Harada, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Alyse Alan Louis and Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, produced by Signature Theatre Company, was nominated for Outstanding Play and Jue received a second Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his performance as Duch.

Francis Jue as Duch in Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Atlantic Theater’s Production of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy), directed by Obie Award winner John Ortiz, and co-produced with LAByrinth Theater Company, received eight nominations including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Kristina Poe and Elizabeth Rodriguez and Outstanding Director for John Ortiz and Outstanding Fight Choreography for UnkleDave’s Fight House.

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni
Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

The nominees for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards are:

Outstanding Play
Cambodian Rock Band, by Lauren Yee, Signature Theatre
Greater Clements, by Samuel D. Hunter, Lincoln Center Theater
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Atlantic Theater Company/LAByrinth Theater Company
Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Playwrights Horizons
The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Musical
Octet, Signature Theatre
The Secret Life of Bees, Atlantic Theater Company
Soft Power, The Public Theater
A Strange Loop, Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 Productions
The Wrong Man, MCC Theater

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Public Theater
Mac Beth, Red Bull Theater/Hunter Theater Project
Much Ado About Nothing, The Public Theater
A Soldier’s Play, Roundabout Theatre Company

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Little Shop of Horrors
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Transport Group
West Side Story

Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg, Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Howard McGillin in THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Charles Busch, The Confession of Lily Dare
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francis Jue, Cambodian Rock Band
Triney Sandoval, 72 Miles to Go…
Kyle Soller, The Inheritance

Raúl Esparza in <i>Seared</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Rose Byrne, Medea
Liza Colón-Zayas, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Emily Davis, Is This A Room
April Matthis, Toni Stone
Ruth Negga, Hamlet

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
David Aron Damane, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Chris Dwan, Enter Laughing
Joshua Henry, The Wrong Man
Francis Jue, Soft Power
Larry Owens, A Strange Loop

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tammy Blanchard, Little Shop of Horrors
Beth Malone, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Saycon Sengbloh, The Secret Life of Bees
Elizabeth Stanley, Jagged Little Pill
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Victor Almanzar and Esteban Andres Cruz in “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” © Monique Carboni

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Victor Almanzar, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Esteban Andres Cruz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
David Alan Grier, A Soldier’s Play
Paul Hilton, The Inheritance
Chris Perfetti, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow

Elizabeth Canavan, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Elizabeth Rodriguez & Liza Colón-Zayas. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Patrice Johnson Chevannes, runboyrun & In Old Age
Kristina Poe, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Belange Rodríguez, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Lois Smith, The Inheritance

The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
The cast of Emojiland, The Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
George Abud, Emojiland
Christian Borle, Little Shop of Horrors
Jay Armstrong Johnson, Scotland, PA
Conrad Ricamora, Soft Power
Ryan Vasquez, The Wrong Man

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Yesenia Ayala, West Side Story
Paula Leggett Chase, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees
Alyse Alan Louis, Soft Power
Lauren Patten, Jagged Little Pill

Stephen Adly Guirgis & John Ortiz. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jessica Blank, Coal Country
Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance
John Ortiz, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Tina Satter, Is This A Room
Erica Schmidt, Mac Beth

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Stephen Brackett, A Strange Loop
Thomas Kail, The Wrong Man
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Leigh Silverman, Soft Power
Annie Tippe, Octet

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, West Side Story
Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid, Beyond Babel
Kathleen Marshall, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge!
Travis Wall, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Music
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Duncan Sheik, The Secret Life of Bees
Jeanine Tesori, Soft Power

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

Outstanding Lyrics
Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees
Adam Gwon, Scotland, PA
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum, Einstein’s Dreams
Dave Malloy, Octet
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette

Outstanding Book of a Musical
David Henry Hwang, Soft Power
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Dave Malloy, Octet
Lynn Nottage, The Secret Life of Bees
Mark Saltzman, Romeo & Bernadette
Dick Scanlan, The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Outstanding Orchestrations
Tom Kitt, Jagged Little Pill
Alex Lacamoire, The Wrong Man
Or Matias and Dave Malloy, Octet
Danny Troob, John Clancy, and Larry Hochman, Soft Power
Jonathan Tunick, West Side Story

Outstanding Music in a Play
Steve Earle, Coal Country
Frightened Rabbit, Square Go
Jim Harbourne, Feral
Martha Redbone, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Adam Seidel, Jane Bruce, and Daniel Ocanto, Original Sound

Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman
Ronete Levenson (Sue), Lindsay Rico (Paula), Helen Cespedes (Emma), Jennifer Lim (Cindy), and Brittany Bradford (Julia) in Fefu and Her Friends. Photo: Henry Grossman

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Play
Catherine Cornell, Mac Beth
Clint Ramos, Grand Horizons
Adam Rigg, Fefu and Her Friends
Paul Steinberg, Judgment Day
B.T. Whitehill, The Confession of Lily Dare

Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical
Julian Crouch, Little Shop of Horrors
Anna Louizos, Scotland, PA
Derek McLane, Moulin Rouge!
Clint Ramos, Soft Power
Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta, Octet

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Asa Benally, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Montana Levi Blanco, Fefu and Her Friends
Toni-Leslie James, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Antony McDonald, Judgment Day
Rachel Townsend and Jessica Jahn, The Confession of Lily Dare
Kaye Voyce, Coriolanus

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Vanessa Leuck, Emojiland
Jeff Mahshie, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mark Thompson, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Anita Yavich, Soft Power
Catherine Zuber, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Isabella Byrd, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Oona Curley, Dr. Ride’s American Beach House
Heather Gilbert, The Sound Inside
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Judgment Day
Yi Zhao, Greater Clements

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Betsy Adams, The Wrong Man
Jane Cox, The Secret Life of Bees
Herrick Goldman, Einstein’s Dreams
Bruno Poet, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Justin Townsend, Moulin Rouge!

Outstanding Projection Design
David Bengali, Einstein’s Dreams
Julia Frey, Medea
Luke Halls, West Side Story
Lisa Renkel and POSSIBLE, Emojiland
Hannah Wasileski, Fires in the Mirror

Outstanding Sound Design for a Play
Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, The Inheritance
Justin Ellington, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H.
Palmer Hefferan, Fefu and Her Friends
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada, Is This A Room

Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical
Tom Gibbons, West Side Story
Kai Harada, Soft Power
Peter Hylenski, Moulin Rouge!
Hidenori Nakajo, Octet
Nevin Steinberg, The Wrong Man

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Cookie Jordan, Fefu and Her Friends
Nikiya Mathis, STEW
Tom Watson, The Great Society
Bobbie Zlotnik, Emojiland

Outstanding Solo Performance
David Cale, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
Kate del Castillo, the way she spoke
Laura Linney, My Name is Lucy Barton
Jacqueline Novak, Get on Your Knees
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.

Unique Theatrical Experience
Beyond Babel, Hideaway Circus
Feral, Tortoise in a Nutshell/Cumbernauld Theatre/59E59
Is This A Room, Vineyard Theatre
Midsummer: A Banquet, Food of Love Productions/Third Rail Projects

Outstanding Fight Choreography
Vicki Manderson, Square Go
Thomas Schall, A Soldier’s Play
UnkleDave’s Fight House, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Adaptation
A Christmas Carol, by Jack Thorne
Judgment Day, by Christopher Shinn
Mojada, by Luis Alfaro
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, by Halley Feiffer

Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)
Alex Hernandez, Sabina Zúñiga Varela, Benjamin Luis McCracken, and Socorro Santiago appear in the off-Broadway production of Mojada. (© Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Puppet Design
Raphael Mishler, Tumacho
Rockefeller Productions, Paddington Gets in a Jam
Amanda Villalobos, Is This A Room

Special Awards:

Ensemble Award: To the eight pitch-perfect performers in Dave Malloy’s a cappella musical Octet: Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, and Kuhoo Verma proved instrumental in giving a layered look at modern forms of addiction.

Sam Norkin Award: To actress Mary Bacon, who continued her versatile career of compassionate, searing work for such companies as The Mint, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, and The Actors Theater Company, with two of Off-Broadway’s most humane performances this season in Coal Country at the Public Theater and Nothing Gold Can Stay presented by Partial Comfort Productions.

To The Actors Fund, Seth Rudetsky, and James Wesley for connecting members of the theater community and lifting spirits during the coronavirus crisis. The Actors Fund has worked tirelessly to provide financial and health resources to those impacted by the pandemic; Rudetsky and Wesley’s semi-daily “Stars in the House” webcast is raising funds for The Actors Fund, while providing performances, reunions, and medical updates.

To The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, a reinvention of Joseph Papp’s “Mobile Theater” that began in 1957 and evolved into the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater. The current Mobile Unit tours free Shakespeare throughout the five boroughs, including prisons, homeless shelters, and community centers, reminding audiences new and old that the play really is the thing.

To WP Theater and Julia Miles, the company’s founder who died this spring. Formerly known as The Women’s Project and Productions, the company began in 1978 at American Place Theatre, where Miles served as associate to visionary artistic director Wynn Handman, who also died this spring. WP is the largest, most enduring American company that nurtures and produces works by female-identified creators. Over a little more than four decades, it has changed the demographics of American drama through an unwavering focus on women writers, directors, producers, performers, and craftspeople.

To Claire Warden for her pioneering work as an intimacy choreographer in such recent projects as Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and Linda Vista, and her leadership in the rapidly emerging movement of intimacy direction. As part of the creative team of Intimacy Directors & Coordinators and Director of Engagement for and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, she is helping create theater experiences that are safer for performers and more authentic for contemporary audiences.

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN Receives Two Lucille Lortel Nominations including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Liza Colón-Zayas 

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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 has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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