Bob Ari, Keiko Green, Linden Tailor and Joseph Steven Yang Set for DCPA/Seattle Rep’s World Premiere of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP

The cast and creative team of Lauren Yee in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Great Leap' on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) and Seattle Repertory Theatre are presenting the World Premiere production of The Great Leap, by 2017 Kesselring Award winner Lauren Yee. Eric Ting directs.

The World Premiere production will open at the DCPA Theatre Company in Denver on February 9, 2018, and then transfer to Seattle where it will open at Seattle Repertory Theatre on March 28, 2018 with the full cast and creative team intact. Both productions will feature Bob Ari (Saul), Keiko Green (Connie), Linden Tailor (Manford), and Joseph Steven Yang (Wen Chang).

The cast and creative team of Lauren Yee in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Great Leap' on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore
The cast and creative team in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘The Great Leap’ on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore

The productions will both include designs by Wilson Chin (Scenic Designer), Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Designer), Christopher Kuhl (Lighting Designer), Curtis Craig (Sound Designer), Shawn Duan (Projection Design), Kristin Leahey (Dramaturg), Elissa Myers Casting / Paul Foquet, CSA (Casting), and stage management by Jessica Bomball (Stage Manager), D. Lynn Reiland (Assistant Stage Manager).

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it’s a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee’s unexpected and touching story is inspired by events in her own father’s life.

Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore
Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore

Playwright Lauren Yee’s fearless, modern plays have been produced by over 15 theatre companies, developed at over 17 and lauded by many. Most recently, her play King of the Yees won the Women’s Invitational at the Ashland New Play Festival, and is being produced by four regional theatres this season alone.

Details for the DCPA Theatre Company production:
February 2 – March 11, 2018
The Ricketson Theatre
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Tickets for The Great Leap in Denver may be purchased at denvercenter.org, 303-893-4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis.

Details for the Seattle Repertory Theatre production:
March 23 – April 22, 2018
Leo K. Theatre
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA
Click here for tickets and more information.

The Great Leap is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

ABOUT Seattle Repertory Theatre
Founded in 1963, Seattle Rep is led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier not-for-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations. Visit seattlerep.org.

ABOUT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, immersive plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1.2 million visitors, generating a $150 million economic impact in ticket sales alone. Additionally, DCPA Education serves more than 105,000 students of all ages and skill levels through classes, in-school programs, matinees and audience engagement opportunities.

Programming at the DCPA is made possible through the generous support of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District; Theatre Company sponsors Wells Fargo, Larimer Square and Daniel L. Ritchie, and media sponsors The Denver Post and CBS4. Please be advised that the DCPA is the ONLY authorized ticket seller for Broadway tours and shows by DCPA Theatre Company, Cabaret and Off-Center. Tickets bought through secondary ticket vendors may exceed face value or be invalid.

Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and at the DCPA’s online News Center.

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

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

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Final Week to See HERE LIES LOVE Starring Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More at Seattle Rep through June 18

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love starring Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock) as Imelda Marcos, pop singer Mark Bautista (London’s Here Lies Love) as Ferdinand Marcos, Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) as Aquino and Melody Butiu as Estrella, has been extended at Seattle Rep through June 18, 2017.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The cast also features Renee Albulario, Belinda Allyn, Debralee Daco, Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman, Jeigh Madjus, Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos,  Shea Renne, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong.

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

What the critics are saying: 

The Daily (Daniel Green)

Drama In the Hood (Mark Douglass)

The Seattle Times (Misha Berson)

Seattle Gay Scene (Michael Strangeways)

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

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

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

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

Video: HERE LIES LOVE Starring Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More at Seattle Rep, Extends until June 18

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love starring Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock) as Imelda Marcos, pop singer Mark Bautista (London’s Here Lies Love) as Ferdinand Marcos, Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) as Aquino and Melody Butiu as Estrella, has been extended at Seattle Rep through June 18, 2017.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The cast also features  Renee Albulario,  Belinda Allyn, Debralee Daco, Jordan DeLeon,  Michael Feldman, Jeigh Madjus, Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos,  Shea Renne, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong,

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

What the critics are saying: 

The Daily (Daniel Green)

Drama In the Hood (Mark Douglass)

The Seattle Times (Misha Berson)

Seattle Gay Scene (Michael Strangeways)

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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

Multimedia: Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More in HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Straight from The Public Theater‘s award-winning production of Here Lies Love, Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway: School of Rock) is currently starring as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at Seattle Rep opposite pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu have returned to reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Check out The Making of Here Lies Love videos.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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

Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More Set for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway’s School of Rock) is strapping on her dancing shoes again to star as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in Seattle Rep’s production of Here Lies Love, which begins previews on April 7, 2017.

She will be joined by pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On. Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu will reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Playing the role of Imelda Marcos is nothing new for Ms. Macapugay, having played the role at The Public Theater.

According to Ben Brantley of The New York Times, “Imelda is now played quite devastatingly, by Jaygee Macapugay….she adds an extra dash of molten steel that makes this Imelda a red-hot chiller.”

Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

According to Ms. Macapugay, “Here Lies Love is the show that combines everything I love about being a professional artist and the world needs it, especially now.  Presenting the show to a new audience at Seattle Repertory will be so special; it will feel completely new.  What a thrill!”

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep is transforming their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Check out The Making of Here Lies Love videos.

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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

Denise Burse Guest Stars on “Greenleaf”

Denise Burse and Keith David. Photo by Lia Chang
Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang
Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang

Denise Burse has landed a role on “Greenleaf,” one of her favorite shows, fresh from appearing in the acclaimed “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror,  which she shot on location in London and Capetown.

The “House of Payne” actress will play Kevin’s mother, Ethlin Satterlee, in the season 2, episode 3 entitled, “A Mother’s Love,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m. on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Created and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Craig Wright and executive producers Clement Virgo and Oprah Winfrey, “Greenleaf” also stars Merle Dandridge (“The Night Shift”), Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story”) and Keith David (“Community”), Lamman Rucker (“Why Did I Get Married?”), Deborah Joy Winans (“Whitney”), Kim Hawthorne (“Switched at Birth”), Tye White (“The People Vs. O.J. Simpson”), GregAlan Williams (“The Accountant”), Desiree Ross (“Falling Skies”), Lovie Simone and Jason Dirden. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.

The cast of "Greenleaf". Photo courtesy of (Facebook/Greenleaf OWN)
The cast of “Greenleaf”. Photo courtesy of (Facebook/Greenleaf OWN)

Fans will recall that Kevin Satterlee (Tye White), the son-in-law of the bishop of Greenleaf World Ministries, a fictional megachurch based in Memphis where intrigues, such as police brutality, political corruption, and sexual abuse are as real as it gets, has revealed to his wife Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee (played by Deborah Jo Winans), the baby of the family and minister of music, that he is struggling with the issue of homosexuality.

Charity Greenleaf Satterlee (Deborah Joy Winans) has yet to accept the fact that her husband Kevin (Tye White) is gay. (Facebook/Greenleaf OWN)
Charity Greenleaf Satterlee (Deborah Joy Winans) has yet to accept the fact that her husband Kevin (Tye White) is gay.
(Facebook/Greenleaf OWN)

Lia: How were you cast for “Greenleaf”?
Denise: I did a self tape audition for “Greenleaf”‘s episode 2 of the second season directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. It was his recommendation that the producers consider me for the role of Kevin’s mom in the 3rd episode.

Charles Randolph-Wright, Denise Burse and Peter Jay Fernandez at the opening night of of "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)" by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Public Theater in November 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
Charles Randolph-Wright, Denise Burse and Peter Jay Fernandez at the opening night of of “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Public Theater in November 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: Did you watch the show before?
Denise: I was a fan of “Greenleaf” before I worked on the show. I watched it from the very first episode.

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Lia: How would you describe her?
Denise: She’s a hard working, kind woman with intense motherly discernment, and deep faith. She has a deep sense of right and wrong. And lives a quiet, unpretentious life.

Denise Burse and Keith David. Photo by Lia Chang
Denise Burse and Keith David. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What other projects have you worked on with the other actors in your scene?
Denise: Keith David and I did a production of Black Nativity in New York directed by the late James Stovall. Lynn Whitfield and I workshopped a film script that Charles Randolph-Wright directed. Lamman Rucker and I met in New York in the late nineties and we worked at the same time in Atlanta on the Tyler Perry shows “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns.” The other cast members in my scenes I met for the first time during the shoot.

Annabel Davis as Elder Yorkie and Denise Burse as Elder Kelly in the "San Junipero" episode of "Black Mirror".
Annabel Davis as Elder Yorkie and Denise Burse as Elder Kelly in the “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror”.

Lia: What did you think of your episode of “Black Mirror” and the response to it where you played Elder Kelly, the elder version of Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character?
Denise: I was very proud of the “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero”. Our episode was written and produced by Charlie Brooker the creator of the “Black Mirror” series. It was very exciting to be on the set with the mastermind behind a show that has been so well received from fans across the country, but this episode has been submitted in film festivals around the globe and received critical acclaim as a stand alone story. It was an honor to be a member of such stellar cast and crew. We owe a great deal of the positive outcome of the episode to our director Owen Harris.

Collider.com: ‘Black Mirror’: Charlie Brooker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Talk “San Junipero” in Our Spoiler Interview

Lia: Last fall you appeared in Seattle Rep’s production of A Raisin in the Sun. Had you done the show before?
Denise: I was offered a part in a Raisin twice before this production. The first time was to play Beneatha. The second time was to play Ruth. The third time was the charm, when I was offered the role of Lena Younger, in a production directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee at Seattle Rep.

Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Beneatha Younger), Mia Ellis (Ruth Younger), Denise Burse (Lena Younger), Catalino Manalang (Travis Younger), Richard Prioleau (Walter Lee) in A Raisin in the Sun at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: Alan Alabastro

Lia: How was A Raisin in the Sun received?
Denise: A Raisin in the Sun was extremely well received with standing ovations most nights.

BWW Review: Classic RAISIN IN THE SUN at Rep Spotlights How Far We Haven’t Come

Tune in to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network at 10:00 p.m. for “A Mother’s Love” tonight.

Ms. Burse can be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia and Bruce Beresford’s Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding opposite Jane Fonda. Her favorite film roles include her co-starring turns as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother opposite Howard Rollins in The Boy King (WSB); as Buster Marshall, Thurgood Marshall’s wife in Simple Justice (PBS American Experience); as Sister Marcie in Preaching to the Choir, directed by Charles Randolph Wright, as Sergeant Martin in A Time to Triumph (CBS) starring Patty Duke; and as Eleanor Clark in Resting Place (CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame), starring John Lithgow and Morgan Freeman. Other film and TV credits include the BET/STARZ movie Funny Valentines, with Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine, Angel, Basquiat, The Juror, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, The Sopranos, The Cosby Show, New York Undercover and One Life to Live.

Ms. Burse appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Her Off-Broadway credits include Eisa Davis’ Angela’s Mixtape (Ohio Theatre), Don Juan of Seville (Classical Stage Company), Ground People (American Place Theatre), Harriet’s Return (Cherry Lane Theatre), Hannah Davis (Negro Ensemble Company) and Bill Harris’ Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil (New Federal Theatre). Her regional credits include Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts with Michael Genet (CENTERSTAGE); Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West with Ruby Dee at The Kennedy Center; Charles Randolph Wright’s Blue (Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva); Miss Evers’ Boys (Illusion Theater); African Company Presents Richard III (Cleveland Playhouse); Fences (CENTERSTAGE); The Piano Lesson (Seattle Repertory Theatre, director Lloyd Richards) and James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (True Colors Theatre Company/Alliance Theatre). Helmer Kenny Leon has directed her in August Wilson’s Fences (Alliance Theatre), Radio Golf (CENTERSTAGE, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars (Alliance Theatre). Ms. Burse garnered a Theatre World Award for her Off-Broadway debut in Ground People and an AUDELCO Award for Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil.

A native of Atlanta, Ms. Burse honed her craft performing at the Just Us Theatre, The Alliance Theatre and The Atlanta Children’s Theater.

Ms. Burse is repped by Brett Adams Ltd. Artists’ Agency.

The first of eight episodes of the new season debuted on March 15th. The remaining eight episodes of the series’ second season will air in summer 2017. “Greenleaf” premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016’s #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season. http://www.greenleafown.tv/.

Q & A: Denise Burse talks ‘Anesthesia’, Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’, and ‘Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)’

Denise Burse as Claretha Jenkins in House of Payne’s “Payneful Visit” 

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Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

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

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Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway’s School of Rock) is strapping on her dancing shoes again to star as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in Seattle Rep’s highly anticipated immersive theatrical event, Here Lies Love. 

She will be joined by pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On. Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu will reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Playing the role of Imelda Marcos is nothing new for Ms. Macapugay, having played the role at The Public Theater.

According to Ben Brantley of The New York Times, “Imelda is now played quite devastatingly, by Jaygee Macapugay….she adds an extra dash of molten steel that makes this Imelda a red-hot chiller.”

Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

According to Ms. Macapugay, “Here Lies Love is the show that combines everything I love about being a professional artist and the world needs it, especially now.  Presenting the show to a new audience at Seattle Repertory will be so special; it will feel completely new.  What a thrill!”

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep is transforming their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Starting April 7, 2017, performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
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Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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