Paul Nakauchi, Masi Oka, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, LaKeith Stanfield Attend NY Premiere of “Death Note”

Paul Nakauchi attends the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and Willem Dafoe attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and Willem Dafoe attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Paul Nakauchi (The Great Raid), currently appearing in Guthrie’s production of Sunday in the Park with George through August 20th, attended the New York premiere of the NetFlix original film “Death Note” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City.

LaKeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, director Adam Wingard, Shea Whigham, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
LaKeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, director Adam Wingard, Shea Whigham, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Nakauchi, who plays Watari in the film, was joined on the black carpet by cast members Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Scott Stuber, Shea Whigham (American Hustle) as James Turner, LaKeith Stanfield (Get Out) as L, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk, director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next);  producers Masi Oka, Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Jason Hoffs, and executive producers Miri Yoon and Jonathan Eirich.

Co-writer Charlie Parlapanides, actors Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, director Adam Wingard, actor Shea Whigham, producers Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka, actor LaKeith Stanfield and co-writer Vlas Parlapanides attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-writer Charlie Parlapanides, actors Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, director Adam Wingard, actor Shea Whigham, producers Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka, actor LaKeith Stanfield and co-writer Vlas Parlapanides attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

“Death Note” launches globally on NetFlix on August 25th and will screen in select theaters in New York and LA.

Paul Nakauchi attends the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi attends the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Nakauchi’s film credits include The Great Raid and Dark Metropolis. He has been seen on television in “Deadbeat,” “ER,” “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Knots Landing.” He is a sought after veteran voice over artist and his voice inhabits characters in the animated features The Invincible Iron ManDoctor Strange, Legend of Korra, Star Wars the Clone Wars and Alpha and Omega; the television cartoons “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” as well as numerous video games including Cars 2, Call of Duty: World at War and Lost Planet 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, to name a few.  Click here for clips of Nakauchi’s voice work.

Nakauchi played the Kralahome and understudied The King in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I  at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Ken Watanabe as The King, Paul Nakauchi as the Kralahome and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Ken Watanabe as The King, Paul Nakauchi as the Kralahome and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

In 2012, Nakauchi performed the role of Tatsuo Kimura in the world premiere production of Allegiance at The Old Globe in San Diego, opposite George Takei, Telly Leung, Lea Salonga and Michael K. Lee.

Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san, and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura in the premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at the Old Globe Theatre, before its Broadway run. Photo by Henry DiRocco
Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san, and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura in the premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at the Old Globe Theatre, before its Broadway run. Photo by Henry DiRocco

Nakauchi began his theater career in the National Tour of The King and I with Yul Brynner. He understudied and performed the role of The King of Siam on Broadway in the 1996 revival opposite Donna Murphy. He also played The King on London’s West End with Elaine Paige, and has toured Asia in the Broadway Asia production of The King and I, recreating the same role. He toured the U.S. in the First National Tour of Miss Saigon understudying and playing the role of The Engineer. Other Broadway credits include Chu Chem.

Paul Nakauchi and husband David Mateo attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and husband David Mateo attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

I caught up with Paul and his husband David Mateo over lunch at La Bonne Soupe. The interview below is edited for clarity.

Lia: Who is Watari?
Paul: I would describe him as a character similar to Alfred in Batman, he’s a bit enigmatic, a fatherly caretaker, but with a mysterious edge. Adam had given me a book to read which was about several people who claimed they had been subjects of government sponsored mind control, and the techniques that were used to turn them into Manchurian Candidates of a sort for various covert activities. Often these subjects were trained from a very early age, and familiar childhood tunes were used in the process as a trigger to place them into a hypnotic state, so they would then carry out their assigned task. That’s how the Wizard of Oz song I sing to L plays into the story, and then when I’m in a trance like state, driving in the car, going to look for L’s actual name in the orphanage, I sing the same tune.

Paul Nakauchi as Watari and LaKeith Stanfield as L in NetFlix's
Paul Nakauchi as Watari and LaKeith Stanfield as L in NetFlix’s “Death Note”.

Lia: Where did you shoot the film?
Paul: I was in Vancouver for a month. I shot about 5 weeks. I had a nice trailer with a fireplace.

Lia: How did you land the job?
Paul: I auditioned for it when I was in The King and I in New York. I put myself on tape and did a Skype session with Adam the director. In the audition they wanted me to sing a song. I sang the Sounds of Silence. I thought it fit with the theme.

Lia: Were you familiar with “Death Note” before? 
Paul: No, but Anime is so interesting. Prior to our film, the versions of “Death Note” included Manga, a cartoon, a live action-tv show, a musical and several films.

Lia: You are finishing your run in a non-traditionally cast production of Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie. What has it been like?
Paul: All of the theater that I have done has always been Asian musicals- The King and I, Miss Saigon, Allegiance. I never thought I would play a 19th century French artist. Joe Haj the new artistic director at the Guthrie is a big champion of diversity and the plays he chooses and as well as the casts and creative staff he hires reflect that vision. With the huge success of Hamilton, I think theaters across the country are realizing that diversity onstage can bring into the theater a whole new audience and be profitable as well. In our production we have four people of color, Christine Toy Johnson, Mychael T Rambo, Justin Lee Miller and myself, and the audiences have been very enthusiastic!

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The Guthrie is one of the best theater complexes in the country and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work there. It’s a lovely community of extremely talented artists, truly the jewel of the Midwest. Next year’s musical is West Side Story, and under Joe Haj’s direction it is sure to be wonderfully innovative. He plans to use a more modern dance vocabulary so it should be exciting.

Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Featuring Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More, Ends Run on August 20 

Paul Nakauchi backstage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York on Mar. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi backstage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York on Mar. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What was your experience at Lincoln Center in The King and I?
Paul: Every actor dreams of working at Lincoln Center, and doing the The King & I there was a dream come true. Bartlett Sher is a brilliant director, who does everything from straight plays, musicals and opera, and everyone and everything there is top notch, as well as having the best dressing rooms of any theater I’ve ever worked in!

Paul Nakauchi as The King in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I 

Lia: In 2012, you appeared in the world premiere of George Takei’s legacy project Allegiance at The Old Globe. What are your remembrances of working with George?
Paul: George Takei is an amazing man. I had a wonderful time working with on Allegiance. He’s been involved in Civil Rights activism for a long time. He actually ran for City Council is LA. He’s been a tireless advocate for LGTB rights. I admire him greatly. The Legacy project of Allegiance is something he is still doing, in fact he is going to do it in Los Angeles (2018). I feel fortunate to have worked with and to have met him. He’s the last generation of interment camp survivors. He’s really keeping that remembrance alive in terms of how it references today.

Paul Nakauchi and George Takei at the opening night party of Broadway's ALLEGIANCE at Bryant Park Grill on November 8, 2017 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and George Takei at the opening night party of Broadway’s ALLEGIANCE at Bryant Park Grill on November 8, 2017 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How long have you been doing voice work for animation?
Paul: I’m the voice of Hanzo in the Blizzard Overwatch Games and recently attended Bliz Con- the Comic Con for Blizzard. It amazed me what a huge audience it has. It’s enormous. They had people from all over the world coming to that Bliz Con event in Anaheim. Gamers playing the games, panels, talking about new characters. Blizzard is a huge game and Overwatch recently won the 2017 Young People’s Choice Award for Favorite Game. I started doing that about 10 years ago.

I started doing voiceover for animation beginning with Marvel with Ironman and Dr. Strange. I actually did the animated version for Dr. Strange. I’m also doing a new NetFlix animated series – “Carmen Sandiego”. I play Shadowsan who is one of Carmen Sandiego’s teachers at the Spy Academy. That will be coming out in 2018. I’ve recorded about 6 episodes for that.

Gaming and “Death Note” tie in really well because it is a similar audience and similar age range.

Lia: What are the challenges of doing voice work?
Paul: It takes an enormous amount of imagination, because you record the voice first and they design the animation around your VO tracks, plus keeping the scripts secret is big priority, so you only see the dialogue when you get to the studio on the day of your session, so you have to have the character fully emotionally realized in a cold reading. It’s daunting, challenging, fun and rewarding all at the same time!

Celebrating with Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O’Hara and Company after THE KING AND I’s Special Performance for The Actors Fund 

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE 

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, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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@liachangphotography.com

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Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Featuring Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More, Ends Run on August 20

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson

The Guthrie Theater is presenting Sunday in the Park with George starring “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison (Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie) who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Broadway vet Erin Mackey (Guthrie: South Pacific) who will play Seurat’s lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters.

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine, and directed by Joseph Haj, Sunday in the Park with George will play through August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Tickets are on sale through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Inspired by Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.

The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson

Rounding out the cast are Sasha Andreev (Guthrie: The Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Franz / Alex, Christian Bardin (Guthrie: The Crucible, The Primrose Path) as Celeste #2 / a Photographer, Cat Brindisi (Guthrie: The Parchman Hour, South Pacific) as Celeste #1 / Betty, David Darrow (Guthrie: The Royal Family, The Parchman Hour) as Soldier / Dennis, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Vanya) as Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling, Christine Toy Johnson (Guthrie: South Pacific) as Old Lady / Blair Daniels, Benjamin Lohrberg (Guthrie: South Pacific) as the Soldier’s Companion, Ann Michels (Guthrie: The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady) as Yvonne / Naomi Eisen, Justin Lee Miller (Guthrie: debut) as Boatman / Lee Randolph, Paul Nakauchi (Guthrie: debut) as Jules / Bob Greenberg, Britta Ollmann (Guthrie: debut) as Frieda / Elaine, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Burial at Thebes) as Mr. / Charles Redmond and Max Wojtanowicz (Guthrie: debut) as Louis / Billy Webster. In addition, young actors Maia Hernandez and Natalie Tran will share the role of Louise / Bather.

The creative team for Sunday in the Park with George includes Joseph Haj (Director), Mark Hartman (Music Director / Conductor), Christopher Windom(Choreographer), Jan Chambers (Scenic Designer), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer), Jane Cox (Lighting Designer), Caite Hevner (Projection Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), Jill Walmsley Zager (Vocal Coach), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Victor Zupanc (Musical Contractor), Greg Theisen (Orchestrations), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager), Jane Heer (Assistant Stage Manager) and Addie A. Gorlin (Assistant Director).

THE GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and to cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the leadership of Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages, and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies.

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

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

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

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

Photos: Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More in Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE through August 20

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson

The Guthrie Theater is presenting Sunday in the Park with George starring “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison (Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie) who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Broadway vet Erin Mackey (Guthrie: South Pacific) who will play Seurat’s lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters.

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine, and directed by Joseph Haj, Sunday in the Park with George will play through August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Tickets are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Inspired by Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.

The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson
The cast of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo by T Charles Erickson

Rounding out the cast are Sasha Andreev (Guthrie: The Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Franz / Alex, Christian Bardin (Guthrie: The Crucible, The Primrose Path) as Celeste #2 / a Photographer, Cat Brindisi (Guthrie: The Parchman Hour, South Pacific) as Celeste #1 / Betty, David Darrow (Guthrie: The Royal Family, The Parchman Hour) as Soldier / Dennis, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Vanya) as Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling, Christine Toy Johnson (Guthrie: South Pacific) as Old Lady / Blair Daniels, Benjamin Lohrberg (Guthrie: South Pacific) as the Soldier’s Companion, Ann Michels (Guthrie: The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady) as Yvonne / Naomi Eisen, Justin Lee Miller (Guthrie: debut) as Boatman / Lee Randolph, Paul Nakauchi (Guthrie: debut) as Jules / Bob Greenberg, Britta Ollmann (Guthrie: debut) as Frieda / Elaine, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Burial at Thebes) as Mr. / Charles Redmond and Max Wojtanowicz (Guthrie: debut) as Louis / Billy Webster. In addition, young actors Maia Hernandez and Natalie Tran will share the role of Louise / Bather.

The creative team for Sunday in the Park with George includes Joseph Haj (Director), Mark Hartman (Music Director / Conductor), Christopher Windom(Choreographer), Jan Chambers (Scenic Designer), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer), Jane Cox (Lighting Designer), Caite Hevner (Projection Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), Jill Walmsley Zager (Vocal Coach), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Victor Zupanc (Musical Contractor), Greg Theisen (Orchestrations), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager), Jane Heer (Assistant Stage Manager) and Addie A. Gorlin (Assistant Director).

RELATED EVENTS:
All events will be held at the Guthrie Theater (818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) unless otherwise noted.

Post-Play Discussions
The best conversations happen after hours. Stay late on these dates for a discussion with the artists who bring the show to life.

Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

How’d They Do That? Workshop
Learn from Guthrie artists and staff how a production is created – from literary background to set and costume design to the staging of the play.
Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m.

ACCESS DATES:

ASL Performances
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, contact the Accessibility Office by phone at 612.225.6390(voice) or 612.225.6391 (TTY) or email at accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

THE GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and to cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the leadership of Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages, and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies.

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

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

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

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

Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More Set for Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, June 17 – August 20

Director Joseph Haj and Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady). Photo courtesy of Facebook
Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey. Photo courtesy of Facebook
Randy Harrison and Erin Mackey. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Guthrie Theater is presenting Sunday in the Park with George starring “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison (Guthrie: The Glass Menagerie) who will play French pointillist painter George Seurat, a role originated by Mandy Patinkin in the 1984 Broadway production, and Broadway vet Erin Mackey (Guthrie: South Pacific) who will play Seurat’s lover and model, Dot, a role originated by Bernadette Peters.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine, and directed by Joseph Haj, Sunday in the Park with George will play June 17 – August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets start at $15 for preview performances and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

Director Joseph Haj and Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady). Photo courtesy of Facebook
Director Joseph Haj and Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady). Photo courtesy of Facebook

Inspired by Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.

Rounding out the cast are Sasha Andreev (Guthrie: The Two Gentlemen of Verona) as Franz / Alex, Christian Bardin (Guthrie: The Crucible, The Primrose Path) as Celeste #2 / a Photographer, Cat Brindisi (Guthrie: The Parchman Hour, South Pacific) as Celeste #1 / Betty, David Darrow (Guthrie: The Royal Family, The Parchman Hour) as Soldier / Dennis, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Sense and Sensibility, Uncle Vanya) as Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling, Christine Toy Johnson (Guthrie: South Pacific) as Old Lady / Blair Daniels, Benjamin Lohrberg (Guthrie: South Pacific) as the Soldier’s Companion, Ann Michels (Guthrie: The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady) as Yvonne / Naomi Eisen, Justin Lee Miller (Guthrie: debut) as Boatman / Lee Randolph, Paul Nakauchi (Guthrie: debut) as Jules / Bob Greenberg, Britta Ollmann (Guthrie: debut) as Frieda / Elaine, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Burial at Thebes) as Mr. / Charles Redmond and Max Wojtanowicz (Guthrie: debut) as Louis / Billy Webster. In addition, young actors Maia Hernandez and Natalie Tran will share the role of Louise / Bather.

The creative team for Sunday in the Park with George includes Joseph Haj (Director), Mark Hartman (Music Director / Conductor), Christopher Windom(Choreographer), Jan Chambers (Scenic Designer), Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer), Jane Cox (Lighting Designer), Caite Hevner (Projection Designer), Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer), Jill Walmsley Zager (Vocal Coach), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Victor Zupanc (Musical Contractor), Greg Theisen (Orchestrations), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager), Jane Heer (Assistant Stage Manager) and Addie A. Gorlin (Assistant Director).

Randy Harrison (George) made his Guthrie debut in the 2006-07 season production of The Glass Menagerie, in which he played a young Tom Wingfield. He is perhaps best-known for his role as Justin Taylor in the Showtime series “Queer as Folk.” Most recently, Harrison starred as the Emcee in the national tour of Cabaret and as Boq in the Broadway production of Wicked. Off-Broadway he has performed at The Public Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Primary Stages and Red Bull Theatre; regionally he has performed at Yale Repertory Theater and Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., among others. His film credits include Such Good People (2014) and Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002).

Erin Mackey (Dot) made her Guthrie debut in last summer’s South Pacific, and most recently appeared in In Transit on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked (also Chicago and Los Angeles companies). Regional and Off-Broadway productions include Sweeney Todd (with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, also aired on PBS), Lady Be Good (NY City Center Encores!), South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse and Music Theater Wichita), The Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory), Phantom (PCLO), I Remember Mama (York Theater), A Taste of Things to Come (Bucks County Playhouse).

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson (Old Lady / Blair Daniels) is an award-winning actor, writer, director and advocate for inclusion.

Her plays and musicals have been developed/produced at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, the O’Neill Theater Center, the Barrow Group, Village Theatre, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, InterAct Theater Company, and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and have been published by Indie Theater Now. An anthology of her work was inducted into the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010.

As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Highlights include: Broadway – THE MUSIC MAN, GREASE!, CHU CHEM; National Tours – BOMBAY DREAMS, FLOWER DRUM SONG, CATS. Off-Broadway: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (cast album), PACIFIC OVERTURES, BALANCING ACT (cast album), PHILIP GOES FORTH (Mint Theatre), GENESIS (NYSF) etc; Television – nearly 100 appearances including THE AMERICANS (recurring), LAW AND ORDER: SVU (recurring), MR. ROBOT, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, MADAM SECRETARY, THE BLACKLIST, BRAINDEAD, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, NUNSENSE, NUNSENSE II, 2 years on ONE LIFE TO LIVE etc.

She is a proud member of the Councils of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors’ Equity Association and received the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association in 2013. For more, please visit www.christinetoyjohnson.com.

Paul Nakauchi
Paul Nakauchi

Paul Nakauchi (Jules / Bob Greenberg) has worked in many facets of the entertainment industry., including theater, voice overs, television and film. He began his career in the ensemble of the King and I with the legendary Yul Brynner. He was in the 1996 revival with Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips and two years, later he ascended to the throne of the “King” on London’s West End starring opposite Elaine Paige, and most recently finished a year and a half run of the 2016 Tony award winning revival directed by Bart Sher as the Kralahome starring with Ken Watanabe and Tony award winners, Kelli O’Hara, and Ruthie Ann Miles. His other theater credits include the First National Tour of Miss Saigon, as well as the world premier of Allegiance the musical dramatizing the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII at the Old Globe in San Diego, where he played Tatsuo Kimura, fictional father of Star Trek’s George Takei. He has voiced numerous animated characters including, Wong in Marvel’s “Dr Strange,” Hutch in Lionsgate’s “Alpha and Omega,” “Savatte in “Star Wars, the Clone Wars,” as well as numerous video games, such as “Game of Thrones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria,” and Blizzard’s most recent release, “Overwatch” in which his voice enhabits the samurai Hanzo. His TV credits include “ER,” “Star Trek, Deep Space 9.” Hulu’s “Deadbeat,” and his film credits include “The Great Raid,” He recently completed filming Adam Wingard’s adaptation of the anime series “Death Note,” where he plays the role of Watari.

Sunday in the Park with George begins June 17 and continues through August 20, 2017 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets start at $15 for preview performances and are now on sale through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

RELATED EVENTS:
All events will be held at the Guthrie Theater (818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) unless otherwise noted.

Post-Play Discussions
The best conversations happen after hours. Stay late on these dates for a discussion with the artists who bring the show to life.

Sunday, June 25 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

How’d They Do That? Workshop
Learn from Guthrie artists and staff how a production is created – from literary background to set and costume design to the staging of the play.
Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m.

ACCESS DATES:

ASL Performances
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described Performances
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.

Open Captioned Performances
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

If you have specific program questions or need an accommodation, contact the Accessibility Office by phone at 612.225.6390(voice) or 612.225.6391 (TTY) or email at accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

THE GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and to cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the leadership of Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages, and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies.

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

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