Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

New Work by Arlan Huang on View through September 27th at Andre Zarre Gallery

Art, Photography
Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Contemporary abstract painter Arlan Huang has a solo show of new work on view at The Andre Zarre Gallery  in Chelsea through September 27, 2016. The Andre Zarre Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011.

2016-9-7-arlan-huang_photo-by-lia-chang-175Huang’s paintings have evolved over the years into a meditative practice where beauty is revealed at the edge of the painting’s possible destruction or dissolution. Brush marks in the forms of lines, dashes, and dots are layered until the right equation of visible and obscured form is achieved. Huang’s abstract paintings aim to capture what Allen Ginsberg called, “The dearness of the vanishing moment.” The 11 paintings below were created by Huang during his residency in the grounds of Zenkoji Temple, Japan last year. air-zenkouji.com

Paintings by Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Paintings by Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Huang finds meaning and memories in atmospheric and spatially dissolving compositions. His paintings challenge a concrete understanding of their fleeting formal structures. Hurt creates relational and autonomous forms that connect to the viewer’s physical body, while breaking the mold of painting’s rectilinear support. Huang’s art studio is in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition was curated by Katerina Lanfranco. www.andrezarre.com

Arlan Huang
Arlan Huang was born in Bangor, Maine, USA in 1948. He grew up in San Francisco, California. He currently lives in Manhattan. He is a painter and glassblower with permanent glass installations in New York, San Francisco and Japan. Recent accolades include: Joan Mitchell Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) award, 2014; Artist-in-Residence in the grounds of Zenkoji Temple, air-zenkouji.com, Japan, 2015; interviewed by Robin Clark (SFMOMA) for the CALL/VoCA talk series.

Check out the fun photos from the opening reception on September 8, 2016.

Arlan Huang, Marilynn K. Yee, Lillian Ling and Lia Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang, Marilynn K. Yee, Lillian Ling and Lia Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Sam Edgerly, Billy Bustamante, Garth Kravits, Jamey Hood, André De Shields, Lauren Hooper and Denis Lambert. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside B-Side Productions’ THE WILD PARTY Opening Night with Jamey Hood, Denis Lambert, Garth Kravits, Billy Bustamante and Special Guest André De Shields

Photography, Theater
Jamey Hood and the cast of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

Jamey Hood and the cast of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

B-Side Productions’ of THE WILD PARTYMichael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s 2000 Broadway musical has been enjoying packed houses at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St. in New York, since opening on September 6th.

Sam Edgerly, Billy Bustamante, Garth Kravits, Jamey Hood, André De Shields, Lauren Hooper and Denis Lambert. Photo by Lia Chang

Sam Edgerly, Billy Bustamante, Garth Kravits, Jamey Hood, André De Shields, Lauren Hooper and Denis Lambert. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway legend André De Shields celebrated after the opening night performance with the cast.

THE WILD PARTY starring Denis Lambert (DR. ZHIVAGO, A CHORUS LINE) and Jamey Hood (THE SHAGGS, Playwrights Horizons) as Burrs and Queenie, is cinematic in scope, courtesy of Associate Artistic Director Billy Bustamante (THE KING AND I, HERE LIES LOVE), who directs and choreographs a cast of 14.

The cast of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

Also featured are Garth Kravits (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE) as Goldberg, Joan Barber as Delores Montoya, Jodi Bluestein as Mae, Kyle Carter as Eddie Mackerel, Greg Carter as Gold, Sam Edgerly as Jackie, Kyle Garvin as Phil D’Armano, Lauren Hooper as Kate, Ben Maters as Black, Christopher Patterson as Oscar D’Armano, Joanna Parson as Madelaine True, Sarah Smithton as Nadine, and Adrienne Tang as Sally.

Garth Kravits and Greg Carter. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits and Greg Carter. Photo by Lia Chang

“The decadence of 1920’s Manhattan is the setting for The Wild Party, where the gin and jazz is flowing and no one is exactly what they seem.

Jamey Hood as Queenie. Photo by Lia Chang

Jamey Hood as Queenie. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s gripping Tony-nominated musical, based on the scandalous 1928 poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure, follows the story of a reckless relationship between a Vaudeville clown and a chorine that spirals into the depths of despair as the night unfolds.”

Denis Lambert as Burrs. Photo by Lia Chang

Denis Lambert as Burrs. Photo by Lia Chang

The band features music director Addison Frei on the keys, Adam Hutcheson (woodwinds), Perrin Grace (bass) and James Pingenot (drums).

James Pingenot, Perrin Grace, Adam Hutcheson and Addison Frei. Photo by Lia Chang

James Pingenot, Perrin Grace, Adam Hutcheson and Addison Frei. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes associate director Sarah Beth Pfeifer, stage manager Crysta May Powell, set design by Gary Smoot, lighting design by Tyler M. Perry and costume design by DW. Jasper Grant is Artistic Director of B-Side Productions. Click here to read about the cast and creative team.

Jasper Grant, Crysta May Powell, DW, Sara Beth Pfeifer, Billy Bustamante, Tyler M. Perry, Addison Frei and Gary Smoot. Photo by Lia Chang

Jasper Grant, Crysta May Powell, DW, Sara Beth Pfeifer, Billy Bustamante, Tyler M. Perry, Addison Frei and Gary Smoot. Photo by Lia Chang

The limited run ends on September 17th. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, visit www.b-sideproductions.org.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, September 10 @ 3P.M. & 7:30P.M.
Monday, September 12 @ 7:30P.M.
Tuesday, September 13 @ 7:30P.M.
Wednesday, September 14 @ 7:30P.M.
Thursday, September 15 @ 7:30P.M.
Friday, September 16 @ 7:30P.M.
Saturday, September 17 @ 3P.M. & 7:30P.M.

Kyle Carter as Eddie Mackerel and Jodi Bluestein as Mae. Photo by Lia Chang

Kyle Carter as Eddie Mackerel and Jodi Bluestein as Mae. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast and creative team of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast and creative team of THE WILD PARTY. Photo by Lia Chang

Adrienne Tang, Sarah Smithton, Jodi Bluestein, Jamey Hood, Joan Barber, Lauren Hooper, Joanna Parson. Photo by Lia Chang

Adrienne Tang, Sarah Smithton, Jodi Bluestein, Jamey Hood, Joan Barber, Lauren Hooper, Joanna Parson. Photo by Lia Chang

Greg Carter, Ben Maters, Christopher George Patterson, Kyle Garvin, Denis Lambert, Garth Kravits, Sam Edgerly, Kyle Carter. Photo by Lia Chang

Greg Carter, Ben Maters, Christopher George Patterson, Kyle Garvin, Denis Lambert, Garth Kravits, Sam Edgerly, Kyle Carter. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits Joins B-Side Productions’ THE WILD PARTY, Helmed by Billy Bustamante, Sept. 6-17 

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.

Doug Peck, Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens- Tech to Closing Night

Dance, Photography, Theater
Matt De Caro, Monica Lopez Orozco, André De Shields, Lauren Molina. Photo by Lia Chang

Matt De Caro, Monica Lopez Orozco, André De Shields, Lauren Molina. Photo by Lia Chang

The Chicago theatrical community turned out to celebrate two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields (THE WIZ, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, THE FULL MONTY, PLAY ON!) during the three performance run of his self-penned CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., in the Začek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens this weekend.

André De Shields under the Victory Gardens marquee in Chicago on August 28, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields under the Victory Gardens marquee in Chicago on August 28, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Former castmembers and colleagues in the audience included Linda Kimbrough (THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES); Monica Lopez Orozco (CAMINO REAL); WONDERFUL TOWN stars Lauren Molina (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE) and Matt De Caro (CAMINO REAL); Bobbye Natkin, Cordis Fejer, Cookie Gluck (WARP/Organic Theatre Company); Kimberly Lawson, Mario Mazzetti, Scott Gryder, Nick Sula, Sarah Wurz, David Lipschutz (WOZ);  Eric Nathan and Velma Austin (Mr. De Shields won his first Jeff Award for directing THE COLORED MUSEUM starring Ms. Austin, in 1987 at Victory Gardens).

Also in the house, Tyrone L. Robinson and Chris Sams (upcoming Drury Lane Theatre’s SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE), Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, Jim Corti, Artistic Director at the Paramount Theatre, William Osetek, Artistic Director for Drury Lane Theatre and Chicago theater critic Jonathan Abarbanel.

From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York’s Great White Way, “Jelly Belly” has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, Victory Gardens Theater’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow André De Shields shared his riveting solo-performance which follows his adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization.

Kimberly Lawson, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Anthony J. Mhoon. Photo by Lia Chang

Kimberly Lawson, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Anthony J. Mhoon. Photo by Lia Chang

CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P.’s cast stars André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Kimberly Lawson.

Doug Peck, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Peck, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Dennis Začek and Samuel G. Roberson Jr., the creative team for CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. features Doug Peck (musical direction), Jake Huppert (sound design), Brandon Moorhead (lighting design), Austin Pettinger (costume design) and Charles Smith (dramaturge). The band includes Anthony J. Mhoon (bass) and Robert Reddrick (percussion), and guest percussionist Taylor Moore. Tina Jach is the stage manager and Nebi Berhane is Mr. De Shields’ personal assistant.

Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Presented by Dennis Začek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. originally premiered as part of Victory Gardens’ 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Photo by Lia Chang

Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Photo by Lia Chang

Black Theatre Network Honors CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Star André De Shields

Video: Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens, Aug. 26-28

Production Photos and Video: WOZ: A ROCK CABARET with Guest Star André De Shields at Victory Gardens through 7/17

André De Shields and Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, “Celebrate Rwanda” at The SUNY Global Center 

Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana featured in Celebrate Rwanda! Event at The SUNY Global Center on June 29

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More

Photos: Santino Fontana, André De Shields, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, John Behlmann, Christiane Noll and More in New York City Center’s Encores! 1776 

Closing Night Party of Encores! 1776 with André De Shields, Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, Ann Harada at New York City Center 

Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

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

Samuel G. Roberson Jr., Chay Yew, Lia Chang, André De Shields.

Samuel G. Roberson Jr., Chay Yew, Lia Chang, André De Shields.

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.

BTN President kb saine presents André De Shields with the 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Black Theatre Network Honors CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Star André De Shields

Awards, Photography, Theater
2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award recipients André De Shields and Marcia Pendleton at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award recipients André De Shields and Marcia Pendleton at BTN’s 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

In Chicago on August 9, 2016, two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner André De Shields was honored by the Black Theatre Network with the 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Black Theatre.

BTN President kb saine presents André De Shields with the 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

BTN President kb saine presents André De Shields with the 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award at BTN’s 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Walk Tall Girl Productions Founder and President Marcia Pendleton (Winona Lee Fletcher Award), playwright Dominique Morisseau (BTN Presidential Pathfinder Award), Gregory J. Horton (Lifetime Membership Award) and Dr. Hely Perez (Lifetime Membership Award) were also honored at Black Theatre: Future Forward, the Black Theatre Network’s 30th anniversary bruncheon, which was held in the Honore Room at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Scroll down for photos!

Black Theatre Network (BTN) is the nation’s preeminent organization of scholars, artists, students, and educators dedicated to the study and promulgation of black theatre.

André De Shields and Ntozake Shange at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and Ntozake Shange at BTN’s 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

The Winona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Black Theatre was established in 1994 and named after the leading theatre educator Dr. Winona Lee Fletcher. Past illustrious recipients include Ed Burbridge, Vinnie Burrows, Vinnette Carroll, Pearl Cleage, Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Lloyd Richards, Philip Rose, Ntozake Shange and Glynn Turman.

Mr. De Shields kicked off the morning by leading Theatre Church in the Chicago Room.

He closed out the bruncheon with his rendition of  ‘Smile’ from his self-penned CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., accompanied on double bass by Anthony J. Mhoon.

After the bruncheon, he met with students for a Q & A session in the Wilson Room.

Mr. De Shields is currently in Chicago rehearsing CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., which has performances on Friday, August 26th at 8:00P.M., Saturday, August 27th at 8:00P.M. and Sunday, August 28th at 7:30P.M. in the Začek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago.

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Presented by Dennis Začek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., is written and performed by Mr. De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Začek. The cast also includes Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn.

Donica Lynn as Mau Mau Bett and André De Shields as Baba Femi. Photo by Lia Chang

Donica Lynn as Mau Mau Bett and André De Shields as Baba Femi. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.victorygardens.org or by calling the box office at 773-871-3000.

André De Shields at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields at BTN’s 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York’s Great White Way, “Jelly Belly” has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, join Victory Gardens Theater’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow André De Shields in this riveting solo-performance as we follow this adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization.

The creative team for CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. includes Doug Peck (musical direction), Jake Huppert (sound design), Brandon Moorhead (lighting design), Austin Pettinger (costume design) and Charles Smith (dramaturge). The band includes Tony Mhoon (bass) and Robert Reddrick (percussion). Tina Jach is the stage manager.

Robert Reddrick, Doug Peck, André De Shields, Tony Mhoon, Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn at the curtain call for CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. in Victory Gardens' 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays in Chicago on July 16, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Robert Reddrick, Doug Peck, André De Shields, Tony Mhoon, Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn at the curtain call for CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. in Victory Gardens’ 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays in Chicago on July 16, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. originally premiered as part of Victory Gardens’ 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

André De Shields at BTN's 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields at BTN’s 30th Anniversary Bruncheon at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on August 9, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning forty-seven years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens’ 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book (2013). In fact Mr. De Shields’ professional career began at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair. From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On! and The Full Monty. His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain’t Misbehavin’, the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, a 2015 Award for Excellence in Theatre from the Theatre School at DePaul University, the Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo. A triple Capricorn, Mr. De Shields is the ninth of eleven children born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland. www.andredeshields.com

Highlights of the bruncheon.

Video: Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens, Aug. 26-28

Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Talks About “WOZ: A Rock Cabaret”  and “CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P.” at Victory Gardens 

Production Photos and Video: WOZ: A ROCK CABARET with Guest Star André De Shields at Victory Gardens through 7/17

Two-time Tony Nominee and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Talks About “WOZ: A Rock Cabaret”  and “CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P.” at Victory Gardens 

Multimedia: CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Opening Night with André De Shields 

André De Shields and Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, “Celebrate Rwanda” at The SUNY Global Center 

Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana featured in Celebrate Rwanda! Event at The SUNY Global Center on June 29

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More

Photos: Santino Fontana, André De Shields, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, John Behlmann, Christiane Noll and More in New York City Center’s Encores! 1776 

Closing Night Party of Encores! 1776 with André De Shields, Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, Ann Harada at New York City Center 

Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

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.

Lia Chang, Marissa Chang-Flores, Russell Chang, Asia Flores, Tami Chang and Carlos Flores.

Asia Flores Receives Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design at 2016 FIDM Graduation at the STAPLES Center

Awards, Events, Photography
Tami Chang, Lia Chang and Marissa Chang-Flores. Photo by Lia Chang

Tami Chang, Lia Chang and Marissa Chang-Flores. Photo by Lia Chang

Congratulations to our niece Asia Flores, who received her Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design during the 2016 FIDM Graduation Ceremony at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on June 20, 2016. Asia’s grandpa Russell Chang; her parents, Marissa Chang-Flores and Carlos Flores; her aunties Lia Chang and Tami Chang; her Auntie Pauline Chang and her cousin Leah Baptista, were in attendance. Below are highlights of the day.

At 4:30pm, the temperature was in the 90's. Photo by Lia Chang

At 4:30pm, the temperature was in the 90’s. Photo by Lia Chang

2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center. Photo by Lia Chang

2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores made the big screen at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center.

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores made the big screen at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center.

Asia Flores at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center in LA on June 20, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Asia Flores at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center in LA on June 20, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang, Marissa Chang-Flores, Russell Chang, Asia Flores, Tami Chang and Carlos Flores.

Lia Chang, Marissa Chang-Flores, Russell Chang, Asia Flores, Tami Chang and Carlos Flores.

Carlos Flores, Kathy Pietra, Marissa Chang-Flores, Asia Flores, Tami Chang, Pauline Chang, Leah Baptista and Russell Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Carlos Flores, Kathy Pietra, Marissa Chang-Flores, Asia Flores, Tami Chang, Pauline Chang, Leah Baptista and Russell Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Back Row- Lia Chang, Leah Baptista, Pauline Chang, Asia Flores, Carlos Flores and Tami Chang; Seated- Kathy Pietra, Marissa Chang-Flores and Russell Chang.

Back Row- Lia Chang, Leah Baptista, Pauline Chang, Asia Flores, Carlos Flores and Tami Chang; Seated- Kathy Pietra, Marissa Chang-Flores and Russell Chang.

Asia Flores. Photo by Lia Chang

Asia Flores. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center in LA on June 20, 2016.

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores at the 2016 FIDM Graduation at the Staples Center in LA on June 20, 2016.

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.

L-R: Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY's Office of Global Affairs; Helen Jeon, Assistant to the Director of Educational Programs at SUNY's Office of Global Affairs; Karina Santosa, JFEW Scholar; Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project; Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global affairs; Jeanne d’Arc Byale, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations; Mathilde Mukantabana, Republic of Rwanda, Ambassador to the U.S.; André De Shields; Marie Claudine Mukamabano, author Aimable Twagilimana, Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; a guest; and Stella Oduro, JFEW Scholar. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, “Celebrate Rwanda” at The SUNY Global Center

Awards, Events, Photography, Theater
Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY's Office of Global Affairs, speaks at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs, speaks at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

The State University of New York celebrated its developing partnership with Rwanda through the “Celebrate Rwanda” event on June 29, 2016, at The SUNY Global Center in New York. The event was sponsored by The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) SUNY Program and SUNY Buffalo State’s Anne Frank Project.

Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project; Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America; André De Shields at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project; Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America; André De Shields at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

The event began with remarks by Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs; Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global affairs;  President Katharine S. Conway-Turner, SUNY Buffalo State; and Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project.

Keynote speaker Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, was presented with a gift byJFEW Scholars Karina Santosa and Stella Oduro.

Helen Jeon, Assistant to the Director of Educational Programs at SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs, moderated a panel discussion between Professor Kahn and Deputy Permanent Representative Jeanne d’Arc Byaje, about Rwanda’s journey towards economic, social and global development.

The evening concluded with Broadway legend André De Shields, accompanied by Larry Spivack on bongos, performing “None of Us Are Free,”  a rhythm and blues song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell.

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana is the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America.

Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor at Cosumnes River College. She is the co-founder and President of Friends of Rwanda Association (FORA), a non-profit American relief association created in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. Since its inception, FORA’s dual purpose has been to expand the circle of friends of Rwanda and to support survivors of the 1994 Genocide through a variety of initiatives and relief efforts. In addition, under the aegis of United Nations for Development Programs, Ambassador Mukantabana started the academic program of Social Work at the National University of Rwanda, and taught as an Invited Lecturer. Ambassador Mukantabana holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Geography from the University of Burundi as well as Master’s degrees in Social Work, and History from California State University.

André De Shields performs at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields performs at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning forty-seven years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He presented his critically acclaimed solo performance as Fredrick Douglass at the 2014 Anne Frank Project Conference. Mr. De Shields was honored with a Doctor of Fines Arts from SUNY-Buffalo State in 2004. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens’ 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book (2013).  Mr. De Shields professional career began at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair.  From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On! and The Full Monty. Recent projects include creating the role of Ron in the Broadway bound musical Gotta Dance at the Bank or America Theatre in Chicago and appearing as Cardinal Gremio, Curtis and Vincentio in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew featuring an all-male cast. Mr. De Shields is set forWOZ: A Rock Cabaret,” at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago, from July 14 – 17, 2016. His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain’t Misbehavin’, the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, the Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, a 2015 Award for Excellence in Theatre from the Theatre School at DePaul University, and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo. A triple Capricorn, Mr. De Shields is the ninth of eleven children born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland. Ubuntu. (I am because you are.) www.andredeshields.com

L-R: Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY's Office of Global Affairs; Helen Jeon, Assistant to the Director of Educational Programs at SUNY's Office of Global Affairs; Karina Santosa, JFEW Scholar; Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project; Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global affairs; Jeanne d’Arc Byale, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations; Mathilde Mukantabana, Republic of Rwanda, Ambassador to the U.S.; André De Shields; Marie Claudine Mukamabano, author Aimable Twagilimana, Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; Sharon Davis; and Stella Oduro, JFEW Scholar. Photo by Lia Chang

L-R: Dr. Maryalice Mazzara, Director of Education Programs, SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs; Helen Jeon, Assistant to the Director of Educational Programs at SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs; Karina Santosa, JFEW Scholar; Drew Kahn, Professor of Theater at Buffalo State College and Founder of The Anne Frank Project; Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global affairs; Jeanne d’Arc Byale, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations; Mathilde Mukantabana, Republic of Rwanda, Ambassador to the U.S.; André De Shields; Marie Claudine Mukamabano, author Aimable Twagilimana, Professor, SUNY Buffalo State; Sharon Davis; and Stella Oduro, JFEW Scholar. Photo by Lia Chang

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2014-15, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and nearly 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

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Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana featured in Celebrate Rwanda! Event at The SUNY Global Center on June 29

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More

Photos: Santino Fontana, André De Shields, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, John Behlmann, Christiane Noll and More in New York City Center’s Encores! 1776 

Closing Night Party of Encores! 1776 with André De Shields, Santino Fontana, John Larroquette, Nikki Renée Daniels, Bryce Pinkham, Ann Harada at New York City Center 

Click here for more articles on André De Shields.

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André De Shields, Lia Chang and Drew Kahn at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. Photo by Garth Kravits

André De Shields, Lia Chang and Drew Kahn at the “Celebrate Rwanda” event at The SUNY Global Center in New York on June 29, 2016. 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.

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

An Afternoon of Pure Joy at Lainie Sakakura’s UWS DANCE

Dance, Photography, Theater
UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

I had an afternoon of pure joy at Lainie Sakakura’s UWS DANCE last week. Lainie and her young students were gracious enough to let me photograph their class, held on Thursday afternoons at Ripley Grier-Studios on 72nd St in New York.

Lainie is a 22+ year Broadway veteran, a choreographer, teacher, director and writer.

Her teaching career of over 25 years includes American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, New York University, CAP 21, University of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Steps NYC, Broadway Dance Center, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Center, CCCEPA, New Jersey Ballet, and she was the proprietor of her own school, Dance Theatre Arts in CA.

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Her professional performing career started with joining Ballet Hispanico in 1988 after training with San Francisco Ballet for 8 years. Since then, she has been in the Original Cast of six Broadway shows including FOSSE and CHITA RIVERA, THE DANCER’S LIFE. Also in NYC – Radio City Music Hall Rockette; ARMIDA, Metropolitan Opera; 3 shows for City Center Encores! and many other shows, productions and tours too numerous to name. Currently in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of THE KING AND I at Lincoln Center.

She is an Award winning choreographer and is the recipient of the 2015 Joe Callaway Award for Best Choreography – Off Broadway RED EYE OF LOVE with co-choreographer Alex Sanchez; Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography – DAMN YANKEES and Nominated for Best CHoreography – HOT MIKADO both at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. She recently choreographed and associate directed THE MERMAN SONGBOOK at the 92Y Lyrics and Lyricist Concert Series; choreographed two new shows for Holland America Lines; Jimmy Buffett’s Concert Tour; Allen Knee’s Syncopation (NY Times, “sheer movement provides its dramatic momentum, visual grace and defining metaphor”). She recently directed, produced and wrote ALVIN ING – GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO, a cabaret show, at The Duplex. BroadwayWorld.com.

Robert Longbottom, Jodi Long, Jose Llana, Virginia Wing, Darren Lee, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Lainie Sakakura and More Celebrate Alvin Ing’s 84th Birthday -“GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO” at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre 

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie has two daughters, Avelina and Isa, and is a passionate co-chair of the PS 87 Culture & Community Committee which promotes multicultural awareness in our community with five events a year including International Dinner Dance, Winter Holiday Festival, Pan Asian Lunar New Year, Black History and Fiesta Latina.

THE KING AND I’s Lainie Sakakura Ushers in the Year of the Monkey at P.S. 87 with Broadway Pals Ann Harada, Jose Llana, Telly Leung, Amaya Braganza, Sam Tanabe, Belinda Allyn, James Ignacio and YoonJeong Seong 

Laine shared, “Lia beautifully captures all the aspects of teaching children… how they learn, the friendships that form, putting on shoes, doing their hair, standing in line, waiting for the next moment, laughing, struggling, then doing something unexpectedly wonderful, the pride that fills their face, the silliness and seriousness of it all and the loving relationships I have with them all. They fill me with joy and I’m always honored to teach and help shape the way they see the world even for just one afternoon a week.”

Pre-Ballet (3-5yr old)

Tap (3-5yr old)

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Tap (6-8 yr old)

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Ballet (6-8 yr old)

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Jazz (6-10 yr old)

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

UWS DANCE with Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

All classes held at
Ripley Grier Studios
131 W.72nd St, studio #3R (Amsterdam & Columbus)

Classes available:
Thursdays
3:00 – 6:00pm

Check out UWSDance.com to learn more about the upcoming class schedule and LainieSakakura.com to learn more about Lainie.

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.

Telly Leung, André De Shields and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More

Events, Performances, Photography, Theater
The intermezzo. Photo by Lia Chang

The intermezzo. Photo by Lia Chang

Vivian Thurman and I attended the opening night performance of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s bold new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, featuring the music of Duncan Sheik, at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C. on May 24, 2016.

Telly Leung, André De Shields and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang

Telly Leung, André De Shields and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Lia Chang

Maulik Pancholy as Katherina and Peter Gadiot as Petruchio. Photo by Lia Chang

Maulik Pancholy as Katherina and Peter Gadiot as Petruchio. Photo by Lia Chang

The all-male cast includes Maulik Pancholy (Broadway: It’s Only A Play“Weeds,” “30 Rock”) and Peter Gadiot (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) as Katherina and Petruchio, and features two-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On!) as Gremio/Curtis/Vincentio; Oliver Thornton (West End: The Phantom of the OperaLes Miserablesas Bianca; Drew Foster (Doctor Zhivagoas Biondello; Rick Hammerly as Widow; Telly Leung (AllegianceGodspellRentPacific Overtures and Flower Drum Song) as Lucentio; Gregory Linington as Grumio; Matthew Russell as Tranio; Tom Story as HortensioBernard White as Baptista; with James Crichton, Stephen Elrod, Jamison Foreman, Jackson Knight Pierce, Brian Reisman and Nicholas Yenson rounding out the Ensemble.

Spilling from the stage into the lobbies and the street, director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s production presents a provocative new approach to The Taming of the Shrew and an utterly unique audience experience.

Noted for his epic and immersive style, Iskandar extends the world of the production beyond the stage, creating a deeply engaging experience for audience members. In line with this vision, STC invokes the atmosphere of an Italian piazza (the Piazza d’Amore) in the Harman lobbies and offers audience and community members the opportunity to engage with the performers of The Taming of the Shrew off-stage preshow, during a musical intermezzo and postshow.

During the preshow, cast members Gregory Linington, Telly Leung and Matthew Russell entertain audience members on the sidewalk in front of Sidney Harmon Hall in Washington D.C. on May 24, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

During the preshow, cast members Gregory Linington, Telly Leung and Matthew Russell entertain audience members on the sidewalk in front of Sidney Harmon Hall in Washington D.C. on May 24, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

PRESHOW