Lainie Sakakura, David Bell, Paul Fujimoto, Allyson Tucker-Mitchell and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura, David H. Bell and Paul Fujimoto’s THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET Musical Reading

Music, Photography, Theater
Kids (L to R): Liam Kaznelson, Andrew Chen, Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Front row Adults (L to R): Mary Beth Purdy, Kenny Ingram, Jane Bernhard, Allyson Tucker, Alex Sanchez, Paul Fujimoto. Back row adults: Wai Ching Ho, Ethan Phong, Thomas Conroy, Fenton Li, Lainie Sakakura, David Bell. Photo by Lia Chang

Kids (L to R): Liam Kaznelson, Andrew Chen, Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Front row Adults (L to R): Mary Beth Purdy, Kenny Ingram, Jane Bernhard, Allyson Tucker, Alex Sanchez, Paul Fujimoto. Back row adults: Wai Ching Ho, Ethan Phong, Thomas Conroy, Fenton Li, Lainie Sakakura, David Bell. Photo by Lia Chang

In early June, I documented the first read thru of a new musical, THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, based on the award winning, NY Times Best Selling novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford at Ripley-Grier Studios, featuring a book by Lainie Sakakura & David H Bell, with Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto & David H Bell. Music by Paul Fujimoto.

Paul Fujimoto, David Bell and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Paul Fujimoto, David Bell and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Under the Musical Direction of Thomas Conroy, the cast featured Jane Bernard, Andrew Chen, Wai Ching Ho, Kenny Ingram, Fenton Li, Ethan L. Phong, Mary Beth Purdy, Liam Kaznelson, Avelina Kiyome Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Allyson Tucker-Mitchell and Joshua Turchin.

David Bell, Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto. Photo by Lia Chang

David Bell, Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto. Photo by Lia Chang

1942 wartime Seattle, 12 year old Henry Lee, a lonely Chinese American boy starts a secret friendship with Keiko Okabe, the first Japanese American girl he’s ever met, and his world is turned upside down. A multigenerational story about fathers and sons, coming of age, first love, Seattle jazz, racism, blind patriotism. and unbreakable bonds.

Wai Ching Ho, Fenton Li and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Wai Ching Ho, Fenton Li and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

“The musical adaptation of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford actually started with Paul Fujimoto’s mother, who is not a theater professional,” shared director and co-writer Lainie Sakakura. “She loved the book and told her son to read it because she thought it would make a great musical. I didn’t know Paul at the time but I needed a Japanese American musician for The Japanese American Association of New York’s 107th Anniversary Gala. When Paul Fujimoto was recommended to me, I was excited to discover he was also a great composer/lyricist that I could collaborate with on future projects. He introduced me to the book his mother recommended. I read it and fell in love. I had never felt such a strong connection to a book before. Paul and I brainstormed on how to adapt the musical for many months until we finally reached out to the author. We were thrilled that Jamie was responsive to our idea. I then brought in David H. Bell, head of the musical theater writing program at Northwestern. He and I had worked on many new musicals together in the past, and I knew he would be a strong guiding force on the structure of this adaptation.

We are writers from 3 generations with 3 different backgrounds. Paul Fujimoto is Yonsei (4th generation Japanese American), a trumpet player born and bred in Seattle, where the book takes place.  I am Nisei (2nd generation Japanese American). My mother immigrated here alone from Japan and my father was interned for 3 years in the Japanese American camps during WWII.  David H. Bell is non-Asian, brought up in a conservative Anglo American community. He makes sure that our story is understood by all audiences and evokes empathy from our non-Asian audience members. Paul, David, and I collaborate with love and respect to bring our unique points of view to adapt an extraordinary novel into a beautiful new musical, THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET.”

Industry Reading anticipated in NYC, Monday, Sept 17, 2018.

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Andrew Chen, Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin, Liam Kaznelson. Photo by Lia Chang

Andrew Chen, Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin, Liam Kaznelson. Photo by Lia Chang

David Bell, Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto. Photo by Lia Chang

David Bell, Lainie Sakakura and Paul Fujimoto. Photo by Lia Chang

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Thomas Conroy. Photo by Lia Chang

Thomas Conroy. Photo by Lia Chang

Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Alex Sanchez, Wai Ching Ho, Fenton Li and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Alex Sanchez, Wai Ching Ho, Fenton Li and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Paul Fujimoto, David Bell and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Paul Fujimoto, David Bell and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

Allyson Tucker-Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Allyson Tucker-Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Alex Sanchez, Wai Ching Ho and Fenton Li. Photo by Lia Chang

Alex Sanchez, Wai Ching Ho and Fenton Li. Photo by Lia Chang

Fenton Li. Photo by Lia Chang

Fenton Li. Photo by Lia Chang

Thomas Conroy. Photo by Lia Chang

Thomas Conroy. Photo by Lia Chang

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin, Liam Kaznelson, Andrew Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin, Liam Kaznelson, Andrew Chen. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura, David Bell, Paul Fujimoto, Allyson Tucker-Mitchell and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura, David Bell, Paul Fujimoto, Allyson Tucker-Mitchell and Kenny Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang

Ethan L. Phong and Jane Bernhard. Photo by Lia Chang

Ethan L. Phong and Jane Bernhard. Photo by Lia Chang

Wai Ching Ho and Alvin Ing. Photo by Lia Chang

Wai Ching Ho and Alvin Ing. Photo by Lia Chang

Ethan L. Phong, Lainie Sakakura and David Bell. Photo by Lia Chang

Ethan L. Phong, Lainie Sakakura and David Bell. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura, Avelina Sanchez and Alex Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura, Avelina Sanchez and Alex Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang

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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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“Celebrating Bill Cunningham” On View at the New-York Historical Society through September 9

Art, Museum, Photography, Theater
The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ exhibition is on display at the New-York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018, marks the New-York Historical Society’s recent acquisition of objects, personal correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that reflect the life and work of Bill Cunningham, one of the late 20th century’s most influential trend-spotters and style authorities.

The legendary New York Times journalist and photographer was frequently spied on the city’s streets, at fashion shows, and elegant soirées capturing New York’s fashion innovators and cultural glitterati.

Selection from Cunningham’s Facades project―his eight-year photographic project documenting New York City’s architectural and fashion history, shown at the Museum in 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Selection from Cunningham’s Facades project―his eight-year photographic project documenting New York City’s architectural and fashion history, shown at the Museum in 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Showcasing a selection from Cunningham’s Facades project―his eight-year photographic project documenting New York City’s architectural and fashion history, shown at the Museum in 2014―Celebrating Bill Cunningham also features photographs documenting his friendship with floral designer Toni Cimino, known as Suzette; a Cunningham bicycle; his Nikon camera; signature blue jacket; ephemera; and unforgettable William J hats. Curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts.

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ exhibition is on display at the New-York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ exhibition is on display at the New-York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

William J. Beach hat, 1960; label, ca: 1960 Raffia, velvet silk, rooster feathers, wire, grosgrain Purchase, Coaching Club Acquisitions 2017.63.1-2

William J. Beach hat, 1960; label, ca: 1960 Raffia, velvet silk, rooster feathers, wire, grosgrain Purchase, Coaching Club Acquisitions 2017.63.1-2

Camera (Nikon Model D5200) with 24 mm lens, used by Bill Cunningham, ca. 2012 New-York Historical Society, Gift of Louise Doktor, 2017.13.3

Camera (Nikon Model D5200) with 24 mm lens, used by Bill Cunningham, ca. 2012
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Louise Doktor, 2017.13.3

“The New-York Historical Society enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Bill Cunningham, dating back to his first donation of 88 gelatin silver photographs representing his Facades series and continuing to the end of his life,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “In 2014, we were thrilled to host a very special surprise party for Bill’s 85th birthday, which coincided with a brand new Facades exhibition. His death was deeply felt by all of us who knew him and respected his work, so it is with great pride that the New-York Historical Society becomes the new home for his earthly belongings. We feel extremely privileged and grateful that Bill’s longtime friends John and Louise have chosen to share their bequests with us. These objects will join Facades in our permanent collection, allowing scholars and admirers the opportunity to remember Bill’s legacy for years to come.”

Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society, Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society and Debra Schmidt-Bach, Curator of Decorative Arts at the New- York Historical Society attend the Opening Reception For 'Celebrating Bill Cunningham' at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society, Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society and Debra Schmidt-Bach, Curator of Decorative Arts at the New- York Historical Society attend the Opening Reception For ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

William John “Bill” Cunningham (1929–2016) was a long-time New York Times photographer and journalist known for his “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” columns. As much a cultural anthropologist as he was a fashion photographer, Cunningham was known for his candid street and event photographs of New Yorkers that depicted up-to-the-minute fashion trends. To achieve his telling photographs, Bill Cunningham often circulated around the city on a bicycle. In temperate weather he wore a blue French work jacket. The Nikon camera is one of several owned by Cunningham and was probably used through the end of his career.

Bill Cunningham's protégé Andy Chen and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society attend the Opening Reception For 'Celebrating Bill Cunningham' at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Bill Cunningham’s protégé Andy Chen and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society attend the Opening Reception For ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Cunningham’s personal library of more than 200 volumes, primarily focusing on fashion, will join New-York Historical’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library collection. The books reveal his deep dedication to his craft and passion; his collection includes histories of fashion, catalogs from designers, exhibition catalogs, advertising, and memoirs and biographies of noted designers, past and present. It also serves as the personal repository of his encyclopedic knowledge, replete with newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, and marginalia curated by Cunningham. His library offers a unique and intimate view into the care and methodical thought he put into his work.

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Also among the personal effects being donated to New-York Historical’s permanent collection are a custom-made bicycle helmet, given to Cunningham in 2005 by Bergdorf Goodman in a hat box covered with colorful images from his New York Times column; his pewter Living Landmark presentation plate from 2009, made by Cartier; the Medal of Excellence, presented to Cunningham in 2012 by Carnegie Hall, his longtime residence; and his millinery supplies from his time as a designer, including two hats in the process of being styled, his tools, and a collection of feathers.

William J. Orange Corduroy Hat, early 1960’s Gift of Melanie Tinnelly and Terence Tinnelly in memory of their aunt, Tony Cimino (known as Suzette) 2017.73.2 William J. Burgandy Corduroy Hat, early 1960’s Gift of Melanie Tinnelly and Terence Tinnelly in memory of their aunt, Tony Cimino (known as Suzette) 2017.73.2

William J.
Orange Corduroy Hat, early 1960’s
Gift of Melanie Tinnelly and Terence Tinnelly in memory of their aunt, Tony Cimino (known as Suzette) 2017.73.2
William J.
Burgandy Corduroy Hat, early 1960’s
Gift of Melanie Tinnelly and Terence Tinnelly in memory of their aunt, Tony Cimino (known as Suzette) 2017.73.2

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

About the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the oldest and most distinguished research libraries in the world, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. The Klingenstein Library is one of only sixteen libraries in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association. The Library continues to receive important research materials relating to education, philanthropy, social service, and the history of New York and the nation.

Generous support for this exhibition provided by May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Celebrating Bill Cunningham exhibition is on display at the New-York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The New-York Historical Society would like to extend sincere appreciation to John Kurdewan, who has provided invaluable assistance for our effort to collect items that document and commemorate Bill Cunningham’s life. Celebrating Bill Cunningham would not be possible without his insight and support.

John Kurdewan speaks at the Opening Reception For 'Celebrating Bill Cunningham' at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

John Kurdewan speaks at the Opening Reception For ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

Bill Cunningham's protégé Andy Chen, Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society, Norman Benzaquen, trustee of the New-York Historical Society,Valerie Paley, Vice President, Chief Historian, and Margi Hofer, Director of New-York Historical Society, attend the Opening Reception For 'Celebrating Bill Cunningham' at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Bill Cunningham’s protégé Andy Chen, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, trustee of the New-York Historical Society, Norman Benzaquen, trustee of the New-York Historical Society,Valerie Paley, Vice President, Chief Historian, and Margi Hofer, Director of New-York Historical Society, attend the Opening Reception For ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ at New-York Historical Society on June 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ;Celebrating Bill Cunningham' exhibition is on display at the New York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The ‘Celebrating Bill Cunningham’ exhibition is on display at the New-York Historical Society through September 9, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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L to R: Sasha Diamond, Tiffany Villarin, Marinda Anderson, Shannon Devido, Alex Breaux, Gregg Mozgala, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Mike Lew. Photo by Lia Chang

Gregg Mozgala, Tiffany Villarin, Shannon DeVido, Alex Breaux, Sasha Diamond and Marinda Anderson Celebrate TEENAGE DICK Opening Night; extends through July 29

Photography, Theater

On Wednesday night, Ma-Yi Theater Company, in association with The Public Theater, celebrated the opening night performance of NY Times Critics Pick TEENAGE DICK at B Bar and Grill. The world premiere play by Mike Lew will now play through Sunday, July 29, 2018. (It was previously announced to close on Sunday, July 15).

 Ralph Pena and Oskar Eustis. Photo by Lia Chang

Ralph Pena and Oskar Eustis. Photo by Lia Chang

Additionally, talkback dates with the cast and creative team of TEENAGE DICK are scheduled for Saturday, June 23 matinee; Tuesday, June 26 evening; and Sunday, July 1 matinee. Matinee performances begin at 1:30 p.m., while evenings are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. curtain.

Playwright Mike Lew and Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Mike Lew and Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Photo by Lia Chang

TEENAGE DICK, which follows Ma-Yi’s phenomenal success with the critically acclaimed KPOP, winner of three 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, is choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God, Present Laughter), and stars Tiffany Villarin (House Rules) and Gregg Mozgala (Light Shining). It runs Off-Broadway at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St).

TEENAGE DICK is presented as a new fully realized production, having been developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series.

L to R: Sasha Diamond, Tiffany Villarin, Marinda Anderson, Shannon Devido, Alex Breaux, Gregg Mozgala, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Michael Lew. Photo by Lia Chang

L to R: Sasha Diamond, Tiffany Villarin, Marinda Anderson, Shannon Devido, Alex Breaux, Gregg Mozgala, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Mike Lew. Photo by Lia Chang

TEENAGE DICK is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and lust. TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?

Tiffany Villarin, Marinda Anderson, Shannon Devido, Alex Breaux, Gregg Mozgala. Photo by Lia Chang

Tiffany Villarin, Marinda Anderson, Shannon Devido, Alex Breaux, Gregg Mozgala. Photo by Lia Chang

Rounding out the cast are Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People); Alex Breaux (Red Speedo); Sasha Diamond (Significant Other); and Marinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).

L to R: Tiffany Villarin, Alex Breaux, Michael Lew. Photo by Lia Chang

L to R: Tiffany Villarin, Alex Breaux, Mike Lew. Photo by Lia Chang

TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae (Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director), a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” It was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway and Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director). This current production by Ma-Yi Theater Company is part of The Lark’s Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program, funded by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.

Michael Lew, Wilson Chin, Miriam Crowe, Junghyun Georgia Lee, Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael Lew, Wilson Chin, Miriam Crowe, Junghyun Georgia Lee, Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Photo by Lia Chang

TEENAGE DICK features set design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, lighting design by Miriam Crowe, sound design by Fabian Obispo, and movement coordination by Robert Westley. Alyssa K. Howard is Production Stage Manager.

Jorge Ortoll, Ralph Peña, Michael Greif. Photo by Lia Chang

Jorge Ortoll, Ralph Peña, Michael Greif. Photo by Lia Chang

TICKETS and PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
TEENAGE DICK began performances June 12 and performs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., including Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m., with performances scheduled through July 29, 2018. Please note there is no performance on Thursday, June 21 or Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.; additionally, performances have been added on Monday, June 18 and July 2 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information: visit publictheater.org, or call 212.967.7555

Mobility limited seating and reduced ticket prices for the disabled community and designated companions are available.

Additional information is also available at: www.ma-yitheatre.com and http://www.publictheater.org.

“Exhilarating!” – The New York Times *Critic’s Pick

“A superb reworking of Richard III” – Newsday

“Gregg Mozgala rules the stage” – Time Out New York ****

“Teenage Dick contains multitudes: the timelessness of Shakespeare, the shared trauma of high school, the bitter yet irresistible quest for power. What results is something unlike nearly anything I’ve seen on a New York stage, and I’m already hungry for more.” — Exeunt NY

“A first-rate production under the masterful direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel.” — Talkin’ Broadway

“Greg Mozzola’s Richard is everything Shakespeare would have wanted in actor for this role.” — Diandra Reviews It All

“A wise and hilariously thoughtful send up of ‘Richard III.’ Fantastically written by Mike Lew with a full dose of sass and smarts.” — Front Mezzz Junkies

“The serious and seriously terrific new ‘Richard III’ spoof…Well and tightly constructed — a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining play that zips through humor and pathos, building inexorably to its climax..” — New York Stage Review

“The playwright is already a master of caustic, crackling dialogue.” — Lighting and Sound America

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

Lia Chang, Jorge Ortoll, Mia Katigbak, Jessica Hagedorn and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Marinda Anderson

Lia Chang, Jorge Ortoll, Mia Katigbak, Jessica Hagedorn and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Marinda Anderson

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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2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Recipient André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards

Awards, Photography, Theater
OBA President Peter Breger and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

OBA President Peter Breger and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

On Tuesday, I joined two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields (The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On, Ain’t Misbehavin’) at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards ceremony held at Sardi’s in New York, where he received the 2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award. Mr. De Shields recently appeared in the Off Broadway productions  of As You Like It at Classic Stage Company and Mankind at Playwright’s Horizons. He is currently starring as Ron in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the new musical Half Time, opposite Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Donna McKechnie and Lori Tan Chinn, through July 1st.

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients André De Shields, Jo Bonney and David Rabe at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018 (not pictured: Mary Testa). Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award recipients André De Shields, Jo Bonney and David Rabe at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018 (not pictured: Mary Testa). Photo by Lia Chang

De Shields, along with Jo Bonney, David Rabe, and Mary Testa were honored for their extraordinary contributions to Off Broadway.

This winners of this year’s competitive Off Broadway Alliance Awards included Desperate Measures (Best New Musical), Transfers (Best New Play) The Government Inspector (Best Revival), Harry Clarke (Best Solo Performance), KPOP (Best Unique Theatrical Experience) and Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Best Family Show).

Best New Musical: Desperate Measures

DESPERATE MEASURES Cast-Gary Marachek, Anthony Festa, Sarah Parnicky, Peter Saide, Lauren Molina, Pat Addiss, David Friedman, Mary Cossette, Peter Kellogg and Celia Hottenstein. Photo by Lia Chang

DESPERATE MEASURES Cast-Gary Marachek, Anthony Festa, Sarah Parnicky, Peter Saide, Lauren Molina, Pat Addiss, David Friedman, Mary Cossette, Peter Kellogg and Celia Hottenstein. Photo by Lia Chang

Desperate Measures recently transferred to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages following a successful 2017 run at the York Theatre Company.

Best New Play: Transfers

Best Revival: The Government Inspector

Best Revival: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR - Jessie Berger, Michael Urie, Michael McGrath, Jeffrey Hatcher. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Revival: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR – Director Jessie Berger, Michael Urie, Talene Monahon, Michael McGrath, Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Solo Performance: Harry Clarke

Billy Crudup wins the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for HARRY CLARKE. Photo by Lia Chang

Billy Crudup wins the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for HARRY CLARKE. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Unique Theatrical Experience: KPOP

KPOP's Teddy Bergman and Jason Eagan. Photo by Lia Chang

KPOP’s Teddy Bergman and Jason Eagan. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Family Show: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids)

Best Family Show: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical - Mary McCann, Ted Arthur, Shea Sullivan, Tamilla Woodard, Allison Beatty, Douglas Lyons, Greg Dean, and Melvin Tunstall III. Photo by Lia Chang

Best Family Show: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Mary McCann, Ted Arthur, Shea Sullivan, Tamilla Woodard, Allison Beatty, Douglas Lyons, Greg Dean, and Melvin Tunstall III. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald Farber, the theater attorney who quite literally “wrote the book” for Off Broadway was posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.

Donald C. Farber's granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia and wife Ann Farber at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber’s granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia and wife Ann Farber at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber's granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia, wife Ann Farber and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Donald C. Farber’s granddaughter Miranda, daughter Patricia, wife Ann Farber and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Carol Rosegg, who has photographed hundreds of Broadway and Off Broadway productions, was honored with the 2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award.

2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award recipient Carol Rosegg and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Friend of Off Broadway Award recipient Carol Rosegg and guests at the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, present Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2017-2018 season.

André De Shields and producer Stephen Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and producer Stephen Byrd. Photo by Lia Chang

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.

Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain. It also produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

For more information visit www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com

Lauren Molina, Bill Castellino, Celia Hottenstein, Michael Urie, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide, David Friedman. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Molina, Bill Castellino, Celia Hottenstein, Michael Urie, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide, David Friedman. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi's in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Legend of Off Broadway Award Winner André De Shields at the Off Broadway Alliance Awards at Sardi’s in New York on June 19, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

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

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Georgia Engel, Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Haven Burton, Donna McKechnie, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe. Photo by Lia Chang

Opening Night of Paper Mill Playhouse’s East Coast Premiere of HALF TIME with André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Donna McKechnie, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillias White, Haven Burton and More

Film, Photography, Theater

On Tuesday night the East coast premiere of the new musical Half Time opened at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J.

Lori Tan Chinn, Nancy Ticotin, André De Shields, Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Kay Walbye. Photo by Lia Chang

Lori Tan Chinn, Nancy Ticotin, André De Shields, Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Kay Walbye. Photo by Lia Chang

Two-time Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner André De Shields (The Wiz, The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’)  five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” The Drowsy Chaperone), Tony and Emmy Award winner Lillias White (The Life, “Sesame Street”) and Tony award winner and Broadway legend Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) lead the cast of Half Time, the uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams.

André De Shields and Jerry Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and Jerry Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Half Time features a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean. Half Time is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and co-choreographed by Nick Kenkel with music direction by Charlie Alterman. Half Time is based on the motion picture Gotta Dance, directed, written and produced by Dori Berinstein.

Dori Berinstein, André De Shields and Georgia Engel. Photo by Lia Chang

Dori Berinstein, André De Shields and Georgia Engel. Photo by Lia Chang

From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove, and they are all over 60. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing-instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip-hop. Take the uplifting journey with these dreamers-and the young coaches who inspire them along the way-as they battle self-doubt, stereotypes and even each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Together they remind us that in life, when the odds are stacked against you and the challenges seem too great to overcome, it’s not the end of the game-it’s Half Time.

Georgia Engel, Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Haven Burton, Donna McKechnie, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe. Photo by Lia Chang

Georgia Engel, Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Haven Burton, Donna McKechnie, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe. Photo by Lia Chang

The principal cast features André De Shields as Ron, Georgia Engel as Dorothy/Dottie, Donna McKechnie as Joanne, Lillias White as Bea, who are joined by Haven Burton as Tara, Lori Tan Chinn as Mae, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Kendra, Nancy Ticotin as Camilla, Madeleine Doherty as Estelle, Tracy Jai Edwards as Alison Prager, Mary Claire King as Jenny, Lenora Nemetz as Fran, and Kay Walbye as Muriel.

Opening night curtain call for HALF TIME. Photo by Lia Chang

Opening night curtain call for HALF TIME. Photo by Lia Chang

Rounding out the cast are Alexander Aguilar, Ken Ard, Sydni Beaudoin, Tami Dahbura, Paula DeLuise, Gabriela Garcia, Talya Groves, Kathryn Kendall, Valton Jackson, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Garrett Turner and Gayle Turner.

Georgia Engel and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Georgia Engel and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team of Half Time reunites Mitchell with his Kinky Boots collaborators, including Tony Award winner David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design) and Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), along with Nick Kenkel (Co-Choreography), Randy Hansen (Sound Design), Jason Lee Courson (Projection Design), Drama Desk nominee Josh Marquette (Hair and Wig Design), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), and Telsey + Company(Casting). The Production Stage Manager is Jason Brouillard.

André De Shields, Dori Berinstein and Mark S. Hoebee. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, Dori Berinstein and Mark S. Hoebee. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances through July 1, 2018. Tickets start at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office, or online at www.PaperMill.org.

Half Time opening night curtain call at Paper Mill Playhouse on June 12th.

Backstage with André De Shields, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillias White and Donna McKechnie.

Opening night party at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse.

Joey Joseph, André De Shields and Charlie Alterman. Photo by Lia Chang

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE reunion- Jenny, Don McKellar, Troy Britton Johnson, Garth Kravits, Georgia Engel, Bob Martin, Lisa Lambert. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits.

André De Shields, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 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

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