Video: BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang Featuring DEATH OF A SALESMAN Stars André De Shields and Wendell Pierce at BroadwayCon and the 1st Day of Rehearsal

Lia Chang, co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, has launched her latest venture,  BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, an Arts and Entertainment program produced weekly at the studios of MNN.org.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

The marquee for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Updated: 9/26/22

The fourth episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang, executive produced and hosted by Lia, aired Sunday, September 25 at 3:30 pm (PST)/5:30pm (CST)/6:30 pm (EST) on FIOS 34, RCN 83, and Spectrum 56/1996. If you miss the episode, it will be archived at on my youtube channel or you can watch it by clicking on the video below:

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang

The Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman kicked off previews for the limited 17-week engagement on September 17 at the Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street). Opening night is set for Sunday, October 9. Click here for tickets. A limited number of $35 rush tickets will be released on a first‑come, first‑served basis in the TodayTix app at 9:00am on performance days.

The marquee for DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Hudson Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Following its critically acclaimed run at London’s Young Vic Theatre and on the West End, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is told – for the first time on Broadway – from the perspective of an African American family, living and working in a White, Capitalist world.

Khris Davis, Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and McKinley Belcher III. Photo by Lia Chang

Olivier Award nominee Wendell Pierce and Olivier Award winner and 2022 Tony Award nominee Sharon D Clarke reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman, and they are joined by Khris Davis as Biff, McKinley Belcher III as Happy, and Tony Award winner André De Shields as Willy’s brother, Ben. Additional cast includes Blake DeLong as Howard/Stanley, Lynn Hawley as The Woman/Jenny, Grace Porter as Letta/Jazz Singer, Stephen Stocking as Bernard, Chelsea Lee Williams as Miss Forsythe, and The Wire’s Delaney Williams as Charley.

Seated: Grace Porter, Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce, André De Shields, Chelsea Lee Williams. Standing: Lynn Hawley, Chris Thorn, Stephen Stocking, Khris Davis, Director Miranda Cromwell, McKinley Belcher III, Jerome Preston Bates, Blake DeLong, and Delaney Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Melvin Abston, Jerome Preston Bates, Brandon E. Burton, Maya Jackson, Lisa Strum, Chris Thorn and Shona Tucker have joined Death of a Salesman as understudies.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is directed by Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed the London production alongside Marianne Elliott. Together, they won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Direction.

This episode of BACKSTAGE PASS with Lia Chang will feature Wendell Pierce and André De Shields chatting with Jared Grimes about the show at BroadwayCon’s First Look programming in the Grand Ballroom of The Manhattan Center in New York on July 8 and a sneak peek into the first day of rehearsal on August 1.

Wendell Pierce and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes Olivier Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Anna Fleischle (scenic and co-costume design), Sarita Fellows (co-costume design), Tony Award® nominee Jen Schriever (lighting design), Tony Award® nominee Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), Femi Temowo (composer), Drama Desk Award nominee Nikiya Mathis (hair design), Erica A. Hart & Daniel Swee (casting) and John Miller (music coordinator).

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang

Few works of drama loom as large in the national psyche as Miller’s seminal Death of a Salesman. It caused a critical sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1949 with a production directed by Elia Kazan. It went on to win six Tony Awards® including Best Play and was also honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. The play has enjoyed four previous Broadway revivals, three of which won the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play.

Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wendell Pierce, André De Shields and Jared Grimes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Wendell Pierce. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, a new Arts and Entertainment program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.

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. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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