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Video: BLACK MIRROR Scores Two Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and Outstanding TV Movie

69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Show
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Writer/producer Charlie Brooker (L) with cast and crew accept Outstanding Television Movie for ‘Black Mirror’ (episode ‘San Junipero’) onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Emmys.com: Video 69th Emmy Awards Backstage Live Team BLACK MIRROR – “SAN JUNIPERO”

Black Mirror wins Outstanding Television Movie Emmy

BLACK MIRROR Star Denise Burse and Peter Jay Fernandez Attend 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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

Emmys 2017: why San Junipero’s heartbreaking vision of Heaven will live forever

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

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

MR ROBOT’S BD Wong Talks Emmy Nomination, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, JURASSIC WORLD, Academy Invite, #OscarsSoWhite and More 

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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Photos: Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, Brandon Dirden, André Holland, Carra Patterson, Michael Potts, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas, John Douglas Thompson in MTC’s Broadway Debut of August Wilson’s JITNEY

Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway debut of August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano LessonSeven GuitarsGem of the Ocean) opens on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Jitney began previews on December 28th and will play a limited run through March 12th.

Andre Holland as Youngblood and Carra Patterson as Rena. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andre Holland as Youngblood and Carra Patterson as Rena. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The cast features Harvy Blanks (Jitney in WNYC’s Greene Space American Century Cycle recording, Two Trains Running at Two River Theater Company) as “Shealy;” Tony Award nominee Anthony Chisholm (Radio GolfGem of the OceanTwo Trains RunningJitney at Second Stage) as “Fielding,” Obie and Theatre World Award winner Brandon Dirden (The Piano LessonClybourne Park, “The Americans”) as “Booster;” André Holland (Joe Turner’s Come and GoneMoonlight,”American Horror Story”) as “Youngblood;” Carra Patterson (Significant OtherWitStraight Outta Compton) as “Rena,”  Michael Potts (The Book of MormonAubergine) as “Turnbo,” Ray Anthony Thomas (Jitney and Fences in WNYC’s Greene Space American Century Cycle recordings, Between Riverside and Crazy) as “Philmore;” Keith Randolph Smith (FencesKing Hedley II), as “Doub” and Drama Desk Award winner John Douglas Thompson (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, Satchmo at the Waldorf) as “Becker.”

John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding and Brandon J. Dirden as Booster. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding and Brandon J. Dirden as Booster. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Only one of the ten plays in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or Jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright (King Hedley IISeven Guitars and Piano Lesson) and is proud to produce this Broadway debut.

Harvy Blanks as Shealy, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Brandon J. Dirden (kneeling) as Booster and Andre Holland as Youngblood. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Harvy Blanks as Shealy, Michael Potts as Turnbo, Brandon J. Dirden (kneeling) as Booster and Andre Holland as Youngblood. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The creative team for Jitney includes David Gallo (scenic design); Toni-Leslie James (costume design); Jane Cox (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design); Bill Sims, Jr. (original music); and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Andre Holland as Youngblood and Ray Anthony Thomas as Philmore. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andre Holland as Youngblood and Ray Anthony Thomas as Philmore. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Click here for tickets and more information. Use code AUGUST for $47-$77 tickets through January 22nd and $47-$89 tickets for January 24th- March 12th. In person at the box office, call 212-947-8844 or visit telechargeoffers.com.

Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Harvy Blanks as Shealy. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Harvy Blanks as Shealy. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Michael Potts as Turnbo, John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding, Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Andre Holland as Youngblood. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michael Potts as Turnbo, John Douglas Thompson as Becker, Anthony Chisholm as Fielding, Keith Randolph Smith as Doub and Andre Holland as Youngblood. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
John Douglas Thompson as Becker and Michael Potts as Turnbo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
John Douglas Thompson as Becker and Michael Potts as Turnbo. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Brandon J. Dirden as Booster and John Douglas Thompson as Becker. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Brandon J. Dirden as Booster and John Douglas Thompson as Becker. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Getting to Know the Cast of August Wilson’s JITNEY at Manhattan Theatre Club; Previews Begin Dec. 28

Inside Rehearsals of MTC’s Broadway Debut of August Wilson’s JITNEY; Previews Begin December 28

Meet the Cast of MTC’s Broadway Debut of August Wilson’s JITNEY, Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Featuring Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, Brandon Dirden, André Holland, Carra Patterson, Michael Potts, Keith Randolph Smith, Ray Anthony Thomas, John Douglas Thompson 

André De Shields, Billy Eugene Jones, George Faison, Constanza Romero, Lori Tan Chinn and More Celebrate August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS Opening Night at Yale Rep 

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE, Dominique Morriseau’s SKELETON CREW, Marjorie Johnson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tina Fabrique, Joe Morton and Debra Ann Byrd Among 2016 AUDELCO Winners 

Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks,Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams 

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.

After Record-Breaking Premiere, Filmed Broadway Production of GEORGE TAKEI’S ALLEGIANCE, Returns to U.S. Cinemas February 19 Only

Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation
Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation

After an unprecedented cinematic premiere resulting in the highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date for Fathom Events, George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II.  An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,”said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.

The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Tickets go on sale January 25. Theater listings will be available on allegiancemusical.com/movie on Jan 25. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theatre locations, visit the Fathom Events website. For up to date news on this screening visit allegiancemusical.com/movie

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.

2016 Annual YSD/United Way Cookie Swap with YSD Celebrity Judges André De Shields, Rory Pelsue and Chantal Rodriguez on Dec. 15

 

image001Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields, who is currently starring in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Yale Rep through December 17th,  Rory Pelsue, and Chantal Rodriguez are among the celebrity judges for the 2016 Annual YSD/United Way Cookie Swap on Thursday, December 15th at 2:30 PM in the UT 3rd Floor Lounge and Conference.

André De Shields and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in August Wilson's Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016.
André De Shields and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, directed by Timothy Douglas. Photo by Joan Marcus 2016.

Over a dozen YSD students and staff are baking for the win. You are invited to taste their treats, cast a vote for your favorite, and crown the winners!

image001-2*Suggested donation of $5. All monies raised will be donated to United Way of Greater New Haven.  For more information about UWGNH, visit unitedway.yale.edu.

Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy with Billy EuGene Jones, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, director Timothy Douglas (in hat), Wayne T. Carr (foreground), Danny Johnson, Stephanie Berry, Rachel Leslie, and André De Shields at the opening night celebration at Atelier Florian. Photo by Lia Chang
Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy with Billy EuGene Jones, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, director Timothy Douglas (in hat), Wayne T. Carr (foreground), Danny Johnson, Stephanie Berry, Rachel Leslie, and André De Shields at the opening night celebration at Atelier Florian. Photo by Lia Chang

Yale Repertory Theatre is located at 1120 Chapel Street in New Haven. Tickets for August Wilson’s Seven Guitars range from $12-99 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

Video: André De Shields, Billy Eugene Jones, Rachel Leslie, Stephanie Berry, Danny Johnson, Wayne T. Carr and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in Yale Rep’s SEVEN GUITARS through Dec. 17

Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields in BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND at Yale Rep on Dec. 8 

André De Shields, Billy Eugene Jones, George Faison, Constanza Romero, Lori Tan Chinn and More Celebrate August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS Opening Night at Yale Rep

Two-time Tony Nominee André De Shields, Rachel Leslie, Billy Eugene Jones, Stephanie Berry, Wayne T. Carr, Danny Johnson and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy Open Tonight in Timothy Douglas Helmed SEVEN GUITARS at Yale Rep

New Haven Register: André De Shields adds dramatic voice to August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ at Yale Rep

Broadwayworld.com André Robin De Shields and More Headed to Yale Rep’s SEVEN GUITARS; Cast, Creatives Announced!

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

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.

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.

Tony Roberts, Kevin Pariseau, Garth Kravits and More Set for Nyack Center’s Benefit Reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Dec. 11

scroogeOn Sunday, December 11, 2016, the Nyack Center is presenting a benefit performance of A Christmas Carol, an audio play written by Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic, for the 21st Annual Music and Readings in a Holiday Spirit. Elliott Forrest directs the performance at 7:00 PM.

Tony Roberts, legendary actor from Annie Hall, stars as Scrooge, and the cast consists of neighbors performing for neighbors-Teddy Bass, James Marshall, Tiffany Card, Noah Morley, Tom Dudzick, Kevin Pariseau, Sean Fleming, Max Reinhardsen, Andrew Greenway, Elizabeth Scotson, Jan Hilliard, Eliza Simpson, Peter Kramer, Steve Taylor, Lorena Mann, Jen Laird White.

Live music performances by John Forster, Martha Mooke and Cause Kidz.

Garth Kravits will provide live sound effects. 

The Nyack Center is located at 58 Depew Ave, Nyack, NY. Tickets are $20- adults, $7 – children. All proceeds to benefit the Nyack Center. Tickets available at www.nyackcenter.org

Garth Kravits displays his toys on the foley table at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA on December 16, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits displays his toys on the foley table at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA on December 16, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
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.

Daniel K. Isaac’s ‘According to My Mother’ Receives New York Television Festival Best Drama Pilot and Best Actor Awards

Daniel K. Isaac

The independent pilot “According to My Mother,” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, took home two NYTVF awards at the 12th annual New York Television Festival, including Best Drama and Best Actor for Isaac, in New York on October 29, 2016. “According to My Mother” is a comedic series about a young, gay Korean American actor and his disapproving, devout Christian mother who moves in with him and changes everything.

danielDaniel K. Isaac was born and raised in sunny Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, his mother heard a mortifying story about a preacher who went numb with stage fright and had to be escorted off the stage. Isaac was promptly signed up for Grace Korean Church’s theatre troupe and he’s been an actor ever since. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Isaac moved to not-always-sunny New York City where he’s been seen on large and small screens and stages. Some Film/TV Credits include: “Foshay” on The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts), “Virgil” on Person of Interest (CBS, recurring), The Following (FOX), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO). Some upcoming projects include: Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), Shades of Blue (NBC), Drew (CBS, pilot), and “Ben Kim” on SHOWTIME’s Billions (with Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis). He is currently appearing in NAATCO’s production of MJ Kaufman’s Sagittarius Ponderosawww.danielkisaac.com

Daniel K. Isaac, Mia Katigbak, Glenn Kubota, Bex Kwan and Virginia Wing Set for NAATCO’s New York Premiere of MJ Kaufman’s SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA through Nov. 19 

www.accordingtomymother.com

Congratulations to all of the 12th annual New York Television Festival award winners and network deals.

Best Animation
“Fired On Mars” created by Nick Vokey and Nate Sherman – Los Angeles, CA

Best Comedy
“Poor Todd” created by Liz Astrof (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Drama
“According to My Mother” created by Daniel K. Isaac, Cathy Y. Yan, and Devin Landin (Queens, NY)

Best Short-Form Comedy Series
“Textbook Adulthood” created by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Short-Form Drama Series
“Her Story” created by Jen Richards and Laura Zak (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Unscripted
“Comedy Digs” created by Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Actor, Comedy
Keith Powell for “Keith Broke His Leg”

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel K. Isaac for “According to My Mother”

Best Actress, Comedy
Julia Mattison for “Brooklyn Sound”

Best Actress, Drama
Angelica Ross for “Her Story”

Best Writing
Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones for “On the Bright Side”

Best Directing (Tie)
Sonja O’Hara and Jaspal Binning for “Doomsday” and

D.W. Waterson for “That’s My DJ”

Best Editing
Drew Van Steenbergen for “Brooklyn Sound”

NYTVF Critics Award
“The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Best of the Fest – Independent Pilot Competition
“The Worst Husband” created by Steve Dildarian (Los Angeles, CA)

Best of the Fest – NYTVF Scripts
“Medium Well” written by Christina Brosman (Brooklyn, NY)

Development Deals and Network Award Winners
Bento Box Development Award
Tiffany So and Saba Saghafi for their project “Limited Space” (Los Angeles, CA)

Comedy Central Development Award
Julia Mattison and Noel Carey for their project “Brooklyn Sound” (Brooklyn, NY)

IFC Comedy Selects
“Door on the Left” created by Kati Skelton (Brooklyn, NY) and

“E. Coli High” created by Kevin Barker and Ben Miller (Brooklyn, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal
Chas Jackson (Los Angeles, CA)

Pop Pitch Deal
Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh (Los Angeles, CA)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award
Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman for their project “Yidlife Crisis” (Montreal, Quebec)

Seeso Development Award
Tynan Delong, Ryan Bennett and Ana Fabrega for their project “Jana and Shasta” (Brooklyn, NY)

Super Deluxe Pitch Deal
Meghan O’Neill (Brooklyn, NY)

truTV Greenlight Deal
Shelly Gossman and Blythe Haaga for their project “Comedy Digs” (Los Angeles, CA)

WEtv Pitch Deal
Joseph Gerbino and Erica Hart (West Palm Beach, FL)

About the NYTVF
Established in 2005, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. By partnering directly with networks, studios, production companies, digital platforms and brands, the NYTVF provides its Industry Partners with a streamlined development model, leveraging its vast creative community of over 15,000 independent producers and production companies, to create content with specific partners in mind. During the annual New York Television Festival – held each fall in New York City – the NYTVF brings together its top artists and industry decision-makers for a series of events designed to foster networking, collaboration and education. The Festival also marks the culmination of the organization’s yearly development efforts and features screenings of top independent content, educational panels, fan events, red carpet premieres, and more.

For more information on the NYTVF and the annual Festival, visit www.nytvf.com, and to learn about opportunities to submit for its year-round competitions, visit http://www.nytvf.com/submit.html.

Photos: Kristen Bond, Alexis Sims, Marisha Wallace, Clinton Greenspan, Derrick Davis, Eric LaJuan Summers and More in DTC’s DREAMGIRLS through July 24

Dallas Theater Center is presenting the award-winning hit musical Dreamgirls through July 24, helmed by director and DTC Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell. Tickets to Dreamgirls are on sale at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202.

Production Photos by Karen Almond; costumes by Karen Perry.

Kristen Bond, Alexis Sims and Marisha Wallace in Dreamgirls. Photo by Karen Almond
Kristen Bond, Alexis Sims and Marisha Wallace in Dreamgirls. Photo by Karen Almond

Dreamgirls features book and lyrics by Tom Eyer, music by Henry Krieger and choreography by Rickey Tripp. Take a trip back to the seminal music scene of the 1960s, when young women sang their way to musical prominence in a man’s world. Set in the Motown era that brought us powerhouse voices like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross-and ultimately Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé-Dreamgirls explodes from the stage with legendary songs and timeless appeal.

Marisha Wallace as Effie White. Photo by Karen Almond
Marisha Wallace as Effie White. Photo by Karen Almond

Starring as the talented trio is Alexis Sims as Deena Jones, Marisha Wallace as Effie White and Kristen Bond (Stagger Lee) as Lorrell. Joining them is Derrick Davis as Curtis Taylor Jr., Traci Elaine Lee (Stagger Lee, LES MISERABLES, The Fortress of Solitude) as Michelle, Eric Lajuan Summers as James Thunder Early and Clinton Greenspan (Romeo and Juliet) as C.C. White.

Clinton Greenspan as C.C., Derrick Davis as Curtis Taylor Jr., and Eric LaJuan Summers as Jimmy Early. Photo by Karen Almond
Clinton Greenspan as C.C., Derrick Davis as Curtis Taylor Jr., and Eric LaJuan Summers as Jimmy Early. Photo by Karen Almond

Brierley Resident Acting Company members Hassan El-Amin (All the Way, The Mountaintop, Colossal) will play the role of Marty, and Alex Organ (All the Way, Sense and Sensibility, LES MISERABLES) will be a part of the Male Ensemble.

The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond
The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond

Fellow actors in the Male Ensemble are Christopher Figaro Jackson, Joshua Keith, Walter Lee, Willie Smith III, Jay Staten (Stagger Lee), Jeremy Davis, Gabriel Lawson and Micah Ndiba. The Female Ensemble includes Tiana Kaye Johnson (The Mountaintop, The Book Club Play), Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Ayanna Edwards and Gabrielle Reyes.

The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond
The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond

The creative and design team includes choreographer Rickey Tripp,  music director Michael O. Mitchell,  set designer Bob Lavallee (The Mountaintop, The Rocky Horror Show, Clybourne Park), costume designer Karen Perry (A Raisin in the Sun, The Trinity River Plays), sound designer Aria Music Design (LES MISERABLES, Cabaret), lighting designer Lap Chi Chu (The Good Negro, Fences) and wig designer J. Jared Janas.

The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond
The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond

DTC’s Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo will take place one hour before every performance and DTC’s Stay Late presented by Dr Pepper Snapple Group will take place after each performance.

The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond
The cast of DREAMGIRLS. Photo by Karen Almond

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

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

Photos: Maulik Pancholy, Peter Gadiot, André De Shields, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Helmed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC)

Peter Gadiot and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman
Peter Gadiot and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman

Stage and screen actors Maulik Pancholy (Broadway: It’s Only A Play“Weeds,” “30 Rock”) and Peter Gadiot (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) lead the cast as Katherina and Petruchio respectively in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s bold new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC). Iskandar, known for his striking and immersive directorial style, completes STC’s 2015–2016 season with this production, playing in Sidney Harman Hall from May 17 to June 26, 2016.

André De Shields and Tom Story. Photo by Scott Suchman
André De Shields and Tom Story. Photo by Scott Suchman

The Taming of the Shrew began preview performances on May 17,  and celebrates Opening Night on Tuesday, May 24.  Performances continue through June 26 at STC’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW). To purchase tickets or to learn more, patrons can call the box office at 202.547.1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

Tom Story, André De Shields, Bernard White and Telly Leung. Photo by Scott Suchman
Tom Story, André De Shields, Bernard White and Telly Leung. Photo by Scott Suchman
Oliver Thorton and Telly Leung. Photo by Scott Suchman
Oliver Thorton and Telly Leung. Photo by Scott Suchman

The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s notorious comedy about courtship, marriage and individuality, last seen on STC stages in the 2007–2008 Season, also includes two-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Broadway: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On!, STC’s Ghosts) as Gremio/Curtis/Vincentio; Oliver Thornton (West End: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the 40th anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show, Children of EdenRentThe Phantom of the OperaLes Miserables and Chicago) as Bianca; Drew Foster (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago,  National tour of West Side Story) as Biondello; Rick Hammerly (a participant in STC’s 2015–2016 Directors’ Studio and last seen in Volpone) as Widow; Telly Leung (Broadway: AllegianceGodspellRentPacific Overture and Flower Drum Song) as Lucentio; Gregory Linington (STC’s OthelloThe Tempest and Tartuffeas Grumio; Matthew Russell as Tranio; STC Affiliated Artist Tom Story who has appeared in numerous STC productions, most recently in the Free For All remount of The Winter’s Tale as HortensioBernard White as Baptista; with James CrichtonStephen Elrod (STC’s Othello), Jamison ForemanJackson Knight Pierce (STC’s Othello), Brian Reisman (STC’s Othello) and Nicholas Yenson rounding out the Ensemble.

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman

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. Iskandar will use an all-male cast to examine the fluidity of identity, the authenticity of self-performance and the economics of love in one of Shakespeare’s most notorious texts. Set in the arena of high fashion with influences from both Renaissance and 1950s Italy, Iskandar is working to craft a spectacular world for STC audiences.

Oliver Thorton and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman
Oliver Thorton and Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman

Founding Artistic Director of the theatre collective Exit, Pursued by a Bear and an emerging artist noted for his innovative interpretation of classic texts, Iskandar creates performances that shift beyond the proscenium, reconnecting audiences and artists and working to establish a thriving social community within the theatre. Iskandar’s previous projects include the 2014 Drama Desk Award-winners The Golden Dragon and The Mysteries—a collaboration with 50 playwrights that reimagined the stories of The Bible over six hours—as well as These Seven Sicknesses, a five-hour adaptation of all seven of Sophocles’ plays, and Restoration Comedy, both Drama Desk Award-nominated.

André De Shields. Photo by Scott Suchman
André De Shields. Photo by Scott Suchman

Speaking about his concept for Shrew, Iskandar explains, “Shakespeare’s central narrative is about Kate, an ‘other’ who chooses to transform and rejoin society on her own terms. I want to create a world in which otherness can manifest in as visible a way as possible. I am interested in using a widely diverse canvas to express universality: the world will be specific, but the story no less universal.” Regarding his all-male cast, Iskandar continues, “With an all-male cast, we are attempting to shift the focus from the war of the sexes to the war within the self. The Public Theater has just announced an all-female production of Shrew in the Park with exactly the same running date as ours, which I can’t wait to see.” He concludes, “It seems a single-gender cast allows us to unlock this play in an important new way.”

The Taming of the Shrew company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew company. Photo by Scott Suchman

Noted for his epic and immersive style, Iskandar will extend the world of the production beyond the stage, creating a deeply engaging experience for audience members. In line with this vision, STC will invoke the atmosphere of an Italian piazza (the Piazza d’Amore) in the Harman lobbies and will offer audience and community members the opportunity to engage with the performers of The Taming of the Shrew off-stage. Supporting Iskandar’s desire to create a community with theatre, STC has also invited local artists, makers and restaurants to lead a series of make-and-take workshops, life-hack seminars and tastings and demonstrations in STC lobbies during the run of the show. The workshop series, called The Padua Finishing School, is open to the public and can serve as a standalone event or can accompany a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew. Workshop fees range from $12–$65.

Rick Hammerly, Peter Gadiot, Maulik Pancholy and Oliver Thorton. Photo by Scott Suchman
Rick Hammerly, Peter Gadiot, Maulik Pancholy and Oliver Thorton. Photo by Scott Suchman

The exciting off-stage elements of this production echo Iskandar’s distinctive artistic approach to Shakespeare’s comedy. This production includes a musical intermezzo and will incorporate movement and contemporary pop music to complete the world. “I use three major elements to tell the story, of which text is the primary one;” Iskandar explains, “music and dance will also play major roles to create a richer world where each character in the show is treated as an individual with a full dramatic arc.”

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman

Iskandar joins STC as the first director in the Clarice Smith Series: New Directors for the Classics, having been invited by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn after Kahn saw Iskandar’s production of The Mysteries (The Flea, NYC). “I found his style appealing, profound and very moving,” Kahn explains. “His artistic choices, paired with STC’s engagement and outreach activities, will further humanize the characters on stage for our audiences—and I also believe his choices will create a dialogue about authenticity and identity, something which is particularly relevant in our times.”

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman
Maulik Pancholy. Photo by Scott Suchman

Maulik Pancholy (Katherina) makes makes his STC debut, having recently starred opposite Martin Short and Matthew Broderick in the Broadway hit It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien. Pancholy is best known for playing Jonathan on the Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild® Award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock and for playing Sanjay on Showtime’s award-winning dramedy Weeds, in addition to many other voiceover, television, film and theatre credits.

Peter Gadiot and company. Photo by Scott Suchman
Peter Gadiot and company. Photo by Scott Suchman

Peter Gadiot (Petruchio) has appeared in the films The Forbidden GirlNight Wolf and 13 Hours. He plays Cyrus on television show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and has also appeared in many other television and stage productions. Gadiot will soon star in the highly-anticipated new television show USA Network’s Queen of the South, set to air in the summer of 2016.

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman

Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (Director) joins STC as the first in the Clarice Smith Series: New Directors for the Classics. Iskandar’s previous projects include the 2014 Drama Desk Award-winner The Mysteries, a collaboration with over 50 playwrights that reimagined the stories of The Bible over six hours. The Founding Artistic Director of theatre collective Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Iskandar has also hosted a series of labs and salons in his New York loft, featuring intimate performances and meals cooked by Iskandar himself. Combining theatre with food and community, Exit, Pursued by a Bear has become the talk of the New York theatre scene, utilizing a performance model as old as Homer and as radical as anything on stage today. While in New York, he has directed shows at myriad theatres including the Playwrights Realm, the National Asian American Theatre Company, The Flea Theater and The Play Company, as well as at his own collective. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Drama Desk Special Award for conception and direction of The Mysteries at The Flea Theater (in collaboration with 50+ playwrights) and The Golden Dragon at The Play Company, the National Theatre Conservatory Emerging Professional Award, the New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Drama League Directing Fellowship.

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman

THE DESIGNERS
Iskandar brings a new and talented creative team to STC with Scenic Designer Jason Sherwood, Costume Designer Loren Shaw, Lighting Designer Seth Reiser, Sound Designer Jeremy S. Bloom, Choreography by Chase Brock, Music Supervisor/Arranger David Dabbon and Music Director Jody Schum.

The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman
The Taming of the Shrew Company. Photo by Scott Suchman

Duncan Sheik is best known as the composer of the 2006 Broadway musical Spring Awakening, as well as a pop songwriter and performer. His recordings include Legerdemain (2015), Covers 80s (Sneaky Records, 2011), Whisper House (Sony, 2009), White Limousine (Rounder, 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records, 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch, 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records, 1998) and Duncan Sheik (RIAA Certified Gold, Atlantic Records, 1996). For his work on Spring Awakening, Sheik won Tony Awards® for Best Original Score and Orchestrations and a Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album. His self-titled album Duncan Sheik also earned him a Grammy® nomination for Best Male Vocal.

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THE ARTISTIC TEAM
The production team also includes Associate Costume Designer Dana Burkart and Assistant Lighting Designer Jimmy Lawlor. Iskandar is supported by Voice and Text Coaches Gary Logan and Ellen O’Brien, and assisted by Production Stage Manager Joseph Smelser and Assistant Stage Manager Robyn M. Zalewski. Craig Baldwin serves as Immersive Designer and Iskandar’s Assistant Director.

ABOUT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is the nation’s leading premier classical theatre company. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC’s innovative productions inspire dialogue that connects classic works to the modern human experience. The Company focuses on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced in order to preserve and promote classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences.

A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and adult acting classes to accessible community programming like play-relevant discussion series and the Free For All. For the past 25 years the Free For All program has offered an annual remount of a popular production completely free of charge to all audience members.

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., STC performs in two theatres, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre and the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall. In addition to STC productions appearing year-round, these spaces also accommodate presentations from outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. The Company has been a fixture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood since 1992.

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.

Maulik Pancholy, Peter Gadiot, André De Shields, Telly Leung and More in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Helmed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), opens May 24

Maulik Pancholy and Peter Gadiot in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
Maulik Pancholy and Peter Gadiot in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

Stage and screen actors Maulik Pancholy (Broadway: It’s Only A Play“Weeds,” “30 Rock”) and Peter Gadiot (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) lead the cast as Katherina and Petruchio respectively in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s bold new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC). Iskandar, known for his striking and immersive directorial style, completes STC’s 2015–2016 season with this production, playing in Sidney Harman Hall from May 17 to June 26, 2016.

The Taming of the Shrew begins preview performances on May 17, celebrates Opening Night on Tuesday, May 24, and continues through June 26 at STC’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW). To purchase tickets or to learn more, patrons can call the box office at 202.547.1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s notorious comedy about courtship, marriage and individuality, last seen on STC stages in the 2007–2008 Season, also includes two-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Broadway: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play On!, STC’s Ghosts) as Gremio/Curtis/Vincentio; Oliver Thornton (West End: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the 40th anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show, Children of EdenRentThe Phantom of the OperaLes Miserables and Chicago) as Bianca; Drew Foster (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago,  National tour of West Side Story) as Biondello; Rick Hammerly (a participant in STC’s 2015–2016 Directors’ Studio and last seen in Volpone) as Widow; Telly Leung (Broadway: AllegianceGodspellRentPacific Overture and Flower Drum Song) as Lucentio; Gregory Linington (STC’s OthelloThe Tempest and Tartuffeas Grumio; Matthew Russell as Tranio; STC Affiliated Artist Tom Story who has appeared in numerous STC productions, most recently in the Free For All remount of The Winter’s Tale as HortensioBernard White as Baptista; with James CrichtonStephen Elrod (STC’s Othello), Jamison ForemanJackson Knight Pierce (STC’s Othello), Brian Reisman (STC’s Othello) 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. Iskandar will use an all-male cast to examine the fluidity of identity, the authenticity of self-performance and the economics of love in one of Shakespeare’s most notorious texts. Set in the arena of high fashion with influences from both Renaissance and 1950s Italy, Iskandar is working to craft a spectacular world for STC audiences.

Founding Artistic Director of the theatre collective Exit, Pursued by a Bear and an emerging artist noted for his innovative interpretation of classic texts, Iskandar creates performances that shift beyond the proscenium, reconnecting audiences and artists and working to establish a thriving social community within the theatre. Iskandar’s previous projects include the 2014 Drama Desk Award-winners The Golden Dragon and The Mysteries—a collaboration with 50 playwrights that reimagined the stories of The Bible over six hours—as well as These Seven Sicknesses, a five-hour adaptation of all seven of Sophocles’ plays, and Restoration Comedy, both Drama Desk Award-nominated.

Speaking about his concept for Shrew, Iskandar explains, “Shakespeare’s central narrative is about Kate, an ‘other’ who chooses to transform and rejoin society on her own terms. I want to create a world in which otherness can manifest in as visible a way as possible. I am interested in using a widely diverse canvas to express universality: the world will be specific, but the story no less universal.” Regarding his all-male cast, Iskandar continues, “With an all-male cast, we are attempting to shift the focus from the war of the sexes to the war within the self. The Public Theater has just announced an all-female production of Shrew in the Park with exactly the same running date as ours, which I can’t wait to see.” He concludes, “It seems a single-gender cast allows us to unlock this play in an important new way.”

Noted for his epic and immersive style, Iskandar will extend the world of the production beyond the stage, creating a deeply engaging experience for audience members. In line with this vision, STC will invoke the atmosphere of an Italian piazza (the Piazza d’Amore) in the Harman lobbies and will offer audience and community members the opportunity to engage with the performers of The Taming of the Shrew off-stage. Supporting Iskandar’s desire to create a community with theatre, STC has also invited local artists, makers and restaurants to lead a series of make-and-take workshops, life-hack seminars and tastings and demonstrations in STC lobbies during the run of the show. The workshop series, called The Padua Finishing School, is open to the public and can serve as a standalone event or can accompany a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew. Workshop fees range from $12–$65.

The exciting off-stage elements of this production echo Iskandar’s distinctive artistic approach to Shakespeare’s comedy. This production includes a musical intermezzo and will incorporate movement and contemporary pop music to complete the world. “I use three major elements to tell the story, of which text is the primary one;” Iskandar explains, “music and dance will also play major roles to create a richer world where each character in the show is treated as an individual with a full dramatic arc.”

Iskandar joins STC as the first director in the Clarice Smith Series: New Directors for the Classics, having been invited by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn after Kahn saw Iskandar’s production of The Mysteries (The Flea, NYC). “I found his style appealing, profound and very moving,” Kahn explains. “His artistic choices, paired with STC’s engagement and outreach activities, will further humanize the characters on stage for our audiences—and I also believe his choices will create a dialogue about authenticity and identity, something which is particularly relevant in our times.”

Maulik Pancholy (Katherina) makes makes his STC debut, having recently starred opposite Martin Short and Matthew Broderick in the Broadway hit It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien. Pancholy is best known for playing Jonathan on the Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild® Award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock and for playing Sanjay on Showtime’s award-winning dramedy Weeds, in addition to many other voiceover, television, film and theatre credits.

Peter Gadiot (Petruchio) has appeared in the films The Forbidden GirlNight Wolf and 13 Hours. He plays Cyrus on television show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and has also appeared in many other television and stage productions. Gadiot will soon star in the highly-anticipated new television show USA Network’s Queen of the South, set to air in the summer of 2016.

Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (Director) joins STC as the first in the Clarice Smith Series: New Directors for the Classics. Iskandar’s previous projects include the 2014 Drama Desk Award-winner The Mysteries, a collaboration with over 50 playwrights that reimagined the stories of The Bible over six hours. The Founding Artistic Director of theatre collective Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Iskandar has also hosted a series of labs and salons in his New York loft, featuring intimate performances and meals cooked by Iskandar himself. Combining theatre with food and community, Exit, Pursued by a Bear has become the talk of the New York theatre scene, utilizing a performance model as old as Homer and as radical as anything on stage today. While in New York, he has directed shows at myriad theatres including the Playwrights Realm, the National Asian American Theatre Company, The Flea Theater and The Play Company, as well as at his own collective. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Drama Desk Special Award for conception and direction of The Mysteries at The Flea Theater (in collaboration with 50+ playwrights) and The Golden Dragon at The Play Company, the National Theatre Conservatory Emerging Professional Award, the New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Drama League Directing Fellowship.

THE DESIGNERS
Iskandar brings a new and talented creative team to STC with Scenic Designer Jason Sherwood, Costume Designer Loren Shaw, Lighting Designer Seth Reiser, Sound Designer Jeremy S. Bloom, Choreography by Chase Brock, Music Supervisor/Arranger David Dabbon and Music Director Jody Schum.

Duncan Sheik is best known as the composer of the 2006 Broadway musical Spring Awakening, as well as a pop songwriter and performer. His recordings include Legerdemain (2015), Covers 80s (Sneaky Records, 2011), Whisper House (Sony, 2009), White Limousine (Rounder, 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records, 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch, 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records, 1998) and Duncan Sheik (RIAA Certified Gold, Atlantic Records, 1996). For his work on Spring Awakening, Sheik won Tony Awards® for Best Original Score and Orchestrations and a Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album. His self-titled album Duncan Sheik also earned him a Grammy® nomination for Best Male Vocal.

THE ARTISTIC TEAM
The production team also includes Associate Costume Designer Dana Burkart and Assistant Lighting Designer Jimmy Lawlor. Iskandar is supported by Voice and Text Coaches Gary Logan and Ellen O’Brien, and assisted by Production Stage Manager Joseph Smelser and Assistant Stage Manager Robyn M. Zalewski. Craig Baldwin serves as Immersive Designer and Iskandar’s Assistant Director.

ABOUT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is the nation’s leading premier classical theatre company. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC’s innovative productions inspire dialogue that connects classic works to the modern human experience. The Company focuses on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced in order to preserve and promote classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences.

A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and adult acting classes to accessible community programming like play-relevant discussion series and the Free For All. For the past 25 years the Free For All program has offered an annual remount of a popular production completely free of charge to all audience members.

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., STC performs in two theatres, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre and the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall. In addition to STC productions appearing year-round, these spaces also accommodate presentations from outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. The Company has been a fixture in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood since 1992.

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.

Lesli Margherita Live: Theater People Podcast Summer Series at Pearl Studios on May 8

Lesli Margherita. Photo by Lia Chang
Lesli Margherita. Photo by Lia Chang

Olivier Award winner and everyone’s favorite Broadway Diva, Lesli Margherita kicks off the Theater People Podcast Summer series on Sunday May 8th at 6pm at Pearl Studios, 500 8th ave, 12th Floor Room 1214  in New York. Doors open at 5pm.

Patrick Hinds with talk with Lesli Margherita about Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro, and her new book, Neck Punch and Carry On: Advice from “The Queen.” She’ll  perform a song or two, followed by a Q & A.

668471-250The Theater People Podcast Summer Series brings Broadway’s biggest stars face to face with their biggest fans in an intimate setting. It’s one part interview, one part performance, and one part hang out session. Tickets are $10. Click here for tickets and here for more information.

COME EARLY AND HANG OUT!
Lesli goes on at 6pm, but the doors open at 5pm. Come hang out with Patrick and Producer Mike, mingle with your fellow Theater People and make new friends. Show tunes will be playing the  sound system and refreshments will be for sale.

Time permitting, Lesli will stick around after and sign your CDs and maybe (we said maybe!) take a picture with you!

Patrick Hinds
Patrick Hinds

Patrick Hinds is a fantastic force of nature. A true theater enthusiast, he has seen more shows on and off Broadway than most who make it their career to do so. In attempt to do the same, the Theater People podcast was born. The person you always want at a party, Patrick’s energy and joy is infectious. Patrick is the author of two books, The Whole World Was Watching and The Q Guide to NYC Pride, and he lives in Upper, Upper Manhattan with his husband and two cats.

Mike Jensen
Mike Jensen

 

Mike Jensen received the Kennedy Center ACTF Sound Design Award for his work on the play Vanities. His design work in New York includes Open Your Eyes, which was part of the 2008 Fringe Festival and A Is For Abortion, part of the 2013 Fringe Festival. He is also an actor whose roles include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and, in NYC, Josh in Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch. Original music can be found at facebook.com/MikeJensenNYC.

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

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