Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany w/ Slant at the West End Theater in New York, May 19-22

strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber

strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber

Soaking WET (West End Theater) Presents: Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany with Slant Performance Group in the premiere of strictly a female female at the West End Theater, 263 West 86th St, from Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22, 2011. Performances from Thursday-Saturday are at 8:30pm and on Sunday at 4:30pm. Soaking WET, is a series of choreographed evenings curated by David Paker. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and artists and can be reserved http://www.thebanggroup.com/wet.php .
strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber

strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber


strictly a female female is a mashup of Asian themed musicals/opera and (mostly) 80’s rock. Donohue and, musical collaborators, Richard Ebihara & Perry Yung have recombined elements from Flower Drum Song, South Pacific, The King and I, and Madame Butterfly with 80s anthem rock from the likes of Journey, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, and Guns N’Roses to create a truly absurd derivative mesh of the original sources. strictly a female female marks the first collaboration between Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany and Slant Performance Group since their 1996 Lotus Blossom Itch at DTW. A reboot to their earlier examination of the Asian female body in popular culture, strictly a female female puts portrayals of race and gender through the blender for a riotous and ridiculous combination of live dance, music, and theater. Direction and choreography by Maura Nguyen Donohue. Music arranged by Richard Ebihara and performed by Ebihara & Perry Yung. Donohue is joined onstage by longtime company member Peggy Cheng, dancers Jessica Colotti and Timothy Edwards, with MiRi Park starring as faux-queen, dancing diva Stella Ho.
strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber

strictly a female female Photo by Steven Schreiber


Maura Nguyen Donohue has been making work in NYC since 1994 and has been produced at DTW, PS 122, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, and Mulberry St. Theater. Her work has toured extensively across the US and to Canada, Europe and Asia including a collaboration in Japan with Perry Yung, and Yoshito & Kazuo Ohno. As artistic advisor for DTW’s multi-year Mekong Project, she facilitatedworkshops in SE Asia and the US. She has written for Culturebot, The Dance Insider, HK Dance Alliance, American Theater Magazine and Dance Magazine. She’s an Assistant Professor at Hunter College, served on DTW’s board from ’02-‘11, and currently serves on the NY Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies) Committee and the board for the Congress on Research in Dance.www.inmixedcompany.com

Others articles by Lia Chang
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Ruby Dee, Alicia Keys, Sidney Poitier among honorees at Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Edison Ballroom on 5/22
Meshach Taylor talks Wigger on Wendy Williams Show
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Artwork by Asia Flores on display in Mercy High School Annual Art & Soul Art Exhibition in SF
Photos of AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop
Photos: Samrat Chakrabarti, Soham Mehta and Shiva Shankar Bajpai at the New York Indian Film Festival
Sixth Annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival – Ajay Naidu’s Ashes Screens on May 11 & May 15 in Edgewood, PA
Victory Gardens appoints renowned director and playwright Chay Yew as its new Artistic Director
André De Shields stars in Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Victory Gardens 5/14-6/12
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
House of Payne’s Denise Burse on the 2011 NAACP Image Awards & Season 7
Marva Hicks and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra light up the Southern Theatre with a “A Night at the Apollo”
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet,Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
Multimedia: Exclusive photos and video of Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas -In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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