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Lia Chang: Jarlath Conroy in The SEAGULL on November 9 and 11

Jarlath Conroy (Photo by Lia Chang)

Jarlath Conroy (Photo by Lia Chang)

I’m looking forward to seeing Jarlath Conroy as Dorn in The Royal Court Theatre production of Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th St.) in New York, when he performs on Sunday, November 9 at 3PM and Tuesday, November 11at 7pm.  This new version by Christopher Hampton and directed by Ian Rickson, stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Arkadina, Peter Sarsgaard as Trigorin and Mackenzie Crook as Konstantin, Carey Mulligan as Nina, Pearce Quigley as Medvedenko, Peter Wight as Sorin, Zoe Kazan as Masha, Art Malik as Dorn, Ann Dowd as Polina, Julian Gamble as Shamrayev, Christopher Patrick Nolan as Yakov, Mary Rose as a Housemaid and Mark Montgomery as The Cook.  

The first of Chekhov’s masterworks, THE SEAGULL concerns the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of actors, writers and artists gathered on a Russian estate.  One of the theatre’s great plays about writing, THE SEAGULL conveys the struggle for new forms and the frustrations and fulfillment of putting words on a page.

Jarlath Conroy and Thom Sesma in the Bay Street Theatre revival of Charles Busch's Shanghai Moon on June 7, 2008. (Photo by Lia Chang)

Jarlath Conroy and Thom Sesma in the Bay Street Theatre revival of Charles Busch's Shanghai Moon in Sag Harbor on June 7, 2008. (Photo by Lia Chang)

Conroy was delightful this summer in the Bay Street Theatre’s revival of Charles Busch’s Shanghai Moon in Sag Harbor. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Homecoming, Faithhealer, The Weir, The Iceman Cometh, On The Waterfront, Ghetto, The Visit, Philadelphia Here I Come!, Comedians. Off-Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, Our Lady of Sligo, A Life, Pigtown at The Irish Repertory Theater, A Couple of Blaguards at the Triad Theater, Gardenia, Translations at Manhattan Theater Club, and The Matchmaker, Playboy of the Western World at The Roundabout Theater. Regional roles include: Drumm in Hugh Leonard’s Da at the Guthrie Theater, Thomas Dunne in Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award), Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Uncle Sid in Ah,Wilderness!, Fluther in The Plough and the Stars, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Frank in Faith Healer, Fluellen in Henry V (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Joxer in Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award). He was in Cromwell and Hamlet at the Royal Court in London . Television and film audiences may be familiar with Conroy from his appearances in “Law and Order”, “NYPD Blue”, “Law and Order:Criminal Intent”, “The Beat”, “Summer”, “A Marriage: O’Keeffe and Stieglitz”, “The Elephant Man”. “Heaven’s Gate”, George Romero’s “Day of the Dead” ,”Kinsey”, “Stay”, “The Baxter” “Across the Universe” and  “Paddyville” with Aidan Quinn.

THE SEAGULL is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Ian Dickinson and music by Stephen Warbeck.  
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM.   
Tickets for THE SEAGULL are $110 for Orchestra and Mezzanine, Rows A-F, $77 for Mezzanine Rows G-J, $41 for Balcony and $25 for Student Rush and Standing Room. Tickets are available at Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online at and at the Walter Kerr Theatre box office.

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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.

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,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, 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 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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