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Lia Chang: Eisa Davis Tells Story of Activist Angela Davis in Angela’s Mixtape

Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

New Georges and Hip-Hop Theater Festival present Eisa Davis’ Angela’s Mixtape, directed by Liesl Tommy, at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St, New York from April 6-May 2. The cast features Kim Brockington, Denise Burse, Eisa Davis, Ayesha Ngaujah and Linda Powell.

 Ayesha Ngaujah, Eisa Davis and Denise Burse in Angela’s Mixtape, which begins performances April 6 at Ohio Theatre in New York. (Photo courtesy of New Georges and Hip Hop Theatre Festival)

Ayesha Ngaujah, Eisa Davis and Denise Burse in Angela’s Mixtape, which begins performances April 6 at Ohio Theatre in New York. (Photo courtesy of New Georges and Hip-Hop Theater Festival)

Using the rhythms of music and memory, Eisa tells the story of a radical upbringing on the dividing line between Oakland and Berkeley, California– in a family that includes her aunt, professor and activist Angela Davis. Time shifts between the 70s, 80s, and 90s as smoothly as a DJ fading from song to song. Each track, each memory, has a built-in switch to the next, for theatrical momentum that keeps on building. The music crosses styles and decades, but it’s hip-hop and a b-girl stance that keeps the piece bouncing in the present.

This production is a joint world premiere with Synchronicity Performance Group, Atlanta. With design by Clint Ramos, Sarah Sidman, Jessica Jahn and Jane Shaw. Performances are Monday – Saturdays at 8pm.
Opening night is April 9 at 7pm.

Ohio Theatre
66 Wooster St.
$35 premium seating (reserved)
$20 general admission + student/seniors
Click here for tickets or call SmartTix at 212-868-4444.
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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.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
Marva Hicks to Star in Concert of Pat Holley’s R&B/Pop Musical, Me & Caesar Lee at Triad Theatre, 3/27, 4/3 & 4/10
André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, 3/22-4/10
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Photos & Video 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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