Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Christine Toy Johnson’s PAPER SON at Queens Theatre in the Park Studio Theatre


A staged reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s PAPER SON, directed by Evan Yionoulis and featuring Jose Llana, J. Elaine Marcos, Victor Lirio and Brenna Palughi, will be performed on Sunday, April 19 at 3pm at Queens Theatre in the Park Studio Theatre in New York. PAPER SON is the story of a young Chinese man who must learn to balance his American identity with his family’s immigrant journey. It’s 1952, and when he meets his match in an American-born-Chinese girl, romance and new questions about the name he lost in his secretly illegal immigration follow.

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning actor, playwright, and filmmaker. As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years and is the recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Award in recognition of her acting and writing careers. Last month, she and her husband Bruce Johnson  picked up a Golden Kahuna Award at the Honolulu International Film Festival for TRANSCENDING, THE WAT MISAKA STORY, their new documentary about the first person of color to play in the NBA. For more information about Wat Misaka, visit

Directions to Queens Theatre in the Park Studio Theatre

Take the #7 train to Willets Point/Shea Stadium, exit and turn left after passing through turnstile, walk downstairs on the parking lot side and follow the theatre shuttle signs, wait for the free shuttle to theatre that operates between the subway station and the theatre for all performances. The shuttle runs one hour before shows and returns immediately after.


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