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Lia Chang Photo Call: Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe

André De Shields plays the title character in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of <em>Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe</em> by Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner, which has performances through July 19 at The Clurman @ Theatre Row in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields plays the title character in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe by Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner, which has performances through July 19 at The Clurman @ Theatre Row in New York. (l-r) Gina Marie Rivera, Tyrone Davis, Charletta Rozzell, André De Shields, Rejinald Woods and Jennifer Akabue. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, Ted Lange and Kim Brockington are featured in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe by Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner, at The Clurman @ Theatre Row in New York through July 19, 2009. Opening night is June 25.

(l-r) Kim Brockington, Ted Lange and André De Shields in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of <em>Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe</em>. Photo by Lia Chang

(l-r) Kim Brockington, Ted Lange and André De Shields in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe.Photo by Lia Chang

Set within a fabulously theatrical Harlem Renaissance-era “church,” Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe is an original play with music inspired by Moliere’s great comic classic and informed by the gloriously unorthodox ministries of Reverend Ike, Daddy Grace and Rasputin.

Fresh from his recent turn on Broadway in Michael Jacob’s new play Impressionism with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields explores the outrageously creative criminal mind of the title character with a wildly talented cast, through songs, dances, sermons and feats of divine inspiration.

Lawrence Street, Soneela Nankani, Kim Brockington, Jabari Brisport in a scene from The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of <em>Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe</em&gt. Photo by Lia Chang

Lawrence Street, Soneela Nankani, Kim Brockington, Jabari Brisport in a scene from The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Alfred Preisser, the cast also features Lawrence Street, Reji Woods, Tyrone Davis, Jennifer Akabue, Gina Marie Rivera, Kisa Willis, Charletta Rozzell, Soneela Nankani, Jabari Brisport and Gerron Atkinson.

(l-r) Charletta Rozzell, Gina Marie Rivera, André De Shields, Rejinald Woods, Kisa Willis and Jennifer Akabue in a scene from The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of <em>Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe</em>. Photo by Lia Chang

(l-r) Charletta Rozzell, Gina Marie Rivera, Andre DeShields, Rejinald Woods, Kisa Willis and Jennifer Akabue in a scene from The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe by Alfred Preisser & Randy Weiner. Photo by Lia Chang

Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe has performances Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets are $51.25 (including restoration fee) and can be purchased at http://www.TicketCentral.com or by calling 212.279.4200. The Clurman Theatre is located at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Aves.
Click here to purchase or 212.279.4200

Group Rates & Reservations Email: info@Classicaltheatreofharlem.org
Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. 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. She is currently working on several botanical portrait commissions for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Art Collection and on a book of portraits of her favorite Asian American men in the arts and space.


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