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Lia Chang: Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe Opening Night Party Photos

Welcome to the house of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe. (l-r) Jennifer Akabue, Gina Rivera, André De Shields, Kisa Willis and Charletta Rozzell. Photo by Lia Chang

Welcome to the house of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe. (l-r) Jennifer Akabue, Gina Rivera, André De Shields, Kisa Willis and Charletta Rozzell. Photo by Lia Chang


The Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, a.k.a. André De Shields, is holding church services eight times a week at The Clurman in New York through July 19. The original play with music, starring the incomparable De Shields as the title character, is a glorious delight. Inspired by Moliere’s great comic classic and informed by the unorthodox ministries of Reverend Ike, Daddy Grace and Rasputin, co-writers Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner have set Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe within a fabulously theatrical Harlem Renaissance-era “church,” and once in the lobby of the theater, you are ushered by castmembers, dressed as members of the choir, into church.
André De Shields, Lia Chang and Ted Lange at the opening night party for the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe at The Clurman on June 25, 2009 in New York.

André De Shields, Lia Chang and Ted Lange at the opening night party for the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe at The Clurman on June 25, 2009 in New York.

I was invited to the opening night performance of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe by Alfred Preisser, the artistic director and co-founder of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, who also directed the play.
Director Alfred Preisser is flanked by Ted Lange and Andre De Shields, who star in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, which Preisser co-wrote with Randy Weiner. (Photo by Lia Chang)

Director Alfred Preisser is flanked by Ted Lange and Andre De Shields, who star in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, which Preisser co-wrote with Randy Weiner. (Photo by Lia Chang)


André De Shields and Nobel Laureate playwright Derek Walcott. De Shields starred in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain. (Photo by Lia Chang)

André De Shields and Nobel Laureate playwright Derek Walcott. De Shields starred in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain. (Photo by Lia Chang)

André De Shields’ Tartuffe is seductive and charismatic, and along with his wildly talented cast, raises the roof in this thoroughly entertaining 90 minute romp, with a variety of songs, dances and sermons, under the musical direction of Kelvyn Bell. The cast features Ted Lange, Kim Brockington,Tyrone Davis, Reji Woods, Kisa Willis, Gina Rivera, Jennifer Akabue, Charletta Rozzell, Soneela Nankani, Jabari Brisport, Lawrence Street and Gerron Atkinson.
The cast of Archibishop Supreme Tartuffe celebrates their opening at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Archibishop Supreme Tartuffe celebrates their opening at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening was a joyous affair, as the cast celebrated a rave review in Variety.
The lovely ladies of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe: choreographer Tracy Jack and castmembers Kisa Willis, Gina Rivera, Jennifer Akabue, Charletta Rozzell, Kim Brockington and Soneela Nankani. Photo by Lia Chang

The lovely ladies of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe: choreographer Tracy Jack and castmembers Kisa Willis, Gina Rivera, Jennifer Akabue, Charletta Rozzell, Kim Brockington and Soneela Nankani. Photo by Lia Chang


The cast and crew of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe celebrates their opening at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast and crew of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe celebrates their opening at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. Photo by Lia Chang


Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe has performances through July 19, 2009.
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
André De Shields, who plays the title character in Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, bestows a kiss upon his baby sister Carmen Tisdale, who came in from Baltimore for opening night. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, who plays the title character in Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, bestows a kiss upon his baby sister Carmen Tisdale, who came in from Baltimore for opening night. Photo by Lia Chang



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Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.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. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. 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.

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