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Lia Chang: Peter Jay Fernandez and Jane Summerhays star in Mr. Lincoln, at New York Historical Society through November 15

Peter Jay Fernandez

Peter Jay Fernandez

Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, Jelly’s Last Jam) and Jane Summerhays (Broadway’s A Chorus Line, Cabaret, The Real Inspector Hound and Me and My Girl) star in Mr. Lincoln, an original play by Tom Klingenstein, which dramatizes the reunion in 1906 of two fictional characters—a former slave, and a New York society matron—who had met one another, and Abraham Lincoln, in 1860, when Lincoln came to New York to deliver his epoch-making address at The Cooper Union. Mr. Lincoln has performances at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th St. in New York through November 15.
Jane Summerhays

Jane Summerhays


Helmed by Margarett Perry (Artistic Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center), Mr. Lincoln features production design by Solomon Weisbard, costume design by David Toser, sound design by Brendan Murphy and audiovisual design by Ross Minichiello, Riverside Digital Productions.

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, October 17, 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 & 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 24, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 pm
Saturday, October 31, 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 7, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2:00 pm

Mr. Lincoln, brings to life a key moment in the intertwined careers of America’s greatest President and its greatest city, and is a program complement to the New-York Historical Society’s landmark exhibition Lincoln and New York, on view October 9, 2009 through March 25, 2010.

Admission for Mr. Lincoln is free with $12 museum fee.
The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at 77th St. in New York.


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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

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, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.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.

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