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Lia Chang Multimedia: The River Crosses Rivers Opening Night Photos

Venida Evans, Vinie Burrow, Leslie Uggams, Carmen Delavallade and Elain Graham celebrate at <strong>THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS</strong> opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

Venida Evans, Vinie Burrow, Leslie Uggams, Carmen Delavallade and Elain Graham celebrate at THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang


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Women are currently reigning supreme at the Castillo Theatre in New York, where Woodie King Jr.’s NEW FEDERAL THEATRE in association with Castillo Theatre has re-opened THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS, a festival of seven short one-act plays by women of color, originally produced in the Going To The River run at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in September.

THE KITCHEN playwright Naveen Bahar Choudhury with her castmembers Seril James, Sakina Jaffrey, Andrew Guilarte and Yasmin Kazi at <strong>THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS</strong> opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

THE KITCHEN playwright Naveen Bahar Choudhury with her castmembers Seril James, Sakina Jaffrey, Andrew Guilarte and Yasmin Kazi at THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

The plays:
THE KITCHEN (or 9 1/2 minutes of sub-continental absurdity), by Naveen Bahar Choudhury, directed by Jamie Richards, starring
Andrew Guilarte, Sakina Jaffrey, Seril James and Yasmin Kazi.
THE STEP-MOTHER by Ruby Dee, directed by Chuck Patterson, starring Carmen Delavallade and Mary Hodges.

Miss Ruby Dee, actress and playwright and Elizabeth Van Dyke, producing artistic director and co-founder of Going to the River © Lia Chang

Miss Ruby Dee, actress and playwright with Elizabeth Van Dyke, producing artistic director and co-founder of Going to the River © Lia Chang

BANANA BEER BATH by Lynn Nottage, directed by Talvin Wilks starring Elain Graham.
RALLY by Bridgette Wimberly, directed by Clinton Turner Davis, starring Venida Evans and Erin Weems.
HOT METHUSELAH by J.e Franklin, directed by Imani, starring Vinie Burrow, Norman Matlock and John Rankin.
JESSE by P.J. Gibson, directed by Lydia Fort, starring Christopher Burris and Maya Lynne Robinson.
HIS DADDY by Cori Thomas, directed by Stephen Fried, starring John Matthew Montelongo and David Lindsay Smiling.

Playwrights Cori Thomas, Bridgette Wimberly, P.J. Gibson and Naveen Bahar Choudhury at the <strong>THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS</strong> opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

Playwrights Cori Thomas, Bridgette Wimberly, P.J. Gibson and Naveen Bahar Choudhury at the THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS performances run through November 1st at Castillo Theatre and are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 3PM; Saturday Matinees at 2pm on October 24 and October 31; (No performance on October 23rd.) Castillo Theatre is located at 543 W. 42nd St. (between 10th & 11th Ave) in New York.

General Admission is $25. For Tickets go online at www.Theatermania.com or call 866-811-4111. For more information call New Federal Theatre at 212-353-1176 or go online at www.newfederaltheatre.org.

Nathan Purdee and New Federal Theatre's Woodie King, Jr. at <strong>THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS</strong> opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

Nathan Purdee and New Federal Theatre’s Woodie King, Jr. at THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre in New York. © Lia Chang

THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS was originally produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, William Carden (Artistic Director) & Paul Alexander Slee (Executive Director), and GOING TO THE RIVER Elizabeth Van Dyke, co-founder& Producing Artistic Director and Jamie Richards, Executive Director.
Check out the slideshow of the THE RIVER CROSSES RIVERS opening night party on October 8, 2009 in the lobby of the Castillo Theatre.


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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, 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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