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Lia Chang: David Henry Hwang, Francis Jue, Kathryn Layng and Edward Albee: YELLOW FACE Reading and Book Signing at The Drama Book Shop

YELLOW FACE playwright David Henry Hwang © Lia Chang

YELLOW FACE playwright David Henry Hwang © Lia Chang

On Thursday, December 10th at 5:30pm, The Drama Book Shop is presenting a chat with YELLOW FACE playwright David Henry Hwang and Edward Albee. Hwang will read from his play with actors Francis Jue and Kathryn Layng, who appeared in the Obie award-winning production of YELLOW FACE at the Public Theater. A book signing will follow.

The event is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 5:30pm
Location: The Drama Book Shop
250 West 40th St.
New York
212 944-0595
http://www.dramabookshop.com

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang
TCG, 2009
Paper: $13.95

David Henry Hwang is the author of the Tony Award–winning M. Butterfly, a finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize. Other plays include Golden Child, FOB, The Dance and the Railroad, and Family Devotions; his opera libretti includes three works for composer Philip Glass. He was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include THE ZOO STORY (1958), THE AMERICAN DREAM (1960), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1961-62, Tony Award), TINY ALICE (1964), A DELICATE BALANCE (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), ALL OVER (1971), SEASCAPE (1974, Pulitzer Prize), THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE (1977-78), THE MAN WHO HAD THREE ARMS (1981), FINDING THE SUN (1982), MARRIAGE PLAY (1986-87), THREE TALL WOMEN (1991, Pulitzer Prize), FRAGMENTS (1993), THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY (1997), THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? (2000, 2002 Tony Award), and OCCUPANT (2001). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and President of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

Francis Jue © Lia Chang

Francis Jue © Lia Chang


Francis Jue appeared in David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face (receiving Obie and Lortel Awards, plus Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), and M. Butterfly. In NYC, Francis has originated roles in Coraline, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Language of Their Own, Victor Woo, and No Foreigners Beyond This Point. He has won awards for performances in Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Into the Woods, The Illusion, Red, and The King & I.

About YELLOW FACE:
“It’s about our country, about public image, about face,” says David Henry Hwang about his latest work, a mock documentary that puts Hwang himself center stage as it explores both Asian identity as well as race in America. The play begins with the 1990s controversy over color-blind casting for Miss Saigon, before it spins into a comic fantasy, in which the character DHH pens a play in protest and then unwittingly casts a white actor as the Asian lead. Yellow Face also explores the real-life investigation of Hwang’s father, the first Asian American to own a federally chartered bank, and the espionage charges against physicist Wen Ho Lee. Adroitly combining the light touch of comedy with weighty political and emotional issues.


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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 will become part of 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, VIBE, 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. Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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