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Lia Chang Multimedia: Yellow Face Reading and Book Signing featuring David Henry Hwang, Kathryn Layng, Francis Jue, with special guest Edward Albee

On the second Thursday in December, The Drama Book Shop and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) celebrated the release of the publication of David Henry Hwang’s latest play Yellow Face, which received a 2008 OBIE Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, with a reading and book signing in New York. In his mock-documentary play, Hwang puts himself center stage, as it explores both Asian identity and race in America. The play begins with the 1990s controversy over color-blind casting for Miss Saigon, and then spins into comic fantasy, in which the character DHH pens a play in protest, and unwittingly casts a white actor as the Asian lead.

Francis Jue, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Playwright David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng at The Drama Book Shop book signing for Yellow Face on December 10, 2009. © Lia Chang

Francis Jue, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Playwright David Henry Hwang and Kathryn Layng at The Drama Book Shop book signing for Yellow Face on December 10, 2009. © Lia Chang

The standing room only crowd was treated to readings of excerpts of the play by actors Francis Jue and Kathryn Layng, who appeared in the Obie-award winning production at the Public Theater, with Hwang playing himself.


The reading was followed with a lively conversation between Edward Albee and Hwang, and a book signing.

Edward Albee in conversation with Yellow Face playwright David Henry Hwang at The Drama Book Shop on December 10, 2009. © Lia Chang

Edward Albee in conversation with Yellow Face playwright David Henry Hwang at The Drama Book Shop on December 10, 2009. © Lia Chang


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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. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

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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