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Lia Chang: Sloan Robinson in Bananas, A Theatre Cabaret based on the life of Josephine Baker at the Schomburg, February 12-14

Sloan Robinson stars in Bananas, a theatre cabaret based on the life of Josephine Baker, at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in New York, from February 12-14, 2010. Presented by Woodie King, Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit, the performances are part of a month-long lineup in Woodie King, Jr.’s Black History Month Play Festival, which runs from February 5-28, 2010.

Josephine Baker overcame the limitations imposed by the color of her skin, to become one of the world’s most versatile entertainers, performing on stage, screen and recordings. Baker was decorated for her undercover work for the French Resistance during World War II. She was a civil rights activist. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences and integrated the Las Vegas nightclubs. Baker adopted twelve children from around the world whom she called her “Rainbow Tribe.”

Bananas takes place in Paris, France l961. Baker’s story has been told and re-told but Robinson’s unique intimate portrayal shows the human side of Josephine Baker. Baker created her World Village at Chateau Les Milandes. “La” Baker had many comebacks in her life her last performance was the musical “Josephine” at the Bobino Music Hall in Paris 1975.

Bananas, a theater cabaret based on the life of Josephine Baker by Sloan Robinson, is directed by Joyce Maddox, with musical direction by Aero Pierce, costumes by Naila Sanders and lighting by Antoinette Tynes and Terri James.

Friday, February 12 at 7pm
Saturday, February 13 at 7pm
Sunday, February 14 at 3pm
Schomburg Center for Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th St.
New York
Tickets are $20 and are can be purchased at the Schomburg Library/Gift Shop, 212-491-2208 or through

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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,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, 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 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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