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Lia Chang Multimedia: Ed Cardona, Jr.’s American Jornalero at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, March 4-14

The Working Theater presents a First Stage Production of American Jornalero by Ed Cardona, Jr., directed by Victor Maog at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W 36th St. (btwn 8th & 9th Aves), March 4-14, 2010. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Neal Hemphill, Gerardo Rodriguez and Andrés Munar in Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photos © Lia Chang

Neal Hemphill, Gerardo Rodriguez and Andrés Munar in Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photos © Lia Chang


Ed Cardona, Jr.’s newest play takes a humorous and poignant look at a group of day laborers waiting to be picked up for work and their collision with two inept citizen vigilantes fashioning themselves on the Minuteman Project, a group originally organized to patrol the U.S. Southern border in an effort to keep illegal immigrants out.
Josè Joaquin Perez, Gerardo Rodriguez and Andrés Munar in Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

Josè Joaquin Perez, Gerardo Rodriguez and Andrés Munar in Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang


The cast features Jeff Biehl, Neal Hemphill, Mat Hostetler, Andrès Munar, José Joaquin Perez, and Gerardo Rodriguez.
Director Victor Maog, Actors Jeff Biehl, Mat Hostetler, Andrés Munar and Neal Hemphill, Playwright Ed Cardona, Jr., Actors Gerardo Rodriguez and Josè Joaquin Perez and Working Theater Producing Director Mark Plesent. Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photo © Lia Chang

Director Victor Maog, Actors Jeff Biehl, Mat Hostetler, Andrés Munar and Neal Hemphill, Playwright Ed Cardona, Jr., Actors Gerardo Rodriguez and Josè Joaquin Perez and Working Theater Producing Director Mark Plesent. Working Theater's First Stage Production of Ed Cardona Jr's 'American Jornalero', directed by Victor Maog, March 4 - 14, 2010. Photo © Lia Chang

With set & costume design by Deb O, lighting design by Cat Tate Starmer, sound design by Betsy Rhodes and fight choreography by Adam Alexander, En Garde Entertainment. The production team includes production stage manager Samone B. Weissman, assistant stage manager Lauren McArthur, production manager Robert Michael Johnson, assistant director Zack Moody, costume and set assistant Jennifer Schmidt and casting by Stephanie Klapper.

Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex
Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
312 W 36th St. (btwn 8th & 9th Aves)
Tickets $25: Click Here or call 212-868-4444
March 4 – 14, 2010
Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm,
Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm

Playwright Ed Cardona Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Ed Cardona Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Ed Cardona Jr.’s plays include: Apricot Sunday – A ten-minute play, 2008: The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 Actors (Contemporary Playwright Series) by Lawrence Harbison, published 2009. Black & Blue Fruit, New Works Lab 09, Intar Theatre, Staged Reading, New York, NY. Piragua Papi (Snow Cone Daddy),Insight 15, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Staged Reading, New York, NY. Pablo’s Christmas – A children’s play, Page-to-Stage Commission, Dramatic Publishing, Adapted Pablo’s Christmas – A Children’s Book, By Hugo C. Martin, published in 2009. Up or Down, Staged Reading, The Welcome Mat Reading Series, Partial Comfort Productions, New York, NY. PICK UP POTS!, Staged Reading, The Working Theater, New York, NY. Bottle Rockets, Workshop Production, Insight 14, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, New York, NY. Blunt-Piercing-Edge, Staged Reading, The Welcome Mat Reading Series, Partial Comfort Productions and NewWorksLab, Intar Theatre, New York, NY. La Perla (The Pearl), Fiesta 2007: Words & Music, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, New York, NY. Mr. Cardona has been a resident with Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at INTAR Theatre and The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education, Townsend, VT. He is a member of Partial Comfort Productions and The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Mr. Cardona has received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University, May 2006, where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS!.

Victor Maog has collaborated at NYSF/Public, Hartford Stage, Williamstown, Ma-Yi, Lark, MCC, Intar, New Dramatists, NYTW, and directed/taught for NYU/Tisch, UPenn, Fordham, and others. He has developed and directed new works including his three-man adaptation of The Tempest, Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff’s martial arts experimental dance work Voice of the Dragon, and traveled to Phnom Penh in preparation for his American staging of Him Sophy’s Where Elephants Weep, a Cambodian rock opera. Maog also co-devised Journey Theatre for Immigrants’ Theatre Project – an ensemble creation with international victims of war and torture. He is the recipient of the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Award, Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone, and the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Off Broadway’s 2nd Stage Theatre and represented the United States as a delegate to the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO’s 31st World Congress in Manila. Recently named a Sweet Briar Fellow to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, he is embarking on a two-year collaboration with The Monacan Indian Nation of the Blue Ridge Mountains, set to premiere in 2011. In addition to his freelance directing career, Mr. Maog is currently the Director of Theatre for the 97-year old Perry-Mansfield, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the oldest performing arts school in the country.


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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 in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER 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, The 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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