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Lia Chang: INTERPROD THEATRE Presents Ryan Knowles in DIG & BE DUG: The Gospel of Lord Buckley, at Gene Frankel Theatre as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, June 3-15, 2010

INTERPROD THEATRE will present DIG & BE DUG: THE GOSPEL OF LORD BUCKLEY, written by and starring Ryan Knowles (CALIGULA MAXIMUS, Disney’s Aladdin, Nickelodeon’s ME:TV) as Lord Buckley, as part of the 2nd Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. David Kraft will direct. The Festivity takes place June 3-27, 2010 at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street) and The Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette Street) in New York City. Performances for DIG & BE DUG: THE GOSPEL OF LORD BUCKLEY, at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St. in New York are June 3-15, 2010.

A hipster/stoner holds a pseudo-spiritual revival in his apartment to praise the gospel of genre-defying comedian, jazz great, pioneering rapper, performers’ rights martyr and spoken-word legend: Lord Buckley. Part British royalty, part Southern preacher, His Lordship was a most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat. Award-winning actor and playwright Ryan Knowles performs the world premiere of his high-octane comedic solo show. Be there when the Gospel is testified!

The production features musical arrangements by Peter Saxe, projection design by David Kraft, illustrations and graphic design by Dan Mazanec, costume design by Ryan Knowles, sound design by Luqman Brown and stage management by Mike Yrigoyen.

Performances for DIG & BE DUG: THE GOSPEL OF LORD BUCKLEY, at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St. in New York are:
Thursday 6/3 @ 5pm
Sunday 6/6 @ 1:30 pm
Monday 6/7 @ 7:15 pm
Saturday 6/12 @ 9:30 pm
Tuesday 6/15 @ 7 pm
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com.

Playwright and performer Ryan Knowles is an actor, singer and comedian who has starred in everything from musical comedy to children’s television; feature films to stand-up comedy. Most recently, Knowles portrayed the perverted tyrant “Caligula” to great critical acclaim in CALIGULA MAXIMUS, the off-Broadway musical extravaganza at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. He became the “Wicked Witch of the West” in the National Tour of OZ: The Musical, written and directed by Todrick Hall (American Idol). Off-Broadway, Knowles originated the roles of “Nick Bottom” in the hit Shakespeare musical Fools In Love at the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre and “Prospero” in Tempest: The Musicalat the Cherry Lane Theatre, for which he co-wrote and adapted the book from Shakespeare’s original with composer Daniel Neiden, working with concept author Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers). Knowles was recruited by Disney to portray “The Genie” in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, directed by Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid), a role for which he wrote his own material. On television, Knowles brought his comic appeal to millions of children nationwide every weekday as a host on Nickelodeon’s live 2-hour program Me:TV. On film, Knowles portrayed the demonic villain in Holedigger Films’ 2009 supernatural thriller Camp Hope. As a Stand-Up Comedian, he became the first American in history to win the WUDA World Championship in Stand-Up Comedy in Glasgow, Scotland. Aside from performing, Knowles is also the author of 5 plays and musicals and co-founder of INTERPROD, a national theatre institute and production company.

Director David Kraft is a theatre director, historian, dramaturg and speech/acting coach based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As a teacher, he is one of the most respected and successful young adult speech and performance coaches in the nation. Mr. Kraft is the co-founder and director of INTERPROD, a national performance institute and theatrical production company.

Mr. Kraft was also the founder and director of the Warm Body Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Kraft adapted, wrote and directed Free! Adult! Uncensored! which had it’s World Premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it’s U.S. Premiere in Boston. He has adapted and directed numerous plays, including The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; Child of Satan, Child of God, and The Revolt of the Beavers. Aside from directing, Mr. Kraft is one of the country’s foremost experts and collectors regarding the Federal Theatre Project.

INTERPROD THEATRE (Production Company)
INTERPROD is a theatre company and arts organization began by David Kraft and Ryan Knowles in 2003. INTERPROD was initially established as a summer institute for young performers looking to further their craft, serving hundreds of students and becoming the nation’s foremost competitive interpretation performance camp. INTERPROD expanded to include producing theatrical events. Dedicated to creating visceral theatrical experiences, it quickly earned a reputation for daring guerilla theatre installations (most notably in Boston Common); and shows about the Federal Theatre Project, such as it’s production of Free! Adult! Uncensored! at the Edinburgh Fringe. INTERPROD’s most recent productions include The Exorcist: The Musical (Directed and Adapted by Ryan Knowles) and The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead (Directed and Adapted by David Kraft), both in Boston Common, One Third of a Nation in Ft. Lauderdale and Nick Bottom’s Extravaganza! (Written and Directed by Ryan Knowles) at the Richmond Shepard Theatre in NYC.

THE PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY is New York’s premiere eco-friendly theatre festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.


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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, 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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