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Lia Chang: Plays by Alice Childress, Lynn Nottage, and Pearl Cleage Featured this Weekend at The Castillo Theatre in Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s Great Black Plays and Playwrights Festival of Readings

Alice Childress, Lynn Nottage, and Pearl Cleage are among the playwrights featured in the final weekend of Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s Great Black Plays and Playwrights Festival of Readings at The Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. in New York. The month long series of playreadings was presented by Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with the Castillo Theatre and the National Black Theatre.

Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

Friday, June 25, 7:30pm
WEDDING BAND by Alice Childress
Directed by Chuck Smith
With: Michael Chenevert, Brenda Denmark, Denise Burse Fernandez, Marjorie Johnson, Terria Joseph, Sandra Kazan, Jerry Matz, Count Stovall, Jay R. Unger, Kim Weston Moran

This play of interracial marriage in the South when it was still illegal was so controversial when it was written in 1960 that it took six years to get it produced.

Saturday, June 26, 2:00pm
CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by Lynn Nottage, writer of Pulitzer-prize winning play Ruined.
Directed by Marjorie Moon
With: Mutiyat Ade-Salu, Jessica Crandall, Tonya Edmonds, Wendell Franklin, Candice Knox, Jay R. Unger

Set in the 1930’s Crumbs is a coming of age story of a girl from the South who migrates to New York City and is buffeted between the religiocity of her father and the communism of her aunt.

Ruby Dee Photo by Lia Chang

Ruby Dee Photo by Lia Chang

Saturday, June 26, 7:00pm
FLYIN’ WEST by Pearle Cleage
Directed by Lydia Fort
With: Stephanie Berry, Ruby Dee, Wendell Franklin, Bianca Laverne Jones, T. Renee Mathis, Marcus Naylor

One of Cleage’s most admired works about African-American women on the Kansas frontier who decide to create new lives for themselves by going West. A Black history play with a feminist twist.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Box office: (212) 941-1234

The New Federal Theatre will have a benefit performance and dinner on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave in New York at 4:30pm. Tickets are $100/$250, and can be purchased by calling TheatreMania at 866-811-4111, or New Federal Theatre 212-353-1176.

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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,, 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.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
A night out with Gordana Rashovich, Flora Goforth in The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, 3/22-4/10
Photos: De Shields, McClendon, Elisa, Glasco, Nemser, Phillips, Thompson at The Sovereign State of Boogedy Boogedy Reading
Photos of Lion Dancers in Los Angeles Chinatown
Photos: A.B. Cruz III and Lillian Kimura Receive 2011 AALDEF Justice in Action Awards
Photos of Lion Dancers in Los Angeles Chinatown
Photos: Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino
Photos:The Working Theater’s Off-Broadway production of HONEY BROWN EYES by Stefanie Zadravec at The Clurman
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet,Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
Multimedia: Exclusive photos and video of Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas -In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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