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Lia Chang: Castillo Theatre presents a reading of Nicole Anderson-Cobb’s Tangled, directed by Woodie King, Jr., on August 16

New Federal Theatre producer Woodie King, Jr. © Lia Chang

New Federal Theatre producer Woodie King, Jr. © Lia Chang

The Castillo Theatre presents a reading of Nicole Anderson-Cobb’s Tangled, directed by Woodie King, Jr., on August 16 at Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. in New York at 7pm, as part of The Mario Fratti – Fred Newman Political Playreading Series.

Clo and her sisters run a family-owned funeral home on Chicago’s South Side, busy lately due to a string of neighborhood shootings. Clo is happy for the business, but burying young people week after week takes its toll on the sisters as they struggle to serve the community while battling their mounting fears and despair. Will anyone, including Gram-mama’s ghost, inspire Clo to stand up and fight for a safer community? Will she stop tending to the dead, and start tending to the living? Tangled uses humor, warmth and local texture to look at a crisis that is devastating poor communities of color throughout the United States.

The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A with the author and director. Castillo Theatre is located at 543 W. 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in New York. For tickets, go to or call the box office at 212-941-1234.

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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.

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André De Shields stars in Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Victory Gardens, 5/14-6/12
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
The River Crosses Rivers Opening Night Photos
New Federal Theatre founder and director Woodie King receives award for community service in communications arts from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications
André De Shields, Ted Lange, Woodie King, Jr. and Dr. Maya Angelou at the National Black Theatre Festival
Photo Call: Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau
Dionne Warwick and Woodie King Jr. honored by AMAS Musical Theatre in New York
Celebrating Woodie King
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