Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang Multimedia: Photos and video of Leviathan Lab’s reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s Adventures of a Faux Designer Handbag

HANDBAG Director Victor Lirio (far right) in rehearsal with cast.  Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

HANDBAG Director Victor Lirio (far right) in rehearsal with cast. Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

On August 9, I popped into Center Stage NY for the workshop reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG, presented by Leviathan Lab, and directed by Diverse City Theater Company Artistic Director Victor Lirio.

ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG Cast (from L to R):  Ali Ewoldt, Moses Villarama, Jaygee Macapugay, Kurt Uy, Nancy Eng, and Judy W. Chen.  Photo by Lia Chang Copyright 2010.

ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG Cast (from L to R): Ali Ewoldt, Moses Villarama, Jaygee Macapugay, Kurt Uy, Nancy Eng, and Judy W. Chen. Photo by Lia Chang Copyright 2010.

The audience was delighted with this new comedy in development which featured Judy W. Chen, Nancy Eng, Ali Ewoldt, Jaygee Macapugay, Kurt Uy and Moses Villarama reading from their scripts on music stands. I laughed out loud alot.

Jaygee Macapugay as Cassandra and Kurt Uy as Paul.  Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

Jaygee Macapugay as Cassandra and Kurt Uy as Paul. Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

In ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG, three friends frantically try to find a replacement for a priceless special edition handbag.On their journey, they are catapulted through space and time from the maze of Chinatown, New York, to the Splendid China theme park in Orlando, Florida, where they learn if authenticity is really in the eye of the beholder.

HANDBAG Talkback (from L to R): Nancy Eng, Ali Ewoldt, Moses Villarama.  Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

HANDBAG Talkback (from L to R): Nancy Eng, Ali Ewoldt, Moses Villarama. Photo by Lia Chang, Copyright 2010.

During the talkback which followed the reading, they peppered ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG playwright Christine Toy Johnson, who is also an award-winning actress and a filmmaker, and the cast with questions.

(L-R) Nancy Eng, Victor Lirio, Moses Villarama, Christine Toy Johnson, Kurt Uy, Ali Ewolt, Jaygee Macapugay and Judy W. Chen backstage at Center Stage NY for the workshop reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG, presented by Leviathan Lab, and directed by Victor Lirio. Photo by Lia Chang

(L-R) Nancy Eng, Victor Lirio, Moses Villarama, Christine Toy Johnson, Kurt Uy, Ali Ewolt, Jaygee Macapugay and Judy W. Chen backstage at Center Stage NY for the workshop reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG, presented by Leviathan Lab, and directed by Victor Lirio. Photo by Lia Chang

The play will continue to be developed by Leviathan Lab throughout 2010 and 2011.
Click on the video below for excerpts from the Q & A

For more info about Leviathan Lab, visit www.leviathanlab.com.


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Harada, Leung, Llana, Johnson, Takara Et Al. Sing Once On This Island on May 16 at Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church
A Helluva Town DVD Release Celebration and Fundraising Concert for Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story
New York Knicks to Honor Wat Misaka at Madison Square Garden
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Making Work Now: The Asian American Artistic Community
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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, 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.

This year, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of 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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