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Lia Chang: Staged Reading of Lorey Hayes’ MASSINISSA: The Man Who Betrayed Hannibal To Rome at the Schomburg Center on 10/20

Lorey Hayes

Lorey Hayes

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Lorey Hayes’ new play MASSINISSA: The Man Who Betrayed Hannibal To Rome, will have a staged reading, directed by Alfred Preisser, in the American Negro Theatre at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 7pm. The reading is being presented by Take Wing And Soar Productions in association with the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Based on true events, circa 218 B.C., Rome and Carthage, Africa are at war, fighting for world dominion. Massinissa, The Man Who Betrayed Hannibal to Rome, is the dramatic tale of one man’s struggle to unravel his own identity in the quest for worthiness; that tragically leads him through betrayal and regret before he finds redemption and discovers the true meaning of honor from the man he helped defeat.

The 2010 Classical Lab Reading Series Reading No. 1, featuring The TWAS Classical Actors of Color, with Timothy D. Stickney as Massinissa, Roscoe Orman as Hamilicar, Michael Early as Tyre, Michael Chenevert as Hannibal, April Rochon as Sophonisba and Debra Ann Byrd as Dido, Queen of Carthage. Michael Burg, Hazelle Goodman, Lawrence Winslow, Leopold Lowe, Leon Addison Brown, Tomike Ogugua, Marie Eusebe, Edward Furs, Robert Acaro, Anthony Anthony Alessandro, Erwin EA Thomas and Aaron Strand round out the cast.

This play was developed in the Danny Glover/Ben Guillory Robey Theater with staged readings in New York in 2005 by Debra Byrd’s Take Wings and Soar Classical Theater Company in Harlem at The National Black Theater (under the previous title, Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder.

Lorey Hayes is an award winning actress and writer. An original cast member of “For Colored Girls”, Ms. Hayes is a Bill Cosby Screenwriting Fellow who honed her literary skills at NY Theater Workshop, Negro Ensemble, Frank Silvera’s, Frederick Douglas and Mark Taper Forum.

Her plays have received numerous productions and awards. Audelco Award winner, Power Play is included in Lincoln Center Library’s Bound Edition “Highlights from NY’s 2005 Theater Season”.

Haiti’s Children of God was produced in 2010 and returns 2011 to the NY Dwyer Theater. The Dragonfly Tale is the Winner of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writer’s Project and Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill.
Lorey Hayes Website

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
American Negro Theatre, Lower Level
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
TIME: 7:00pm
ADMISSION: Free and Open to The Public
Limited Seating
Click here to RSVP for the reading.
RSVP Strongly Suggested

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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.

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