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Lia Chang: Suzen Murakoshi Stars in Breathe Love Repeat at Studio Theatre

Suzen Murakoshi Photo by Ron Rinaldi

Suzen Murakoshi Photo by Ron Rinaldi

Breathe Love Repeat, written and performed by Suzen Murakoshi (Edinburgh Fringe, Short List for Slippery When Wet), and directed by Obie Award winner, Ching Valdes Aran, is featured in the United Solo Theatre Festival at Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd St. in New York, on Sunday, November 14 at 2pm.

Breathe Love Repeat is Ms. Murakoshi’s uplifting and life affirming solo show which tells the story of the last days of her mother, once energetic, but now graying into the winter of her life. About life and death, Breathe Love Repeat is delightful in its simplicity and memorable in its expression.

Suzen Murakoshi has worked on stages on Broadway, off-Broadway, in Europe, Canada and in American regional productions. Her favorite roles include “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet at the Cleveland Playhouse and “Connie” in A Chorus Line on Broadway. She was nominated for an ‘Acting Excellence” award for her role as “Helen” in SWW at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has appeared in the films Bill Murray’s Quick Change, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Mario Van Peebles’ New Jack City.

Ms. Murakoshi received an MFA from the NYC New School Drama School in Playwriting and Acting in 1997. She credits Willy Reale and Felix Dennis for her playwriting successes. She has had a reading of Slippery When Wet (SWW) at the NY Theatre Workshop, a workshop at Circle Rep, and full productions of SWW at La MaMa Experimental Theatre, NYC, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and most recently at the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN.

Other produced plays include Sisters at Circle in the Square Downtown, NYC. Her short play, Dunno, Gotta Go was accepted and given a reading at the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, 2004.

Ms. Murakoshi has worked with the 52nd Street Project in New York City for many years as a writer, actor and director. While there, she co-wrote short plays with ‘Genius Award” fellow, Willie Reale as well as having been directed as an actor by Oscar winner Frances McDormand.

In 2007, Ms. Murakoshi was awarded a Mayoral Proclamation from Michael Bloomburg and the City of New York for her work with the Kids Project where she is the Artistic Director. The Kids Project performs free shows for the NYC area with a target audience of 90,000 children and adults annually.

“Breathe Love Repeat”
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 2pm
Studio Theatre, Theatre Row at 42nd Street
410 West 42nd St.
New York
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through telecharge or by calling 212.239.6200.

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Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

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 PHOTOGRAPHY 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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