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Lia Chang: Leviathan Lab Presents a Staged Reading of Kelvin Moon Loh’s iMAGINARY HEART at The Singers Forum Cabaret Room on November 8

Arthur Acuña Photo by Lia Chang

Arthur Acuña Photo by Lia Chang

Arthur Acuña, Jonathan Lee, Karen Tsen Lee, Jennifer Tsay, Tim McKiernan and Tim Rush are featured in the Leviathan Lab staged reading of Kelvin Moon Loh’s iMAGINARY HEART, directed by Creative Destruction Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III, on Monday, November 8th at 7:00pm at The Singers Forum Cabaret Room, 49 West 24th Street, 4th floor between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion and a wine reception with the cast.

The post-show panel discussion will be moderated by Pauline Park, Chair of NYAGRA (New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy), along with Justin Hashimoto from the EquAsian Asian and Pacific Islander Queer and Questioning Youth Support Group of APICHA (Asian/Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS).

iMAGINARY HEART is an original stage play by actor/playwright Kelvin Moon Loh. Chinese American high school student and competitive math prodigy Michael Lam is the perfect Chinese son to his immigrant parents, and the object of the affections of his openly gay best friend and math bee teammate Zack. To his mysterious companion Renee however, Michael is far more, and their journey of discovery will shatter all of their preconceived notions of what it means to be the “number one son.”

iMAGINARY HEART is currently in development with Leviathan Lab.

The suggestion donation for Leviathan Lab’s staged reading of iMAGINARY HEART is $10 at the door. For reservations please contact Misy Singson at

Leviathan Lab is a production studio founded in 2009 that includes more than 75 Asian-American actors, writers and directors. Leviathan’s properties in development cover theater, television, film and online. More information can be found at

Kelvin Moon Loh

Kelvin Moon Loh

Kelvin Moon Loh is a proud member of the Leviathan Lab as a playwright and actor. iMAGINARY Heart is the first in a trio of plays that directly deals with the Asian-American experience within the LGBTQ community. Other full length plays include: ‘Night Gaysian, Miss Zion, Lend Me an Usher, The Men with the Pink Triangles, and The Never Never Man. Kelvin is a founding member of The Hyper Aware Vending Theater Co. As a member of Actor’s Equity, he has worked with Pioneer Theater Co. Houston TUTS, Gateway Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Barrington Stage, Arvada Center, and the National Asian Artists Project. New York University 06’.

Nelson T. Eusebio III is the artistic director and co-founder of Creative Destruction, a NYC based theatre collective dedicated to
creating large-scale change through the creation of dramatic mayhem. He has directed work for companies including Pan-Asian Rep, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum. Recent directing credits include: The Encounter (Diverse City), 8TRACK: B-Sides & Mash-Ups (Creative Destruction), God, Sex and Blue Water (Living Image Arts); Obama Drama: A Political Theatrical Spectacular! (Creative Destruction); 365/365 (Ma-Yi/Public Theatre). Resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre during the 2008-9 season and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective. Training: B.A., Drama, UC Irvine; M.F.A., Directing, Yale School of Drama. Mr. Eusebio is a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. Resident Director and Founding Company Member, Leviathan Lab.

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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. Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

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