Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Peter Jay Fernandez in Theatre for a New Audience’s Macbeth at The Duke through April 22

Last night, I caught up with Peter Jay Fernandez and his wife Denise Burse at the concert presentation of Pat Holley’s R&B/Pop Musical, Me & Caesar Lee at the Triad Theatre, starring our friend and colleague Marva Hicks.

(l-r) Lia Chang, Peter Jay Fernandez, Denise Burse and Marva Hicks after the concert presentation of Pat Holley's Me and Caesar Lee at The Triad Theatre in New York on April 3, 2011.

(l-r) Lia Chang, Peter Jay Fernandez, Denise Burse and Marva Hicks after the concert presentation of Pat Holley's Me and Caesar Lee at The Triad Theatre in New York on April 3, 2011.

Fernandez is currently appearing as Duncan in the Theatre for a New Audience’s critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at The Duke on 42nd Street, starring John Douglas Thompson and Annika Boras as the title character and his ambitious wife. Helmed by Arin Arbus (Othello, Measure for Measure), Macbeth has performances at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street in New York through April 22. The cast also features Albert Jones as Macduff and Graham Winton as Banquo, and includes Justin Blanchard, Denis Butkus, Ian Holcomb, Robert Langdon Lloyd, John Christopher Jones, Saxon Palmer, Roslyn Ruff, Christian Rummel, Tommy Schrider, Andrew Zimmerman, and Marquis Rodriguez.

Peter Jay Fernandez Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Peter Jay Fernandez Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson


Peter Jay Fernandez has appeared on Broadway in Cyrano (Richard Rodgers); Julius Caesar (Belasco); Henry IV (LCT); Jelly’s Last Jam (August Wilson); The Merchant of Venice (Richard Rodgers). His Off Broadway credits include Too Much Memory ( Fourth St. Theater); Zooman and the Sign (Signature); The Pain and The Itch (Playwrights Horizons); Thunder Knocking On The Door ( Minetta Lane); As You Like It, Coriolanus, Winter’s Tale, Henry VIII, Spell# 7 (Public); Widowers’ Houses (Epic); Checkmates (New Federal), and more. Regionally, he has worked at Arena Stage, Longwharf, Hartford Stage, McCarter, Goodman, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Williamstown, Alliance, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva and more. His television and film credits include The Adjustment Bureau, Deception, Preaching To The Choir, “Funny Valentines,” Fringe, Judge J.T. Reilly on “Damages,” “The Good Wife,” multiple “Law and Order,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hack,” and “Cosby.”

Fernandez is also an accomplished audiobook narrator with over 125 audio books to his credit, and garnered a 2009 Audie Award in the category of Multi-voiced Performance for Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan. He received an AUDELCO Award for his turn as Marvell Thunder in the blues based musical Thunder Knocking on the Door by Keith Glover, Keb’ Mo’ and Anderson Edwards when it was produced Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and a Helen Hayes nomination for the Arena Stage production. He was nominated for a Black Theatre Alliance Award for August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean.

He can be seen with Justin Timberlake in the Sony VAIO vs. the Media Monster Commercial Spots.
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The Duke on 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street
New York
Theatre for a New Audience Website

Other Articles by this Author:
House of Payne-Payneful Visit Episode features Denise Burse as Claretha Jenkins on TBS
Marva Hicks to Star in Concert of Pat Holley’s R&B/Pop Musical, Me & Caesar Lee at Triad Theatre, 3/27, 4/3 & 4/10
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, 3/22-4/10
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet,Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
Photos & Video Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas-In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Denise Burse & Peter Jay Fernandez Featured in INTAR Reading of Andrew Dolan’s The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King
Multimedia: Zooman and The Sign Opening Night Party
Peter Jay Fernandez and Jane Summerhays star in Mr. Lincoln, at New York Historical Society
Charles Fuller’s Zooman and The Sign at Signature Theatre
Peter Jay Fernandez and Laura Heisler Star in Too Much Memory
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

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. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the 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, 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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