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Lia Chang: Christine Toy Johnson, Jaygee Macapugay, Jon Norman Schneider to perform in National Asian Artists Project: Discover: New Musicals at 47th Street Theatre on May 23

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

The National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is presenting Discover: New Musicals on Monday, May 23 at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street in New York at 7pm.

The 3 one-act musicals to be presented are BIRTH DAY, written by J. Oconer Navarro and directed by Diana Glazer; CROSSING OVER written by Timothy Huang to be directed by Dev Bondarin; and THE TRAIN TO CHICAGO written by Tom Kenaston and Tom Paitson-Kelly directed by Michael Perreca. The projects were selected through the National Asian Artists Project’s inaugural Discover: New Musicals program, by a panel of industry professionals who chose from 21 projects submitted for consideration. Discover presents a forum for talented performers of Asian ancestry to gain exposure and experience; by having artists of Asian descent performing roles not strictly Asian, with the mission to expand casting.

Jon Norman Schneider

Jon Norman Schneider

Cast members include Nathan Atkinson, Lori Tan Chinn, Nathaniel P. Claridad, Ryan Cusino, Kimiko Glenn, Christine Toy Johnson, Deborah Lew, Jose Llana, Kelvin Moon Loh, Jaygee Macapugay, Amanda Morton, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jon Norman Schneider, Herman Sebek, and Hansel Tan. Casting is by Michael Cassara. The evening is produced by NAAP in association with Ellen Rusconi and Nikole Vallins.

Jaygee Macapugay

Jaygee Macapugay

Reservations can be made by email to There is a suggested donation of $10 per ticket to defray some of the costs of production, payable in cash or by check at the door.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Discover: New Musicals
47th Street Theatre
304 West 47th Street
New York

This project is supported by grants from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through their programs Fund for Creative Communities and Manhattan Community Arts Fund.

About NAAP:
NAAP was founded by Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam to be a leader in educating, cultivating, and stimulating audiences and artists—current and future—through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. NAAP supports artistic growth of theatre artists of Asian descent; presents forums for them to gain exposure to industry professionals; expands opportunities for Asian theatre artists; cultivates new audiences to encourage arts patronage and involvement, including Asian communities unaccustomed to participating in the arts dialogue.

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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,, 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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