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Lia Chang: Angela Lin is currently appearing in the Goodman’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish through July 24

Angela Lin

Angela Lin

Angela Lin is currently appearing in the world premiere of Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, directed by Leigh Silverman in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre in Chicago through July 24, 2011.

Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang, Angela Lin and director Leigh Silverman have a good laugh during a break from rehearsal in the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang, Angela Lin and director Leigh Silverman have a good laugh during a break from rehearsal in the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

Hwang’s Chinglish, performed in a blend of English and Mandarin (with English surtitles), began previews June 18 (Opening Night is June 27) and runs through July 24, 2011. The Goodman Theatre is located at 170 North Dearborn in Chicago. Tickets are $25 – $73 and can be purchased at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone: 312.443.3800.

Castmembers Johnny Wu and Angela Lin with Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang in the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

Castmembers Johnny Wu and Angela Lin with Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang in the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

Chinglish, a razor-sharp new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own, also features James Waterston as Daniel, a Midwestern American businessman desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm who travels to the provincial capital of Guiyang, only to learn how much he doesn’t understand; Stephen Pucci as Peter, his Australian-born consultant who may be a fraud, Jennifer Lim as Xu Yan, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk, Larry Zhang as Cai Guoliang, the Minister of Culture in Guiyang; Christine Lin as the Minister’s translator, Mrs. Zhao; and Johnny Wu as Judge Xu Geming and Bing. Lin plays Miss Qian, a translator, and Prosecutor Li, a government official that Daniel is trying to convince to give him the contracts to make the translated signs for Guiyang, a city in China.

Chinglish Castmembers Johnny Wu and Angela Lin review their bios during a break from rehearsal outside the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

Chinglish castmembers Johnny Wu and Angela Lin review their bios during a break from rehearsal outside the Healy Rehearsal Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

The award-winning creative team for Chinglish includes Set Designer David Korins (Broadway: Lombardi, Passing Strange), Costume Designer Anita Yavich (Broadway: Anna in the Tropics), Lighting Designer Brian MacDevitt (Goodman: Long Day’s Journey into Night), Sound Designer Darron West (Broadway: Time Stands Still); Projections Designer Jeff Sugg (Broadway: 33 Variations); Dramaturg Tanya Palmer (Goodman: Ruined, The Long Red Road), Production Stage Manager Alden Vasquez (Goodman: A Christmas Carol; Broadway: The Song of Jacob Zulu) and Translator Candace Chong.

Ms. Lin has appeared on Broadway in Coram Boys and Top Girls. Her Off-Broadway credits include Jordan Harrison’s Futura (dir. Liz Diamond, Obie award-winning NAATCO, World Premiere), Ching Chong Chinaman (dir. May Adrales, Pan Asian Rep), Sake with a Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Regionally, she has appeared in Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked (dir. Evan Cabnet, Long Wharf, East Coast Premiere), American Hwangap (dir. Trip Cullman, Magic Theatre, World Premiere) and Twelfth Night (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Her film and television credits include “The Good Wife”, “One Life to Live”, “The Jury”, “As the World Turns”, Miracle Dogs (w. Stacy Keach & Josh Hutcherson), Falling Awake, Green Plastic Sandals, Within the Ivory Tower. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. www.angelalin.com.

Chinglish
June 18-July 24 (Opening Night is June 27)
Goodman Theatre
170 North Dearborn
Tickets are tickets are $25 – $73 (prices are subject to change) and can be purchased at www.GoodmanTheatre.org, at the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone: 312.443.3800.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Playwright David Henry Hwang in rehearsal at the Goodman Theatre for World Premiere of Chinglish
Photos of AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop
Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
Judges for 2010-2011 Village Voice Obie Awards include Feingold, Soloski, Als, Hwang, Yionoulis and Propst; Ceremony on 5/16
Yellow Face Reading & Book Signing w/ David Henry Hwang, Kathryn Layng, Francis Jue, w/ guest Edward Albee David Henry Hwang, Francis Jue, Kathryn Layng and Edward Albee: YELLOW FACE Reading Book Signing at The Drama Book Shop on 12/10
David Henry Hwang, Kathryn Layng and BD Wong at the Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Awards
Nothing is Sacred in David Henry Hwang’s Comedy of Mistaken Racial Identity
HHC Art Collection’s “New York City: In FOCUS, Vol.2” Photo Exhibit on view 6/23-/7/14, Opening Reception 6/23
Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert in NY
Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Popera “Bakwas Bumbug” at The Wild Project in NY, June 22-26
Photos:Alexander McQueen:Savage Beauty Extends at Met through 8/7, Met Mondays w/ McQueen begin 6/6
Photos: Willie Reale, Frances McDormand, Lewis Black, Bela Fleck, Renee Goldsberry, Duncan Sheik, Lisa Benavides, Abigail Washburn, Tim Blake Nelson at The 52nd Street Project Benefit
Photos: Samrat Chakrabarti, Soham Mehta and Shiva Shankar Bajpai at the New York Indian Film Festival
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet, Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
Multimedia: Exclusive photos and video of Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas -In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Multimedia: Promises, Promises’ Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes at Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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 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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