Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Ed Lin, Tina Chen, Ron Nakahara and Cindy Cheung Star in The Potential Wives of Norman Mao which screens during the 2011 AAIFF at Clearview Chelsea on August 12 & 13

Ed Lin and Cindy Cheung at the OCA Gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York on August 6, 2011.  Photo by Lia Chang

Ed Lin and Cindy Cheung at the OCA Gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York on August 6, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

I caught up with the oh-too-adorable couple actress Cindy Cheung and her husband novelist Ed Lin, at the OCA gala benefit dinner honoring BD Wong, Dr. Bobby Fong and Tammy Duckworth in New York on August 6, 2011. Lin, who is an OCA-NY board member, mentioned that he is starring in the quirky and comic fairytale The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, which screens during the 2011 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street in New York on August 12 and 13.

Tina Chen, Ed Lin and Ron Nakahara in The Potential Wives of Norman Mao  Photo by Lia Chang

Tina Chen, Ed Lin and Ron Nakahara in The Potential Wives of Norman Mao Photo by Lia Chang

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, written and directed by Derek Nguyen, is a quirky and heartwarming short film narrated by the legendary George Takei (“Star Trek”) and stars Ed Lin (A Waiter Tomorrow and renowned writer), Tina Chen (Three Days of the Condor, Face), Ron Nakahara (“Hawaii Five-O”), Cindy Cheung (Lady in the Water, Children of Invention), Michelle Ang (“Xena”,The Tribe), Soomi Kim (“Law & Order”), and Wai Ching Ho (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Flight of the Conchords).

In The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, Lin plays the title character, an overweight, and socially-awkward man-child from Hong Kong, who at the age of 33 is still a virgin and unwed. Desperate to get him married, his parents take him on an international junket across the globe to find him a worthy Chinese wife. The Maos arrive to a New York City hotel, which is their final stop on their trip and their last hope to find Norman a bride. Having hired a professional matchmaking service, the Maos meet with three matches for Norman. Will one of these women be a potential wife for Norman or is he destined to lead a terribly lonely life?

Derek Nguyen | 9min | USA | English
Clearview Chelsea | 6:45PM | August 12, 2011 (sold out)
August 13, 2:00PM: still available for advanced & box office purchase, purchase tickets here.
Part of A DAY LESS ORDINARY shorts program.
The Potential Wives of Norman Mao Website

Other Articles by Lia Chang
Photos of AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop
Cindy Cheung in Will Eno’s Middleton at the Vineyard through 11/21
Photo Call: BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society
Mu Performing Arts 2011-2012 20th Anniversary Season: Four Destinies, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Into the Woods, & Mu Daiko 15th Anniversary Concert
Dr. Bobby Fong, BD Wong & Tammy Duckworth to Receive Awards at National OCA Convention in NY on 8/6
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY
2011 Asian American International Film Festival Kicks Off w/ John Sayles’ AMIGO on 8/10; AAIFF’11 Lineup, 8/10-14
Click here for Film Articles Archive.
David Henry Hwang to Receive 2012 William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award
Rick Shiomi Checks out Performing Arts Playwrights Series in the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection of Library of Congress; Attends “Asian American Plays for a New Generation” Book Signing in NY on 7/29
Broadwayworld.com Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit
Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Features Photos of Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas, Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, and Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Bakwas Bumbug! on View Through August 2
David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is Broadway Bound this Fall; Goodman Theatre Photo Feature
broadwayworld.com: Chinglish in Rehearsal
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.


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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. 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 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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2011 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com.

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