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Lia Chang: Alfredo Narciso, Debargo Sanyal, Maria Christina Oliveras, Andrew Garman, Jackie Chung, Jeff Wilburn Star in Partial Comfort’s World Premiere of Chad Beckim’s AFTER, Sept. 14 – Oct. 8 at The Wild Project in NY

Alfredo Narciso and Jackie Chung in Chad Beckim’s AFTER.

Alfredo Narciso and Jackie Chung in Chad Beckim’s AFTER.

Alfredo Narciso (Thinner Than Water), Debargo Sanyal (Invasion!), Maria Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Andrew Garman (A Bright New Boise), Jackie Chung (Microcrisis) and Jeff Wilburn (Booty Candy) star in Partial Comfort Productions’ World Premiere of Chad Beckim’s AFTER. (formerly titled A Good Ending). Stephen Brackett directs. AFTER., currently in previews at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street b/w Aves A. & B., where Partial Comfort is a resident company, opening night is slated for September 21. Tickets are $18, and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or at the www.thewildproject.com.

In AFTER., a wrongfully imprisoned man is exonerated by DNA evidence. After seventeen years in prison, he is forced to re-assimilate into a cold, foreign world of toothbrush shopping, doggy day care, and a friendship with an anxious young woman with secrets of her own.

The production team includes costumes by Whitney Locher, sound by Daniel Kluger, set by Jason Simms, and lighting by Eric Southern.

Chad Beckim is a New York City based playwright whose writing credits include …a matter of choice, `nami (which received its West Coast premiere at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in October, 2007), Lights Rise on Grace (Winner, Outstanding Play, 2007 FringeNYC; Finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award; Finalist for Ojai Playwrights’ Conference), The Main(e) Play (Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill Festival), That Men Do (Member of The Lark’s 2009 “Playwright’s Week”), Mercy and Cookie. He has also authored a number of shorts and one-acts, including Tha Bess Shit, Alexander Pays a Visit, Last First Kiss, and Marvel Super Hero Squad, and is currently at work on his original television series “The Family.” Chad holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College’s Program, and in July of 2007 was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. His work has been published by Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, and in the Plays and Playwrights 2007 collection by NYTE. He is a member of Ars Nova’s “Play Group,” and is a co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions.

Stephen Brackett most recently directed Be A Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter at Ars Nova. Other credits include Trixie and Monkey: All or Nothing created with Kim Rosenstock (Ars Nova), Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s The Sporting Life (Studio 42/Vineyard Theater), Dylan Dawson’s Cinemediocracy (Ant Feast), Dan Fishback’s You Will Experience Silence (Dixon Place), Sam Forman and Eric Davis’ F#@king Up Everything (NYMF), Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), Bixby Elliot’s PN1923.45LS01 Volume 2 (FringeNYC), Whore and The Ones That Flutter (SPF/Public Theater), and Kilroy Was Here: A Styx Rock Opera (Williamstown). He is a co-founder of The Bushwick Hotel with playwright Rachel Shukert; their collaborations include Johnny Apple@#%*er (Ice Factory), Sequins for Satan (Galapagos Art Space) and Bloody Mary (Third Man Productions). Stephen was the Assistant Director of Passing Strange at the Public and Belasco Theaters. He is a founding member of 425D Director’s Lab, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the 2010 Director in Residence at Ars Nova, and a company member of Partial Comfort Productions. Upcoming: The Tenant with Woodshed Collective.

Partial Comfort Productions is a collaborative ensemble devoted to the development and presentation of original new theater. The company was co-founded in 2002 by Chad Beckim and Molly Pearson. Past productions include Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise, Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved (Best of 2009, Time Out New York), a trio of acclaimed works by Beckim (nami, The Maine Play and …a matter of choice), Ross Maxwell’s Open House (Best Ensemble Award winner at FringeNYC 2006); Craft and Nelson by Sam Marks; Kidstuff by Edith Freni, Booty Candy by Robert O’Hara; and Play by OHara, Chay Yew, Kia Corthron, Eddie Sanchez, Keith Adkins and Tracey Scott Wilson. For more information visit www.partialcomfort.org.

Performances for AFTER., run September 14 – October 8, 2011, Wednesday – Saturday, at 8:00pm. The Wild Project is located at 195 E. 3rd Street b/w Aves A. & B. Tickets are $18, available at 212-352-3101 or www.thewildproject.com.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
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Up Close and Personal with Rick Shiomi, Award-winning Playwright & Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts
Goodman Theatre World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Broadway Bound “Chinglish” Scores 5 Jeff Award Nods
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Angela Lin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jake Manabat, David Shih in Jen Silverman’s Crane Story at The Cherry Lane
The Play Company Presents the Off-Broadway Run of Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s INVASION! at The Flea featuring Francis Benhamou, Andrew Guilarte, Bobby Moreno, Nick Choksi, 9/6-10/1
Desipina & Co. Presents Pooja Kumar, Sunkrish Bala, Joe Petrilla, Eileen Rivera, Jon Norman Schneider & Rajeev Varma in Rehana Lew Mirza’s Barriers at HERE, 9/7-18
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
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY
Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga Leads Stellar Cast in First All-Filipino Concert for Philippine Development Foundation, “PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim” at Alice Tully Hall on 11/7
Extended through 8/23- “In Rehearsal” Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Featuring Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, Thom Sesma as Scar in The Lion King Las Vegas
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
OCA Awards Gala Photos: David Henry Hwang, Tamlyn Tomita, BD Wong, Dr. Bobby Fong & Tammy Duckworth
Broadwayworld.com Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit
Photos: Rick Shiomi Checks out Performing Arts Playwrights Series in the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection of Library of Congress
broadwayworld.com: Chinglish in Rehearsal
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Celebrating my mom – AN ACTIVE VISION: BEVERLY UMEHARA…LABOR ACTIVIST…1945-1999
H I R O S H I M A in Benefit Concert for Japan on 9/21 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NY
Photo Preview of BD Wong and the Cast of Heading East at the Asia Society, May 24-26, 2010
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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.

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