Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang Photos: Backstage at Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies by Katie Hae Leo,10/15-10/30

Sara Ochs, LaDawn James, Katie Bradley, Nora Montanez and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

Sara Ochs, LaDawn James, Katie Bradley, Nora Montanez and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

The 2011 – 2012 Mu Performing Arts 20th Anniversary mainstage season lineup kicks off on October 15 at Mixed Blood Theatre with the world premiere of Four Destinies, directed by Suzy Messerole. The play by local playwright Katie Hae Leo is a satirical exploration of adoption through the eyes of Destiny Jones, a single character represented from four different ethnic backgrounds, as she/he grows up in a Minnesota family. Leo, herself a Korean adoptee, presents herself as a character determined to embody the overarching adoptee experience, both in youth and adulthood. Four Destinies has been in development for the past two years through Mu’s Jerome New Performance Program, a platform for emerging Asian American theater voices to create and present edgy new work.

Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley, Sara Ochs, LaDawn James, Maria Kelly, Shanan Custer Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley, Sara Ochs, LaDawn James, Maria Kelly, Shanan Custer Photo by Lia Chang

Mu Performing Arts Artistic director Rick Shiomi invited me to Minneapolis, providing me with an all-access pass to the production during rehearsals.

Don Eitel, Nicholas Freeman and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

Don Eitel, Nicholas Freeman and Neil Schneider Photo by Lia Chang

Shanan Custer and LaDawn James Photo by Lia Chang

Shanan Custer and LaDawn James Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

Don Eitel, Sara Ochs, Shanan Custer, Maria Kelly and Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

Don Eitel, Sara Ochs, Shanan Custer, Maria Kelly and Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

Don Eitel, Shanan Custer and LaDawn James Photo by Lia Chang

Don Eitel, Shanan Custer and LaDawn James Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Freeman, Maria Kelly, Neil Schneider, Don Eitel, Shanan Custer, Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Freeman, Maria Kelly, Neil Schneider, Don Eitel, Shanan Custer, Katie Bradley Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley and Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

Nora Montanez, Katie Bradley and Sara Ochs Photo by Lia Chang

Four Destinies
by Katie Hae Leo
directed by Suzy Messerole
October 15 – 30, 2011
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St
Minneapolis
Click here for tickets.

The Mu Performing Arts 2011-2012 season is sponsored by General Mills.
Mu Performing Arts Website

Chil Kong, Lia Chang, Rick Shiomi, Reme Grefalda and David Mura at Wasabi Restaurant before the opening night curtain of Mu Performing Arts'Four Destinies in Minneapolis, MN on October 15, 2011. Photo by Sun Mee Chomet

Chil Kong, Lia Chang, Rick Shiomi, Reme Grefalda and David Mura at Wasabi Restaurant before the opening night curtain of Mu Performing Arts’Four Destinies in Minneapolis, MN on October 15, 2011. Photo by Sun Mee Chomet

Other Articles on “Asian American Plays for a New Generation” & “In Rehearsal”
knightsarts.org: Inside the Four Destinies World Premiere
Up Close and Personal with Rick Shiomi, Award-winning Playwright & Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY
Temple Press: Rick Shiomi recounts his tour for “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”
Mu Blog: Rick Shiomi’s Book Tour Logbook
knightarts.org: Reading on the road inside the book tour
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
Photos: 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 “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, A New Anthology of Asian American Plays Is Subject of Book Talk
broadwayworld.com: Chinglish in Rehearsal
asiancemagazine.com: New Anthology of Asian American Plays Book Talk
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.


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Lia Chang and the cast of Mu Performing Arts' Four Destinies at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on October 15, 2011. Photo by Reme Grefalda

Lia Chang and the cast of Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on October 15, 2011. Photo by Reme Grefalda

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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