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SPEAK UP CONNIE, written and performed by Cindy Cheung and directed by BD Wong Set for 2012 All For One Theatre Festival, September 15 & 23

Cindy Cheung

Cindy Cheung

SPEAK UP CONNIE, written and performed by Cindy Cheung and directed by BD Wong, will have two performances on Saturday, September 15 @ 2PM, and Sunday, September 23 @ 7PM, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, NYC as part of the 2012 All For One Theatre Festival.

SPEAK UP CONNIE is a finding-your-voice extravaganza! Featuring original songs accompanied by the ukulele, “nice Chinese girl” Cindy (not Connie) Cheung tells the story of being raised Conflict-Avoidant in suburban Southern California and learning to speak up – as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter.

Cindy Cheung

Cindy Cheung

Cindy Cheung (Writer/Performer) is originally from La Palma, CA, and has lived in NYC for 14 years, working in theater, TV and film. Last year, she decided to explore writing (again) and was blessed to find herself in Matt Hoverman’s solo show class. A couple of classes, a dozen workshop performances and a text to BD Wong later, she arrives with the show you see before you.

Favorite theater credits include: Middletown (Vineyard), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi), The Seagull and Antigone, (NAATCO), Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Mr. Miyagi’s Theater Company), Masha No Home (E.S.T.), W;t (Florida Studio Theater), A Christmas Carol (South Coast Rep), Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods (East West Players). Film and TV credits include: Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), Lady In The Water, Robot Stories, Falling For Grace, “Bored To Death,” “White Collar,” “Fringe,” “Law and Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life To Live” and “Sex and the City.” She has an MFA from A.C.T. and a marital commitment from her husband, novelist Ed Lin.

BD Wong

BD Wong

Broadway: M. Butterfly (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Clarence Derwent Awards); Face Value; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Pacific Overtures. Regional: Herringbone (La Jolla, Williamstown, McCarter Theater). Television: “AWAKE,” “LAW & ORDER: SVU,” HBO’s “OZ,” “MARCO POLO.” Film: White Frog, The Freshman, Father of the Bride (1 and 2), Jurassic Park, Seven Years in Tibet, Mulan (1 and 2), The Salton Sea, Stay. Author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Following Foo (The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man), published by Harper Collins. Community service recognitions from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian AIDS Project, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Association of Asian-Pacific American Artists, East/West Players, Second Generation. Board member: Actors’ Fund of America.

All performances of the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, NYC (west of 7th Avenue South, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street), and accessible via the A, B, C, D, F and M trains to West 4th Street or the #1 to Christopher Street. From Christopher Street (#1 train) walk three blocks south on Seventh Avenue to COMMERCE STREET (also called CHERRY LANE). Turn right onto Commerce Street and walk to the end of the block. The theatre is on the left hand side. From the West 4th Street station (at Sixth Avenue), (A, B, C, D, E, F, and M trains), walk west along Bleecker Street to Seventh Avenue. At Seventh Avenue, continue west along COMMERCE STREET (also called CHERRY LANE), which is just south of Bleecker. The theatre is at the end of the block, on the left hand side.

Regular Seats: $25, Student Rush: $15, Senior Citizen: $20, Group Discount (10+): $15, Festival Pass (1 ticket to a performance of each show): $200
Buy tickets online at or call Ovation Tix at (212) 352-3101. Tickets for all performances will also available for purchase at The Cherry Lane Box Office, 38 Commerce Street, one hour prior to performance, beginning September 14th.

For more information visit Follow us on Twitter at @AFOfestival and on Facebook at

The All For One Theater Festival launched its inaugural season on 11.11.11 – November 11, 2011 – at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York City, presenting a program of 15 highly acclaimed full-length solo works plus 6 short pieces, 5 panels with leaders of solo performance, and 8 workshops led by the solo performance community’s most respected instructors. A New Works Series and an evening of excerpts were also presented.

With its second NY season this fall, All For One continues to build its burgeoning community of solo theater performers, writers, directors, educators and audiences. All For One works year-round to promote its Festival shows and workshops and expand the audiences for these amazing artists.

AFO Theater Festival is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of solo performance. Its mission is to provide career sustaining performing and teaching opportunities for these extraordinary solo artists. The AFO’s new collaboration with The ShowStore, which offers touring and booking support for plays from the Festival’s first and up-coming seasons, is an expansion of this mission.

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André De Shields Returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with I Put A Spell on You, October 5 and 12
MTC’s An Enemy of The People Starring Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas Begin Previews at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Tony Award – winning Playwright Terrence McNally to be Honored at Westport Country Playhouse Annual Gala, September 24, 2012
Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Heartless Starring Lois Smith, Gary Cole, Jenny Bacon, Betty Gilpin, and Julianne Nicholson Extends through September 30, 2012
Photos: Tonya Pinkins, André De Shields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Billy Porter and George C. Wolfe at 54 Below
Sean Dugan Set for West Coast Premiere of George C. Wolfe’s Tony Award-Winning Production of The Normal Heart at A.C.T., September 13 – October 7, 2012
David Henry Hwang to Receive the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the 5th Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards on October 29, 2012
Faith Prince and Jason Graae: The Prince & the Showboy in Concert at 54 Below, August 21-25, 2012
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
In Rehearsal with BD Wong at Dixon Place for Live Concert Recording of Herringbone
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BD Wong to Star in Live Concert Recording of HERRINGBONE for Two Nights Only as a Benefit for Dixon Place, May 21-22
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, BD Wong, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Leigh Silverman at WNYC’s The Greene Space
Photos: BD Wong, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tom Viola at “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”
BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids” Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit

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