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Lia Chang Photos: Denise Burse, Lizan Mitchell, Novella Nelson, Arthur French at Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. with LaTanya Richardson Jackson at Signature

Seret Scott, Regina Taylor, Arthur French, Novella Nelson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Lizan Mitchell, Denise Burse and Charles Turner at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York after an alumni performance of stop.reset. on August 25, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Seret Scott, Regina Taylor, Arthur French, Novella Nelson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Lizan Mitchell, Denise Burse and Charles Turner at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York after an alumni performance of stop.reset. on August 25, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Denise Burse, Seret Scott, Arthur French, Novella Nelson, Lizan Mitchell and Charles Turner came out for Signature’s alumni performance of the world premiere of stop. reset., written and directed by Regina Taylor on Sunday, August 25, 2013, in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) in New York. Cotter Smith, currently appearing in Signature’s production of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends, visited with LaTanya and Denise Burse, with whom he appeared in Wendy Wasserstein’s American Daughter.

Cotter Smith, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang

Cotter Smith, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang

stop.reset. began preview performances on August 20. Performances continue through September 29, 2013 with a September 8 opening night. Purchase Tickets

The cast features Michi Barall (Signature’s Queens Boulevard, An Oresteia) as Deb, Teagle Bougere (Wings, A Raisin in the Sun) as Chris, Ismael Cruz Cordova (“The Good Wife”) as J., LaTanya Richardson Jackson (The Fighting Temptations) as Jan, Carl Lumbly (Jitney, “Alias”) as Alex Ames and Donald Sage MacKay (“Scrubs”) as Tim.

Arthur French, Novella Nelson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Charles Turner, Lizan Mitchell and Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang

Arthur French, Novella Nelson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Charles Turner, Lizan Mitchell and Denise Burse. Photo by Lia Chang

As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.

The design team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Karen Perry (Costume Design), Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design), Robert Kaplowitz (Sound Design), Shawn Sagady (Projection Design), Valerie Gladstone (Hair & Make-up Design), Rick Sordelet (Fight Direction) and Stephen Gabis (Vocal and Dialect Coach). Casting by TELSEY + COMPANY, William Cantler CSA. Gwen Gilliam is Production Stage Manager.

Ismael Cruz and Lia Chang

Ismael Cruz and Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Portraits of New York Chinatown after 9/11
A Letter from LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson – Go See Red Tails on Opening Weekend
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Jennifer Lim, Leigh Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kenny Leon, David Ives, Douglas Carter Beane and More at The Drama Desk & Fordham University Theatre Program’s “Anatomy of a Breakout” Panel
Roscoe Orman, Anthony Chisholm, Amari Cheatom, Stephen McKinley Henderson and More Set for Live Recording of Jitney at The Greene Space
Photos: Opening Night of Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man with John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, Nikki M. James, K. Todd Freeman, Ray Fisher
Sept. 13 – Oct. 12: Bryan Cranston, Brandon J. Dirden, Michael McKean, Reed Birney, Peter Jay Fernandez, Crystal Dickinson and More Set for Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way at A.R.T.
NYTW Production Photos of Fetch Clay, Make Man: Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, K. Todd Freeman
John Earl Jelks, Richard Masur, Ray Fisher, Nikki M. James, K. Todd Freeman and More Set for Fetch Clay, Make Man at NYTW, August 23 – October 13, 2013
Photos: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm, S. Epatha Merkerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jesse L. Martin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon and More Set for August Wilson American Century Cycle Recording Series at The Greene Space in NY, Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Febone1960.net Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
A Summer in Bangkok for Thom Sesma, Star of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show
Hal Williams, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ben Guillory, Oz Scott, Jonathan McCrory and Starletta DuPois among 2013 National Black Theatre Festival® Honorees
Tonya Pinkins, Dorien Wilson, Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Rain Pryor, André De Shields, Debbi Morgan, Chester Gregory, Tommy Ford and More Set for National Black Theatre Festival® in Winston-Salem, NC
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
The Chronicle Features Lorey Hayes’ Power Play
Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street,” Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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