Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Oct. 24 – Nov. 2: Eugene Young Stars as Lewis Park in Vampire Cowboys’ ALICE IN SLASHERLAND by Qui Nguyen at Incubator Arts Project

Tom Myers, Eugene Young, Robert Ross Parker, Nicky Schmidlein, Bonnie Sherman, Emily Williams

Tom Myers, Eugene Young, Robert Ross Parker, Nicky Schmidlein, Bonnie Sherman, Emily Williams

Eugene Young, Tom Myers, Robert Ross Parker, Nicky Schmidlein, Bonnie Sherman and Emily Williams begin performances tonight in Vampire Cowboys’ critically acclaimed Alice in Slasherland, by Qui Nguyen at Incubator Arts Project (located inside St. Mark’s Church), 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.) in New York. For VC’s 12th Season, Alice in Slasherland, helmed by Robert Ross Parker, features an updated script, and has performances October 24 – November 2 at 8pm. For a detailed performance calendar, visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/926831. Tickets can be purchased in advance at incubatorarts.org or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101.

When Lewis Park (Eugene Young) accidentally resurrects the soul of a brutally slain girl named Alice, he unwittingly unleashes a literal hell on Earth. Now it’s up to Lewis and his newly undead girlfriend along with her trash-talking demonic teddy bear and his longtime crush Margaret to save the world!
ALICE RETURNS pic
Vampire Cowboys is an OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company that creates and produces new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic book aesthetic. The company actively pursues the mating of different genres with varied theatrical styles to create an eclectic structure to tell its stories. The company aims to bridge the gap between mass media entertainment and the performing arts, exposing the community to challenging, thought- provoking live entertainment rooted in today’s pop-culture vernacular. In 2006, Vampire Cowboys was awarded the Caffe Cino Award by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards honoring them for “consistently producing outstanding work. In 2010, they won the prestigious Village Voice OBIE Award Grant. The company’s past work includes: Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, Fight Girl Battle World, Soul Samurai, Alice in Slasherland, and The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G.

Creative Team: Stage Manager: Jeanne Travis; Puppet Designer: David Valentine; Scenic/Lighting Designer: Nick Francone; Costume Designers: Kristina Makowski & Jessica Shay; Sound Designer: Shane Rettig; Multimedia Designer: Matthew Tennie; and Fight Director: Qui Nguyen.

Eugene Young on the set of Alice in Slasherland at Incubator Arts Project in New York on October 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Eugene Young on the set of Alice in Slasherland at Incubator Arts Project in New York on October 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Eugene Young can currently be seen as ‘Reggie,’ a dysfunctional political blogger and recurring character in the upcoming season 3 of HBO’s VEEP. This is Eugene’s third production with the Vampire Cowboys, including Geek! (Crystal Skillman), Alice in Slasherland (Syracuse Red House). Eugene has performed in short plays and workshopped new plays for companies like The Signature, Naked Angels, Soho Rep, 2G, Clubbed Thumb, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), and the Ensemble Studio Theater. Other theater credits include Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab); La Bohème / Turandot / Carmina La Burana (Lincoln Center New York City Opera).  TV: Unforgettable (CBS); Veep (HBO)

Qui Nguyen is a Brooklyn based playwright and fight director and the Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award winning Vampire Cowboys. His scripts include the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G; Soul Samurai; Alice in Slasherland; Fight Girl Battle World; Men of Steel; Living Dead in Denmark; StaiNed Glass Ugly; A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide; and Vampire Cowboy Trilogy. Other scripts include She Kills Monsters (The Flea); Bike Wreck (Ensemble Studio Theatre; Metropolitan Playhouse); Aliens Versus Cheerleaders (Keen Teens); Trial By Water (Ma-Yi Theater/Queens Theatre in the Park); and Krunk Fu Battle Battle (East West Players). Qui is a proud member of New Dramatists, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights Center, and an advanced actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Eugene Young, Robert Ross Parker, Emily Williams, Tom Myers and Qui Nguyen on the set of Alice in Slasherland at Incubator Arts Project in New York on October 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Eugene Young, Robert Ross Parker, Emily Williams, Tom Myers and Qui Nguyen on the set of Alice in Slasherland at Incubator Arts Project in New York on October 29, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Robert Ross Parker is a Brooklyn-based director, writer, and actor. For Vampire Cowboys, he has directed the critically acclaimed productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Soul Samurai, Fight Girl Battle World (nominated for Best Direction by the 2008 NY Innovative Theatre Awards), Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark, Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide, and StaiNed Glass Ugly. Recent directing credits include How to be a New Yorker (currently running Off-Broadway); She Kills Monster (The Flea), Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable Ensemble) which he also penned, Hamlet (solo) starring Raoul Bhaneja (Hope and Hell), A Political Party!, the national tour of Children’s Letters to God (Lamb’s Theatre/Broadway Overseas Management), the Off-Broadway premiere of My Fake ID’s (Lamb’s Theatre), Lady Convoy (FringeNYC), Justin Reinsilber’s F*cking Love (WEJ Productions), and numerous readings for Ensemble Studio Theatre where he was a young director-in-residence.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, October 24 at 8pm
Friday, October 25 at 8pm
Saturday, October 26 at 8pm
Sunday, October 27 at 8pm
Tuesday, October 29 at 8pm
Thursday, October 31 at 8pm
Friday, November 1 at 8pm
Saturday, November 2 at 8pm

For a detailed performance calendar, visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/926831. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.incubatorarts.org or by calling TheaterMania at 212- 352-3101. Incubator Arts Project (located inside St. Mark’s Church) • 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.) • L to First or Third Ave; R, W to Broadway/8th St.; 6 to Astor Place; N,Q, 4, 5 to Union Sq.

Incubator Arts Project cultivates and presents a multi-generational community of artists who challenge the conventions of live performance by producing original work at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. IAP programs provide access to a fully equipped venue along with personalized career support and strategic investment of resources individually tailored to the needs of each artist.

By providing production opportunities for emerging to mid-career artists, Incubator Arts Project functions as a training ground where formative repertoire is conceived and new work can be constructed as each participant’s artistic voice develops a distinct style. In addition to offering artists exclusive access to a theater, technical assistance and administrative support, staff provides professional mentoring and advisement to assist in the process of making well-considered choices in support of artists’ long-term stability and success during all stages of their careers.

Core programs include the New Performance Series, Other Forces, Music and Short Form. Incubator Arts Project is fiscally managed by Performing Artservices Inc., a New York based non- profit arts organization, and is artistically led by a team of curators who collectively make programmatic, artistic and organizational decisions.

Since 2006, Incubator Arts Project has presented award-winning work by artists including: Hoi Polloi, Julia Jarcho, Banana Bag & Bodice, Bluemouth Inc., Debate Society, Daniel Fish, Half- Straddle, Karinne Keithley, Object Collection, Vampire Cowboys, and Witness Relocation. Incubator artists have seen their work tour nationally and internationally and go on to Off-Broadway runs.

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.

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Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
Oct. 5-Nov. 17: LTC3/Lincoln Center Theater’s World Premiere of JC Lee’s LUCE Features Olivia Oguma, Marin Hinkle, Neal Huff, Okieriete Onaodowan and Sharon Washington
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Febone1960.net Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
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Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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