Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

March 21 – May 4: Arena Stage Presents World Premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David Starring Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s historical drama Camp David, starring Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin (“Alias,” Broadway’s Cabaret) and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”) as Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Jimmy Carter, respectively, at the Mead Center for American Theater. The cast also features Tony nominee Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter and Khaled Nabaway as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Helmed by artistic director Molly Smith, Camp David runs March 21-May 4, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater.

Ron Rifkin received the Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. Additional Broadway credits include Wrong Mountain, A Month in the Country and Broken Glass. He originated the role of Isaac Geldhart in Jon Robin Baitz’s Substance of Fire and was recently seen off-Broadway in The Twenty-Seventh Man and The Paris Letter. Film credits include The Words, Peep World, The Sum of All Fears, Dragonfly, The Majestic, Boiler Room, Keeping the Faith, The Negotiator, L.A. Confidential, Husbands and Wives, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Wolf and JFK. Ron starred as Arvin Sloane on ABC‘s “Alias” and as Saul Holden on ABC‘s “”Brothers & Sisters. Additional TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” “Sex and the City,” “ER,” “Nero Wolfe” and “The Outer Limits”.

Richard Thomas received an Emmy Award for his role as John Boy on the TV series “The Waltons”. He was recently seen on Broadway in An Enemy of the People and Race. Richard’s theater career began at age seven on Broadway with Sunrise at Campobello and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, The Stendhal Syndrome, Democracy and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. He is currently appearing on the hit FX series “The Americans” and previously appeared on “Just Cause,” “It’s a Miracle” and “Swiss Family Robinson”. Film credits include The Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Red Sky at Morning and Taking Woodstock.

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Performance Schedule:

Fri 3/21/14 8:00PM
Sat 3/22/14 8:00PM Sold Out!
Sun 3/23/14 2:00PM
Sun 3/23/14 7:30PM
Tue 3/25/14 7:30PM
Wed 3/26/14 7:30PM
Thu 3/27/14 8:00PM Post Show Discussion
Fri 3/28/14 8:00PM
Sat 3/29/14 2:00PM
Sat 3/29/14 8:00PM
Sun 3/30/14 2:00PM Sold Out!
Sun 3/30/14 7:30PM
Tue 4/1/14 7:30PM
Wed 4/2/14 7:30PM Piano Bar Post-show Event
Thu 4/3/14 8:00PM Red Carpet Premiere
Fri 4/4/14 8:00PM
Sat 4/5/14 2:00PM
Sat 4/5/14 8:00PM
Sun 4/6/14 2:00PM
Sun 4/6/14 7:30PM
Tue 4/8/14 12:00PM Post Show Discussion
Wed 4/9/14 12:00PM Post Show Discussion
Thu 4/10/14 8:00PM
Fri 4/11/14 8:00PM
Sat 4/12/14 2:00PM
Sat 4/12/14 8:00PM
Sun 4/13/14 2:00PM
Sun 4/13/14 7:30PM
Tue 4/15/14 7:30PM Post Show Discussion
Wed 4/16/14 12:00PM Post Show Discussion
Wed 4/16/14 7:30PM
Thu 4/17/14 8:00PM
Fri 4/18/14 8:00PM
Sat 4/19/14 2:00PM Audio Describe
Sat 4/19/14 8:00PM
Sun 4/20/14 6:00PM
Tue 4/22/14 7:30PM
Wed 4/23/14 7:30PM Open Caption
Thu 4/24/14 8:00PM Open Caption
Fri 4/25/14 8:00PM
Sat 4/26/14 2:00PM
Sat 4/26/14 8:00PM
Sun 4/27/14 2:00PM
Sun 4/27/14 7:30PM
Tue 4/29/14 7:30PM
Wed 4/30/14 7:30PM
Thu 5/1/14 8:00PM
Fri 5/2/14 8:00PM
Sat 5/3/14 2:00PM
Sat 5/3/14 8:00PM
Sun 5/4/14 2:00PM
Sun 5/4/14 7:30PM

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

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: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan

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Celebrating the Year of the Horse with David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu at Signature Theatre; Previews begin February 4, 2014
Feb. 7-22: Maggie Alexander and Ciarán Sheehan Star in Michael Weller’s Fifty Words at The Gene Frankel Theatre
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Jan. 22-31: Photos: Tracey Conyer Lee, Lelund Durond Thompson, Matthew Murumba, and Carmen LoBue set for Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance Featured in The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater
André De Shields to receive 2014 Making Waves Award; will perform “Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” at Florida Atlantic University
2014 is the Year of the Horse, Dragons and Lions in The Chinese New Year Parade
Feb. 4 – Mar. 16: Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Join Cole Horibe and More for Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
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Video: Award Winning Playwrights Rajiv Joseph and Tarell Alvin McCraney, the focus of PBS Film, Playwright: From Page to Stage
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards 
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Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72 
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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