Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

July 23-26: 2g’s Workshop Production of Galois at the New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival 2014; Donate to Campaign

Second Generation Productions (2g) is presenting a full-length workshop production of a new musical, Galois written by Sung Rno, composed by Aaron Jones, and directed by Victor Maog, from July 23-26, 2014, at the New Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory Festival 2014. The New Ohio is located at 154 Christopher Street, inside the landmark Archive Building, between Greenwich Street and Washington Street in the West Village. Performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 General Admission / $15 Students/Seniors, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Galois is a rock-mathematical-musical expression of the chaotic, revolutionary, and brief life of the historical figure, Evariste Galois. Galois was a French mathematician whose breakthrough advancements in the field of polynomial equations and group theory went firmly against the popularly accepted knowledge of his day. He discovered a branch of mathematics as a precocious teenager, yet died too young at 21 in a duel over a woman. Galois gives voice to the contradictory passions of this math rock star: he was a genius of abstraction, but also a fervent revolutionary; he was brilliantly cerebral, yet madly in love; he was a gifted prodigy, yet unappreciated by the establishment.

The cast features Julian Cihi, Diane Phelan, Jonathan David, Robbie Tann, Shelley Thomas and Andrew Guilarte. The creative team includes J. Oconer Navarro (The Adding Machine, Minetta Lane Theater; Barrio Grrrl!, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) as music director, and Camille A. Brown (A Streetcar Named Desire, Broadway; tick, tick…BOOM!, Encores! at City Center; the upcoming Fortress of Solitude, The Public Theater) as choreographer. The design team includes Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams (Sets), Yael Lubetsky (Lights), and Josh Liebert (Sound), with Shae Candelaria (Production Stage Manager), Courtney Golden (Production Manager), and Nikki Chalas (Associate Producer).
2g, a New York City-based Asian American theater company that commissions, develops, and produces new plays and musicals, has launched an campaign to support the workshop production of Galois at the Ice Factory Festival 2014, which has had presentations at New Dramatists, 54 Below, and Second Stage Uptown. I just donated to the campaign, which has raised $5100, and ends on July 15, 2014 at 11:59pm. You can contribute by clicking here.

To celebrate the close of this campaign and the show, 2g is throwing a Bastille Day party on the evening of Monday, July 14th at Von, 3 Bleecker Street at 9pm. All are invited to join the creative team and cast to raise a glass to the storming of the Bastille.

Directions to The New Ohio 

The New Ohio is located at 154 Christopher Street, inside the landmark Archive Building, between Greenwich Street and Washington Street in the West Village.

By car: We are just minutes from the Holland Tunnel. From the Holland Tunnel, take West Street (9A) north and take a right onto Christopher Street. Head east to Washington Street. There is street parking in the area and an underground lot inside the Archive Building at the Washington Street entrance, just south of Christopher.

By Subway: Take the 1, A, C, E, B, D, F, or M.

* 1-train to Christopher Street – walk west three blocks to the theatre.

* A, C, E, B, D, F, M – trains to West 4th Street- walk northwest along West 4th Street for one block to Christopher, take a left, proceed three blocks to the theatre.

More about 2g

Led by Artistic Director Victor Maog and Managing Director Jane Jung, 2g is dedicated to creating contemporary, world-class Asian American theater that reaches across cultural and racial boundaries. 2g has partnered with some of the country’s most prestigious theatre companies to co-produce world premieres of new Asian American plays. Since its inception, Second Generation has supported several hundred artists, through full productions of new plays and community-based events, as well as grassroots developmental work in service of cultivating new generations of excellence in Asian American dramatic arts. The goal of 2g is to commission Asian American playwrights and provide them with a cycle of development from initial workshop to final production.

Second Generation Productions is supported by NYSCA, DCA, and the ART/NY Creative Space Grant and Nancy Quinn Fund. Galois is funded by The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology project

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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 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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