Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jun. 28: Jane Ann Valentine of The Daisy Collective and More to Perform in Cherry POP: Fluid Edition at Cherry Lane Theatre

Jane Ann Valentine. Photo by Lia Chang

The Daisy Collective member Jane Ann Valentine. Photo by Lia Chang

Cherry Lane Theatre’s Junior Board presents Cherry POP: Fluid Edition, Monday, July 28, 2014, at 7pm in the Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in the West Village. Tickets for Cherry POP are suggested donation of $10 at the door. Space is limited, so RSVP to secure your spot is recommended. Please RSVP to

Cherry POP is a brand new series for a new Cherry Lane audience. A collection of theater groups and individual performers will each create a 5-10 minute piece around a common theme/word revealed to them a month prior to the event.

Cherry POP: Fluid Edition features The Shelter, The Daisy Collective, Small Claims Court, NY Madness, singer Emily Rupp, multi-hyphenate artist Eric Schmalenberger, stand-up comic Lex Singer, actor Lillian Rodriguez, “With All the Kids Saying” by, Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE, and comedy improve troupe FUCT.

Jane Ann Valentine is an actor, filmmaker and playwright. Her first screenplay Portrait, which she directed and starred in, won the AAFilmLab’s Best Short Scriptwriting Contest. A co-creator of the first AAFilmLab’s 64-Hour Film Shootout Competition in 2004 (now “72-Hour ShootOut” in its 10th year), Jane recently wrote and performed her solo show Cancer: A Love Story at the TheaterLab and Actors Theater of America and was selected to read her prose alongside acclaimed writers at the Asian American Writers Workshop. She worked behind the camera as an Assistant Director, Associate Producer, Art Director, Script Supervisor, and Production Assistant in films that have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival, CineWomen NY, the ImaginAsian Network and the Independent Film Channel.

Leta Tremblay directs a live theatrical event set to the music of Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE’s original song, “All The Kids Saying” featuring performers Kevin Bunge, Katelyn Collins, Brian Dunlop, Kim Gainer, Jesse Geguzis, Lauren Hennessy, and Homa Hynes. Originally presented at The Brick Theater as part of the first Live Action Music Video Festival curated by Mariah MacCarthy.

NYMadness: The primary goal of NYMadness is the development of modern theatre with a focus on bold new plays, emerging artists, and building collaborations. We provide a platform to broaden the national conversation on issues that concern us, within a structured exploration of the form, among a growing and supportive community.

The Shelter is a family of artists creating original theatre for the New York stage. The Shelter premieres Dave Lankford’s TRANSMISSION – a stellar tour-de-fource starring Belle Caplis and directed by Meghan E. Jones, in which Commander Abby Graham records her final transmission before reaching the outer bounds of the solar system.

Lillian Rodriguez is an actor and a writer, premiering a new short piece based on a collection of interviews with her mother J.J.Brown.

Emily Rupp is a Midwestern gal who has performed her various talents on stages all across the United States. She acts on film, she acts on stage, she writes poems, she writes songs, she sings, and plays a bunch of cool instruments.

Lex Singer is a young and talented stand up comic.

FUCT is New York’s most outrageous comedy group.

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Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

Lia made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2014 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at

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