Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Nov. 21-22: Leviathan Lab in collaboration with The Performance Project @ University Settlement presents BD Wong Helmed GHOST STORIES Featuring Cindy Cheung, Brooke Ishibashi, Thom Sesma, Manna Nichols and Steven Eng

10710621_10152650522123113_5025830557392400002_nLeviathan Lab, in collaboration with The Performance Project @ University Settlement present GHOST STORIES, two evenings of staged readings of three original new short musicals inspired by Asian ghost stories, at University Settlement Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street at Rivington Street, on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 at 5:00 p.m.. Admission is $10, which includes wine and snacks. Click here to purchase tickets.

The short musicals will feature Asian American musical theatre writers and their collaborators: the writing teams of Sam Chanse & Bob Kelly, Katie Baldwin Eng & Jeff Tang, and Yan Li & Jason Purdy.

The cast includes Cindy Cheung (Off-Broadway: THE GREAT IMMENSITY), Brooke Ishibashi (Off-Broadway: GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, TAKARAZUKA!!!), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, MAN OF LA MANCHA, NICK & NORA), Manna Nichols and Steven Eng.

Robert Lee and BD Wong (c) Lia Chang

Robert Lee and BD Wong (c) Lia Chang

The musical readings are curated by bookwriter/lyricist Robert Lee (TAKEAWAY, HEADING EAST; faculty, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program) and directed by Tony Award-winner BD Wong (Broadway: M. BUTTERFLY; Law & Order: SVU, Oz, Jurassic World). This creative celebration of New York’s Asian American theatre community will include artist talkbacks and reception.

Leviathan Lab’s GHOST STORIES is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and by the Artists-in Residency Program at University Settlement.

About Leviathan Lab
Founded in 2009, Leviathan Lab is a creative studio that invests in the advancement of Asian American performing artists. Leviathan was founded with the goals of expanding the reach of Asian American artistic voices, and telling our stories to communities who haven’t yet had the joy of experiencing them. Our projects – online, on film, and on stage – strive to show Asian Americans in innovative and dynamic ways: sexy, powerful, vital, and fun. Leviathan’s projects include readings and main stage productions of classical theatre, new plays, and musical theatre, community-based and children’s theatre, and productions for film and online.

About The Performance Project @ University Settlement
The Performance Project @ University Settlement provides established, emerging and young artists and local audiences with opportunities to connect and enrich each other’s lives. Our aim is to encourage greater participation in the live arts and to help cultivate diverse creative communities on the Lower East Side.

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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 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, 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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