Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jane Jung Joins The Civilians as Managing Director; Bryce Pinkham, Lady Rizo, Steve Rosen, Alyse Alan Louis and More Set for “Pretty Filthy” Sneak Peek at 54 Below on December 2, 2014

Jane Jung. Photo by Lia Chang

Jane Jung. Photo by Lia Chang

Jane Jung has joined The Civilians, an Obie award-winning theatre company, as Managing Director, effective last month.  Jung most recently served for four years as General Manager of Ping Chong + Company, supporting the work of Ping Chong and the company’s Undesirable Elements documentary theater series.

The Civilians’ current 2014-15 season features its very first self-produced musical about the porn industry, Pretty Filthy, which will open on Jan. 31, 2015 at Abrons Arts Center.
Tonight, a one-night-only cabaret featuring a sneak preview from Pretty Filthy, will be presented at 54 Below. This intimate and eclectic evening features shamelessly sexy songs from top performers of the NY cabaret and Broadway scenes, including Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman’s Guide, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Lady Rizo (Grammy winner 2010, Toast of Edinburgh 2012, ​London Cabaret Award 2013), Steve Rosen (Peter and the Starcatcher, CQ/CX, Guys and Dolls), Alyse Alan Louis (Mamma Mia!, NERDS), Elena Shaddow (Bridges of Madison County), Marrick Smith (The Underclassman,Revolution in the Elbow…, Fun Home), Shakina Nayfack (One Woman Show, erotica: Death Drive, Voluptuous Biker Babes), Jennifer Morris (You Better Sit Down, I am Nobody’s LunchGone Missing), Jeanine Serralles (Maple and Vine, StunningThe Glass Cage), and Emily Young (Cymbeline, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

This is your chance to hear songs about the wild and woolly world of porn from our upcoming musical Pretty Filthy, composed by Michael Friedman (The Fortress of Solitude,Love’s Labor’s Lost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

COVER CHARGE: $25/$30/$35
Cover Charge Additional $5 At Door
Doors open at 8:45 P.M.
Showtime: 9:30 P.M.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Artistic Director Steve Cosson said, “As our investigative theater explorations continue to expand across new mediums, this is an ideal time for Jane to bring her talents and perspective to the company. I believe that her commitment to our company’s mission and background make her ideally suited for this role.” Fran Kumin, legendary casting director and now a strategic consultant to the arts served as the Executive Search Consultant and formed an apt match between The Civilians and Jung.

“I’m thrilled to be joining The Civilians at such an exciting juncture,” Jung states. “The company is a leader in creating innovative productions through their methods of creative inquiry, using theater to investigate many of the most signi”cant and complex questions facing current society. The work both challenges and entertains, and I look forward to working with this dynamic, vibrant, and inspiring group of artists.”

Jung also held positions as Managing Director of Second Generation Productions (2g) and Producer for Little Lord. As a New York city-based producer, she has developed and produced new work at several venues including The New Ohio Theatre, City Center Stage II, The Bushwick Starr, La Mama, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama.

The Civilians’ 2014-15 season also welcomes newly appointed board officers John McGinn, Chairman; Jody Falco, Vice Chair; Elizabeth Angell, Secretary; and Aaron Stone, Treasurer.

About The Civilians
Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson, The Civilians creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Last season saw two highly successful Civilians shows in New York: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons, which was included in eight Top 10 of 2013 Lists, as well as The Great Immensity at The Public Theatre. This season, the company is the Artist-in- Residence of Met Museum Presents at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since its founding in 2001, the Obie award-winning company has been produced at numerous theaters in New York, including BAM Next Wave, Vineyard Theatre, Barrow Street Theater, Playwrights Horizons and The Public; nationally at Center Theatre Group, the TED Conference, HBO’s US Comedy Festival, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville and more; and Internationally at London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre. The Civilians’ popular podcast Let Me Ascertain You is available through and iTunes.

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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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