Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Apr. 11: 365 WOMEN A YEAR: A PLAYWRITING PROJECT at The Sheen Center in New York

365 WOMEN A YEAR: A PLAYWRITING PROJECT involves over 400 women who signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights around the globe.


The New York City Branch of 365 Women involves fifteen playwrights in a staged reading event with plays approximately 10 minutes long. They will be presented on April 11 at The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY. There will be a wide range of women explored over the evening. This full program, produced by Cate Cammarata, is divided into the following three groups:

Group A 6:30-7:30 pm
Chisolm Trail by Olga Humphrey (featuring Shirley Chisolm)
Beatrix in the Shadows by D. Lee Miller (featuring Beatrix Potter)
Olympic Games by Cynthia L. Cooper (featuring Wilma Rudolph)
The Past is Still Ahead by Sophia Romma (featuring Marina Tsvetaeva)
Blood Ties by Michael angel Johnson (featuring Edmonia Wildfire Lewis and Lydia M. Child)

Group B 7:45 – 8:45 pm
We Were Very Merry by Penny Jackson (featuring Edna Vincent Millay)
Squeezing Papayas by Robin Rice Lichtig (featuring Sasha Montenegro)
Condi on Ice by Libby Emmons (featuring Condoleezza Rice)
Georgia Makes a Scene by Susan Shafer (featuring Georgia O’Keeffe)
Box of Lies by Karin Diann Williams (featuring Anais Nin)

Group C 9:00-10:00 pm
Temperance by Gina DeMarco (featuring Victoria Woodhull)
Caster by Kat Mustatea (featuring Caster Semenya)
Truth and Justice in an Elevator by Erin Moughon (featuring Justice Sonia Sotomayor)
Dying is an Art by Kendra Augustin (featuring Sylvia Plath)
Hollywood Butterfly by Barbara Kahn (featuring Butterfly McQueen)

About 365…

This international playwriting project involves over 200 playwrights who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights around the country.

What seemed like an unattainable goal became a reality when Jess Eisenberg decided that she couldn’t do a project this size alone.  She brought on her dear friend, Gina Scanlon, and together they began to write.  After some small scale calls for playwrights, the numbers quickly grew and grew. The dedicated playwrights plan to continue this project every year, with a new list of 365 women in history.


Jess Eisenberg grew up playing piano pieces written exclusively by white men, going to see plays exclusively by white men, and wondering in history class ‘where are all the women and people of color who did incredible things?’  It is incomprehensible that in 2015 we are still asking where all the women are or if there’s anyone other than white men who have written or composed.  After co-founding Prologue Theatre Company in Chicago, Jess researched for a season based on female painters in history.  There was a profound sense of loss.  Our canon is a lie, when the names and works of so many are lost to us forever.  She knew she had to keep writing about all of these women, thus in 2014 this project was born.  Close friend and colleague, Gina Scanlon, quickly joined the fold and helped co-found the projects as it is today.  They never could have imagined that number of playwrights who would join the mission in such a short amount of time.  There are now hundreds of playwrights from around the world writing pieces and 365 is in its second year.


Gina Scanlon met Jess in high school where they both studied theatre, and they’ve been close friends ever since. Gina discovered the amazing playwright Tina Howe in high school, and Painting Churches was the first play she ever read by a woman, which were, and still are, few and far between! She studied Film at the University of Central Florida and earned a Masters in scriptwriting at the University of London soon after. She has had plays produced in both London and New York, and has a few screenwriting projects in the works. Gina is very passionate about empowering female voices, and being part of the gender and minority shift in media representation. She currently produces and edits digital/social media content for BBC AMERICA in New York, and somehow got put in charge of the world’s most renowed car show, yet knows nothing about cars. Don’t tellTop Gear fans! You can follow her on Twitter @JeanGina3D.

INTERESTED PLAYWRIGHTS: Check out the 2015 INFO page!!!  If you are a brand new playwright wanting to write a piece for the project, the first step is searching the alphabetical pages to make sure you choose a woman who has not yet been picked.  The woman must have 100% existed and may be living or dead.  For more information join the Facebook page or email  The first step is filling out a claim form: CLAIM REQUEST FORM

INTERESTED DIRECTORS: Currently compiling information for female directors around the world in hopes to promote 50/50 by 2020.  If you would like your information listed on their future female directors page, please email with DIRECTOR in the subject line, your bio in the body, the region/country you usually work in, and your resume attached. The page should be live by March!

INTERESTED IN PRODUCING ONE OR MORE OF THE PIECES: please email with the historical woman and the playwright in the subject line. (If you are interested in many, just put ‘Production Interest’ in the subject line and list the pieces in the body of the email.)

If you are an interested theater, publisher, actor, or news source…. please email

This program is part of the SWAN Day festivities. For reservations, click here for tickets.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Dael Orlandersmith, Jenny Lyn Bader, Lee Hunkins, Kara Lee Corthron, Caridad Svich and Fengar Gael Talk Playwrighting with the League of Professional Theatre Women’s (LPTW) Co-president Maxine Kern at Theater Lab
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.: 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women Open Call
Sinatra: An American Icon Exhibit on View through September 4 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
“Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men” on view at Museum of the Moving Image through June 14; Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences Film Series Screenings through April 26
Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Kenny Leon Helmed ‘The Wiz’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical to air on Dec. 3; Broadway Revival Slated for 2016-17
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition on view at New-York Historical Society through April 19; Photos of An Evening with Amy Tan
“Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong,” – Retrospective of Disney Legend at MOCA through September 13
Dining out at élan with Artist Arlan Huang; New Paintings on view at Trestle Gallery
Photos and Video: Rachel York, Alan Ariano, YoonJeong Seong and More in Dallas Summer Musicals’ THE KING AND I at the Music Hall at Fair Park through April 5
Award Winning Actor Raul Aranas Talks THE BLACKLIST, NAAP’S OLIVER!, Songwriting and the Zen of Cycling
Tony Award Winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, Mary Beth Peil, David Garrison & More Begin Previews in Terrence McNally’s THE VISIT on March 26
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking How-To Workshop: Writing the Best Script on April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
Vanity Fair: Ken Watanabe, Kelli O’Hara, Jon Viktor Corpuz and More of Lincoln Center’s Revival of The King and I
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Signature Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director James Houghton To Step Down After 2015-16 25th Anniversary Season
Photos: Hudson Yang, Randall Park, Eddie Huang, Richard Lui, Lori Tan Chinn and More at #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC
Apr. 8: Big Trouble in Little Tokyo Screens John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA at the Japanese American National Museum
Photo: Stan Egi, Ellen Crawford, Paige Lindsey White, Bruce Turk, Greg Watanabe and More in Jessica Kubzansky helmed PYGMALION at The Pasadena Playhouse through April 12; PYGMALION Themed Activities
LA Times Critic’s Choice FIGARO at A Noise Within; April 4, 5, 9, 10, 19, 30, May 1 and 10
Jon Tenney, Tessa Auberjonois, John de Lancie, Emily Ruth James and Kwana Martinez Set for World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s MR. WOLF at South Coast Repertory, April 12-May 3
Apr. 13:THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Original Cast Album Release Party at Joe’s Pub will feature André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Kyle Beltran, Ken Barnett, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams
Rebecca Naomi Jones kicks off run as Yitzhak in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on April 14
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking How-To Workshop: Writing the Best Script on April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
Apr. 20: Garth Kravits joins Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Scott Alan and more for BROADWAY SINGS TORI Concert to Benefit RAINN at (le) poisson rouge
East West Players’ Honors Paula Madison of Madison Media Management LLC and “Fresh Off The Boat” Executive Producers Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar on April 20
April 23-30: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Lineup includes EVERYTHING BEFORE US, KTOWN COWBOYS, Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS, Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR
The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presents Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim at the Aratani Theatre on April 24
April 26: The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Artist Spotlight- Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR
May 1: A/P/A Institute at NYU presents Remembering SlutForArt: Tseng Kwong Chi with Muna Tseng, Ping Chong, and Bill T. Jones
15th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Lineup includes Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW & Aparna Sen’s SAARI RAAT; May 4-9
Photos: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring Exhibition, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, May 7–August 16
Tony Award® Nominees Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed to star in Rajiv Joseph’s GUARDS AT THE TAJ, helmed by Amy Morton, at Atlantic Theater Company, May 20-June 28
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Photos: National Black Theatre Festival 2013; NBTF runs August 3-8, 2015 and will include Act III – A Celebration of Life Reception saluting the late theatre icon Garland Lee Thompson, Sr.
Photos: John W. Kuo, Jessica Hagedorn, and Neal Katyal Receive AALDEF 2015 Justice in Action Awards
Suzan-Lori Parks’ FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3 is the 2015 Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History 
THE GET DOWN, Baz Luhrmann’s New Drama Series Set in 1970s NYC That Gave Birth to Hip-Hop, Punk and Disco, to Premiere on Netflix in 2016 Ken Jeong to Star in ABC Medical Comedy Pilot ‘Dr. Ken’
Photos: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang, NEFA, Graham Sheffield CBE and Susan Stockton Receive 2015 ISPA Awards
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Photos: Ellen Burstyn, Baz Luhrmann, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Liza Colón-Zayas, Kenneth Lonergan and More Celebrate Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Mimi Awards
Crafting a Career
Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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