Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Fear, Loathing and Chaos: TV’s Most Influential Showrunners discuss battles won and lost in the trenches of television featuring Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, Tom Fontana, James Manos, Jr. and David McFadzean to benefit Laughing Angels Foundation at Cherry Lane Theatre on May 4

laf_image1A one-of-a-kind look behind the scenes of “showrunners” in the world of television will take place Monday, May 4 at 7 pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.) in Manhattan when Matt Williams (HOME IMPROVEMENT, THE COSBY SHOW, ROSEANNE) moderates a Q&A with fellow showrunners entitled, FEAR, LOATHING AND CHAOS: TV’s MOST INFLUENTIAL SHOWRUNNERS DISCUSS BATTLES WON AND LOST IN THE TRENCHES OF TELEVISION.

Joining Mr. Williams on stage with their own tales of fear, loathing and chaos will be legendary showrunners Carmen Finestra (THE COSBY SHOW, HOME IMPROVEMENT), Tom Fontana (ST. ELSEWHERE, OZ, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET), James Manos, Jr. (DEXTER, THE SHIELD) and David McFadzean (ROSEANNE, HOME IMPROVEMENT).

Showrunners are the persons responsible for the day-to-day operations of a television series – a position traditionally billed as ‘executive producer’ — including duties frequently assigned to writers and script editors.

Between them, Messrs. Williams, Finestra, Fontana, Manos and McFadzean have won an impressive assortment of Emmy, People’s Choice and Peabody Awards for their work in television.

Proceeds from FEAR, LOATHING AND CHAOS benefit Laughing Angels Foundation and LAF: Creative Venture Fund’s efforts to provide vulnerable children worldwide with the means to create a better life for themselves. Specifically, the proceeds from the May 4 event will support Laughing Angels programs in Haiti, India and Kenya. Laughing Angels Foundation has been empowering children to build their own pathways out of poverty since 2011, helping to build schools, train the next generation of journalists and filmmakers, provide jobs to the ultra-poor and invest seed funding to emerging social enterprises around the world.

Tickets to FEAR, LOATHING AND CHAOS are $100 and include the event and a post-event reception.

To purchase tickets, call 866-811-4111 or go online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9995786

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.

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Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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