Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Christine Toy Johnson helms SEMINAR starring Tony nominee Alan Campbell at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, May 14 – June 13

2015-Poster-Seminar-square800Christine Toy Johnson is at the helm of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater’s production of  Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, starring Tony nominee Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard) and featuring Satomi Blair, Jacob Heimer, Rachel Casparian and Ben Berry.

Seminar begins preview performances on Thursday, May 14th at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667. Opening night is May 16th, and the show runs Thursdays to Mondays through June 13 at 8pm. Click here for more information and here for tickets.

Campbell received a 1995 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close, Betty Buckley, and Elaine Paige. He also received the Drama-Logue Award for his performance in Sunset Boulevard‘s American Premiere in Los Angeles. Campbell starred in Susan Stroman’s 2000 Tony Award winning Contact at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include David Mamet’s Race, Death and The Maiden, and 12 Angry Men, as well as Christopher Durang’s Adrift In Macao. Campbell is currently playing the role of Sam Carmichael in Broadway’s hit musical, Mamma Mia!.

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Director Christine Toy Johnson brings over twenty-five years of experience as a theater professional to Seminar, working in all venues of the industry including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, film, television, commercials and the concert stage. Johnson is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, published journalist, producer, public speaker, and an activist for diversity and inclusion.

A provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, Seminar is a story of four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Alan Campbell), an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Seminar contains brief female nudity and adult situations.

Seminar opened on Broadway on November 20, 2011 with Alan Rickman in the role of Leonard (replaced by Jeff Goldblum on April 1, 2012), closing after 191 performances.

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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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