Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

National Black Theatre Presents UN-TAMED Hair Body Attitude through March 28

untamedCelebrate Women’s History Month at Dr.Barbara Ann Teer’s NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE with the limited engagement of UN-TAMED: Hair Body Attitude. Created by The New Black Fest (TNBF) and guest-curated by Dominique Morisseau (author of NY TIMES CRITICS’ PICK Skeleton Crew and Sunset Baby), UN-TAMED is a collection of five (5) short plays by Black Women that explore and dig into the national conversation surrounding Black womanhood and social perceptions of Black femininity. This production will be co-directed by award winning directors Kaia Calhoun and Elizabeth Van Dyke.

UN-TAMED: Hair Body Attitude runs for a limited engagement March 24 – 28. Performances are Thursday, Friday & Monday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm & 7:30pm, and Sunday at 4pm. NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE is located in the heart of Harlem at 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way (at the corner of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue — accessible from the 2,3,4,5,6 trains at 125th Street). The regular ticket price is $25, available for purchase by calling 212 722 3800 or online at Group Sales are available. To learn more about this, please call 212 722 3800 and ask for the Box Office Manager.


“We are seeing the country shift from complacency to action around issues of black lives mattering, and a crucial part of that conversation is black women’s lives. Black womanhood has often been marginalized through perceptions of our Hair, Body and Attitude, and if anything is going to shift in our nation, we have to engage our artists in deconstructing these social prisons. So welcome to the dialogue and get ready to be a participant, because this is beyond a performance or a short play festival, this is the continuation of a movement.” – Dominique Morisseau – TNBF guest curator.

The UN-TAMED collection includes THE HAIR PLAY by Cori Thomas, MELANINTERVENTION by Chisa Hutchinson, PEACE OFFICER PRIVILEGE by Nikkole Salter, SAN FRANCISCO CAB by Lenelle Moise, and WHITE-N-LUSCIOUS by Jocelyn Bioh. The dynamic ensemble of actors includes Maame Yaa Boafo (New York I love You, When it All Falls Down, and An African City), Ben Chase (“Mysteries of Laura,” and Alice in Wonderland), Erin Cherry (Lines in the Dust, Stick Fly, and When We Were Young and Unafraid), Ronald Kirk (“Law & Order”), Nedra McClyde (“Jessica Jones,” “Blue Bloods,” and “30 Rock”), Sharina Martin, Ambien Mitchell (I Love You, Casting Session, and Smart Actress), Shelley Thomas (Jessica Jones, New Brooklyn, and The Immaculate Misconception), Debargo Sanyal (The Magic Belle Isle, Everybody’s Fine, and Sita Sings the Blues), Carolyn Michelle Smith (“House of Cards,” and He’s More Famous than You), and Jennifer Tsay (“The Blacklist,” Bored to Death, and “One Life to Live”).

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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