Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Live Show! Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen: Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) on May 10

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

Join Tony Award® winning playwright David Henry Hwang in conversation with author and humorist Randy Cohen for a live-taping of Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen, an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about, at Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, between Howard and Grand Streets, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00pm. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

The featured musical guest for the evening will be Jack Hsu of Hsunami.

Tickets: (includes museum admission): $20/adult; $15/student & senior; Free for MOCA member

Click here to purchase tickets

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New YorkerHarpersThe AtlanticYoung Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His new book is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. ButterflyChinglishGolden Child, Yellow Face, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award, the 2012 Inge Award, and the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, the world’s richest playwriting prize. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, including the premiere of his newest work, Kung Fu.

Jack Hsu is the founder of Hsu-nami, the first ever “Erhuprogressive rock group” in the world. Frontman Jack Hsu incorporates the use of an amplified ”Erhu”, a two-string bowed instrument that is often used in Chinese classical music and folk ensembles into the band’s soundscape.

Person Place Thing is produced with the JCC in Manhattan and sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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