Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

ALLEGIANCE’s George Takei set for WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT at Westside Theatre on June 13

 

George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

On Monday, June 13th, Maberry Theatricals is presenting the New York premiere of White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, featuring television, film & stage star George Takei (“Star Trek”), who recently made his Broadway debut in Allegiance: A New Musical, at Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street). Tickets are available via Telecharge.com/212-239-6200.

No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage.

Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece – where no audience can see the same show twice – blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre.

The play had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award, followed by presentations at Summerworks and Dublin Fringe Festival where it was awarded “Outstanding New Performance” and “Best New Performance” respectively. The play has since been translated into fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide – from London to Oslo, Athens, Berlin, Melbourne and Singapore – by such stars as Michael Shannon, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, David Morse and more.

A portion of the play’s profits go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world (www.pen-international.org). White Rabbit Red Rabbit is produced in association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment.

George Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Takei recently made his Broadway debut in Allegiance: A New Musical opposite Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Now a community activist, Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation’s foremost Asian Pacific American theater. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political organization. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees; a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Bill Clinton. In recognition of his contribution to the Japan-United States relationship, in 2004, Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. Among his many accomplishments are a Grammy nomination Takei shared with Leonard Nimoy, in 1987, in the Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording category. He received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986. And in 1991, Takei left his signature and hand print, in cement, in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. As an author, Takei’s first book, his autobiography, To the Stars, was published in 1994; and in 2012 and 2013 he published his second and third books, Oh Myyy! There Goes The Internet, and its sequel, Lions And Tigers And Bears: The Internet Strikes Back.

George Takei and Brad Takei will present East West Players Visionary Award to ALLEGIANCE Producers Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione on April 25; Takei recounts their first encounter 

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More at the Closing Night Party of ALLEGIANCE

ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, ends run on February 14

Tony Eligibility: ALLEGIANCE’s Lea Salonga and Telly Leung are eligible for Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ to Record Cast Album on Dec. 7 

“Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” by Lorraine K. Bannai

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

Photos: Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE

The Old Globe Production Photos of George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban in World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical

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

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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