Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

In Conversation with Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang, CAUGHT Playwright Christopher Chen and More at MOCA on July 28

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The Play Company in collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to present a special event on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00pm.

Join them for an evening of play and conversation as they sneak preview PlayCo’s next show, Caught by Christopher Chen. The event will feature excerpts from the play followed by a conversation with Chen, the cast, and very special guest Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

Tickets (include museum admission): $20/adult; $15/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members. Click here to purchase tickets.

This event will take place at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street, NYC). PlayCo’s New York premiere production begins performances August 17 at La MaMa.

Christopher Chen

Christopher Chen

In Caught, theater makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. This hybrid art-theatre work instigates an exploration into the nature of authority and authenticity, inviting you to navigate the labyrinthine relationships between truth and perception, illusionary art and real jeopardy. The cast features Leslie Fray, Murphy Guyer, Jennifer Lim and Louis Ozawa Changchien.

caughtPerformances of Caught will take place August 17-September 17 (see performance schedule above) at Summer Shares at La MaMa, located in Manhattan. Tickets are now on sale,$35 for general admission and $45 for premium reserved and can be purchased by visiting playco.org or calling 866-811-4111. Critics are welcome as of August 24 for an official opening on August 28.

Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-lengths works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad, at companies such as the American Conservatory Theater, Arcola Theatre (London), Asian American Theater Company, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Rep/Ground Floor, and the Lark Play Development Center.

David Henry Hwang is the newly elected Chair of the American Theatre Wing. His work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden 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.

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Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.

The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs. MOCA’s expansion accommodates its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools.

The Play Company is an OBIE Award-winning Off Broadway theater Production Company. Now in its fifteenth season, PlayCo has produced 30 new plays from the United States, Germany, Romania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Japan, India, Mexico, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays from the U.S. and around the world, advancing a dynamic global practice of contemporary theater and expanding the American theater repertoire.

As the only New York company regularly producing outstanding contemporary plays from around the world alongside new American work, PlayCo’s distinctive international programming links American theatre with world theater, American artists with the global creative community, and American audiences with a whole world of plays.

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Click here for more articles on David Henry Hwang.

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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