Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Harlem9 presents “48HOURS IN… HARLEM” Play Festival at National Black Theatre on Aug. 14


Harlem9 presents the Obie Award-winning “48HOURS IN… HARLEM” – a twist on the traditional 24-hour play festival. This event marks the 4th year of the collaborative Harlem9, bringing together 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 18 actors to re-conceive classic plays from the African Diaspora over the course of one weekend in Harlem.

48HOURS IN…HARLEM culminates in a final presentation on Sunday, August 14, 2016. This one night only event has two performances this year, 7pm and 9:30pm at National Black Theatre. Tickets are now on sale: $25 in advance by calling 1-800-838-3006 or by visiting A LIMITED number of Cash Only Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. National Black Theatre is located at 2031 5th Avenue @125th Street.

The six playwrights – Angelica Cheri, Camille Darby, Nilan Johnson, Cassandra Medley, Germono Toussaint, Korde A. Tuttle – will each be re-conceiving from one of six iconic plays. Directors Smeralda Abel, Rhonney Greene, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Eric Ruffin, Elizabeth Van Dyke and Logan Vaughn will each direct one of the new 10-minute plays.

harlem9C.K. Allen, Mia Y. Anderson, MaameYaa Boafo (An African City), Phillip Gregory Burke, Brandon Carter, Magaly Colimon, Jessica Frances Dukes, Tanya Everett, Brandon Hall, Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, Benton Greene, Sita Johnson, Ronald Kirk, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Lorrie Odom, Edward O’Blenis, Celestine Rae and Christina Sajous (The 12, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) will perform the new work.

Harlem9 is an arts organization comprised of six producing entities that have come together in Harlem to explore the past, present and future of black culture and celebrate the rich history of storytelling within the African Diaspora. Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly, Bryan E. Glover, E. Michael Lockley, Jonathan McCrory, and Liberation Theatre Company (Sandra A. Daley-Sharif and Spencer Scott Barros) are the producers that comprise Harlem9. They won an Obie in 2014.

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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

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