Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Tim Kang, Stephen Park, Sue Jean Kim, Michael Potts and More in Julia Cho’s AUBERGINE at Playwrights Horizons through Oct. 2

Julia Cho

Julia Cho

The Playwrights Horizons New York premiere production of Aubergine, a new play by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Julia Cho (BFE at Playwrights, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Architecture of Loss), directed by Kate Whoriskey (Fabulation, Inked Baby at Playwrights; The Miracle Worker on Broadway; Ruined; Her Requiem), is the opening production of the theater company’s 2016/2017 Season. The production began previews on August 19th.

Opening Night is set for Monday, September 12 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday evening, October 2 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

The cast features Tim Kang (Kimball Cho on “The Mentalist,” “The Vampire Diaries,” Aubergine at Berkeley Rep, Richard II at A.R.T.), Sue Jean Kim (Assistance, The Drunken City, BFE at Playwrights; Water by the Spoonful), Jessica Love (Broadway’s The River, The Snow Geese, Grace), Stephen Park (“The Mindy Project,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary”), Obie Award winner Michael Potts (Grey Gardens; Mud, River, Stone at Playwrights; The Book of Mormon; The America Play, “True Detective”) and Joseph Steven Yang (Aubergine at Berkeley Rep, Eden, Deface).

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang, Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang, Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

A man (Mr. Kang) shares a bowl of berries, and a young woman (Ms. Kim) falls in love. A world away, a mother prepares a bowl of soup to keep her son (Mr. Park) from leaving home. And a son (Mr. Park) cooks a meal for his dying father (Mr. Kang) to say everything that words can’t. In Julia Cho’s poignant and lyrical new play, the making of a perfect meal is an expression more precise than language, and the medium through which life gradually reveals itself.

Sue Jean Kim & Tim Kang. Photo:Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim & Tim Kang. Photo:Joan Marcus

The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by M.L. Dogg. Production Stage Manager is Cole P. Bonenberger.

Michael Potts & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Michael Potts & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Aubergine had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in February 2016. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Hurwitt raved, “Sweet, savory and uncommonly nourishing, Aubergine is a deeply moving tale of caring, loss and reconciliation that never loses its sense of humor. A combination of theatrical ingredients so fulfilling that a standing ovation is in order!”

Joseph Steven Yang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

Joseph Steven Yang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

The performance schedule for Aubergine will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. The Thursday evening, September 15 performance has an early 7PM curtain for a special 30 & Under Night. Single tickets, $75-90, may be purchased online via www.TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

Tim Kang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

Tim Kang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang, Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang, Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim & Jessica Love. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim & Jessica Love. Photo: Joan Marcus

Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo:Joan Marcus

Stephen Park & Tim Kang. Photo:Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

Sue Jean Kim, Joseph Steven Yang & Stephen Park. Photo: Joan Marcus

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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