Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Dramatists Guild Fund’s Benefit Gala ‘Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition’ on November 7

dramatists-guild-fundThe Dramatists Guild Fund’s Benefit Gala Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition is at Gotham Hall in New York on November 7th at 6:30pm. The annual Benefit Gala is the most critical fundraising event of the year for the Dramatists Guild Fund, the charitable arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. The evening pays tribute to legendary writers and recognizes their significant contributions to American theater.

The event features legendary playwrights, lyricists and composers introducing the stars who brought their work to life on stage, including Nell Benjamin, Mindi Dickstein, Carol Hall, Tom Kitt, Nan Knighton, Robert Schenkkan, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim.

Joining the evening’s lineup will be Tituss Burgess performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Hannah Elless performing “Astonishing” from LITTLE WOMEN, Mandy Gonzalez performing “Satisfied” from HAMILTON, Douglas Sills performing “Into the Fire” from THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Kate Baldwin performing “Hard Candy Christmas” from THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, and Aaron Tveit performing “Morning Glow” from PIPPIN. Stephen Sondheim will debut “The Flag Song” from ASSASSINS which was cut before performances began and Nell Benjamin and Tom Kitt will debut a song from their new musical DAVE, performed by Christopher Sieber. Additional casting to be announced.

In addition, DGF will honor patrons of the arts and philanthropists, John Breglio – Producer, Author, Lawyer; Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig – Marchesa Co-Founders and Designers; and Linda G. Levy – Patron of the Arts.

Annette Jolles will direct the gala in New York City at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway) with a script by Jonathan Tolins and Music Direction by Charlie Rosen. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

For tickets and more information on DGF’s Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition visit www.dgfund.org/gala.

The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund nonprofit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to nonprofit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists. For more information, visit www.dgfund.org.

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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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