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Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Kelly Marie Tran is Rose, the first major Star Wars character played by an Asian American female
November 14, 2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi has a new character named Rose Tico that fans are buzzing about. The character is the first major Star Wars role played by an Asian American woman. That woman is 29 year old Kelly Marie Tran, an actress of Vietnamese American descent from San Diego. After filming wrapped Tran took time off to travel to South Africa where she worked in an endangered wildlife reserve without electricity, internet or running water. Then she...

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INVASION! - the Obie Award-winning play by Jonas Hassen Khemiri at The Flea, 9/6-10/1

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

INVASION! — Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Obie Award-winning play that enjoyed considerable critical and popular success during its U.S. premiere by The Play Company (Kate Loewald, Founding Producer, Lauren Weigel, Executive Producer ) last winter — will have a return engagement Off-Broadway this fall, again presented by The Play Company, with previews starting September 6 prior to an official press opening on September 13 at The Flea Theater (41 White Street) in New York, where PlayCo will be based for the 2011-12 season. Erica Schmidt will again direct.

INVASION! features South Asian actors Andrew Guilarte and Nick Choksi. The show’s return engagement coincides with the 10th anniversary of 9.11.01 and is a subversive comedy about identity and stereotypes, centering on “Abulkasem,” a name mysteriously belonging to a wide assortment of characters in the play, leaving us to wonder, “Who is Abulkasem?” Is he a character in a fairy tale, or an international super-spy? Is she a renowned auteur director? Does he/she pose a clear and present danger? And is there really more than one?

Members of the original NY cast of INVASION! returning for the Off-Broadway engagement this fall include Francis Benhamou (THREE WOMEN at 59E59 Theaters), Andrew Guilarte (MARAT/SADE at Classical Theatre of Harlem), Bobby Moreno (AL’S BUSINESS CARDS with At Play), who will be joined by new cast member Nick Choksi (TV’s “Royal Pains”).

Scheduled through October 1, INVASION! will perform Mondays through Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 during preview performances (through September 12), and thereafter tickets are priced at $30 for regular seating and $40 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ovation at 212 352 3101 or online at www.ovationtix.com.

The Flea Theater is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1...

World Premiere CRANE STORY by Jen Silverman with Louis Ozawa Changchien, Susan Hyon, Christine Toy Johnson, Angela Lin, Jake Manabat, Barret O’Brien, and David Shih 9/6-10/1

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson


Louis Ozawa Changchien, Susan Hyon, Christine Toy Johnson, Angela Lin, Jake Manabat, Barret O’Brien, and David Shih are featured in the world premiere of Jen Silverman’s Crane Story, helmed by Katherine Kovner and presented by The Playwrights Realm, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street in New York, from September 6 – October 1, 2011. Crane Story previews begin Thursday, September 6, at 8:00pm for an opening Thursday, September 15, at 8:00pm. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm with an additional performance Monday, September 12, at 8:00pm.

Inspired by the Japanese legend of the Crane Wife, Jen Silverman’s odyssey unfolds in the space between two worlds as Cassis, a Japanese American girl played by Angela Lin, embarks on a quest to save her brother’s soul from the Land of the Dead. Crane Story interweaves Japanese Bunraku-inspired puppetry, music, and folklore to weave a universal story of love, loss and life. The title of the play is derived from the ancient Japanese Myth of The Crane, a mystical creature that can live a thousand years and, to anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes, can grant a wish.

Angela Lin


Creating the Bunraku-inspired puppets is Puppet Kitchen.

“The play has been such a personal journey for me,” said Ms. Silverman, who grew up in a number different countries including Japan and was influenced by a cultural grab-bag of stories like Hansel & Gretel, Norse mythology and The Crane Wife. “I’m also still asking myself questions about all of the different worlds in the play¬the underworld, the rainy spirit world, Tokyo¬and how these worlds build on each other and where they connect.”

The Playwrights Realm, under the leadership of Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Stephanie Ybarra, is New York’s...

Photos: Meredith Anthony, Henry Chang, Lyndsay Faye, David Levien & Dr. Julie Salzano Discuss the Mind of the Sexual Predator

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 19 August 2011

“Psycho-sexual satisfaction can be derived from the thrill of the kill, the thrill of getting over or perhaps wanting to torture. Sex crime is a power crime,” said criminal profiling specialist Dr. Julie Salzano, who was part of a fascinating panel discussion called THE EVIL MEN DO: Inside The Mind Of The Sexual Predator, at the Mid-Manhattan Library (NYPL), co-sponsored by the New York Public Library and the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America on August 17, 2011.

Meredith Anthony, David Levien, Lyndsay Faye, Henry Chang and Dr. Julie Salzano at the Mid-Manhattan Library on August 17, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang/NYPL


Mystery fiction lovers came out in droves to hear Dr. Salzano and authors Henry Chang (Chinatown Beat, Year of The Dog, Red Jade), David Levien (City of the Sun, Where The Dead Lay, Thirteen Million Dollar Pop, Wormwood and SWAGBELLY: A Novel for Today’s Gentleman and Lyndsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham, Dust and Shadow), share their inspiration for the characters they create, what their process of delving into the mind of the sexual predator is and how they choose to decompress. Ladykillerco-author Meredith Anthony moderated the panel at an entertaining and enlightening clip.

Henry Chang, a New York native who spent his formative years on the streets of Chinatown, drew inspiration for his first book in his CHINATOWN TRILOGY series chronicling the beat of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, from the people he knew.

“For my first book, Chinatown Beat, I based the predator, a child rapist of a 7-8 year old girl, on stories I had heard from the neighborhood,” said Chang. “While reading news articles in the Chinese press, I found it easy to fill in the grisly details. In my second book, Year of the Dog, gang members run roughshod over their groupies. And in Red Jade, the predator is an older man who is able to purchase girls who look young for his pleasure.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - Oldest son Maddox is now 10

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

People Magazine's upcoming feature on the family of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie show a happy, growing family.

AC Team has interviewed Angelina and Brad for assignments for its other outlets over the years and has found them to be among the most courteous and intelligent actors in Hollywood.

The upcoming article in People feature images of their oldest son Maddox, now ten, and his siblings. Here is an advance copy of the cover and excerpts of the article, courtesy of People:

They've munched on crickets in Cambodia and surfed the waves in Cancun, but for the six children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, life in the boisterous family is as much about everyday bonding as it is the big adventure.

"The children are always playing, jumping on each other and sharing fun moments," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "They share a special bond."

Leading the pack: oldest son Maddox, 10, who "is almost like a teenager now, the way he understands things," says another source. "He's grown up very quickly."

But his younger siblings are rapidly growing up, too. Six-year-old Zahara and her 5-year-old sister Shiloh are especially close, while 7-year-old Pax "has become more independent in the past year," says an insider. And with twins Knox and Vivienne now 3 – they help pack their own suitcases! – the family is settling into a lower-key, if still decidedly adventurous, rhythm.

"Now that all the children are older, things have calmed down a bit in the household," says the source. "There's a great family dynamic right now."

For more on the Jolie-Pitt family, along with special coverage of Hollywood's cutest kids, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Extended through 8/23- “In Rehearsal” Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Featuring Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, Thom Sesma as Scar in The Lion King Las Vegas

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Lia Chang in the Asian Reading Room of the Library of Congress where her "In Rehearsal" display of photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Theater Portfolio are on view through August 23, 2011. Photo by Reme Grefalda

From July 20 through August 23, “In Rehearsal”, a display of photographs drawn from the Lia Chang Theater Portfolio in the Library of Congress’ Asian American Pacific Islander Collection, is on view in the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room, located in Room 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The hours of the Library of Congress’ Asian Division Reading Room are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The cast of Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium at Asia Society in New York. Credit: Photo from The Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at the Library of Congress/AAPI Collection


Sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Asian Division, the display features photos of Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas and Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, on view Through August 23.

BD Wong in rehearsal for a staged concert of Heading East, a Richard Rodgers Development Award-winning musical by Robert Lee and Leon Ko on May 22, 2010, at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium at Asia Society in New York. Credit: Photo from The Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at the Library of Congress/AAPI Collection


In May, 2010, actor BD Wong invited me to photo-document his latest theatrical passion project. The staged concert performance of Heading East, a Richard Rodgers Development Award-winning musical by Robert Lee and Leon Ko, which BD was co-producing with Andrew Asnes and starring in, also featured Cindy Cheung, Fay Ann Lee, Manu Narayan, Lydia Gaston, MaryAnn Hu, Ming Chan Lee, Angela Lin, Kelvin Moon Loh,...

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