Lia Chang and Eric McLendon in the California production of Waitin' 2 End Hell

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 07 December 2004.

Eric McLendon and I are stepping out of the NY studio of One Life to Live to appear on stage in Waitin' 2 End Hell for a limited engagement in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Eric returns to Sacramento where he spent four years as the sports director for KCRA.

I first worked with Eric this summer in the off-Broadway production of William A. Parker's "Waitin' 2 End Hell" directed by Woodie King, Jr. in New York.

I discovered we both have been featured on the same daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live", I play Nurse Lia and he plays police officer Steve Madison in the fictional town of Landview, PA.

We share a passion for journalism. The Emmy nominated sportscaster arrived in New York seven years ago to work for WNBC . He may be familiar to local Sacramento TV audiences. Eric spent four years as the very popular sports director at KCRA before his move to New York, where he embarked on his second career, making his mark in film, television and theater.

We've stepped out of the "One Life to Live" studios to reprise our roles in "Waitin' to End Hell" in Sacramento from Dec. 16-19.

The all-star cast features Ella Joyce ("Roc"), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ("Welcome Back Kotter", "The Jacksons: An American Dream", "Cooley High"), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back", "A Different World"), Donn Carl Harper ("Mimic 2", "Passions") and Darryl Alan Reed ("Martin", "Sweet and Lowdown", "The O.J. Simpson Story").

In "Waitin' 2 End Hell", playwright William A. Parker examines deteriorating black middle class family relationships. Dante (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) and Diane (Ella Joyce) have been married for twelve years. Dante is a parole officer and Diane's role as an advertising executive has her taking charge as the head of their household, as he struggles to sustain his role as husband and father of their two children.

For information or to purchase tickets, visit call (916) 688-0990. For more on playwright William Parker, check out See you after the show.

Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 2004
Sacramento High School Auditorium
St. Hope Academy
2315 34th St., Sacramento, CA
Thurs, Fri, & Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 3pm

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