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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

Cindy Cheung Debuts Solo Show SPEAK UP CONNIE, directed by BD Wong at Stage Left Studio, 1/17-25/12

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 05 January 2012.


Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang


Cindy Cheung debuts her solo show SPEAK UP CONNIE, at Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th St., 6th Fl. in New York from January 17 – 25, 2012.

In SPEAK UP CONNIE, the versatile Cheung writes, performs, and provides original music and lyrics in a comedy about getting a word in edgewise, under the direction of BD Wong. Performances are Tuesday, January 17th, Wednesday, January 18th, Sunday, January 22, Tuesday, January 24, and Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. ($2 ticketing surcharge will be added). Click here for tickets.
* limited number of $9 tickets available through TDF

Cindy Cheung Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung Photo by Lia Chang


Cindy Cheung’s theater credits include Middletown (The Vineyard),The Seagull, (NAATCO), Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable), Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi),Antigone(NAATCO), Masha No Home (E.S.T.),W;t (Florida Studio Theater), The First Picture Show (A.C.T.), A Christmas Carol (South Coast Rep),Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods (East West Players). Film and TV credits include: Children of Invention(Sundance 2009), Lady In The WaterRobot Stories, “Bored To Death,” “White Collar,” “Fringe,” “Law and Order,” “L&O:SVU,” “L&O: Criminal Intent,” “One Life To Live” and “Sex and the City”. She holds an MFA from A.C.T.

Actor BD Wong at the 32nd Annual MOCA Legacy Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St in New York on December 12, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

Actor BD Wong at the 32nd Annual MOCA Legacy Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St in New York on December 12, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang


BD Wong is a multi-award winning actor and director whose work includes theater, television, and film. He is the only actor ever to have received all five major New York Theater awards for his Broadway debut in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly (Outer Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, Tony Award). Films include: The FreshmanFather of the Bride (1 & 2)Jurassic ParkAnd the Band Played OnSeven Years in Tibet,Executive DecisionSlappy and the Stinkers, Mulan (1 & 2), The Salton Sea, Stay. He can also be heard as the voice of Shang in the Disney animated films Mulan and Mulan II. He played Dr. George Huang, a forensic psychiatrist and expert on the criminal mind, on the top-rated series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” for eleven seasons. Wong also gained notice as a cast regular on HBO’s critically acclaimed series Oz, playing the resilient prison priest Father Ray for six seasons. Other Broadway credits include: Pacific Overtures, Face Value, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Following Foo (The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man) (Harper Collins). Other Off-Broadway and regional theatre: Shanghai Moon, As Thousands Cheer, A Language of Their Own,and four productions of Herringbone. Wong’s community work has also been recognized by the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), AALDEF, Asian AIDS Project, GLAAD, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Wong currently appears on the NBC drama “Awake”.

Stage Left Studio
214 W 30th St
6th Floor
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York
January 17-18, 22, 24-25 @ 7:30pm

BD Wong directs Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang

BD Wong directs Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Cindy Cheung reviews her script with her director BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung reviews her script with her director BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Cindy Cheung and her SPEAK UP CONNIE director BD Wong Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung and her SPEAK UP CONNIE director BD Wong Photo by Lia Chang


Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography