Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry - "There is no possibility of a democracy without good journalism"

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 29 August 2013

Ann Curry on America's Struggling Journalism Industry -
Note: July 29, 2017 Journalist Ann Curry's comments back in 2013 are as current and urgent as ever. If anything, journalists are being challenged now more than ever.  ==================== New York City Veteran broadcast journalist Ann Curry inspired and encouraged journalists to 'hang on.' She says while there is strain in the journalism industry there will also be opportuniity. Photo by Lia Chang for The  NBC network television reporter, anchor and...

August 9-25: Victor Lirio stars with an all-star cast in psycho-drama Two Rooms in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 07 August 2012.

New York City

August 9 - August 25, 2012 The Lion Theatre 410 West 42nd Street, New York

Victor Lirio (Resurrection, The Female Heart) and an all-star cast are on stage in Manhattan this week with the war-based psycho drama Two Rooms. 

Named Best Play of the Year by Time Magazine when it debuted in 1988, Two Rooms is about Michael (Connor), an American professor who is held hostage in a dark room in Beirut. His wife, Lainie (Warner), holds a vigil for him in an empty room in their home outside of DC. As events in the Middle East begin to spin out of control, the possibility of bringing Michael safely back home becomes more tenuous.

Victor Lirio is joined by fellow actors Curran Connor (Julius by Design, 39 Steps), Dawn Evans (The Ladies of the Corridor, The Sopranos), and Bree Michael Warner (Balm in Gilead, Six Feet Under) in the lead role of Lainie, are set for Diverse City Theater Company’s (“DCT”) production of Two Rooms, by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Lee Blessing, directed by Jamie Richards. Two Rooms has a preview performance on Wednesday, August 8 at 8pm, and opens for a limited run on Thursday, August 9th at 8PM at Theatre Row’s The Lion Theatre located at 410 West 42nd Street in New York City. Performances run through Saturday, August 25th. Tickets are $19.25 and can be purchased on or by calling 212-239-6200.

Dawn Evans and Victor Lirio in Diverse City Theater's production of TWO ROOMS by Lee Blessing, directed by Jamie Richards. Photo by Carlo Damocles.

Lee Blessing is an American playwright best known for his play, A Walk in the Woods, produced on Broadway and the West End, for which he earned a Pulitzer Prize as well as a Tony Award nomination. 

Jamie Richards directed the critically acclaimed production of Linda Faigao-Hall’s The Female Heart for DCT in 2005, and again in 2007 for the 1st National Asian American Theater Festival. She has directed Stonewall Jackson’s House (American Place Theater), Light Years (Playwright’s Horizons), Klonsky and SchwartzThe Secret Order, District of Columbia,FlightHeaven Knows, and Hell’s Kitchen Sink (EST). 

Formed in 2003, DIVERSE CITY THEATER COMPANY (“DCT”) develops and produces powerful and thought-provoking works that examine our society’s diversity issues from social, cultural, and global perspectives. DCT advocates the non-traditional casting of actors to reflect the rich spectrum of our national culture and the universality of the human spirit. For its 2009 season, DCT presented the New York Times-acclaimed world premiere of Warren Bodow’s Race Music. DCT is the recipient of Princess Grace Foundation USA award and two nominations for Actors’ Equity Association’s The Rosetta Lenoire Award (2008, 2009) for “outstanding contributions made to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre.” Now in its eighth season, DCT is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) theater organization. For more information about DCT, visit

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

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

Featured Media

  • John Cho Cast In Avengers: Age of Ultron - #SeeAsAmStar
  • John Cho Cast In Captain America: The Winter Soldier - #SeeAsAmStar
  • Constance Wu Cast In Ghost In The Shell - #SeeAsAmStar
  • Arden Cho Cast In The Hunger Games - #SeeAsAmStar
  • Arden Cho Cast In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - #SeeAsAmStar
  • Steven Yeun Cast In 50/50 - #SeeAsAmStar
  • Constance Wu Cast In LUCY - #SeeAsAmStar

In the News

judith leiber