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Simu Lui - First Asian Star of a Marvel Studios Movie! SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Monday, 06 September 2021

Simu Lui - First Asian Star of a Marvel Studios Movie! SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
September 6, 2021 Los Angeles by Suzanne Joe Kai   I invited a friend to join me to see SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, the Marvel Studios movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton on its opening weekend. Like many Asian Americans I know, we are starved with the lack of faces who look like us in mainstream movies.  We were not disappointed. In fact, the lead actor, Simu Liu, the first Asian to star in a Marvel Studios movie looked, talked, and acted just like an...

Feb. 4-15: Cindy Cheung’s SPEAK UP CONNIE, directed by BD Wong at Stage Left Studio

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 23 January 2012.

Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung in SPEAK UP CONNIE. Photo by Lia Chang


This month, Cindy Cheung debuted her solo show SPEAK UP CONNIE, at Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th St., 6th Fl. in New York for 5 performances. 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.

Cheung’s last two performances on January 24th and 25th are sold-out, but due to popular demand, new show dates have been added – Saturday, February 4th, Sunday, February 5th, Tuesday, February 7th, Wednesday, February 8th, Sunday, February 12th, and Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. ($2 ticketing surcharge will be added). Click here for tickets.

Cindy Cheung Photo by Lia Chang

Cindy Cheung Photo by Lia Chang


Cindy Cheung’s theater credits include The Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi),Middletown (The Vineyard), The Seagull and Antigone, (NAATCO),Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable),Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi), 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 directed and produced the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The YELLOW WOOD. A multi-award winning actor whose work includes theater, television, and film, Wong 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 seriesOz, playing the resilient prison priest Father Ray Mukada 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 is currently shooting the new NBC series AWAKE, which will air in March.

Stage Left Studio
214 W 30th St
6th Floor
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York
February 4, 5, 7, 8, 12 and 15, 2012 @ 7:30pm

About Stage Left Studio
Martin Denton of nytheatre.com writes, “I just spent two nights in a row at StageLeft Studio, the cozy, welcoming space operated by Cheryl King that’s located on the sixth floor of a building not far from Penn Station. Two FANTASTIC nights, I should add: the work currently on view here is among the very best that the NYC theater has to offer. I can’t recommend them more highly.”
www.stageleftstudio.net

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.


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