Lab Members to Participate in SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency
SPACE on Ryder Farm recently announced the 2017 residents who will develop new work on its 221-year-old working farm this summer.2017 season of residency programs, including The Working Farm, Family Residency, Creative Solutions Symposium, Creative Residency, Institutional Residency and inaugural Film Lab, and Playwriting Mentorship Residency.
Newly recruited Writers Lab Member David Zheng was also awarded a Playwriting Mentorship Residency which offers emerging writers a week-long residency. This year SPACE has made all individual and small group residences free, and has granted at least 50 percent of its residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices. The organization has also doubled the number of spaces for the Family Residency, in association with the Lilly Awards Foundation.
Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members Make their Mark this Season!
Ma-Yi offers heartfelt congratulations to our Writers Lab Members for their numerous accomplishments and recognitions. Ma-Yi offers home base and support to over 40 Asian American playwrights. We are proud to be the primary incubator of new works by Asian American playwrights including:
Don Nguyen‘s play Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth to premiere at The Playwrights Realm Jan/Feb 2018, a comedy about conception and deep-space travel. Don is just returning from a residency with American Conservatory Theater’s New Strands Festival (a partnership with Ma-Yi) where he workshopped and presented a reading of his play, The Man from Saigon.
Susan Soon He Stanton
Michael Lew (Co-Director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab) and Susan Soon He Stanton are the recipients of Lark’s Venturous Playwright’s Fellowships. Michael will develop Teenage Dick, a reimagining of Richard III that follows a junior in high school with cerebral palsy who will do anything to fit in. Michael and his wife, Rehana Lew Mirza are Resident Playwrights of Ma-Yi.
Susan will work on Today Is My Birthday, about a writer whose creativity is unfurled after she moves out of New York City, so she creates an alter-ego for a radio bit.
Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band to premiere at South Coast Repertory next season. This world premiere (March 4-25, 2018) uses the music of real-life rock band Dengue Fever, to tell the story of the fallout from the Khmer Rouge.
Lauren was also a resident of the New Strands Festival in San Francisco recently presenting her play, The Great Leap. Below Lauren is pictured below (right) with Ma-Yi board member and former Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll, and fellow New Strands Festival residents Dustin Chinn and Don Nguyen, and Labbie Dipika Guha.
Hansol Jung‘s “Wild Goose Dreams” to premiere at La Jolla Playhouse next season, September 5 – October 1, 2017, a play about a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father who start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation.
Rehana Lew Mirza
Rehana Lew Mirza is an HBO Access semifinalist. One of 30 writers selected to advance to the semi-final round of the 2017 Fellowship, which pairs diverse, emerging storytellers with HBO and CineMax creative executives who shepherd them through the pilot development and production process over a 10-month period.
Clarence Coo is one of ten recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards and a whopping $50,000 cash prize intended to provide writers with the opportunity to develop new work or works in progress on a full time basis.
MAYI PRODUCTIONS 2017/2018 SEASON
Ma-Yi’s First Ever BOWL-A-THON fundraiser is scheduled for June 19th to bolster our upcoming season which includes KPOP, a full blown immersive musical. We need to recruit as many bowlers as possible to make this happen. IT’S SUPER EASY! Here’s how it works:
1.) Choose a cool bowling name and sign up to bowl here.
2.) Tell all your friends your new name and ask them for sponsorship (Ahhhh! Don’t panic! We will provide you with a beautifully written email appeal you can easily send out!)
3.) Let your sponsor friends know that they can pledge as little as $.10 cents per point, or as much as they’d like (this is where you find out who truly believes in your bowling skillz…)
4.) We go bowling! (Your shoes and game are paid for, duh. Also will provide light food and bev!)
5.) Afterwards, WE email your sponsors your score along with a link to fulfill their pledge.
AGAIN, SUPER EASY!
If you like bowling, and want to represent us with your skills on the day of this event, there is still time to sign up HERE.
In either case, your support, now more than ever, ensures our voices and productions continue to thrive. Contact Chris Ignacio for more information