40th Asian American International Film Festival thru August 5, 2017

Ma-Yi Theater Company is pleased to be a co-presenter of three featured films at the The 40th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision. AAIFF is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans and runs through August 5th.

The following films will be presented at ASIA SOCIETY on 725 Park Avenue. As a co-presenter of the FILMS below, Ma-Yi is able to offer our subscribers a 25% discount for ANY general admissions for ANY AAIFF program with the CODE: MYTCaaiff40

icaniwillididAAIFF

New York City film premiere, July 30, 2017 /  7:00 pm

I CAN I WILL I DID

Directed by Nadine Truong, with a beautiful score and cinematography, I CAN I WILL I DID tugs at the heart strings as themes of inner darkness, love, resurgence, and forgiveness are explored. Presented in association with Ma-Yi Theater.

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New York City film premiere, August 3, 2017 /  7:00 pm
 

ABSURD ACCIDENT

Directed by Li Yuhe, nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, ensue in ABSURD ACCIDENT involving a puzzling crime that happens in a small, rural town, where greed, lust and wit battle it out in one night. Presented in association with Ma-Yi Theater.

 

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New York City premier, August 5, 2017, 7:00pm, Closing Night
 

FREE AND EASY

Directed by Geng Jun, FREE AND EASY involves a crook with poisonous soap, a fake monk, 2 cops without clues, a tree theif, a murder. Free and Easy is a farce in which crime is the new normal. Presented in association with Ma-Yi Theater.

 

LABBIES PLAYS HIGHLIGHT “MIXFEST” AUGUST 9-17

 

A Free Reading Series Play Festival

August 9 – 17, 2017
Atlantic Stage 2 | 330 West 16th St.

 
ATLANTIC THEATER IS HOSTING Asian American Mixfest, Featuring works by members of the MA-Yi Writers Lab!Lab members Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen are co-producing the festival, that is hosting readings of full-length plays by Carla ChingQui NguyenA. Rey PamatmatMadhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh. In addition, Atlantic commissioned Jessica HuangLeah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Rajiv Joseph!Admission is free, though reservations are required. To RSVP, please email readings@atlantictheater.org 

See below for more information on each show!


 

moderated by Lloyd Suh

Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm

Asian American Mixfest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.

 

 

RSVP FOR “MEET THE WRITERS” PANEL


 

 

 

by Madhuri Shekar

directed by Saheem Ali

Thursday, August 10 | 3pm

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

RSVP FOR HOUSE OF JOY

 


 

 

by Jessica HuangRajiv JosephJiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal

Friday, August 11 | 3pm 

Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.

RSVP FOR ONE ACTS


 

 

by Carla Ching 

directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar 

Monday, August 14 | 7pm 

Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.

RSVP FOR NOMAD HOTEL


 

 

by Lloyd Suh 

directed by Ma-Yi Theater Company Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña 

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm 

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.

RSVP FOR FRANKLINLAND


 

 


by Qui Nguyen 

directed by Robert Ross Parker 

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm 

A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.

RSVP FOR WAR IS F**KING AWESOME


 

 


by A. Rey Pamatmat 

directed by May Adrales


Thursday, August 17 | 7pm 

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

RSVP FOR A POWER PLAY; OR WHATS-ITS-NAME


 

Don Nguyen and Lauren Yee’s plays are featured as part of Flushing Queen’s “Park Plays”

The Queens Theatre, in partnership with Theatre 167, will produce 10 plays this summer that use the 897-acre park as the backdrop. The production, called Park Plays, will take place from July 28 through Aug. 6 at the venue’s Studio Theater at 14 United Nations Avenue South. Playwrights include Ngozi AnyanwuJenny Lyn Bader, Jess Barbagallo, Gracie Gardner, Richard Hinojosa, MJ KaufmanRex McGregorDon NguyenFrank Paiva and Lauren Yee.

QUEENS-THEATRESix of the plays were commissioned and four were chosen from open submissions. The playwrights either have a personal connection to the park or wrote plays that capture “the spirit of inclusivity and diversity that the park represents,” according to Park Plays Festival Director Brant Russell. Three sisters participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in “Race Day” by Don Nguyen, and in “What Once We Were,” which is written by Lauren Yee, three museum curators talk about their memories of the city.

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