Ma-Yi Welcomes Stanford Intern, Connor Asercion!


Ma-Yi Intern, Connor Asercion

Ma-Yi Theater is pleased to bring Connor Asercion on board with the company for a fall internship. We are excited to be associated with this Stanford University student, who comes from a background of technical theater, with experience in stage management, scenic construction, and lighting design. They have also served as the Technical Director for the Nitery Experimental Studio and the Asian American Theater Project, student groups committed to pushing the boundaries of theatre on campus. They are majoring in Theater and Performance Studies with a minor in Communication.

“As an advocate for diverse theatre and representation onstage and off, I am thrilled to be working with Ma-Yi” Connor said. In their time with us this fall they look forward to working closely with the literary side of Ma-Yi on our upcoming Writers Labfest, and to getting a greater sense of the administrative processes and functions that bring a New York nonprofit to life.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP, Book by Lab Member, Jason Kim, Begins!


A High-Octane Immersive Event with a Cast of 18 that Gives You an All-Access, Backstage Pass to a K-Pop Music Factory


$45 general, $75 premium, $25, $35 on select dates, details below

New York, NY, July 12, 2017—Ars Nova “one of NYC’s most adventurous Off Broadway companies” (New York Times), in association with “the foremost incubator of new Asian American theater in the country” (Obie award) Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, “the exceptional theater company” that turns “spaces into intimate vortexes of wonder” (Gothamist) presents the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.

KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made… or broken.

KPOP was conceived by Woodshed Collective and  Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member, Jason Kim (The Model American, HBO’s “Girls”) and features a book by Kim, music & lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon (The View UpStairs), an immersive design by Woodshed Collective, choreography by Bessie-nominee Jennifer Weber (The Hip Hop Nutcracker, TruTV’s “Face Off”) and is directed by Teddy Bergman (Empire Travel Agency).

The predominantly Asian and Asian American cast of 18 includes Julia Abueva, Cathy Ang, Katie Lee Hill (Nerds), Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I), Sun Hye Park, James Saito, James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,

Previews: Sept 5, 6, 11–13, 18–20 at 7pm; Sept 7–9, 14–16, 21 at 8pm; Sept 16 and 21 at 3pm

Opening: Friday, Sept 22 at 8pm


Ma-Yi Lab Member Diana Oh Writes, Co-Stars and Co-Directs Rattlestick Production of {my lingerie play}


“What drives an artist to stand in her black corset in Times Square on a soapbox? It began at 17 with her first shoplifted f*ck me bra. Over the course of this unfiltered and soul-baring event, Diana Oh‘s personal collection of unmentionables comes on and off as she and her band ignite the audience to create a saner, safer, more courageous world for us all.”

Our friends at Rattlestick Theater Company are presenting Ma-Yi Lab Member, Diana Oh‘s {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation beginning on September 28. The event is being produced in association with Rosalind Productions, Inc. (Abigail Rose Solomon, Executive Producer). With Diana in the starring role, the concert will be featuring Ryan McCurdy (Musical Direction/Drums), and Ma-Yi’s Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band stars, Matt Park (Guitar) and Rocky Vega (Bass).



Diana Oh

On a related note, Congratulations to Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Diana Oh, one of seven recipients of the 2017-2018 Tow Playwrights-in-Residence companies awarded a $75,000 grant. Rattlestick Artistic director, Daniella Topol, says “The residency is a game changer…This meaningful level of support allows Diana and Rattlestick the artistic freedom and resources to fully realize the ambitious vision for mylingerieplay … and her next two Rattlestick projects” more


Rattlestick recently announced its complete 2017/18 which after Diana Oh‘s {my lingerie play} will continue in January 2018 with Dael Orlandersmith‘s UNTIL THE FLOOD and Lab Member Mashuq Mushtaq Deen‘s DRAW THE CIRCLE will be presented in repertory.

Mashuk Mushtaq Deen

Mashuk Mushtaq Deen

DRAW THE CIRCLE, Deen’s play will also be produced by Mosaic Theater Company of DC In rep with The Real Americans. Directed by Chay Yew, At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab II, December 1-24, 2017. “Gender transition can be a test for any household-but when Mashuq Deen comes out to his conservative Muslim family, traditional values and Western ideals collide in an hilarious and moving immigration journey unlike any other. Told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself, Draw the Circle is a moving story about survival, transition, and unconditional love.”

“Truly a tour de force…universal in its observation of love within the family structure.” (Triangle Arts & Entertainment)

Writers Lab Members invited to New York Madness at Kraine Theater

Ma-Yi Writers Lab MemberNandita Shenoy

New York Madness has announced the schedule for its 2017-18 season, their second in residence with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Performances will be on the last Sunday of (almost) every month at 8pm. Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance at Lab Members Nandita Shenoy and Madhuri Shekar have been invited into the company for the 2017-2018 Season.

New York Madness is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. They write a short play and cast it, rehearse it, and bring it in on its feet. The collected works create a kaleidoscope of cultural moments reflecting this moment in time, framed by a theme that is chosen by the Featured Guest Playwright. The primary goal of Madness is the exploration of modern American Playwriting through the use of theatrical storytelling. Visit




Writers Lab Members Winkler and Chua have plays being premiered by Randy Reyes (a new Board Member of TCG).

ST. PAUL, Minnesota —Director-actor Randy Reyes, a Filipino American theater director has been named to the board of directors of a big organization that promotes the development of professional, community and university theaters. Stage director and actor Randy Reyes will be a board member of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Playwright

Leah Nanako Winkler

Meanwhile, Reyes is busy preparing for Mu Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season. The line up will kick off with Leah Nanako Winkler’s “Two Mile Hollow,” a parody containing a dysfunctional family. Damon Chua’s “The Princess Nightingale” a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” set in eighteenth century China follows at Mu Performing Arts.  more:

Damon Chua

Damon Chua

Don Nguyen Revives Three to Beam Up at Shelterbelt Theater next year.

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

“It’s the 23rd century. Capt. John Wisher of the USS Valkyries finds his ship stuck in the middle of a nexus that has suddenly appeared in the gamma quadrant. Capt. Wisher hears an alien voice that compels him to follow it, risking the safety of all.  Meanwhile in the present day, Sam and Jules Wisher look for their father, John Wisher, who is missing…again. Three to Beam Up is about a man who believes he is the captain of a Federation starship and the children that fight to keep their father’s feet firmly planted on Earth.” more

The Playwrights Realm has announced its 2017-18 season and the launch of a new residency series. Next season, it will present world premieres by Michael Yates Crowley and Don Nguyen.  The second world premiere of the season will be Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth by Nguyen (February-March 2018). The show is “a comedy about conception and deep-space travel.” Jade King Carroll will direct.

Gingold Theatrical Group Announces 2017-18 SPEAKERS’ CORNER Writers Group including New Writers Lab Member:

For the 2017-’18 season, writers Julissa ContrerasEmily Daly, Xavier Galva, Nick Gandiello, Hank H. Kim, James Presson, Ren Dara Santiago, and David Zheng will develop works in response to Shaw’s Man and Superman. Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where George Bernard Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, GTG’s SPEAKERS CORNER brings together six to ten writers each year who will spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text.

Ma-Yi Lab Member

David Zheng

A relative newcomer to Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Zheng is an actor, playwright, and photographer. He is a founding member of The Middle Voice Theater Company. His plays have been workshopped and presented by LAByrinth Theater Company (Kingsbridge) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Ghetto Baptism).

Labbie, Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Kimber Lee’s play was first premiered in 2014 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky, the same year as the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police. Cleveland’s Playwrights Local recently told that tale in the original play “Objectively/Reasonable” and did so through a dramatization of documented reactions by anonymous neighbors, friends and community leaders. This made the senseless shooting particularly personal, political and parochial.”


Kimber Lee

Today, the play continues through Sept. 24 at Dobama Theatre  in Cleveland Heights:

“brownsville song (b-side for tray)” takes place in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, where a young black life with infinite potential on the verge of endless possibilities is tragically cut short in a street shooting. That is where this story, which seamlessly time-shifts between the past and the present, both begins and ends.” more from Cleveland Jewish News



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