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Leah Nanako Winkler Is Awarded the 2018 Yale Drama Series Prize and More
Writer’s Lab Member, Leah Nanako Winkler has been awarded this year’s Yale Drama Series Prize for her new play “God Said This.” She will receive $10,000, her play will have a private staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater on Oct. 30, and it will be published by the Yale University Press.
“God Said This” is an ensemble piece that tells the story of a mixed-race family reunited by its matriarch’s cancer treatment. Two sisters, Hiro, who lives in New York, and Sophie, a born-again Christian, along with their father, a recovering alcoholic, attempt to reconcile when Hiro returns to Kentucky after years of being away. A fifth character, John, a classmate of Hiro’s, is also confronting the issue of mortality and he is anxious about the legacy he will leave behind.” It will premiere Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in 2019 and recently received the 2018 Yale Drama Series Prize.
Ayad Akhtarhis year’s judge and a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, chose Ms. Nanako Winkler’s play from over 1,600 submissions.“God Said This” is recently played the Humana Festival in Louisville and previews in January 2019 Off Broadway at Primary Stages in New York.
Theater Mu Performing Arts’ and MIXED BLOOD 2017-18 season Kicked off with Leah Nanako Winkler’s “Two Mile Hollow,” a parody containing a dysfunctional family.-An NYC workshop production of Two Mile Hollow April 26th- 28th as part of WP Theater’s Pipeline Festival. Details and tickets here!
“Two Mile Hollow” received a simultaneous world premiere in the 2016-2017 season with Artists At Play LA, Theater Mu/Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, First Floor Theater in Chicago and Ferocious Lotus in San Francisco. WP Theater (formerly known as Women’s Project Theater) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female-identified and trans theater artists at every stage in their careers.
Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab Member Damon Chua‘s “The Princess Nightingale” follows in April 2018, a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” set in eighteenth century China.
Recently, Leah was awarded the first-ever Mark O’Donnell Prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons. She is also currently one of the inaugural recipients of a commission from Audible’s Emerging Playwrights Fund and was named the 2017-2019 Jerome New York Fellow at the Lark. The New York Times calls her a “distinctive new voice.”
Not only is GREGG MOZGALA the leading role in Ma-Yi Theater Company’s upcoming production of TEENAGE DICK at The Public, he was recently nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Cost of Living, along with his cast member Katy Sullivan. Additionally, The play, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival and written by Martyna Majok and was nominated for OUTSTANDING PLAY! The Off-Broadway League announced nominees for the 2018 Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway on Friday. This year’s awards ceremony, to be hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones, who appear together on TBS’s The Detour, is set for Sunday, May 6, at the NYU Skirball Center.
Ma-Yi is pleased to be working with such a talented and diverse actor, and was happy to share with Gregg in the Lortel Nominations, with 9 nominations towards it’s recent production of KPOP for Outsanding Musical and eight other awards.
In ‘COST OF LIVING’ which also was selected in NY TIMES best of Theater 2017. two disabled characters and two caretakers make up the cast of Martyna Majok’s gripping play, directed by Jo Bonney for Manhattan Theater Club. But which is which? John, who has cerebral palsy, is a rich, bratty grad student; Ani, a double amputee, is a hilariously foul-mouthed North Jersey terror. The people who help them, Eddie and Jess, have different problems. “Cost of Living,” which could have been an identity play about people with disabilities, is thus so much greater: a play about disabilities with people.
Recently, Mogzala has also been cast in Caryl Churchill’s, “Light Shining In Buckinghamshire” at New York Theatre Workshop. Gregg won the 2017 “Champion Of Change” NYC Mayor’s Office for Advancement of Persons with Disabilities and produced and starred in the film about dance and therapy “Enter The Fawn”.
In TEENAGE DICK, Mozgala will lead us into the life of Richard, a high-schooler with cerebral palsy and his sometimes creepy Shakespearean (Richard III) way of speaking. Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?
The play comes to The Public Theater on June 20, 2018 and runs through July 15.
Written by our resident playwright and Lab do-director Mike Lew, TEENAGE DICK is directed by two-time Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God and Present Laughter), and choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), TEENAGE DICK is presented as a new fully realized production, having been developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series.
TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae of which Mozgala is Artistic Director, a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” This current production by Ma-Yi Theater Company is part of The Lark’s Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program, funded by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.
Scheduled through July 15, 2018, TEENAGE DICK will begin performances June 12 and perform Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30PM, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM. Please note there is no performance on Saturday, June 16 at 1:30 or Thursday, June 21 or Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30PM; additionally, performances have been added on Monday, June 18 and July 2 at 7:30PM. Public Theater Partners and Members can access tickets on Thursday, March 22. Single tickets can be accessed on Thursday, March 29. For tickets and information: visit publictheater.org, or call 212.967.7555
Mobility limited seating and reduced ticket prices for the disabled community and designated companion are available.
The cast features Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living), Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People), Nick Dillenburg (Orange Is the New Black), Sasha Diamond (Significant Other), and Marinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).
Additional design and creative credits for TEENAGE DICK are: Set Design – Wilson Chin, Costume Design – Junghyun Georgia Lee, Lighting Design – Miriam Crowe, Sound Design – Fabian Obispo, and Movement Coordination – Robert Westley. Alyssa K. Howard is Production Stage Manager.
GREGG MOZGALA IN TEENAGE DICK photo by Carol Rosegg
“Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick to Run at the Public Theater” by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick will receive its world premiere at the Public Theater, June 12-July 15. The production, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, is presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with the Public.” http://bway.ly/etvzq
Ma-Yi’s “KPOP” Garners Nine Nominations for Lucille Lortel Award Best of Off-Broadway
KPOP Received Nine Nominations for 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations including Outstanding Musical: Produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company and Woodshed Collective, written by Ma-Yi Lab Member Jason Kim, music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, directed by Teddy Bergman, Choreographed by Jennifer Weber (outstanding choreography), KPOP received a nomination for Outstanding Musical. James Soel and Ashley Park (outstanding lead actors), Jason Tam and Vanessa Kai (outstanding actors), Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (outstanding scenic design), Tricia Barsamian, (outstanding costumes), Jeanette Oi-Suk (outstanding lighting design).
The 33rd annual ceremony, celebrating the best of Off-Broadway, will take place May 6.
Congratulations and love from Ma-Yi to the entire KPOP Family!