Yearbook Sneak Peek at the Cast of TEENAGE DICK

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“In 2012 my actor friend Gregg Mozgala came at me with a crazy idea. He was starting a new company called The Apothetae – a theater that examines the disabled experience – and wanted to kick things off by commissioning me to write a new play – an adaptation of Richard III set in high school called Teenage Dick. I mean the title alone! How could I refuse?” 

Mike Lew, Ma-Yi Resident Playwright, Co-Director of Ma-yi Writers Lab and Playwright: Teenage Dick   READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM MIKE HERE

CAST: ELIZABETH: Marinda Anderson / EDDIE: Alex Breaux / BUCK: Shannon DeVido / CLARISSA: Sasha Diamond / RICHARD: Gregg Mozgala / ANNE: Tiffany Villarin

 

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“In my case Teenage Dick is meant to take the most famous disabled character of all time and challenge Shakespeare’s conception that Richard’s disability makes him inherently evil. Teenage Dick attempts to explode that old conception as well as its condescending modern-day cousin: that all disabled people are a metaphor for transcendence. It’s my hope that Teenage Dick takes all the drama and stakes of murderous monarchal succession and by cramming that into high school (which can also be life-or-death) we approach a… contemporary resonance that a straightforward production of Richard III could never provide. But that is not the sole purpose of this adaptation. It’s also my hope that by exploding tired tropes about disability – those from Shakespeare’s time as well as our own – that this play will say something entirely new.” – Mike Lew, Playwright

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Written by Mike Lew / Choreographed by Jennifer Weber / Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel 

Set Design by Wilson Chin / Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee / Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe  / Sound Design by Fabian Obispo / Movement Coordination by Robert Westley / Dramaturg:Jesse Alick Production Stage Manager  Alyssa K. Howard / Production Manager   Zach Longstreet

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Ma-Yi’s Mike Lew on his play, Teenage Dick, Shakespeare and Adaptation

Mike Lew, Ma-Yi Resident Playwright, Co-Director of Ma-yi Writers Lab and Playwright: Teenage Dick

On Adaptation and Shakespeare

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In 2012 my actor friend Gregg Mozgala came at me with a crazy idea. He was starting a new company called The Apothetae – a theater that examines the disabled experience – and wanted to kick things off by commissioning me to write a new play – an adaptation of Richard III set in high school called Teenage Dick. I mean the title alone! How could I refuse?

I immediately said yes, then did no writing for a year. But I couldn’t stand the thought of that title going to somebody else so I hurried up and finished a draft. In 2013 we did the first-ever staged reading (starring Gregg and Shannon DeVido) with Ma-Yi Theater. Five years later Gregg and Shannon are now starring in the world premiere with Ma-Yi Theater at the Public.The journey had me thinking a lot about adaptation, and also about Shakespeare,

As a living playwright writing new plays, it’s hard not to envy how many “production slots” go to Shakespeare. The guy’s been dead for over 400 years but on some level we’re competing for limited resources and he is decidedly winning. This is not to throw shade at Shakespeare himself, nor at the Public (home to Shakespeare in the Park, the Shakespeare Mobile Unit, and the Public Shakespeare Initiative).
This is to say that Gregg’s proposal brought me a great deal of trepidation: why adapt Richard III as opposed to just doing another production of the original? And I think the answer to that is that if we’re to examine the disabled experience we have to both acknowledge and in some way disrupt our forebears. I’ve grown to realize Teenage Dick is part of a whole subclass of new plays that use existing works as a jumping-off point to say something entirely new, but more importantly to break up the canon and make more room for marginalized groups. I’m thinking particularly of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (which re-appropriates Black stock characters from melodrama to redefine our contemporary understanding of Blackness), or David Adjmi’s 3C (which subverts the gay stereotypes from Three’s Company and the golden age of sitcoms), or Jiehae Park’s Peerless (which uses Macbeth’s Shakespearean ambition as a pointed critique of the stereotypes around Asian overachievement).
A sneak peek of rehearsals with Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Director of Teenage Dick, and playwright, Michael Lew.
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In these plays adaptation is a subversive act. By undermining the dominant stereotypes of a marginalized group we seek to re-center that group so that they are the tellers of their own stories.In my case Teenage Dick is meant to take the most famous disabled character of all time and challenge Shakespeare’s conception that Richard’s disability makes him inherently evil. Teenage Dick attempts to explode that old conception as well as its condescending modern-day cousin: that all disabled people are a metaphor for transcendence. (For a good year, Gregg kept sending me clip after clip of high school sports teams smugly including a disabled classmate on their team in a blatant attempt at demonstrative inclusivity.) It’s my hope that Teenage Dick takes all the drama and stakes of murderous monarchal succession and by cramming that into high school (which can also be life-or-death) we approach a contemporary resonance that a straightforward production of Richard III could never provide. But that is not the sole purpose of this adaptation. It’s also my hope that by exploding tired tropes about disability – those from Shakespeare’s time as well as our own – that this play will say something entirely new.
Ma-Yi Theater is also saying something new and radical by producing this play. By having an Asian-American theater partnering with the Public, the production itself seeks to make more room for an underserved group. And though this play isn’t thematically about Asian-American issues, in showcasing an Asian-American writer’s work alongside a strong contingent of Asian-American actors and designers, we hope to collectively challenge any preconceptions around what an Asian-American play looks like.
The world needs new narratives right now. We need new ways of seeing each other – fresh perspectives and new ways of taking each other in. So no offense to Shakespeare, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this particular and unique band of players making its way to the stage.
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Ma-Yi Expands Production Team for Teenage Dick, 2018-2019 Season

Ma-Yi is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates to our production team — Sarah Hanlon, who serves as a Production Assistant to Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña, and Sean Daley, who was selected as a Production Intern. You’ll find both of them busy at the heart of the company preparing for Ma-Yi’s upcoming production of Teenage Dick  at The Public Theater in June, and for Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 main stage season, including The Chinese Lady, by Lab Member Lloyd Suh, in coproduction with Barrington Stage directed by Ralph B. Peña. Please give a warm welcome to Sarah and Sean:

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SARAH HANLON, Ma-Yi Theater Company Production Assistant

SARAH HANLON (Ma-Yi Theater Production Assistant) is excited to join The Ma-Yi Theater Company Family. She is a world traveler performing in shows such as The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, regional productions of Les Miserables, Showboat, Man of La Mancha and her family’s favorite, Pocahontas. Much love to Chris and Mochi. For Mom.

 

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SEAN DALEY, Ma-Yi Theater Company Production Intern

SEAN DALEY (Ma-Yi Theater Production Intern) is a performer of Korean contemporary musical theatre. He is a member of LSA (Linguistic Society of America) focusing on South Korean phonetics and phonology and is producing a book on diction in Korean for non-native speakers on stage and in song. Playwright: Nobless Oblige (Manhattan Rep), Assistant Director: Family Dynamics (Hudson Guild), Manhattan School of Music, Classical Voice. Current CUNY, B.A. in Linguistics and Theatre.

 

 

Ma-Yi Wins 2018 Obie Award

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Ma-Yi Theater Wins an OBIE, presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice – The Ross Wetzsteon Award 2018 accepted by Ma-Yi Artistic Producing Director, (above) Ralph B. Peña. We are grateful to our artists and creatives who produced works that attributed to this recognition! Ralph also made a special THANK YOU to former Executive Director,Jorge  Z. Ortoll, during the presentation for his service and direction of the theater. Ralph personally dedicated the award to his departed Life Partner and Best Friend, Damien Bona.

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Ma-Yi long-time Advisors Jorge Ortoll and Actress, Ching Valdes Aran, accompany Ralph in acceptance of the Obie Award.

The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night,  produced by Atlantic Theater Company, was honored as Best New American Play while Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 See acceptance speech here

48 Hour Forum Presents Paired Artists including Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi, Ralph Peña!

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The Details

When: Monday, May 21st @ 8pm, Tuesday, May 22nd @ 7pm, and Wednesday, May 23rd @ 7pm, followed by a benefit

Where: The Lark, 311 West 43rd Street, NYC

How: Buy tickets here.

NOOR THEATER has been working hard behind the scenes to determine the diverse roster of actors for 48 Hour Forum, who will each be randomly assigned to a playwright and director. Ralph Peña , Ma-Yi’s Artistic Producing Director will participate as a Director in this exciting annual event where 30 artists race to create theatre as fast as a news cycle!

This year’s event will feature:
Tala Ashe, Veracity Butcher, May Calamawy, Grace Canahuati, Dan Domingues, Isra Elsalihie, J.D. Goldblatt, Cleo Gray, Wesley T. Jones, Amel Khalil, Aaron Lynn*, Sharina Martin, Nikki Massoud, Thomas Muccioli, Marjan Neshat, Leta Renée-Alan, and Kesav Wable.

In addition, playwright Aeneas Hemphill and directors Kholoud Sawaf and Jessica Blankjoin the previously announced playwrights Amina Henry, Sevan K. Greene, Michele Lowe, and Melisa Tien, and directors Ralph Peña and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.

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Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and presenting the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. As a vital presence in the theatrical landscape, they aim to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people.

 

 Support CAATA’s “Revolutionary Acts” and Make Jorge Smile again!

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A Request from former Executive Director of Ma-Yi and Current Board Member and Senior Advisor, Jorge Z. Ortoll:

Dear Ma-Yi Family, Friends and Patrons:

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Jorge Z. Ortoll is a co-founder of The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), an organization that supports the vibrant, growing and changing field of Asian American theater.

I’m reaching out to ask for your generous support for The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), an organization that has increased visibility of Asian American theater in the United States. In the world of the arts there is a great distortion between the demographic realities and cultural representation in the USA today, and by joining the CAATA crowd-funding campaign  you’re helping in decreasing this divide.

Since 2004, CAATA has led the “revolution” towards a stronger and more sustainable Asian American theater presence that is an integral part of national culture. Through our network of organizations and artists we collaborate to inspire learning and sharing of knowledge and resources to promote a healthy, sustainable artistic ecology.

I am proud to be one of the seven founders of CAATA working in the steering committee of the First National Asian American Theater Conference in Los Angeles in June 2006 and as one of three members of the executive committee that organized the First National Asian American Theater Festival (CONFEST) held in New York City from June 11 to 24, 2007.

This August CONFEST is scheduled with six days of performances, including Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab Member, Kyoung Park‘s play, PILLOWTALK, along with panel discussions breakout sessions, new play readings, parties, networking and more. We need your help to continue.
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ConFest 2018 | Chicago presents Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s PILLOWTALK: Queers the intersections of race, gender, and class—Written and directed by Ma-Yi Labbie Kyoung H. Park, Performed by JP Moraga and Basit Shittu, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave,  Chicago
I hope you’ll make me smile by being a part of this important movement by attending CONFEST 2018 or by making a contribution. And Please spread the word.

Yours, Jorge

 

KPOP WINS LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL, BEST LEAD ACTRESS, AND BEST FEATURED ACTOR!

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KPOP!!! Congratulations to ARS NOVA and WOODSHED COLLECTIVE, Writers Lab Member Jason Kimmusic and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, directed by Teddy Bergman, Choreographed by Jennifer Weber and the CAST, CREATIVES and CREW on receiving the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award at  The 33rd annual ceremony for Best Musical, along with Best Lead Actress in a Musical, ASHLEY PARK (KPOP) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, JASON TAM.

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Kudos to The Lucille Lortel Award Nominees (nine in all) including Jennifer Weber,(outstanding choreography) James Soel (outstanding lead actor), Vanessa Kai (outstanding lead actress), Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (outstanding scenic design), Tricia Barsamian, (outstanding costumes), Jeanette Oi-Suk (outstanding lightingdesign).

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Alex Breaux is Eddie in Ma-Yi’s June production of Teenage Dick!

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The cast of Ma-Yi’s upcoming production of TEENAGE DICK is complete with the addition of Alex Breau as Eddie.

June 12 – July 15 Off-Broadway at The Public Theater(425 Lafayette St).

 

You might remember Alex ” in Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo, Breaux’s lanky and lean body functioned as a live special effect: He was one long muscle, and you bought him completely as a pre-Olympic swimmer who thinks with his triceps. Although the actor is no dumb jock himself—he’s an alum of both Harvard and Juilliard—he excels at playing them, as he proved later in 2016 in a strikingly original take on the dim Ajax in Shakespeare in the Park’s Troilus and Cressida.”Adam Feldman, Time Out

Alex Breaux (Red Speedo, Troilus and Cressida)

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Alex Breaux on stage during a performance of Red Speedo. Joan Marcus

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Casting of Teenage Dick include Tiffany Villarin(returning to Ma-Yi after her performance in House Rules)

and the previously announced

 Rebif-San DiegoGregg Mozgala. Gregg is a nominee for the 2018 Drama Desk Award and The Lucille Lortel Awards.

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which will be choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP)

and directed by Tony Award nominee

Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God, Present Laughter) will be presented from June 12 – July 15 Off-Broadway at The Public Theater(425 Lafayette St).

Rounding out the cast are

Shannon Devido Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People),

 Sasha-DiamondSasha Diamond (Significant Other), and

 MarindaAndersonMarinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).

 

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Set Design by Wilson Chin / Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee / Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe  / Sound Design by Fabian Obispo / Movement Coordination by Robert Westley/ Production Stage Manager  Alyssa K. Howard / Production Manager   Zach Longstreet

 

Teenage Dick is written by Ma-Yi Theater Company’s resident playwright

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When “Teenage Dick,” was workshopped at the Public Theater in 2016, it sold out its entire workshop run in a matter of days, and since then, audiences have been waiting for its premiere.

We are partnering with The Public Theater to bring the world premiere of this amazing play to New York City in June 2018.

TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae (Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director), a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” It was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway and Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director).

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Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading May 7, 2018

“Chapters of a Floating Life”

In search of Chinese identity and lonliness in 1940s New York, May 7, 2018 at China Institute, Written by Clarence Coo, Directed by Kareem Fahmy

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Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading May 7, 2018

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Fault Line Theatre reads Chapters of a Floating Life by Playwright and 2017 Whiting Award Recipient Clarence Cooz
Monday, May 7, 5:30 – 8:30PM (Doors Open at 5:00 PMEvent Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

It’s the Second World War and two couples from China are trying to make ends meet in New York City. One husband and wife live uptown, obsessed with a past of poetry, painting, and gardens. The other two face the day-to-day reality of keeping a Chinatown restaurant in business. Their worlds, once separated by class and education, converge when the two women find each other in Central Park and fall under the spell of the Chinese language. Performed By, Cleo Gray, Kenneth Lee, KK Moggie, David Shih, Stefani Kuo (stage directions)

Clarence Coo, a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award, and a whopping $50,000 cash prize. The Whiting Awards annually identify “exceptional new writers who have yet to make their mark in the literary culture” and aim to provide them with funds to afford “a first opportunity to devote themselves fully to writing.”

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Coo received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. His plays include The Birds of Empathy, Beautiful Province (Belle Province), People Sitting in Darkness, and The God of Wine. His work has been developed at the Atlantic Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has received fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, NYFA, and the Playwrights Realm. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. Currently, he is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and the manager of academic administration of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.

Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading 5:30, May 7, 2018
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Writers Lab Seeks New Members, Apply by June 1, 2018


The Ma-Yi Writers Lab is now reviewing applications for new members for the 2018-2020 Seasons. We accept new members on a biennial basis; to be considered please submit all application materials to mayilab@gmail.com by June 1st, 2018. We will accept email submissions only.
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The Ma-Yi Writers Lab is the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled. Founded in 2004 by Sung Rno in connection with the NEA/TCG Playwright’s Residency program and currently led by Mike Lew and A. Rey Pamatmat, the Lab has fast become home to some of the country’s most exciting emerging writers. We are a professional peer-based workshop in permanent residence with the Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company, designed to nurture and showcase Asian-American playwrights in New York City. The Lab is a community resource, brain trust and place of artistic growth for its members.

Plays that were born in the Lab have gone on to workshops and productions within Ma-Yi as well as with the Atlantic, the Public, LCT3, Second Stage, EST, the Humana Festival, the Huntington, the Magic, South Coast Rep, The Taper, Victory Gardens, Woolly Mammoth, Yale Rep, Sundance, the O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, and many more. Recent Labbie achievements include two Mellon NPRP fellowships, a Van Lier fellowship, three Hodder fellowships, two Lark Venturous fellowships, two Whiting Awards, a Glickman Award, three Audible commissions, and seven New Dramatists residencies.

If accepted for Lab membership, we ask you to:

To apply to the Lab, please submit:

Finalists will be asked to interview in late July 2018. New members will begin meeting in September of 2018. For more about the Lab, please visit http://ma-yitheatre.org/about-the-lab/

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