MAKE JORGE DANCE!

MA-YI THEATER COMPANY
Jorge Ortoll, Board Member, Former Executive Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company.

I want to see Jorge DANCE!

Dear Friend,
Last year, I asked you to make me smile. This year, I’m asking you to make me dance.

As you well know, I served as Ma-Yi Theater’s Executive Director from 1990 through 2017, after which I joined Ma-Yi’s Board of Directors full time, in charge of individual giving. That is why I write to you now.

Ma-Yi Theater had a banner year in 2018, producing critically acclaimed productions of Michael Lew’s “Teenage Dick,” at The Public Theater, and most recently, Orlando Pabotoy’s “Sesar,” and Lloyd Suh’s “The Chinese Lady,” that the New York Times raved about and called “extraordinary.”

We’re hard at work on our next plays “Fruiting Bodies,” by Samantha Chanse, and Kristine Haruna Lee’s “Suicide Forest,” a collaboration with Brooklyn’s hippest theater, The Bushwick Starr. Both of these plays promise to introduce audiences to unfamiliar worlds, and spark conversations that are necessary and timely for our current times. I’m writing to you to ask for your support.

Your tax-deductible donation will help Ma-Yi Theater continue to champion new, Asian American voices, and increase our community’s visibility in American Theater.

This is what will make me dance!

O.K. , Jorge!

A note from Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña:
FriendI don’t know about you, but I’d pay to get Jorge to dance. We’ll post a video of this and share it with all of you. I echo Jorge’s request. Help us make Asian American theater artists more visible on New York stages. Thank you!

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING! Works from Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members Hansol Jung “Wild Goose Dreams” at The Public Theater and Damon Chua “The Emperor’s Nightingale” at Pan Asian Rep and MORE this year:

MA-YI THEATER COMPANY

NOVEMBER

PREVIEWS FRIDAY!
The Emperor’s Nightingale
by Damon Chua 
Get Tickets to “THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE”
November 25th – December 16th
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre launches its new educational initiative with the New York Premiere of The Emperor’s Nightingale by Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member, Damon Chua, directed by Chongren Fan. This production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne as an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story.
Get Tickets to “THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE”
Through December 16 Wild Goose Dreamsby Hansol Jung at The Public Theater
Tickets to “WILD GOOSE DREAMS”
Our Writer’s Lab Member Hansol Jung‘s fascinating and unforgettable new play “WILD GOOSE DREAMS”  at The Public Theaterin a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season, after its initial run in Public Studio. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish, The Outer Space) directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

“HANSOL JUNG is a writer of industrious imagination with a poet’s gift”. – BEN BRANTLEY, The New York Times

Tickets to “WILD GOOSE DREAMS”
“SsingSsing”
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 8:00 PM
Get Tickets to SsingSsing December 9 @8PM
Authentic Korean traditional vocals with rock music, combined with an extravagant visual style and stage manners, SsingSsing is what happens when you cross 1970’s era David Bowie or B-52s with Korean shamanic rock.  SsingSsing have been making waves around the world, bringing glam rock and funk elements together with a wildly charismatic theatrical twist.

Presented by the Korean Cultural Center New York, Brooklyn Bowl, and Eulpion Sounds as part of KCCNY’s Korean Culture Day 2018 Program. This performance is supported by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange as part of Traveling Korean Arts Program, Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11249

Get Tickets to ‘SsingSsing’ December 9 @8PM
“Zombie Asian Moms”
November 29 – December 09, 2018
Get Tickets to ‘Zombie Asian Moms’
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club presents Amerasian punk rock comedy duo Slanty Eyed Mama put a new spin on the haunting lore and digital rice cookers of Asian Moms. This world premiere show features original songs, sketch, standup,  electric violin, video and spoken word. Based on oral history interviews with Asian Moms.
Get Tickets to ‘Zombie Asian Moms’
Next Up at Ma-Yi:
The Buswick Starr production of SUICIDE FOREST in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company running Feb 27 through March 26, 2019
In 1990’s Japan, the journeys of a teenage girl and Salaryman collide as they are confronted with life or death decisions in a world where identity and one’s self-worth is dominated by shame and masochism.Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play that excavates the Japanese American consciousness and examines the struggles of emotional, psychic, and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories.

@suicideforestplay #suicideforestBWS

Lloyd Suh’s “The Chinese Lady” Opens At Theatre Row

photography by Carol Rosegg

On November 10th, 2018, Ma-Yi Theater Company was proud to present the opening of Ma-Yi  Lab Member Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY, at Theater Row. NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE‘s Nishka Jain writes, “I was so invested in Atong and Afong Moy’s journey that I was left wanting to hear more about their lives, as the playwright moved from their journey to the historical events. I found myself wanting Afong Moy’s personal journey through history more than the history itself. I also found a deep connection with Afong’s experience of being an immigrant with my own, perhaps that is what drew me so close to her, and had me wanting to know more about her struggles as someone who is also from outside.

MA-YI PATRONS RECEIVE TICKETS AT PERCENT DISCOUNT HERE or Limited RUSH tickets are available at Theatre Row Box Office One Hour Before Performance for $22.25.


 socialroseggCHINESE_Page_04

“Perhaps I should hire a fourteen year old white American girl to come with me to China, and display her in a room with a raised bed, shoes on her feet in the home, eating with a fork! Perhaps I can tour her throughout the country and let the Chinese look at her and study her, put her on display for the education and edification of the Chinese curiosity!”

MA-YI PATRONS RECEIVE TICKETS AT PERCENT DISCOUNT HERE or Limited RUSH tickets are available at Theatre Row Box Office One Hour Before Performance for $22.25.

 socialroseggCHINESE_Page_05

“Both Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac are amazing in their delivery. They steal your heart with their innocence and portrayal of two extra ordinary human beings as Afong Moy and Atung.
The writing is witty, and engaging. Ralph B. Peña‘s direction is superb, and so is the design team. There is a sense of calm while the storm rages in the story, I wonder if that was because of the music, the lighting design or the writing. But everything feels connected in a surreal sort of a way.

Afong Moy, might not have fulfilled her intention of educating, and connecting the world in her life, but The Chinese Lady sure has the promise and potential do so.

If you see only one show this season, watch The Chinese Lady.”

Nishka Jain  NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDEMA-YI PATRONS RECEIVE TICKETS AT PERCENT DISCOUNT HERE or Limited RUSH tickets are available at Theatre Row Box Office One Hour Before Performance for $22.25.

socialroseggCHINESE_Page_08 socialroseggCHINESE_Page_09

“I am the first Chinese American woman. I am the first Chinese woman you have ever seen. I am the first Chinese from nobility, the first educated Chinese, the first high-born, the first with bound feet, the first the first the first. And so you see, this gives me a great responsibility.”

socialroseggCHINESE_Page_10socialroseggCHINESE_Page_06

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:

 

 

lloyd_suh.jpg__2304x1536_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscale

LLOYD SUH

Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan, Jr...; American HwangapThe Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!Jesus in India and others; produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theare, Magic Theatre, Denver Center and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of The Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA, Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, The Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House and NYCT’s Helen Merill Award. He is an alum of EST’s Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, and since 2016 as a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

 

RBP-headshot

RAPLH B. PEÑA

Ralph B. Peña is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company.

Recent directing credits include Among the DeadHouse Rules (Ma-Yi) The Orphan of Zhao (Fordham Theatre), Macho Dancer: A Musical (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Livin’ La Vida Imelda (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Children’s Theater Co. and Ma-Yi, Off Broadway Alliance Award), Julia Specht’s Down Cleghorn, Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Mike Lew’s microcrisis(Youngblood, Ma-Yi), and House/Boy (Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals). His theater work has been seen at The NYSF/Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Laguna Playhouse, NAATCO, Second Generation, Victory Gardens, and LaMama ETC, among others. He received an Obie Award for his work on The Romance of Magno Rubio. Ralph is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater. This is for Damien, always and forever.

LFP_5733+copy

Daniel K. Isaac (Atung) is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”Isaac co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Isaac is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA.

He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane.  Select NYC: Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO).  DanielKIsaac.com

Shannon295final 2

Shannon Tyo (Afong Moy) Off-Broadway credits include Kentucky, Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Dear Edwina. Favorite regional credits include The White Snake at the Old Globe, San Diego; Miss Saigon at the Pioneer Theatre Co, Music Theatre of Wichita and Cape Fear Regional; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeat Northern Stage, Tuacahn PAC and Pioneer Theatre Co.; and Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage. BFA Syracuse University.   shannon-tyo.com

JUNGHYUN GEORGIA LEE (Set and Costume Designer) is a Korean-born, NY-based set and costume designer. She designed for Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, The Play Co., Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Playmakers Rep, The Juilliard School, Dallas Theater Center, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theater, Syracuse Stage, Humana Festival, Center Stage (Baltimore), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and National Theater in Seoul, Korea. She is a member of New Neighborhood. MFA, Yale School of Drama. junghyunleedesign.com

FABIAN OBISPO (Sound Designer/Composer) MaYi: Teenage Dick, House Rules, The Square, No Foreigners Beyond This Point. Off- Broadway: The Public, MTC, MCC, CSC, Atlantic Theatre Company, Vineyard Theatre, The New Group, NYTW, TFANA, Primary Stages among others. Regional: Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, ACT, Goodman, Guthrie, OSF, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company and Cincinnati Playhouse to name a few.

OLIVER WASON (Lighting Designer) Previously with Ma-Yi: Among the Dead, House Rules. Recent work: peerless (Yale Rep, Barrington Stage); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Stones in His Pockets (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center); Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Festival); Dido and Aeneas, Lucia di Lammermoor (Heartbeat Opera); Cosi Fan Tutte (Loft Opera); Empty the House (Curtis). MFA Yale. oliverwason.com

GEOFF BORONDA (THE CHINESE LADY, Production Stage Manager; SESAR, Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include: New York: Ain’t No Mo’, Mobile Unit: Romeo & Juliet, Mobile Unit: The Comedy of Errors, Buzzer, Ping Pong, Under the Radar Festival, The Urban Retreat, The Great Immensity, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater); The Undertaking (The Civilians); generations (Soho Rep). Regional: The Chinese Lady, Typhoid Mary (Barrington Stage Company); Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); A View from the Bridge (Center Theatre Group); Hamlet, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre); Appropriate (Westport Country Playhouse). Education: MFA Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama.

RACHAEL GASS (SESAR – Production Stage Manager; THE CHINESE LADY – Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Cirque Du Soleil Paramour, Motown (2016). Off Broadway credits include Neurosis (DR2), Illyria (The Public), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Tony Kiser Theatre), First Daughter Suite (The Public), Signature Plays (Signature Theatre), A Walk in the Woods (Keen Company). BFA from UNCSA.

ALLISON QUEEN (Production Manager) is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. Most recently she served as Production Manager for the Off-Broadway production The Mad Ones and One Thousand Nights and One Day. She interned with Aurora Productions where she had a chance to assist on many Broadway shows including Anastasia, Six Degrees of Separation, The Present, and Holiday Inn. Allison spent 8 years stage managing professionally before crossing into production management. She would like to thank her family for their never-ending love and support!

ERIN MCCOY (THE CHINESE LADY – Assistant Stage Manager) Ma-Yi Theatre: The Chinese Lady, Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Off-Broadway: (Manhattan Theater Club): Sugar In Our Wounds (The Public Theater): Ain’t No Mo,Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Buzzer, Fidelis, Under the Radar Festival, Public Works Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in the Park The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest (Baltimore Center Stage): Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Westport County Playhouse): Appropriate. Education: Otterbein University.

JULIANNE BOYD (THE CHINESE LADY -Producing Artistic Director, Barrington Stage Company) co-founded Barrington Stage Company in January 1995. She has directed many productions at BSC. Last summer, Ms. Boyd directed the acclaimed production of Company starring Aaron Tveit. In 2016, she directed two world premieres: Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016 by an emerging playwright, and the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Lance Rubin. Other productions include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies, Dancing Lessons and Dr. Ruth, All the Way, and the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies. In 1997, she directed BSC’s smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theater Critics Awards and transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run.Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also coconceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A…My Name Is Still Alice. Over the past thirty-five years she has worked extensively in New York and regional theatres.

JORGE Z. ORTOLL (Former Executive Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, Board Member and Senior Advisor) assumed the position of Executive Director for Ma-Yi in 1991, and up through 2004, produced all of its productions and oversaw its steady growth and respect in the industry and communities it serves. He has served as panelist for the Nancy Quinn Fund of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York, and has represented the United States in the bi-annual conventions of ITI (International Theater Institute of UNESCO) since 2002. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Accounting from Holy Cross College and an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University.

SARAH HANLON (Ma-Yi Theater Production Assistant) 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.

SEAN DALEY (Ma-Yi Theater Production Intern) 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. He is a performer of Korean contemporary musical theatre. Playwright: Noblesse Oblige (Manhattan Rep), Assistant Director: Family Dynamics (Hudson Guild), Manhattan School of Music, Classical Voice. Current CUNY, B.A. in Linguistics and Theatre.

Production Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY)—Geoff Boronda

Asst. Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY)—Rachael Gass

Asst. Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY) —Erin McCoy

Dramaturge (THE CHINESE LADY)—Rebecca Weiss

Production Manager—Allison Queen

Asst. Production Manager—Christy Perez

Asst. Set/Costume Designer—Aram Kim

Asst. Sound Designer—Jorge Olivo

Master Electrician—Stephen Cornelius

Associate Lighting Designer (SESAR)—Alex deNevers

Assistant Lighting Designer (SESAR)—Xander Coleman

Associate Lighting Designer (THE CHINESE LADY)—Keithlyn B Parkman

Sound Board Operator—German Martinez

Light Board Operator—Gianna Rini

Technical Director—Courtney Kupferschmidt

Props Coordinator—Mackenzie Trowbridge

Wardrobe Supervisor—Bill Nguyen

Run Crew—Miranda Thompson

Run Crew (THE CHINESE LADY) —Emily Lin

Production Associate.—Sarah Hanlon

House Manager—Sean Daley

Promotion and Production Videographer—Jon Burkland, Zanni Productions

 MA-YI PATRONS RECEIVE TICKETS AT PERCENT DISCOUNT HERE or Limited RUSH tickets are available at Theatre Row Box Office One Hour Before Performance for $22.25.

Lloyd Suh’s “The Chinese Lady” Begins Previews November 7

CHINESLANDY956x500_v2-01_1

Some shows are already sold out for THE CHINESE LADY, the first Chinese woman to step foot in the United States in 1834. There are several ways to get discount tickets for a limited time:1. Previews are on sale for $26.25 for November 7-9 using the code TRMOCAPRE when you call  212-947-8844 or by clicking the link below:

20% off Preview Show Tickets for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/7-11/9

2. Regular shows are on sale for $34.25 from November 11-18 using the code TRMOCAREG when you call  212-947-8844 or by clicking the link below:

20% off Regular Show Tickets for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/11-11/18

3. Rush Tickets are available at the box office, one hour before curtain time.Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street.4. There are also some discounted tickets avilable at TODAYTIX

chineseBARRsocial_Page_08

“This is one of the finest works presented by Barrington Stage this year.”
Berkshire Bright Focus

“an exceptionally engaging world premiere at Barrington Stage Company…acted with abundant humor and even more compassion….Suh explores Moy’s story in an unusual, intellectually bracing way that explodes theater conventions.” Albany Times Union

“a fascinating piece of theater and history, beautifully and bravely told.”
In the Spotlight

chineseBARRsocial_Page_02

“It will touch your heart, fill your mind and have you remembering this brave woman who learns about life in a world that does not accept her.”
Berkshire On Stage

“A riveting and poetic 90-minute world premiere of historic interest and pointed political observations.”
CurtainUP

socialcreativesCHINESE_Page_06

Shannon Tyo (Afong Moy) Off-Broadway credits include Kentucky, Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Dear Edwina. Favorite regional credits include The White Snake at the Old Globe, San Diego; Miss Saigon at the Pioneer Theatre Co, Music Theatre of Wichita and Cape Fear Regional; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeat Northern Stage, Tuacahn PAC and Pioneer Theatre Co.; and Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage. BFA Syracuse University

Set and Costumes designed by Junghyun Georgia Lee. Lighting design by Oliver Wason. Sound design by Fabian Obispo. Production Stage Manager is Geoff Boronda.

chinesesocialawards_Page_2

Daniel K. Isaac (Atung) is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”Isaac co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Isaac is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.AccordingToMyMother.com

He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane.  Select NYC: Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO).  www.DanielKIsaac.com

chinesesocialawards_Page_3

Fabian Obispo is our Sound Designer for SESAR and THE CHINESE LADY. Fabian is a long-time Ma-Yi Theater collaborator. He has designed sound and composed original music for many Ma-Yi productions including “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” Portrait of the Artist,” “Flipzoids,” “Mother Courage,” and “Among The Dead,” to name a few. He is currently working on a new musical with Jessica Hagedorn that Ma-Yi Theater will premiere in 2019.

chinesesocialawards_Page_5

Playwright Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Play Company, La Mama, Denver Center Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, The Guthrie Theatre with Mu Performing Arts, East West Players, and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, TCG, and Dramatists Guild, and has been a recipient of the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Playhouse, the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

socialcreativesCHINESE_Page_04

Director Ralph B. Peña is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Among the DeadHouse Rules (Ma-Yi) The Orphan of Zhao (Fordham Theatre), Macho Dancer: A Musical (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Livin’ La Vida Imelda (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Children’s Theater Co. and Ma-Yi, Off Broadway Alliance Award), Julia Specht’s Down Cleghorn, Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Mike Lew’s microcrisis(Youngblood, Ma-Yi), and House/Boy (Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals). His theater work has been seen at The NYSF/Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Laguna Playhouse, NAATCO, Second Generation, Victory Gardens, and LaMama ETC, among others. He received an Obie Award for his work on The Romance of Magno Rubio. Ralph is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater. This is for Damien, always and forever.

socialcreativesCHINESE_Page_13

In 1834, at 14 years of age, Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America, was put on display by The Carnes Brothers for a curious American public at $50 cents a head. By “1848, Afong Moy shared an exhibition space in New York with Tom Thumb, then under contract with P. T. Barnum. Like so many popular acts in antebellum America, Moy had apparently drifted into the orbit of the Great Showman himself.” —The Chinese Lady and China for the Ladies, Race, Gender, and Public Exhibition in Jacksonian America, by Prof. John Haddad

socialcreativesCHINESE_Page_02

Don’t miss this incredible telling of America’s first Chinese woman at Theatre Row Nov 7-18th. Get Discount Tickets Below:

1. Previews are on sale for $26.25 for November 7-9 using the code TRMOCAPRE when you call  212-947-8844 or by clicking the link below:

20% off Preview Show Tickets for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/7-11/9

2. Regular shows are on sale for $34.25 from November 11-18 using the code TRMOCAREG when you call  212-947-8844 or by clicking the link below:

20% off Regular Show Tickets for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/11-11/18

3. Rush Tickets are available at the box office, one hour before curtain time.Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street.4. There are also some discounted tickets avilable at TODAYTIX

Categories

On Stage
The Labbies
Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at] ma-yitheatre.org