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

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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.


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“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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 

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“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

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“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.”
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 

Reviews for Orlando Pabotoy’s “Sesar”

See what the media is saying about the Ma-Yi Season Opener, SESAR.

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New York Theatre Guide

“Portraying both father and son, as well as a variety of other Shakespearean and contemporary characters, Pabotoy displays impressive linguistic and physical skills. He rails in pantomime against the winds of a hurricane, magically shrinks to boy-size then grows to manhood and back again. He speaks, or hypnotically whispers or sings, not only in modern and Shakespearean English, but also in Fijian and Visayan. Director Richard Feldman and his production team build the atmosphere around him via vivid screen projections on the stark white walls of designer Junghyun Georgia Lee’s set, quick blackouts that speed up time, then an extended blackout where it is easy to believe there are two actors on stage conversing. And yes, having staged a show entirely in a bathroom, Feldman could not resist an homage to the shower scene in Psycho. It’s a small film tutorial in a production full of lessons, both specific (Fijian and Phillipino history) and universal (“Regret was Caesar’s revenge. Which eventually made Brutus want to die. Regret is a storm. A great one.”). Pabotoy & company will be teaching these truths through November 1. Lend them your ears.”

Stage Biz

Sesar is the piece all solo shows want to be when they grow up. Although, Orlando Pabotoy plays so many characters if feels like there is a huge cast peopling the stage in this astounding production.

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Theaterscene.net 

“Musical interludes, crashing thunder and battle noises are adeptly depicted by sound designer Fabian Obispo. Oliver Wason’s striking lighting design veers from realism to fantasy with its fluctuations. Stylized footage of the Philippines, hurricanes, and news broadcasts are the chief features of Dan Scully’s mesmerizing projection design.

Filled with sentiment, Sesar is an uplifting and engaging experience.”

 

 

 

 

The Front Row Center 

“Last season, the Ma-Yi Theater Company sent Richard III to high school in their tragicomedy hit, Teenage Dick. In Sesar, they send Julius Caesar to the bathroom. But where the halls of Richard’s school were fraught with peril, this loo, in a house in Fiji of all places, is a sanctuary. It is where a 14-year-old from the Philippines, who has been “seduced” by Shakespeare’s language, can have some privacy in a crowded house. Having borrowed a copy of Julius Caesar from the library, this lad spends his free time memorizing Cassius’s famous “The fault is not in our stars,” soliloquy. “

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Lighting&Sound America

“As Pabotoy concludes, his Shakespearean encounter with his father would reverberate down through the years: “I would recite that speech of Cassius in front of my history class. I would recite it at an audition for the Shakespeare Theatre in DC. I would recite it at the Juilliard School. I would recite it in a bathroom in a theatre on the island of New York City. Ten minutes; ten minutes and they may be hooked.”

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Theaterscene.net 

“Director Richard Feldman’s consummate staging combines guiding Pabotoy’s performance with the technical elements into a stimulating production. Junghyun Georgia Lee’s awesome gleaming white cavernous bathroom set adds an epic dimension to the presentation. There is also a delectably colorful twist for the finale. Ms. Lee’s costume design includes a snappy outfit for Pabotoy and neat accessories.”

Photo Flash: Ma-Yi Presents World Premiere Of Orlando Pabotoy’s SESAR

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PHOTO GALLERY BY LIA CHANG (BACKSTAGE WITH LIA CHANG)

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting the World Premiere of SESAR, written by and performed by Orlando Pabotoy who previously acted with Ma-Yi, in his playwrighting debut, October 20 – November 1, 2018. Helmed by Richard Feldman, SESAR is now in previews for a Wednesday, October 24 opening night on Theatre Row at The Beckett (410 W 42nd St). Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200; or online.

ABOUT “SESAR”
After watching an excerpt of “Julius Caesar” on television, a 14-year Filipino boy locks himself in the only family bathroom to dive head-first into the world of ancient Rome, determined to make sense of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The boy’s father, a former town mayor now exiled because of his democratic beliefs, joins his son in the bathroom, and using his own experiences, teaches him real-life lessons about power, love, and loss.

With Set and Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, Lighting Design by Oliver Wason, Sound Design by Fabian Obispo, Projection Design by Dan Scully and Rachael Gass as Production Stage Manager.

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TICKETS ARE DISCOUNTED FOR A LIMITED TIME

Preview of SESAR  
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MEET “THE CHINESE LADY” AND HER INTERPRETER

 

Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese female to step foot in America, THE CHINESE LADY is a tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. In 1834, Afong Moy is brought from China to America and put on display as THE CHINESE LADY for a paying public hungry for the exotic mysteries of the East.

But who is looking at whom?

“Though Afong Moy did not speak English, visitors could communicate with her because she was accompanied by her interpreter—a Chinese man named “Atung.” Since audience members wondered about her life in China, the practice of foot binding… her impressions of New York, Atung fielded such questions and translated them for Afong Moy. Atung also made sure Moy did not remain seated for long; every few minutes, he would say a few words in Chinese, prompting Moy to rise from her chair and hobble with difficulty across the room before returning to her seat.” —An excerpt from, “The Chinese Lady and China for the Ladies Race, Gender, and Public Exhibition in Jacksonian America”. With permission By Prof. John Haddad

TICKETS for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/7 – 11/18 THEATRE ROW

Shannon Tyo is “Afong Moy”

 

Shannon is an actor, singer, writer, and musician based in New York City. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted into her family at three months old. Shannon was raised in Rochester, New York, and attended Syracuse University for Musical Theater. Shannon has been recently seen in NYC productions of Kentucky (EST), Bikeman (Tribeca PAC),  and Dear Edwina (DR2),See more at  shannon-tyo.comfrom the Barrington Stage Production of THE CHINESE LADY:
“Ralph B. Peña’s perfectly paced direction is the narrative of a character based on the country’s first female Chinese immigrant who tours the country hoping to bridge the gap between East and West. What’s really going on, though, is a story of horrific betrayal by her American producers and, in fact, the betrayal of Chinese immigrants by America itself. Suh’s poetic writing and Shannon Tyo’s superlatively subtle acting make the history come to life in a profoundly moving way.” —J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge

Daniel K. Isaac is “Atung”

 

Daniel’s Off Broadway Credits include, The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon), Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Daniel can be seen in current episodes of Showtime’s “Billions”. Daniel began writing several years ago in order to share conversations he had with his ultra-conservative, uber-Christian, Korean immigrant, single mother:  According To My Mother.        
See more at DanielKIsaac.com
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10/25 READING / DISCUSSION OF “THE CHINESE LADY AT MOCA

 at the MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 AT 6:30 PM 

Learn more about America’s first female Chinese immigrant, Afong Moy, and her interpreter. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and Ma-Yi Theater Company will present an excerpt from the play, THE CHINESE LADY, which is performing on Theatre Row from November 7 through November 18, 2017. After the reading, there will be a post talk-back discussion with the writer and creatives.

$10 ADMISSION. MOCA MEMBERS FREE. 
215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013            855-955-MOCA             MOCAnyc.org
10/25 READING / DISCUSSION OF “THE CHINESE LADY AT MOCA 

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“SESAR” PREVIEWS OCT 20

 

GET A QUICK LOOK AT “SESAR” WITH DIRECTOR RICHARD FELDMAN AND PLAYWRIGHT / PERFORMER ORLANDO PABOTOY.
 
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October 26 and 27
From our friends at Leviathan Lab, in association with The Tank:

 

In 2016, Leviathan originally explored the immigration crisis in our Living Room: Immigrant series. In 2018, the crisis has continued to escalate worldwide. Here in the U.S., between 45’s abhorrent zero-tolerance immigration policies that have led to the separation of families and the imprisonment of immigrant children in internment camps; and his racist dog whistles that denigrate black and brown people, there is more to explore and bring to light than ever.All bar proceeds from the event will go toward supporting Immigrant Families Together, a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the ‘zero tolerance’ policy.
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REHEARSALS BEGIN, “Sesar” and “THE CHINESE LADY”

 In Orlando Pabotoy’s play SESAR, a father and his 14-years old son, who is fascinated by the verse and power of poetry in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” try to make sense of the play. Using his own experiences as a former town mayor, a father teaches his son about ambition, betrayal, and love.
REHEARSALS BEGIN:
WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH SESAR DIRECTOR RICHARD FELDMAN AND PLAYWRIGHT / PERFORMER ORLANDO PABOTOY.
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The father and son in SESAR come from the island province of Bohol, in the center of the Philippine archipelago. In SESAR there are passages spoken in Boholano, the local dialect used on the island. Don’t worry, most of the play is in English and you won’t get lost. In this clip, Orlando teaches Richard how to count in Boholano. Give it a try:

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THE CHINESE LADY
Next up at Theatre Row is Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY, inspired by the true story of the first Chinese female to step foot in America, A tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United  States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. In 1834, Afong Moy is brought from China to America and put on display as THE CHINESE LADY for a paying public hungry for the exotic mysteries of the East.But who is looking at whom?

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Meet The Designers for “SESAR” and “THE CHINESE LADY”

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MEET OUR AMAZING DESIGN TEAM
Georgia Junghyun Lee, Fabian Obispo, Oliver Wason and Dan Scully make up the design team behind SESAR and THE CHINESE LADY at Theatre Row.
Orlando Pabotoy writes and performs his one-person play SESAR, directed by Richard Feldman. SESAR plays from October 20 to November 1, 2018. Next is Lloyd Suh‘s THE CHINESE LADY, a co-production with Barrington Stage Company, directed by Ralph B. Peña, and featuring Shannon Tyo (“Bright Half Life”) and Daniel K. Isaac (Showtime’s “Billions”). THE CHINESE LADY plays from November 7 to 18, 2018.
Junghyun Georgia Lee is our set and costume designer for SESAR and THE CHINESE LADY. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Georgia was born in Korea, and works out of New York. She previously designed costumes of Ma-Yi Theater’s productions of “American Hwangap,” and “Teenage Dick.”  Her designs have also been featured at The Play Co., Guthrie Theater, and Huntington Theatre Company, to name just a few. Read more about her here: junghyunleedesign.com
Oliver Wason is our lighting designer for both plays as well. Another graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Oliver has previously designed shows at Ma-Yi Theater, incuding “House/Rules,” “Among the Dead,” and “Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band.” Read more about Oliver at oliverwason.com
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.
Dan Scully is our Projection Designer for SESAR. Dan is a Brooklyn-based projection designer with a background in performance and computer technology. His more recent works include “If/Then” (National Tour), “Rocky”(Broadway), “Jedermann” (Salzburger Festspeile), “Another Night” (Alvin Ailey/ADT), “The Orchestra Moves!” (Carnegie Hall), and “When The Wolves Came In” (Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). Read more about Dan at danscully.com

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Meet “THE CHINESE LADY” playwright, Lloyd SUH

Suh’s play “THE CHINESE LADY” is the most recent of many Ma-Yi Productions spanning over 20 Years 

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Lloyd Suh was one of the founding members of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He would go on to be co-director of the Lab with Qui Ngyuen, the two of them presiding over the expansion of the Lab’s membership to nearly double its original size. 


Ma-Yi Theater produced Lloyd’s play “The Children of Vonderly,” in 1998. It was his first professional production in New York City. Other productions soon followed: “American Hwangap,” co-produced with The Play Company, “Jesus in India,” and “The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!” in partnership with the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis.

“The Chinese Lady,” was commissioned by Ma-Yi Theater, and co-produced with Barrington Stage Company. It opened in the Berkshires this summer, receiving rave reviews from local critics.

“I’ve gotten to know Lloyd’s writing over the years, and this play is unlike any he’s written before,” says Ma-Yi Theater’s Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña of “The Chinese Lady.” “This is a deeply felt and beautifully imagined telling of the life of a 14-year old Chinese girl, arriving in America in 1834, to be put on display as she performed her ethnicity. It says a lot about who we are as country.”

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AND GET INTO MOCA FREE

FREE admission to the museum during the entire month of November with your ticket stub 
The Chinese Lady plays in repertory with “Sesar” by Orlando Pabotoy and tickets are now available for both performances at Theatre Row:

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MA-YI presents SESAR by Orlando Pabotoy This Fall

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Orlando Pabotoy, playwright/performer in Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 season opener, “SESAR”
Directed by Richard Feldman and written and performed by Orlando Pabotoy, “Sesar” is a limited run production of Ma-Yi Theater Company previewing on October 20 and closing November 1, 2018. “Sesar” plays in repertory with “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh at Theatre Row. CLICK FOR TICKETS BELOW:

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Orlando first joined the Ma-Yi Theater family in 2002, to play the lead in Chris Millado’s “peregriNasyon,”(pictured below). He was fresh out The Juilliard School. Even then, we were already blown away by his consummate skills as a performer, combining great physicality with a deeply nuanced understanding of character.

Orlando would go on to appear in many more plays by Ma-Yi Theater, including “Middle Finder,” Watcher,” and “Savage Stage.” But it is his singular portrayal of a lovesick immigrant farm worker in “The Romance of Magno Rubio,” that is cherished by many fans of Ma-Yi Theater’s work.  For his part in that celebrated play, Orlando received his first Obie Award

 

 

 

 

 

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Orlando Pabotoy, playwright/performer in Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 season opener, “SESAR”Directed by Richard Feldman and written and performed by Orlando Pabotoy, “Sesar” is a limited run production of Ma-Yi Theater Company previewing on October 20 and closing November 1, 2018. “Sesar” plays in repertory with “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh at Theatre Row. CLICK FOR TICKETS BELOW:

 

Spotlight on Orlando Pabotoy

Alum Returns to Juilliard to Direct MOLLY YEH

Read more about Orlando and the history and development of his play SESAR and its relationship with Director, Richard Feldman, in this excerpt from a 2014 Article of The Juilliard Journal.

 

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PLAYBILL: Ma-Yi’s New Season to Open With Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady

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Shannon Tyo in The Chinese Lady at Barrington Stage Company /photo Eloy Garcia

For its 2018–2019 season, Ma-Yi Theater Company has teamed up with Barrington Stage Company to co-present Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady. The play, which is based on the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant who was subsequently made a carnival attraction, will wrap up its world-premiere engagement at BSC August 11 before transferring Off-Broadway this fall.The Chinese Lady will run in repertory at Theatre Row with Ma-Yi’s production of Sesar, by Orlando Pabotoy. The Chinese Lady will be directed by the company’s producing artistic director, Ralph B. Peña, who directed the original engagement. Shannon Tyo (Bright Half Life) and Daniel K. Isaac (Billions) will reprise their roles; performances will run November 7–November 18.
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Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company Obie_Awards_2018_20_HR.jpg Ralph B. Peña Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 SEASON LINEUP

THE CHINESE LADY

(November 7-18, 2018) by Lloyd Suh, directed by Ralph B. Peña, a co-production with Barrington Stage Company
Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. It is a tale of dark poetic whimsy, a piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman; Afong Moy reflects on life in 1834 and beyond, as she is brought to the United States from China and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.”   TICKETS

 

Sesar 

(October 20 – November 1, 2018) Written by Orlando Pabotoy, Directed by Richard Feldman, AT THEATRE ROW
After watching an excerpt of “Julius Caesar” on The Cosby Show, a 14-year Filipino boy locks himself in the only family bathroom to dive head-first into the world of ancient Rome, determined to make sense of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The boy’s father, a former town mayor now exiled because of his democratic beliefs, joins his son in the bathroom. Using his own political experience, a father helps his son understand Caesar’s story, and real-life lessons about power, life, and loss..   TICKETS

 

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Suicide Forest

(February 27 – March 26, 2019)  In association with The Bushwick Starr, Written by Kristine Haruna Lee, Directed by Aya Ogawa, a co-production with The Bushwick StarrIn 1990’s Japan, a salaryman desperately searches for his self-worth, while a lonely teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society. When the two find an awkward companionship in each other, they expose their darkest desires fueled by masochism and shame and must now confront life and death as the notorious Suicide Forest looms over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest is a bilingual play that breaks through the silence and submissiveness often associated with Japanese and Japanese American identity, examining the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.

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Fruiting Bodies 

(April 5 – May 9, 2019) Written by Sam Chanse, Directed by Shelley Butler
Two sisters go into the woods to find their missing father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom hunting expedition. Deep in the forest they encounter a mysterious boy — who bears a striking resemblance to the dad’s estranged son, the sisters’ younger brother. With limited visibility, a forest that keeps turning itself around, and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes, will they ever be able to find the road — or one another?

 

Ma-Yi offers business and cultural organizations and student groups the opportunity of purchasing and entire performance or group purchases of 15 or more at a discount. For more information on booking a specific performance date contact Charlie Read, Ma-Yi Communications Director at 212-971-4862 x104 or email and let us help you plan your special night at the theater.

 

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