WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP – SEP 5 – OCT 7

FB_CoverNew York, NY, July 12, 2017Due to popular demand, Ars Nova “one of NYC’s most adventurous Off Broadway companies” (New York Times), in association with “the foremost incubator of new Asian American theater in the country” (Obie awardMa-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, “the exceptional theater company” that turns “spaces into intimate vortexes of wonder” (Gothamist) has released a new block of tickets and has added performances (September 16 & 30 at 3pm) to the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.

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

Deborah S. Craig (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Vanessa Kai have joined and complete the cast of predominantly Asian and Asian American performers, who now number 18, and also include Julia Abueva, Cathy Ang, Katie Lee Hill (Nerds), Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I), Sun Hye Park, James Saito, James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Small Mouth Sounds), David Shih, Jason Tam (If/Then, Lysistrata Jones), John Yi and Ebony Williams (Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour).

 

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

 

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The creative team includes Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (Production Design), Tricia Barsamian (Costume Design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Design), Will Pickens (Sound Design), Phillip Gulley (Projection and Video Design), Sujin Kim-Ramsey (Music Director), Helen Park & Max Vernon (Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Music Production) and Lizzy Lee (Production Stage Manager).

 

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Performances of KPOP will take place September 5–October 7 (see above schedule) at the A.R.T./New York Theatres, located at 502 West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Critics are welcome as of Tuesday, September 19 for an official opening on Friday, September 22 at 8pm. Tickets, priced at $45 general/$75 premium, can be purchased by visiting arsnovanyc.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

RELATED PRESS RELEASES:

Playbill

http://www.playbill.com/article/kpop-finds-its-complete-cast-and-announces-new-performances

Theatermania

http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/news/ars-nova-adds-cast-members-performances-kpop_82000.html

Broadway World

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/New-Block-of-Tickets-Released-for-Immersive-KPOP-Run-This-Fall-20170809

LABBIES PLAYS HIGHLIGHT “MIXFEST” AUGUST 9-17

 

A Free Reading Series Play Festival

August 9 – 17, 2017
Atlantic Stage 2 | 330 West 16th St.

 
ATLANTIC THEATER IS HOSTING Asian American Mixfest, Featuring works by members of the MA-Yi Writers Lab!Lab members Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen are co-producing the festival, that is hosting readings of full-length plays by Carla ChingQui NguyenA. Rey PamatmatMadhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh. In addition, Atlantic commissioned Jessica HuangLeah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Rajiv Joseph!Admission is free, though reservations are required. To RSVP, please email readings@atlantictheater.org 

See below for more information on each show!


 

moderated by Lloyd Suh

Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm

Asian American Mixfest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.

 

 

RSVP FOR “MEET THE WRITERS” PANEL


 

 

 

by Madhuri Shekar

directed by Saheem Ali

Thursday, August 10 | 3pm

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

RSVP FOR HOUSE OF JOY

 


 

 

by Jessica HuangRajiv JosephJiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal

Friday, August 11 | 3pm 

Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.

RSVP FOR ONE ACTS


 

 

by Carla Ching 

directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar 

Monday, August 14 | 7pm 

Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.

RSVP FOR NOMAD HOTEL


 

 

by Lloyd Suh 

directed by Ma-Yi Theater Company Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña 

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm 

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.

RSVP FOR FRANKLINLAND


 

 


by Qui Nguyen 

directed by Robert Ross Parker 

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm 

A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.

RSVP FOR WAR IS F**KING AWESOME


 

 


by A. Rey Pamatmat 

directed by May Adrales


Thursday, August 17 | 7pm 

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

RSVP FOR A POWER PLAY; OR WHATS-ITS-NAME


 

Don Nguyen and Lauren Yee’s plays are featured as part of Flushing Queen’s “Park Plays”

The Queens Theatre, in partnership with Theatre 167, will produce 10 plays this summer that use the 897-acre park as the backdrop. The production, called Park Plays, will take place from July 28 through Aug. 6 at the venue’s Studio Theater at 14 United Nations Avenue South. Playwrights include Ngozi AnyanwuJenny Lyn Bader, Jess Barbagallo, Gracie Gardner, Richard Hinojosa, MJ KaufmanRex McGregorDon NguyenFrank Paiva and Lauren Yee.

QUEENS-THEATRESix of the plays were commissioned and four were chosen from open submissions. The playwrights either have a personal connection to the park or wrote plays that capture “the spirit of inclusivity and diversity that the park represents,” according to Park Plays Festival Director Brant Russell. Three sisters participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in “Race Day” by Don Nguyen, and in “What Once We Were,” which is written by Lauren Yee, three museum curators talk about their memories of the city.

WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP, SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 7

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

Tickets:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening: Friday, Sept 22 at 8pm

Regular performances: Monday–Wednesday at 7pm; Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; Select matinees at 3pm; No Performance October 2.

A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street)

Ma-Yi Gala Promises Great Entertainment and Live Auction April 24th

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The Ma-Yi Theater Company 28th Anniversary GALA will be held on Monday, April 24th, 6PM at 360 Tribeca


 

Over 300 attending will be treated to premium cocktails and magician, Mark Mitton, followed by a gourmet dinner featuring a live musical performance by Broadway Barkada and vocalist Kea Chan, and Comedian Joel Kim Booster.  This year’s event is hosted by trans super-model Geena Rocero of Gender Proud and  Paolo Montalban,  best known for the Disney film, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as Prince Christopher (and known to insiders from his role in Mayi’s The Romance of Magno Rubio). The event honors Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, legendary prima ballerina of Ballet Philippines and Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Frank and Lolita Savage, a remarkable couple that combine exquisite artistry with cultural advocacy and business acumen to inspire and help new generations  of youth achieve their goals.

In addition to the traditional silent auction, featuring restaurant and travel gift certificates and jewelry this year. a LIVE auction is featured, putting items like tickets to Hamilton and other hard-  to – gets up for the highest bidders. Our sponsors and auction donors have outdone themselves this year, and we hope you’ll consider attending to fulfill Ma-Yi’s mission of continuing to produce the groundbreaking works of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian American playwrights ever assembled!

Ma-Yi is busy working on the upcoming fall production of KPOP in association with ARS NOVA and Woodshed Collective with a book by Lab Member Jason Kim, and not soon after Lab Member Diana Oh’s (my lingerie play) in association with Rattlestick Productions opens. This season promises to be the most memorable and successful yet. Please consider helping us continue the almost three decade tradition of bringing quality Asian American written plays to the world by attending this important and festive benefit.

If you’re unable to attend, but believe in supporting forward thinking Asian American playwrights and their work, we are grateful for even the smallest donations.

To learn more about this important fundraiser click here  or email us


 

LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION

Below see a sample of the special silent and live auction items being offered to attendees this year:

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Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band Rocks On Thru 2/11

Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band, by Ma-Yi Theater's Michi Barall, Lyrics by Paul Lieber and Matt Park, Directed and originally conceived by Jack Tamburri

Opening to a full house on January 21, Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band follows a modern day Peer (Matt Park) across the globe as he chases and runs away from women, lies cheats and steals to make his fortune, and searches for true meaning. Written by Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member, Michi Barall, the play departs humorously from Ibsen’s six hour classic verse dram, but carries many of the themes of the original through live original music performed and sung by a talented cast. GET TICKETS

Theatre Pizzazz credits the show and crew with a big thumbs up:

 

Matt Park is transfixing and electrifying in the title role of Peer, a true rock star complete with guitar skills. Also co-composer, he audaciously leads the company through the ups and the downs as Peer’s stories gallop apace. Park’s physical commitment and range matches his fiery and imaginative inner life. Playing all of the women Peer finds himself in trouble with, Angel Desai is dynamic and vibrant, not to mention a killer violinist. Mia Katigbak is commanding and quite a force as Peer’s mother, among other roles, and steps in to tickle the ivories. Rocky Vega fills Solvay, the love of Peer’s life, with breathtaking vitality. Her voice blends styling likened to Regina Spektor and Charlotte Martin, and she’s a talented pianist. The chemistry between Peer and Solvay is just heart-wrenching. Paul Lieber, sharing the composer hat with Park, is always in the moment, whether bandleader, guitarist, or a smorgasbord of acting roles. On drums and mandolin, along with dance captaining and taking on a variety of wacky characters, Titus Tompkins is a knockout. Last but certainly not least, Uton Onyejekwe goes cross-gender as a youthful and warm Helga. This performance beautifully contrasts his strong-willed other roles, in addition to the band’s bassist. 

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Announcing the 2016 – 2017 Season!

We’re thrilled to feature two women playwrights in our 2016 – 2017 Season. In keeping with our commitment to produce the works generated by our playwrights, both are members of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Among the Dead will be Hansol’s first production in New York City. There will be plenty more, trust me, but we’re so honored she’s making her debut at Ma-Yi. Hers is a voice that every theater lover will want to hear.

We’ve loved Michi’s writing since she premiered her play Rescue Me with Ma-Yi Theater Company in 2010. Michi conjures worlds that you want to spend time in and explore. With MATT PARK IS PEER GYNT WITH THE NORWEGIAN HAPA BAND she mines Ibsen’s classic to astonishing and devastating effect.

Ralph B. Peña
Producing Artistic Director


 

A world-premiere play, Among the Dead by Hansol Jung; a new musical by Michi Barall, Paul Lieber, and Matt Park, PEER GYNT & THE NORWEGIAN HAPA BAND; and the special presentation of the hit play The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! by Lloyd Suh in Manila comprise the season to be produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company during their 2016-2017 season, it is announced by the company’s Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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November will bring the world-premiere of Hansol Jung’s newest play, Among the Dead, directed by Ralph B. Peña. In Among the Dead, Ana is an ex-daughter, summoned to Korea to retrieve her suddenly dead father’s ashes. Luke is an American soldier, sent to Myanmar to survive a world war he probably shouldn’t have volunteered for. Number Four is a Korean comfort woman, camping out on a bridge in Seoul, waiting for Luke. Jesus is a bellboy. Three wars of three eras folded into one hotel room, Among the Dead is a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other through spam, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.

Performances will run at HERE Arts Center, November 5 – 26th, 2016.

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Plays include Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, Chicago and Boise Contemporary Theatre), Wolf Play, and Wild Goose Dreams. Commissions from Playwrights Horizons, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of Romeo and Juliet for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at the Royal Court (London), New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, O’Neill Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court (London). Her plays have received the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (Among the Dead), Honorable Mention from the 2014 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition (Cardboard Piano), and was named 2014 finalist for the Ruby Prize (No More Sad Things). She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including Evita, Dracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Jung holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab.

MYTC website banner no shadeMPPeerGyntNEWThe New Year will begin with the world-premiere of PEER GYNT & THE NORWEGIAN HAPA BAND, with Music by Paul Lieber and Matt Park, Lyrics by Michi Barall, Paul Lieber, Matt Park, and Jack Tamburri Based on Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen.

MATT PARK IS PEER GYNT WITH THE NORWEGIAN HAPA BAND centers on Peer, a brash young man on a journey to discover his ultimate self in this rock music odyssey about risk, reinvention and going roundabout. Ma-Yi Theater Company’s remaking of Ibsen’s classic verse drama asks what it means when we sacrifice everything to be most fully ourselves. Written by Michi Barall and

Directed and Originally Conceived by Jack Tamburri. Music by Paul Lieber and Matt Park. Additional Lyrics from the translation by William and Charles Archer. Orchestrations by Chad Raines.

Michi Barall is a NYC based playwright, actor and academic. Her dance-theatre piece, Rescue Me, directed by Loy Arcenas, was produced by Ma-Yi in 2010. Other works include How We Became Nomads, a puppet spectacular about Chingis Khan; Garba Griha: Womb House; and On the Line. As an actor Michi has, among others, appeared in new plays by Julia Cho, Philip Kan Gotanda, A.R. Gurney, John Guare, Naomi Iizuka, Han Ong, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Charles Mee, Sarah Schulman, Anna Deavere Smith, Diana Son, Dough Wright and Chay Yew. A graduate of Stanford University and NYU’s Grad Acting, Michi is a graduate fellow (ABD) in Theatre/English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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The season will begin in September with Lloyd Sud’s play The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! Directed by Ralph B. Peña, Mr. Suh’s play is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with Tanghalang Pilipino and Philippine Airlines. The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! was previously mounted by Ma-Yi Theater Company and was Co-Created with Children’s Theatre Company in their 2013/14 season.

In this updated reimagination, Violet and Bruce Wong just don’t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have super powers, they’re just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it … if they can only stop bickering. Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, The Wong Kids transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy. Playing September 15-25, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. 

Lloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and others, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), ArtsEmerson (MA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), East West Players (LA), 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, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, 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 has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.


Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. Its numerous acclaimed productions include Mike Lew’s BIKE AMERICA, Qui Nguyen‘s THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G and SOUL SAMURAI (with Vampire Cowboys), Mike Lew’s MICROCRISIS and the revival of Ralph B. Peña’s FLIPZOIDS. Other productions include: RESCUE ME by Michi Barall, Lloyd Suh’s AMERICAN HWANGAP and THE CHILDREN OF VONDERLY and THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO. Through successful programs such as the Writers Lab, Ma-Yi emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences, while developing a steady stream of quality new works by Asian American playwrights for its own performing repertory. New works developed at the Writers Lab have gone on to successful productions around the country, at such theaters as Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Woolly Mammoth, and the Actors Theater of Louisville, to name a few. Ma-Yi Theater Company productions have earned 10 OBIE Awards, numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations, a Drama Desk nomination for Best Play and the Special Drama Desk Award for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

Ma-Yi Theater is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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