MA-YI presents SESAR by Orlando Pabotoy This Fall
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.
PLAYBILL: Ma-Yi’s New Season to Open With Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady
Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 SEASON LINEUP
(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
(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
(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.
(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?
The Chinese Lady Opens July 26th at Barrington Stage
THE CHINESE LADY, by Lloyd Suh, will close at Barrington Stage on August 11th, and move to Manhattan as a Ma-Yi Main Stage Production in repertory with Sesar, by Orlando Pabatoy, in Mid October 2018.
by Lia Chang
Ma-Yi’s Writers Lab member, Lloyd Suh‘s THE CHINESE LADY previewed July 20th with an opening on July 26th in a coproduction between Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA. Directed by Ma-Yi Artistic Director, Ralph B. Pena, The Chinese Lady will move to Manhattan as a Ma-Yi Main Stage production in Late October through November, in tandem with a production of Sesar, by Orlando Pabotoy.
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is presenting the World Premiere of The Chinese Lady starring Shannon Tyo (BSC’s Broadway Bounty Hunter) as “Afong Moy” and Daniel K. Isaac (“Billions”) as “Atung.”
Directed by Ralph Peña (Producing Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company), and presented in a co-production with the Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Chinese Lady begins previews Friday, July 20 on the St. Germain Stage, Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Opening night is Wednesday, July 25, and performances will run through Saturday, August 11.
WATCH INTERVIEW VIDEO OF CHINESE LADY DIRECTOR, WITH RALPH B. PEÑA
PRODUCTION PHOTOS BY ELOY GARCIA
The Chinese Lady focuses on the life of Afong Moy, who in 1834 at 14 years of age, is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next 45 years, she performs in a side show that both defines and challenges her own view of herself. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh spins a tale of dark poetic whimsy in this piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.
Q & A with Daniel K. Isaac and Shannon Tyo, Stars of Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s World Premiere of Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY- by Lia Chang
Moy is played by Shannon Tyo whose 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.
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.
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).
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.
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-win
Director Ralph B. Peña is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Among the Dead, House 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.
The Chinese Lady will close at Barrington Stage on August 11th, and move to Manhattan as a Ma-Yi Main Stage Production in repertory with Sesar by Orlando Pabatoy in Mid October 2018.
by Lia Chang
Join Ma-Yi for the June 26 Benefit performance of Teenage Dick for a post-show talkback moderated by Howard Sherman.
Join us for the June 26 performance of Teenage Dick at The Public Theater for a post-show talkback with the cast and creatives moderated by Howard Sherman.
Mr. Sherman is the Director of Communications and Education for the Stage Directors and Choregraphers Society (SDC). He has served as Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing and Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Interim Director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, Managing Director of Geva Theatre, General Manager of Goodspeed Musicals, and Public Relations Director of Hartford Stage. He founded the Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School of Drama in 2015, and will continue to operate that program, in particular its efforts against theatrical censorship. As a writer, Sherman has written for The Stage in London, Stage Directions, American Theatre, The Guardian, Slate and many other outlets.
TEENAGE DICK EXTENDED
That’s what we said!
Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning
Ma-Yi Theater Company
in association with
The Public Theater announ
Two-Week Performance Extension and Talkback Series
for World Premiere Play TEENAGE DICK
Ma-Yi Theater Company, in association with The Public Theater, is pleased to announce a two-week extension of TEENAGE DICK. The world premiere play by Ma-Yi Writers Lab Resident Playwright and Co-Director of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Mike Lew will now play through Sunday, July 29, 2018. (It was previously announced to close on Sunday, July 15).
$55 OPENING JUNE 20th
$100 MA-YI’s Benefit Performance on June 26 offers the ability to see this incredible play and Support The Arts and Asian American inspired theater. A talkback with the casts and creatives follows this special performance.
TEENAGE DICK began performances June 12 and performs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., including Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m., with performances scheduled through July 29, 2018. Please note there is no performance on Thursday, June 21 or Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.; additionally, performances have been added on Monday, June 18 and July 2 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information: visit publictheater.org, or call 212.967.7555
Production photos by Carol Rosegg:
CAST/CREATIVE TALKBACK DATES 6/23 6/26 and 7/1
Additionally, talkback dates with the cast and creative team of TEENAGE DICK are scheduled for Saturday, June 23 matinee; Tuesday, June 26 evening; and Sunday, July 1 matinee. Matinee performances begin at 1:30 p.m., while evenings are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. curtain.
TEENAGE DICK is presented as a new fully realized production, having been developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series.
TEENAGE DICK, which follows Ma-Yi’s phenomenal success with the critically acclaimed KPOP, winner of three 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, is choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God, Present Laughter), and stars Tiffany Villarin (House Rules) and Gregg Mozgala (Light Shining). It runs Off-Broadway at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette St). Rounding out the cast are Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People); Alex Breaux (Red Speedo); Sasha Diamond (Significant Other); and Marinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).
TEENAGE DICK is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and lust. TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?
TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae (Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director), a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” It was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway and Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director). This current production by Ma-Yi Theater Company is part of The Lark’s Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program, funded by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.
TEENAGE DICK features set design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, lighting design by Miriam Crowe, sound design by Fabian Obispo, and movement coordination by Robert Westley. Alyssa K. Howard is Production Stage Manager.
Yearbook Sneak Peek at the Cast of TEENAGE DICK
“In 2012 my actor friend Gregg Mozgala came at me with a crazy idea. He was starting a new company called The Apothetae – a theater that examines the disabled experience – and wanted to kick things off by commissioning me to write a new play – an adaptation of Richard III set in high school called Teenage Dick. I mean the title alone! How could I refuse?”
CAST: ELIZABETH: Marinda Anderson / EDDIE: Alex Breaux / BUCK: Shannon DeVido / CLARISSA: Sasha Diamond / RICHARD: Gregg Mozgala / ANNE: Tiffany Villarin
“In my case Teenage Dick is meant to take the most famous disabled character of all time and challenge Shakespeare’s conception that Richard’s disability makes him inherently evil. Teenage Dick attempts to explode that old conception as well as its condescending modern-day cousin: that all disabled people are a metaphor for transcendence. It’s my hope that Teenage Dick takes all the drama and stakes of murderous monarchal succession and by cramming that into high school (which can also be life-or-death) we approach a… contemporary resonance that a straightforward production of Richard III could never provide. But that is not the sole purpose of this adaptation. It’s also my hope that by exploding tired tropes about disability – those from Shakespeare’s time as well as our own – that this play will say something entirely new.” – Mike Lew, Playwright
Check out the First Rehearsal Video Created by our Jon Burkland, ZANNI Productions
Written by Mike Lew / Choreographed by Jennifer Weber / Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Set Design by Wilson Chin / Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee / Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe / Sound Design by Fabian Obispo / Movement Coordination by Robert Westley / Dramaturg:Jesse Alick / Production Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard / Production Manager Zach Longstreet
Ma-Yi’s Mike Lew on his play, Teenage Dick, Shakespeare and Adaptation
KPOP WINS LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL, BEST LEAD ACTRESS, AND BEST FEATURED ACTOR!
KPOP!!! Congratulations to ARS NOVA and WOODSHED COLLECTIVE, Writers Lab Member Jason Kim, music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, directed by Teddy Bergman, Choreographed by Jennifer Weber and the CAST, CREATIVES and CREW on receiving the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award at The 33rd annual ceremony for Best Musical, along with Best Lead Actress in a Musical, ASHLEY PARK (KPOP) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, JASON TAM.
Kudos to The Lucille Lortel Award Nominees (nine in all) including Jennifer Weber,(outstanding choreography) James Soel (outstanding lead actor), Vanessa Kai (outstanding lead actress), Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (outstanding scenic design), Tricia Barsamian, (outstanding costumes), Jeanette Oi-Suk (outstanding lightingdesign).
Alex Breaux is Eddie in Ma-Yi’s June production of Teenage Dick!
Enter code MAYIPRE and get $10 off!
The cast of Ma-Yi’s upcoming production of TEENAGE DICK is complete with the addition of Alex Breau as Eddie.
June 12 – July 15 Off-Broadway at The Public Theater(425 Lafayette St).
You might remember Alex ” in Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo, Breaux’s lanky and lean body functioned as a live special effect: He was one long muscle, and you bought him completely as a pre-Olympic swimmer who thinks with his triceps. Although the actor is no dumb jock himself—he’s an alum of both Harvard and Juilliard—he excels at playing them, as he proved later in 2016 in a strikingly original take on the dim Ajax in Shakespeare in the Park’s Troilus and Cressida.”—Adam Feldman, Time Out
Alex Breaux (Red Speedo, Troilus and Cressida)
and the previously announced
Gregg Mozgala. Gregg is a nominee for the 2018 Drama Desk Award and The Lucille Lortel Awards.
which will be choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP)
and directed by Tony Award nominee
Rounding out the cast are
Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People),
Sasha Diamond (Significant Other), and
Marinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).
Set Design by Wilson Chin / Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee / Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe / Sound Design by Fabian Obispo / Movement Coordination by Robert Westley/ Production Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard / Production Manager Zach Longstreet
Teenage Dick is written by Ma-Yi Theater Company’s resident playwright
When “Teenage Dick,” was workshopped at the Public Theater in 2016, it sold out its entire workshop run in a matter of days, and since then, audiences have been waiting for its premiere.
We are partnering with The Public Theater to bring the world premiere of this amazing play to New York City in June 2018.
TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae (Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director), a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” It was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway and Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director).
Enter code MAYIPRE and get $10 off!
Ma-Yi’s “KPOP” earns multiple 2018 Nominations and Awards!
KPOP DRAMA LEAGUE NOMINATION
Back in the news this week was Ma-Yi’s POP received a Drama League Nomination for OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL. KPOP (book by our Writers Lab Member,Jason Kim) is a nominee by 2018 OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. Babette’s Feast, Ghost Light, Pride and Prejudice and Randy Writes a Novel are also nominated in this category. Competitive category winners will be announced on May 16, followed by a June 19 ceremony at Sardi’s.
*on a side note: “TEENAGE DICK“ TITLE ART Photographer Carol Rosegg (photo below) will be honored with the 2018 Alliances’ Friend of Off Broadway Award. Teenage Dick is presented with The Public Theater in June, promising to be another best-selling off-broadway play.
Drama Desk gives 7 Nods to KPOP
Only last week, KPOP received 7 Drama Desk nominations, including Best Musical! Congrats to all the nominees! KPOP, which was a co production with our friends at Ars Nova and Woodshed Collective, received the following nominations: Outstanding Musical, KPOP, Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Ashley Park KPOP , Outstanding Director of a Musical – Teddy Bergman KPOP, Outstanding Music – Helen Park, Max Vernon KPOP, Outstanding Lyrics – Helen Park, Max Vernon KPOP, Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Will Pickens KPOP, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical – Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, KPOP. The 63rd annual ceremony, hosted by Michael Urie, will take place June 3 at Town Hall.
side note: TEENAGE DICK star, Gregg Mozgala, was nominated by Drama Desk for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Cost of Living, Manhattan Theatre Club).
KPOP Nominated in Nine Categories Including Best Musical for 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards
KPOP Received Nine Nominations for 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations including Outstanding Musical: Produced by Ars Nova in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company and Woodshed Collective, written by Ma-Yi Lab Member Jason Kim, music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon, directed by Teddy Bergman, Choreographed by Jennifer Weber (outstanding choreography and choreographer for upcoming TEENAGE DICK), James Soel and Ashley Park (outstanding lead actors), Jason Tam and Vanessa Kai (outstanding actors), Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (outstanding scenic design), Tricia Barsamian, (outstanding costumes), Jeanette Oi-Suk (outstanding lighting design). The 33rd annual ceremony, celebrating the best of Off-Broadway, will take place May 6.