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:

Tickets for “SESAR” 10/-20 thru 11/1
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.

 

Tickets for “SESAR” 10/-20 thru 11/1
Tickets for “THE CHINESE LADY” 11/7-11/18

Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater

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HANSOL JUNG A member of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab

Our Friends at The Public Theater have announced a coproduction with La Jolla Playhouse of WILD GOOSE DREAMS by Hansol Jung, a Lab Member and playwright of Ma-Yi’s recent production of AMONG THE DEAD.

Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (VioletChinglishThe Outer Space) directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

October 30 – December 9, 2018, 

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After its initial run in Public Studio, Hansol Jung’s fascinating and unforgettable new play WILD GOOSE DREAMS returns to The Public in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season.

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?

“Hansol Jung’s play is smart and vivid. A rare and strange bird.” – San Diego Tribune


‘Wild Goose Dreams’ Is About Making Connections

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Yunjin Kim and James Kyson in La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere production of “Wild Goose Dreams,” by Hansol Jung, directed by Leigh Silverman, running in the Mandell Weiss Forum Sept. 5 through Oct. 1, 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: JIM CARMODY

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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READ FULL ARTICLE AT PLAYBILL

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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.

 

SUMMER LABBIE UPDATES 2018

CLARENCE COO

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Clarence Coo

Labbie Clarence Coo participated in JAW FESTIVAL where he presented “an unusual, yet entirely understandable, preference for jays, sparrows and warblers over humans with “The Birds of Empathy.””

The 20th annual event gave playwrights venue to fine-tune works at The Armory, along with  Meghan Brown,  Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos. JAW Festival was spurred on by a partnership with the New York Theater Workshop and eventually plays became part of the regular Portland Center Stage lineup. The Festival BIG WEEKEND took place Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at The Armory.

more from From DramaWatch Weekly: time to JAW:

“And in a small bit of research into this year’s playwrights, I did come across this simple exchange that I liked from an interview Clarence Coo did with Ma-Yi Theatre, where his JAW submission Birds of Empathy previously was workshopped in 2015:”

“Why do you write plays?

Clarence Coo: To increase the amount of empathy in the world.”

 

DAMON CHUA

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Labbie Damon Chua‘s play THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE is part of

PANASIAN REPERTORY’s new season announcements.

“Launching our new Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Initiative
and reaching out to the younger generation”

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Clarence is a winner of 2017 The Whiting Award, established by the Whiting Foundation in 1985, which bestow $50,000 on emerging writers, based on the criteria of early-career achievement and the promise of superior literary work to come.

 

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Kyoung Park’s Pillow Talk will be featured at CONFESTS, CAATA’s  Consortium of Asian-American Theaters and Artists “Radical Acts Festival” in Victory Gardens in Chicago. Read this THEATER FEATURE INTERVIEW  ‘Pillowtalk’ a love story for post-marriage equality world by Catey Sullivan.

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Following a successful New York City World Premiere this January, which received a rave review from the New York Times, PILLOWTALK will tour to Chicago and perform on Friday, Aug. 17th and Saturday, Aug. 18th at 8pm.

 

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Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza do “double time” as Resident Playwrights at Ma-Yi and La Jolla Playhouse

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Ma-Yi’s Melon Funded Resident Playwrights Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza were awarded playwrights in residence at La Jolla Playhouse this season. Even before the recent closing of Ma-Yi’s highly acclaimed production of TEENAGE DICK at The Public Theater, the couple left to work on the trilogy “The Colonialism Project” (co-commissioned by the theater), as well as a new musical called “Bhangin’ It.”

“’The Colonialism Project’ is an ambitious time-spanning trilogy about colonialism and its aftermath. Through three interconnected full-length plays that together comprise an epic evening of theater, this work seeks to trace the scars of colonialism across nations and centuries, from British Raj in India, to plantation labor in the Caribbean, to the ripple effects of colonialism in America today.” The pair’s musical project, “B hangin’ It,” has a book by Mirza and Lew, with music and lyrics by Sam Willmott.

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Rehana was recently selected for the 2018 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed where a total of 38 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists converged on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2018 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.

Rehana’s play, “Ladybits“, about an aspiring comedian who finds solace within a group of other female comedians feeling marginalized in an industry-and world-dominated by men, was part of Local Theater Company‘s Boulder New Play Festival April 20-22, 2018.

watch the video: by HOWLROUND : Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew at Ma Yi Theater Company, New York, NY — National Playwright Residency

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CARLA CHING

Atlantic Theater Company announced Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member Carla Ching’s play NOMAD MOTEL was commissioned through the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and will play May 22 – May 23, 2019 at The Atlantic Theater Company “In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. “

On television, Carla has written on USA’s Graceland, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and is currently writing on Amazon’s I Love Dick.

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KIMBER LEE

Both Carla and Labbie, Kimber Lee were chosen to participate in Summer Residency (Ground Floor) Lab at Berkeley to work on projects in June 2018. Artists are selected based on a combination of existing relationships with Berkeley Rep and an application process. Interaction with other artists, staff, board and, when appropriate, the public are highly encouraged to identify where the project is in its development path, and to move it to the next stage, whatever that stage may be.

During the Residency “Toast Talk “Kimber Lee was featured in this humorous piece by The Daily Californian.

JON KERN

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Lab Member Jon Kern’s play BROKEN, directed by Carolyn Cantor, played at The Cape Cod Theater Project in late July.

“There’s a lot scientist Davis Musler, PhD, would like to change about his college-age daughter Amée. Foremost, he wants to restore her ability to walk. But Amée would just like to chill on her break with Dad’s grad student Olu, without feeling like a perpetual patient and science experiment, and without getting caught. BROKEN is a funny, acerbic clash over how others perceive us, how we define ourselves and how we claim our bodies.”

Jon has written for TV and theater, including THE SIMPSONS where he was a staff writer for four seasons. His plays include Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them (Second Stage Theatre; CATF), We in Silence Hear a Whisper (Red Fern Theatre Co.), and Hate the Loser Inside (2013 Marathon at Ensemble Studio Theatre). Awards: 2010-2011 Van Lier Fellowship from New Dramatists, 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Prize

SAM CHANSE

Jon is married to Labbie, Samantha Chanse, whose play, FRUITING BODIES will be part of Ma-Yi’s Mainstage 2018-2019 Season at Theater Row in April 2019, Directed by Shelley Buttler. The play recently had a June 2018 workshop at New Dramatists.

Sam’s “The Opportunities of Extinction” played at Broken Nose Theater in Milwakee and Cherry Lane Theater Mentor’s Project in NYC, and a production of her play “Trigger” with Leviathan Lab, and a residency at SPACE on Ryder Farms in 2017.

 

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FROM THE DESK OF A REY PAMATMAT, co-director of THE MAYI WRITERS LAB

As anticipated, the Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco was amazing, and productive. It was also completely exhausting — in the good, “I did so much work while also learning about a whole new culture/country” way.It’s a good thing I had another residency right afterward so I could recover from that one.

As announced while I was on the other side of the ocean, I will be a Working Farm resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm for summer 2018. I’m working on a whole new piece that’s all kinds of ambitious, which I hope to tell you more about when more of it is done. With all the large cast pieces I’ve done before (Out of Joint, A Spare Me, A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name), this one breaks even more boundaries, so wish me luck.

 

Ma-Yi Receives NEA $15,000 Grant for Deepa Purohit’s Elyria

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New YorkNational Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this category is an Arts Work Grant of $15,000 to Ma-Yi Theater Company to support the development of Elyria,” a play with music by Ma-Yi Writers Lab member Deepa Purohit and director Stephen Brown-Fried. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Ma-Yi in New York City, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

The Chinese Lady Opens July 26th at Barrington Stage

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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

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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.”

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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).

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Lloyd Suh, Playwright: THE CHINESE LADY

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.

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.

Our Benefit Night, on Tuesday, June 26, offers us the opportunity to collect all proceeds so we can continually bring you great Asian American-inspired plays like Teenage Dick, so choose June 26th if you can make it that evening and want to support Ma-Yi. Thank you for believing in Ma-Yi. See you at the theater soon!
GET TICKETS FOR JUNE 26th TEENAGE DICK 

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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

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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).

TICKETS and PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

$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

 

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Shannon Devido, Marinda Anderson and Gregg Mozgala in Teenage Dick at The Public Theater

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Tiffany Villarin is Anne Margaret in TEENAGE DICK with co-star Gregg Mozgala at The Public Theater

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Gregg Mozgala, Shannon DeVido and Sasha Diamond in Teenage Dick at The Public Theater

 

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).

 

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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.

Ma-Yi to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Deepa Purohit

New YorkNational Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this category is an Arts Work Grant of $15,000 to Ma-Yi Theater Company to support the development of Elyria,” a play with music by Ma-Yi Writers Lab member Deepa Purohit and director Stephen Brown-Fried. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Ma-Yi in New York City, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

Yearbook Sneak Peek at the Cast of TEENAGE DICK

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

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

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

 

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

READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM MIKE HERE

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

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

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

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

On Adaptation and Shakespeare

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

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

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