THE WONG KIDS named Best Play of 2013 Theater Season

THE WONG KIDS IN THE SECRET OF THE SPACE CHUPACABRA GO! has been named the Best Play of the 2013 Theater Season by the Minneapolis / Saint Paul Pioneer Press!

Reviewer Ron Hubbard writes of the show:

I never laughed more heartily in a theater this year than at this wonderfully entertaining sci-fi spoof that Children’s Theatre co-produced with New York’s Ma-Yi Theater Company. Lloyd Suh’s script is a hoot, but it also deftly deals with the emotional turbulence of the early teen years and makes an eloquent case for how we’re all strengthened by diversity. Even while battling planet-eating monsters and hopping between dimensions.

Buy your tickets online now for the NYC run of THE WONG KIDS at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, playing January 28 – February 16!

New York Premiere of BIKE AMERICA Set for Theatre At St. Clement’s, beginning 9/24!

from BroadwayWorld, August 13th 2013

The Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company – one of the nation’s leading theaters dedicated to developing and producing new and innovative plays by Asian American writers — will celebrate its 25th anniversary season in 2013-14, beginning with the New York premiere of BIKE AMERICA by Mike Lew, with previews September 24 prior to an official opening night on October 1 Off-Broadway at The Theater at St. Clement’s (423 W. 46 St.) in Manhattan.

BIKE AMERICA is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who directed the world-premiere of BIKE AMERICA atALLIANCE THEATRE earlier this year along with the Off-Broadway hit HAND TO GOD at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Written by Mike Lew — author of the play “microcrisis,” presented Off-Broadway by Ma-Yi Theater Company in 2010 — BIKE AMERICA has a cast featuring Nick ChoksiJessica Digiovanni, Melanie Nicholls-KingDavid ShihMarilyn TorresTom White and Landon G. Woodson.

BIKE AMERICA is a wildly picturesque road trip that crams the 48 contiguous states onto one stage: the play unfolds during a cross-country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara — with stops in big cities and small towns– as the feckless Penny, looking to add meaning to her life, drops her clingy boyfriend and takes off for the Pacific. Along the way, she befriends a colorful array of bikers in this multi-state, multi-generational, Blue and Red mash-up.

BIKE AMERICA has set design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Melissa Schlachtmeyer, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. David S. Cohen is production stage manager.

Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab. His plays include microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); STOCKTON (AracaWorks and EST workshops); and PEOPLE’S PARK (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival). His shorts include IN PARIS YOU WILL FIND MANY BAGUETTES (Humana Festival, KY; InspiraTO Festival winner, Toronto), ROANOKE (Humana), and MOUSTACHE GUYS (Second Generation, NYC).

Moritz von Stuelpnagel is the Artistic Director of Studio 42. His recent NYC credits: TREVOR (Lesser America); HAND TO GOD (Ensemble Studio Theatre), named one of the best productions of the year byNew York Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Huffington Post; TURNABOUT (EST); MEL & EL: SHOW & TELL (Ars Nova); BEST SEX EVER (Rising Phoenix Rep); SPACEBAR and MY BASE AND SCURVY HEART (Studio 42). Regional: Alliance, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, Allentown Shakespeare, Boston Playwrights, and others.

Nick Choksi‘s recent credits include NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 and INVASION!Jessica Digiovanni appeared in BIKE AMERICA at Alliance and CLOSE UP SPACE at MTC. Melanie Williams has appeared in “The Wire” and Rookie Blue.” Both Marilyn Torres and Tom White were the cast of BIKE AMERICA at Alliance. David Shih appeared in HONOR at Prospect Theatre.

MA-YI SPONSORS THE ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

New York, NY, June 20, 2013 – Asian CineVision is pleased to present the full lineup for the 36th Asian American International Film Festival, which will run from July 24th to August 3rd. This year AAIFF is presenting 26 feature films and 44 short films, for, by and about Asians and Asian Americans, with works from or featuring characters from 18 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and the USA. Of the feature films one will be making a World Premiere, one will be making an International Premiere, six will be making a U.S. Premiere, seven an East Coast Premiere, and eight a New York Premiere. With the themes of Asian American Achievements, Exploring Asian Filmscapes, LGBTQ spotlights, Taiwan Cinema Days and a tribute to Philippine filmmaker Marilou DIAZ-ABAYA (1955-2012) as well as other female filmmakers, the 36th Asian American International Film Festival aims at giving the audiences a comprehensive picture of the Asian and Asian American independent cinemas.

“Marking the 36th year, AAIFF’13 is proud to present the best most recent cinematic achievements by this class of emerging storytellers whose work will resonate for years to come,” says Asian CineVision Executive Director John C. Woo. “I have not witnessed this amount of arising new talent ever in my years. Special thanks to curators La Frances Hui and L. Somi Roy for their world vision, their patience and guidance of the staff in creating the 2013 program.”

“The wide range of genres, visual styles, and storytelling approaches speaks to the diversity and richness of Asian and Asian American cinemas. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to program this survey of cinema that reflects on Asia as well as on being Asian in America” states La Frances Hui and L. Somi Roy.

Screenings will be held at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street), and New York Institute of Technology (1871 Broadway).

MA-YI RECOMMENDS

 

REQUIEME!
dir. Loy Arcenas, 2012
Philippines, 97 minutes

Features on July 26th @ 9:00PM
Anthology Film Archives
 

click here for more info >

 

 

 

KARNAL
dir. Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983
Philippines, 123 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 8:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

click here for more info >

 

 

AS HE SLEEPS
dir. Sheron Dayoc, 2012
Philippines, 15 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 7:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

click here for more info >

 

 

PECULIAR VACATION AND OTHER ILNESSES
dir. Yosep Anggi Noen, 2012
Indonesia, 90 minutes

Features on July 28th @ 7:00PM
Anthology Film Archives

click here for more info > 

 

 

For more information about the 2013 Asian American International Film Festival, visit their website at www.asiancinevision.org/aaiff.

LABBIES IN THE NEWS

Congratulations to Kimber Lee for winning the Lark Fellowship! Kimber is the second Ma-Yi Labbie to win the fellowship after A. Rey Pamatmat in 2011-12. Additionally, her play DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING will be produced by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, May 4 – June 1, 2014.

visit Kimber Lee’s profile

 

 

Congratulations to Lauren Yee, whose play SAMSARA was among eight chosen as part of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2013 National Playwrights Conference. Lauren’s play THE TIGER AMONG US was also chosen as a 2013 Playwrighting Contest Pacific/Rim Prize Winner by the Kumu Kahua Theatre.

visit Lauren Yee’s profile

 

 

Jiehae Park has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Playwrights, for her play HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO. Jiehae was recognized at the Lily Awards on June 3rd in New York City, and will also be given a public reading of her play around that same time.

visit Jiehae Park’s profile

 

 

Rehana Lew Mirza has been awarded the $10,000 commission from the National New Play Network to write and develop her play NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH at the InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia this season. Additionally, Rehana will be in residence at Tofke Lake in September 2013 as part of the Emerging Artists Program, a subsidized residency for the collaborative development of new work.

visit Rehana Lew Mirza’s profile

 

Ma-Yi Labbie Carla Ching‘s play FAST COMPANY received a workshop production by South Coast Repertory at the Julia Argyros Theater, April 26-28, as part of SCR’s 16th Annual Pacific Playwrights Festival, and will receive a full production in October 2013. Additionally, Carla has recently been accepted as a member of the New Dramatists, joining Labbies Clarence Coo, Mia Chung, and Qui Nguyen.

visit Carla Ching’s profile

 

Susan Soon He Stanton‘s play FURBALL was selected by the Kumu Kahua Theatre as the winner of the 2013 Playwrighting Contest’s Resident Prize winner.

visit Susan’s Soon He Stanton’s profile

 

 

 

 

Thank You for coming to JESUS IN INDIA!

JESUS IN INDIA has finished its run and is now in the history books!

A huge, heartfelt thanks to
the cast and crew of this “rocking” show, and to our lovely audiences.

 Don’t worry – if you missed out on this one, we have more coming up,
including our final LabFest of the season!

April 28 – May 7

Stay tuned!

THE WORD IS OUT ON JESUS IN INDIA!

“So, like, Jesus is a total stoner and sometimes, you know, kind of a jerk. But he’s totally cute, and totally good on guitar. Mr. Suh, who has a fine ear for modern speech and stoned silliness, takes giddy delight in making Jesus a fairly normal, foul-mouthed guy. This Ma-Yi Theater Company production directed by Daniella Topol moves quickly and has imaginative touches, including Kris Stone’s sparsely evocative set, complete with a rolling wooden camel.”   - The New York Times

Photo credit: Web Begole
“Carefully staged by director Daniella Topol, this uber-hip, rock-infused production depicts the most famous person in the history of Western civilization as just another foul-mouthed teenage burnout squirming under immense parental pressure and his own unfathomable potential… Coping with being the Son of God should be a monumental transition, but Suh instead renders it with casual grace, employing refreshingly contemporary slang, loud music, and Theresa Squire’s stylish modern costumes to ground this prodigal savior in a kind of manageable normalcy.” -Backstage 

“The show is really fun.  There are lots of bratty teenage fights and high-on-weed revelations.  The punk music is played with great, silly, gusto.”

-NYtheatre.com

“… a wild and frequently amusing rumspringa for the adolescent Christ… Jesus in India is filled with entertaining incongruities, along with some interesting insights: Suh gestures to the parallels between the hippie thirst for new spirituality and the flowering of new faiths in the first-century Middle East.” - Village Voice

AND AUDIENCES AGREE!

“An interesting, funny, profane and very touching piece. And a rock musical. Wow!” -Christine S.

“The play made me think about my own family and my own faith in ways that I appreciate. Seeing such an unusual and unexpected story (in a church!), it felt like a communal religious experience that I very much recommend.” - Sheldon T.

“It is always refreshing to see a small theatre group create such big performances with professional and enthusiastic energy.  With the ongoing fight for Broadway to create projects with mass appeal, I thank you wholeheartedly for a night of pure creativity, talent and intelligence in an intimate and well designed setting.” - Anne N.

 

Episode 5 (The Final Video): CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS

Find out what the pope has been up to in his retirement in this final episode of CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS.

But don’t worry! The fun’s not over. JESUS IN INDIA is still running until March 10th. So far, it’s been playing to full houses. Be one of the folks who’s in the conversation!

NOW AVAILABLE! EPISODE 4: CONVERSATIONS WITH JESUS

Uncensored: Jesus, Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro. Check out the latest installment. And while you’re at it, check out JESUS IN INDIA! Performances began to a rocking audience. You can be a part of it too!

EPISODE 3 NOW AVAILABLE!

Dorothy and Jesus have a heart-to-heart. Click below to witness how it all goes down.

PLUS only one week left before performances begin for JESUS IN INDIA. Get yourself a seat!

 

 

 

Episode 2 now live!!

Jesus and Yoda got together over spaghetti and had a nice chat. And we caught it all on film!

Click below to watch Episode 2 of Conversations With Jesus.  And make sure to get your tix to JESUS IN INDIA!

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