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!



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.



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).



$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, or call 212.967.7555



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


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


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


Production photos by Carol Rosegg:


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.

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


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


“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





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

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

On Adaptation and Shakespeare


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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Ma-Yi Expands Production Team for Teenage Dick, 2018-2019 Season

Ma-Yi is pleased to announce the addition of two new associates to our production team — Sarah Hanlon, who serves as a Production Assistant to Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña, and Sean Daley, who was selected as a Production Intern. You’ll find both of them busy at the heart of the company preparing for Ma-Yi’s upcoming production of Teenage Dick  at The Public Theater in June, and for Ma-Yi’s 2018-2019 main stage season, including The Chinese Lady, by Lab Member Lloyd Suh, in coproduction with Barrington Stage directed by Ralph B. Peña. Please give a warm welcome to Sarah and Sean:



SARAH HANLON, Ma-Yi Theater Company Production Assistant

SARAH HANLON (Ma-Yi Theater Production Assistant) is excited to join The Ma-Yi Theater Company Family. She is a world traveler performing in shows such as The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, regional productions of Les Miserables, Showboat, Man of La Mancha and her family’s favorite, Pocahontas. Much love to Chris and Mochi. For Mom.



SEAN DALEY, Ma-Yi Theater Company Production Intern

SEAN DALEY (Ma-Yi Theater Production Intern) is a performer of Korean contemporary musical theatre. He is a member of LSA (Linguistic Society of America) focusing on South Korean phonetics and phonology and is producing a book on diction in Korean for non-native speakers on stage and in song. Playwright: Nobless Oblige (Manhattan Rep), Assistant Director: Family Dynamics (Hudson Guild), Manhattan School of Music, Classical Voice. Current CUNY, B.A. in Linguistics and Theatre.



Ma-Yi Wins 2018 Obie Award


Ma-Yi Theater Wins an OBIE, presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice – The Ross Wetzsteon Award 2018 accepted by Ma-Yi Artistic Producing Director, (above) Ralph B. Peña. We are grateful to our artists and creatives who produced works that attributed to this recognition! Ralph also made a special THANK YOU to former Executive Director,Jorge  Z. Ortoll, during the presentation for his service and direction of the theater. Ralph personally dedicated the award to his departed Life Partner and Best Friend, Damien Bona.


Ma-Yi long-time Advisors Jorge Ortoll and Actress, Ching Valdes Aran, accompany Ralph in acceptance of the Obie Award.

The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night,  produced by Atlantic Theater Company, was honored as Best New American Play while Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 See acceptance speech here

48 Hour Forum Presents Paired Artists including Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi, Ralph Peña!


The Details

When: Monday, May 21st @ 8pm, Tuesday, May 22nd @ 7pm, and Wednesday, May 23rd @ 7pm, followed by a benefit

Where: The Lark, 311 West 43rd Street, NYC

How: Buy tickets here.

NOOR THEATER has been working hard behind the scenes to determine the diverse roster of actors for 48 Hour Forum, who will each be randomly assigned to a playwright and director. Ralph Peña , Ma-Yi’s Artistic Producing Director will participate as a Director in this exciting annual event where 30 artists race to create theatre as fast as a news cycle!

This year’s event will feature:
Tala Ashe, Veracity Butcher, May Calamawy, Grace Canahuati, Dan Domingues, Isra Elsalihie, J.D. Goldblatt, Cleo Gray, Wesley T. Jones, Amel Khalil, Aaron Lynn*, Sharina Martin, Nikki Massoud, Thomas Muccioli, Marjan Neshat, Leta Renée-Alan, and Kesav Wable.

In addition, playwright Aeneas Hemphill and directors Kholoud Sawaf and Jessica Blankjoin the previously announced playwrights Amina Henry, Sevan K. Greene, Michele Lowe, and Melisa Tien, and directors Ralph Peña and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.

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Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and presenting the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. As a vital presence in the theatrical landscape, they aim to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people.


 Support CAATA’s “Revolutionary Acts” and Make Jorge Smile again!


A Request from former Executive Director of Ma-Yi and Current Board Member and Senior Advisor, Jorge Z. Ortoll:

Dear Ma-Yi Family, Friends and Patrons:


Jorge Z. Ortoll is a co-founder of The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), an organization that supports the vibrant, growing and changing field of Asian American theater.

I’m reaching out to ask for your generous support for The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), an organization that has increased visibility of Asian American theater in the United States. In the world of the arts there is a great distortion between the demographic realities and cultural representation in the USA today, and by joining the CAATA crowd-funding campaign  you’re helping in decreasing this divide.

Since 2004, CAATA has led the “revolution” towards a stronger and more sustainable Asian American theater presence that is an integral part of national culture. Through our network of organizations and artists we collaborate to inspire learning and sharing of knowledge and resources to promote a healthy, sustainable artistic ecology.

I am proud to be one of the seven founders of CAATA working in the steering committee of the First National Asian American Theater Conference in Los Angeles in June 2006 and as one of three members of the executive committee that organized the First National Asian American Theater Festival (CONFEST) held in New York City from June 11 to 24, 2007.

This August CONFEST is scheduled with six days of performances, including Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab Member, Kyoung Park‘s play, PILLOWTALK, along with panel discussions breakout sessions, new play readings, parties, networking and more. We need your help to continue.
ConFest 2018 | Chicago presents Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s PILLOWTALK: Queers the intersections of race, gender, and class—Written and directed by Ma-Yi Labbie Kyoung H. Park, Performed by JP Moraga and Basit Shittu, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave,  Chicago
I hope you’ll make me smile by being a part of this important movement by attending CONFEST 2018 or by making a contribution. And Please spread the word.

Yours, Jorge




KPOP!!! Congratulations to ARS NOVA and WOODSHED COLLECTIVE, Writers Lab Member Jason Kimmusic 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).



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