February 2018, Labbie Plays in NYC

Looking for some Off-Broadway Drama this month?

Ma-Yi Lab Member plays are popping up all around The Big Apple in February including:



Don Nguyen’s play “Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth” by Playwrights Realm


Ma-Yi Writers Labbie, Don Nguyen’s Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth is a comedy about conception and deep-space travel. As partners Betsy and Shoshana try to have a baby, friends William and Freddy try to ensure Voyager 1 makes it to interstellar space. With careers on the line and life choices looming, when is the right time to go all in? Jade King Carroll directs this world premiere. “Hello..” will star Kaaron Briscoe, Dana Berger, Jeffrey Omura, Jon Hoche, and Olivia Oguma, at The Playwrights Realm Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth will be at The Duke on 42nd Street. The limited engagement is scheduled through March 24 with a March 7 opening night.

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

Split between the perspectives of lesbian couple Betsy (Briscoe) and Shoshana (Berger), who are trying to conceive, and their potential-sperm-donor/aerospace engineer friend William (Omura), Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth explores what happens when we face the vastness of our future and when dreams give way to realism.

Nguyen himself was asked by two friends to be a sperm donor, an experience that inspired the new work. “I had to take stock of my entire life and ask myself questions I didn’t think I was ready to ask. What I found is artificial insemination is not an easy thing—there are complications involved that you really have to discuss,” says the playwright.
The creative team for Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth is made up of Kimie Nishikawa (set designer), Nicole Pearce (lighting designer), Elisheba Ittoop (sound designer), and Ari Fulton (costume designer). Kara Kaufman is production stage manager, and Lily Perlmutter is assistant stage manager.
For tickets and more information visit PlaywrightsRealm.org


SAM CHANSE’s play TRIGGER in NEW YORK CITY by Leviathan Lab


Ron Domingo (far right) and the rest of the cast of “Trigger,” from left: Christina Pumariega, Susan Hyon, Anna Ishida. CONTRIBUTED The dramedy is about Lee, who must deal with a friend’s racist rant, a deteriorating domestic situation, ancient goddesses and house flies.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – SUNDAY, MARCH 11: Leviathan Lab presents TRIGGER by Sam Chanse, directed by Flordelino Lagundino at IATI Theatre.
Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse


When Lee recognizes a childhood friend on a video of a racist rant that goes viral, Lee’s sister Grace urges her to reach out and try to reconnect. As Lee become uncomfortably reacquainted with her former friend, a deteriorating domestic situation and sudden crisis strengthen the storm of emotions brewing around her. In a time of heightened fear and anger, how can Lee connect with others, and contend with her own rage?
The play aims to ask theatergoers “How can we connect people in a time of heightened fear and anger?”The dramedy is about Lee, who must deal with a friend’s racist rant, a deteriorating domestic situation, ancient goddesses and house flies.



CLOSES Sunday, February 18
‘DRAW THE CIRCLE’ at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater Company  opens on Feb. 2). Running in repertory with Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the FloodMashuq Mushtaq Deen’s piece is an autobiographical solo show with a twist. Deen the character never appears. Instead we get the point of view of the parents, friends and girlfriend of a young Muslim transitioning from female to male. Chay Yew directs this exploration of gender and identity.
212-627-2556, rattlestick.org
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (The Betterment Society, Resident Playwright at New Dramatists), is making his New York debut in the New York premiere of DRAW THE CIRCLE. The hilarious and moving story of his transition, the play is told entirely from the point of view of Deen’s family and friends, as portrayed by Deen, bringing to life the often-ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another. TICKETS:


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