Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members Make their Mark this Season!

Ma-Yi offers heartfelt congratulations to our Writers Lab Members for their numerous accomplishments and recognitions. Ma-Yi offers home base and support to over 40 Asian American playwrights. We are proud to be the primary incubator of new works by Asian American playwrights including: 

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen‘s play Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth to premiere at The Playwrights Realm Jan/Feb 2018, a comedy about conception and deep-space travel. Don is just returning from a residency with American Conservatory Theater’s New Strands Festival (a partnership with Ma-Yi) where he workshopped and presented a reading of his play, The Man from Saigon.

Board Member and former Ma-Yi Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll with Don Nguyen at A.C.T. /New Strands Festival, San Francisco.

Board Member and former Ma-Yi Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll with Don Nguyen at A.C.T. /New Strands Festival, San Francisco.

Michael Lew

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Susan Soon He Stanton

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Michael Lew  (Co-Director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab) and Susan Soon He Stanton are the recipients of Lark’s Venturous Playwright’s Fellowships. Michael will develop Teenage Dick, a reimagining of Richard III that follows a junior in high school with cerebral palsy who will do anything to fit in. Michael and his wife, Rehana Lew Mirza are Resident Playwrights of Ma-Yi.

Susan will work on Today Is My Birthday, about a writer whose creativity is unfurled after she moves out of New York City, so she creates an alter-ego for a radio bit.

Lauren Yee

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Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band to premiere at South Coast Repertory next season. This world premiere  (March 4-25, 2018) uses the music of real-life rock band Dengue Fever, to tell the story of the fallout from the Khmer Rouge.

Lauren was also a resident of the New Strands Festival in San Francisco recently presenting her play, The Great Leap. Below Lauren is pictured below (right) with Ma-Yi board member and former Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll, and fellow New Strands Festival residents Dustin Chinn and Don Nguyen, and Labbie Dipika Guha.

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Hansol Jung

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Hansol Jung‘s “Wild Goose Dreams” to premiere at La Jolla Playhouse next season, September 5 – October 1, 2017, a play about a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father who start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation.

Rehana Lew Mirza

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Rehana Lew Mirza is an HBO Access semifinalist. One of 30 writers selected to advance to the semi-final round of the 2017  Fellowship, which pairs diverse, emerging storytellers with HBO and CineMax creative executives who shepherd them through the pilot development and production process over a 10-month period.

Clarence Coo

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Clarence Coo is one of ten recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards and a whopping $50,000 cash prize intended to provide writers with the opportunity to develop new work or works in progress on a full time basis.

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Jason Kim

Ma-Yi Theater Writers Lab Member Jason Kim

Jason Kim‘s “KPOP”, an immersive new musical, to premiere at Ars NovaMa-Yi Theater Company, and Woodshed Collective in September 2017.

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