a play about loss and the thorniness of forgiveness by Sam Chanse


Ma-Yi Theater Company presents

Fruiting Bodies

by Sam Chanse, directed by Shelley Butler April 23 through May 19, 2019 at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, New York City

In a Northern California forest that seems to keep shape-shifting around them, two sisters go looking for their father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom-hunting expedition.  After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes. 

GROUP RATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW: Call 212-971-4862 to reserve your performance of Fruiting Bodies for your group event, benefit or school, with the possibility of a talk back from the creatives.


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April 23 through May 19, 2019 at Theatre Row

Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Saturday 2:30 PM




Sam Chanse’s plays and theater work include The Opportunities of ExtinctionThe Other InstinctFruiting BodiesTriggerWhat you are nowLydia’s Funeral Videogilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer/collaborator Bob Kelly), about that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus (with director/collaborator Yasmine Gomez). She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Lark. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, the Civilians R&D Group, and the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground. Her plays have been recognized by The Kilroys (Opportunities of Extinction: 2017 List; Fruiting Bodies: 2015 List and 2014 Honorable Mention; The Other Instinct: 2016 & 2017 Honorable Mention), and her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press.  She has also developed work with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Ars Nova, Labyrinth Theater, Stage Left, The Claque, Bindlestiff Studio, and Broken Nose Theatre. She is the former Artistic Director of Kearny Street Workshop, and has taught writing and theater classes and workshops at Columbia University and other institutions. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU. More info: www.samchanse.com 




Shelley Butler’s recent productions include the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 at South Coast Repertory, Human Error by Eric Pfeffinger for the Denver Center Theatre Company and the Japanese premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. She has developed over two dozen new plays and musicals at companies including  Ars Nova, Primary Stages, E.S.T., WP Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva, New York Stage and Film, Dallas Lyric Stage, PlayPenn, New Dramatists, the Lark, New Georges, Dixon Place, The Playwright’s Realm and Keen Company. Ms. Butler is the recipient of a Drama League Fall Directing Fellowship, a current Drama League Directing Resident, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a member of SDC, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, the WP Directors Lab and a New George’s affiliated artist. She spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival.

Upcoming: The Magician’s Daughter, Geva Theater.

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