The Ma-Yi Theater Company Writers Lab Fall 2017 Labfest


During October 27 through October 30, Ma-Yi Theater Company’s WRITERS LAB will be conducting staged readings of their new plays and works in progress. The public is invited via reservations and the productions are free. The Ma-Yi Writers Lab consists of over 30 Asian American Playwrights who offer samples of their works through our main stage productions and bi-annual LABFESTS like this one. 

For more information on Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Ma-Yi Writers Lab call 212-971-4862. Thank you for your support and patronage.




Mrinalini Kamath


October 27 @ 7pm:

Let There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath
A mash-up of the mother-son relationship from D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking.



Mike Lew


October 28@ 3pm:

British Raj: Just the Fun Parts by Mike Lew
Five South Asians compress 350 years of the British in India down to 2 hours. With jokes. (Part 1 of a trilogy co-written with Rehana Lew Mirza, commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse)



Dustin Chinn


October 29 @ 5pm:

Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious by Dustin Chinn
A triptych on modern food culture across the journey of Vietnamese noodle soup from 19th-century Hanoi to today’s gentrified Brooklyn.



A. Rey Pamatmat


October 30 @ 7pm:

Blood in Your Blood by A. Rey Pamatmat
An enchanted tree, fractured time, and a lusty troll are somehow connected to the violent, buried history of Cora’s family. But once she digs up the past, what should she do with it?



Jiehae Park

October 30 @ 1:30pm:

Untitled by Jiehae Park (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
A play about birds, bodies, and getting what you think you want.





MA-YI STUDIO  260 W 35th St #203, New York, NY 10001


October 27 @ 7pmLet There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath
October 28@ 3pmBritish Raj: Just the Fun Parts by Mike Lew
October 29 @ 5pmColonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious by Dustin Chinn
October 30 @ 1:30pmUntitled by Jiehae Park (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
October 30 @ 7pmBlood in Your Blood by A. Rey Pamatmat


at Ma-Yi Studio, 250 W. 35th St, Suite 203


Mrinalini Kamath‘s last completed play, the radio drama STUFF, inspired by the NY Times article “The Lonely Death of George Bell,” is scheduled to be recorded in May of 2017. A graduate of the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and the MFA program in playwriting at the New School for Social Research (formerly the Actors Studio Drama School), Mrinalini was most recently featured at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago as the Downstage Left resident playwright and a LeapFEST participant with The New Deal, her play about prison corporations and drug testing, which received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. She was twice a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference with her plays Boom and The Nava Jeevan, which was also a semi-finalist for The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Her full-length play Celestial Motions about Indian astrology and modern arranged marriage, was the inaugural winner of East/West Players “Got Laughs?” comedy play competition, and translated into Mahrati and performed in India. Her short plays have been published in several Smith and Kraus anthologies as well as Mrinalini is member of Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, a Queens-based playwrights’ group, and an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood.To listen to a sample of her work (a short Halloween play called The Mummy, recorded with Naked Angels Radio), please click here episode 502, at the 7:45 mark.

Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and is currently on a 3-year fellowship at Ma-Yi through the Mellon Foundation (which he shares with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza, whom he met in the Lab). Mike’s plays include Tiger Style! (Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill, CTG, and Juilliard workshops), Teenage Dick (Public Studio; O’Neill, OSF, FST, and PF workshops), microcrisis(Ma-Yi, InterAct, and Next Act productions), Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops), People’s Park (Victory Gardens workshop), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes… (Humana), Roanoke(Humana), and Moustache Guys. He is co-writing the book to the musical Bhangin’ It alongside Rehana Lew Mirza and their composer Sam Willmott. He is a Tony voter, Dramatists Guild Council member, and recipient of a Mellon Foundation residency, Lark residency, NYFA fellowship, and the Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. Education: Juilliard, Yale.

Dustin H. Chinn cut his first professional chops with the Northwest Asian American Theater in his native Seattle and eventually made the transition into sketch comedy. He was a member of the Peeling performance collective. Dustin has studied longform improvisation at the Peoples Improv Theater and Magnet Theater. He’s written and performed with the 52nd Street Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Second Generation Productions and Vampire Cowboys’ Saloon Series. In 2015 he was awarded a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project to write about Herschel, an infamous sea lion who terrorized the waters of Seattle’s Ballard Locks in the mid ‘80s. Full-length plays include SNOWFLAKES, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA, SHARKSUCKER, ASIAN WOMEN IN SPACE and I AM NAKAMURA.

Jiehae Park’s plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Marin Theatre Co, Barrington Stage, Company One, Moxie, First Floor) and Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival premiere, 2017).  She is one of the writers of Wondrous Strange (2016 Humana/ATL). Development:  Sundance Theatre-Makers, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, the Public’s EWG, I73, NYTW, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship,  Ojai Conference, Playwrights Realm, BAPF, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards/recognitions: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational (Grand Prize), two years of the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, McCarter, Williamstown, Geffen, OSF, MTC/Sloan. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect, Lincoln Center Theater New Writer in Residence, and 2016-17 Hodder Fellow at Princeton.  As a performer recently:  Sleep (Ripe Time/The Play Co) and Every Angel Is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks). BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.

A. Rey Pamatmat’s plays include: after all the terrible things I do (Huntington, Milwaukee Rep, About Face), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Humana Festival, Company One, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, GLAAD and Lambda Nominee), and House Rules (Ma-Yi). He is currently working on Safe, Three Queer Plays a cycle that follows the recent seismic changes in Queer America through a gay man of color’s romantic and artistic life. His short works appeared in 59E59’s Summer Shorts 2016, New Black Fest’s Facing Our TruthThe Mysteries at The Flea, Keen Teens, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Play Project, and two Humana Festival anthologies. Other productions: Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me(Waterwell), DEVIANT (Vortex), High/Limbo/High (HERE). Publication: Samuel French, Playscripts, Cambria Press, Vintage. Awards: ’12/’13 Hodder Fellowship, ’11/’12 PoNY Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and Special Projects Grant, NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, E.S.T./Sloan Grant. Rey is Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and teaches at Primary Stages ESPA and SUNY Purchase. BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama.






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