As people seek out words of wisdom for guidance in hard times, for this one night benefit event, the country’s largest collective of Asian American writers has written several brand-new short plays inspired by Filipino proverbs, sayings, and even some nonsensical malapropisms. Come join us for a brief, unforgettable lesson in Tagalog, starting with “kawanggawa” – charity.

All net proceeds will go to Negrense Volunteers for Change, a not-for-profit organization based in Bacolod, capital of Western Negros, an island hit hard by the typhoon. For every $500 raised, the organization will be able to buy a new fishing boat, restoring the livelihood of victims in Negros, Cebu, Panay, Leyte, and Samar.

Tickets are $35 (General) or $50 (Premium, reserved seating)

Additional information about Ma-Yi Theater or Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation can be found at www.ma-yitheatre.org and www.nycfoundation-ph.org


Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
between 9th and 10th Avenues


Monday, February 17th (7:00PM)


Founded in 2004, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab is the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled. Currently led by Co-Directors Michael Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, the Lab is a professional peer-based workshop in permanent residence with the OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company, designed to nurture and showcase Asian-American playwrights in New York City.

Ma-Yi is deeply committed to its Lab artists. The Lab is a community resource, braintrust, and place of artistic growth for its members. In many cases the Lab is our writers’ primary outlet — their home — the place where they first share a draft of a new play (regardless of whether the play has outside support), and the place where they continue refining work until it’s production-ready. The Lab has also become Ma-Yi’s primary resource for production material, and in many cases work that begins in the Lab has gone on to production within Ma-Yi as well as at major theaters in NYC and nationally.


Performers lending their skills to the evening include Mia Katigbak (The Foundry’s Good Person of Szechwan), Ron Domingo (Phillip Himberg’s Paper Dolls), Ali Ewoldt (Broadway’s Les Miserables), and more, including a few new talents brought in through a highly competitive community-searching open call casting.

Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at] ma-yitheatre.org