"...a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the financially dispossessed."

by Mike Lew
directed by Ralph B. Pena

microcrisis is a gut-busting look at what happens when a scheming investment banker exploits microcredit – the Nobel Prize-winning concept of providing Third World entrepreneurs with small charitable loans to help alleviate global poverty and spur social change – lumps it into complex financial instruments, and ravages the global economy once again.



Mike Lew is co-director of the Writers Lab along with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza. Mike’s plays include Bike America (Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, NYC), microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philadelphia; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (Ensemble Studio Theatre workshop, NYC); People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago); Yit, Ngay (published in Plays and Playwrights 2006); Neanderthal Love (Sloan commission); Bury the Iron Horse; and Paper Gods. His short plays include Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), In Paris You Will Find Many Baguettes But only one True Love (Actors Theater of Louisville’s Humana Festival; InspiraTO Festival Winner, Toronto), Roanoke (Humana), and Moustache Guys (Second Generation, NYC). Several of his short plays are published by Playscripts.

Mike is winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Heideman Award, and the Battle of the Bards. He is a resident writer for Blue Man Group. Other residencies include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, At Play Productions, Youngblood (alum), and TCG Young Leaders of Color. Training: Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003).


Ralph B. Pena is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include the world premiere of The Children of Vonderly by Lloyd Suh, Savage Acts, and Dead Man’s Socks for Ma-Yi Theater, Nicky Paraiso’s House/Boy (LaMama ETC, Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals), Will, Sing! for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, and Patty Jang’s Ein Berliner for Second Generation. Plays written include: Cinema Verite, Flipzoids, Project: Balangiga (co-written with Sung Rno), This End Up: A User’s Manual for Lovers of Asians, and Dead Man’s Socks. He is from the Philippines.


Microcrisis featured Jackie Chung, Dave Gelles, William Jackson Harper, Lauren Hines, Alfredo Narciso, and Socorro Santiago.

The design team included sets by Clint Ramos, costumes by Theresa Squire, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound by Shane Rettig, and choreography by Dax Valdes.

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