& the Norwegian Hapa Band
PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band— January 17, 2017 – February 11, 2017
A ROCK MUSIC ADAPTATION – Peer is a brash young man on a journey to discover his ultimate self in this rock music odyssey about risk, reinvention and going roundabout. Ma-Yi Theater Company’s remaking of Ibsen’s classic verse drama asks what it means when we sacrifice everything to be most fully ourselves.
Written by Michi Barall
Music by Paul Lieber and Matt Park
Orchestration by Chad Raines
Musical Direction by Harrison Beck
Directed and originally conceived by Jack Tamburri
based on the play, Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen
Producing Artistic Director: RALPH B. PEÑA
The production is being staged at Mezzanine Theatre @ A.R.T./New York Theatres
A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATERS
The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues at subsidized rental rates, plus free access to top-line technical equipment, so that the city’s small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City’s 375+ nonprofit theatres, with a mission to assist member theatres in managing their companies effectively so that they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. We accomplish this through a comprehensive roster of real estate, financial, educational, and community-building programs, as well as research, advocacy, and field-wide initiatives that seek to improve the long-term health and sustainability of the industry. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
Tuesday – Saturday: 8PM, Saturday: 2PM, Sunday: 5PM
Previews: January 17 – 21, 2017 Opening: January 22, 2017
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MICHI BARALL (Playwright) is a New York City-based playwright, actor and academic. Her dance-theatre piece, Rescue Me, directed by Loy Arcenas, was produced by Ma-Yi in 2010. Other works include How We Became Nomads, a puppet spectacular about Ghingis Khan; Garba Griha: Womb House; and On the Line. As an actor Michi has appeared in new plays by Julia Cho, Philip Kan Gotanda, A.R. Gurney, John Guare, Naomi Iizuka, Han Ong, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Charles Mee, Sarah Schulman, Anna Deavere Smith, Diana Son, Regina Taylor, Doug Wright and Chay Yew, among others. A graduate of Stanford University and NYU’s Grad Acting, Michi is a graduate fellow (ABD) in Theatre/English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Michi is a member of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab. My gratitude and love to Ralph for this opportunity and to Jack, Matt, Paul and the band for the journey.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
JACK TAMBURRI (Director, Original Concept) is a theatermaker currently based in Philadelphia. He has directed, devised, written, performed, and produced on his own and with companies like the Plagiarists (Chicago), Ma-Yi Theater Co (NYC), and FringeArts (Philadelphia). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Yale School of Drama. Ma-Yi: The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (with Ralph Peña, Minneapolis and New York); Alamat: Stories of Philippine Gold. Other recent work: Antagonyms, Curio Theatre Co, Philadelphia; Bruce Graham’s The Outgoing Tide, Dreamcatcher Rep, Summit, NJ; Ravel and Colette’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Opera at Rutgers. Jack is the co-creator of School Play with Terry Brennan for Tribe of Fools in Philadelphia. He co-created and produced the comedies Not For Profit and GAYZE with writer MJ Kaufman. He assisted director Sarah Sanford on the first production of Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard’s Underground Railroad Game. Upcoming: Parrot Talk by Julius Ferraro at the Da Vinci Art Alliance gallery in Philadelphia.
PAUL LIEBER (Co-Composer, Bandleader, Troll King, Boyg, Boy, George, Captain) is a Songwriter, Performer. Filmmaker and Projection Designer. His design work has been seen at Carnegie Hall, Yale Repertory Theater, Yale Opera, BAM, El Museo del Barrio, Baryshnikov Arts Center, JACK, The Japan Society, Ma-Yi Theater Company and the Martha Graham Dance Companies. He is co-founder of the songwriting collective Strange Motel and holds an MFA in Projection Design from the Yale School of Drama.
MATT PARK (Co-Composer, Peer) studied undergraduate drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was recently seen in Ma-Yi’s production of Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids and the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! He is excited to be working with Ma-Yi again. Thank you to Ralph and Jack and the entire creative and production team of Peer Gynt. Love to Amy, Cassandra, and Michi.
CHAD RAINES (Orchestrator) is a sound designer and composer who has worked in the New York Theater scene since 2011. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and frequently tours with multiple bands including his own. For a list of credits visit chadraines.com
HARRISON BECK (Music Director) is a New York based music director and theatre artist. Recent productions include: The Visit (Broadway/Williamstown), South Pacific (Allenberry Playhouse), A Song At Twilight (Portland Stage), That Beautiful Laugh (La Mama ETC), and concerts and collaborations with David Loud, Wayne Barker, John O’Neil, and Dan Kluger. His orchestrations for the Hispanic Heritage Awards were just broadcast nationwide on PBS in September, and he performs his original music on the video blog Two Good Kids Make Love to Your Grandma. He is a graduate of New York University.
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
ANGEL DESAI MIA KATIGBAK
PAUL LIEBER UTON ONYEJEKWE
MATT PARK TITUS TOMPKINS
Scenic Design: MEREDITH REIS
Costume Design: ASTA HOSTETTER
Lighting Design: OLIVER WASON
Sound Design: CHAD RAINES
Choreographer: JULIAN BARNETT
Stage Manager: ALYSSA K. HOWARD
Production Manager: GARTH BELCON