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Ma-Yi Theater Company is partnering with Fordham University Theater to present “The Orphan of Zhao,” a new English adaptation of Ji Junxiang’s 13th century play about loyalty and revenge. “The Orphan of Zhao” is the first Chinese play translated for the West.

General Tu’an Gu has his eyes on Duke Ling’s throne. To get there, he must eliminate his arch-rival Zhao Dun and all 300 members of his family. After the massacre, Tu’an Gu discovers that Zhao Dun’s  daughter-in-law has recently given birth, but the child has been smuggled out of his reach.  Tu’an Gu threatens to kill every child in the state of Jin unless the Orphan of Zhao is turned over to him. To prevent this, Cheng Ying, a lowly country doctor swaps his own child for the Orphan and convinces Tu’an Gu that it is the child he seeks . Tu’an Gu kills the child, and, to reward the good doctor, he offers to adopt Cheng Ying’s boy as his own and raise him to become a great warrior. Unbeknownst to Tu’an Gu, he has adopted The Orphan of Zhao.

Come and see this all-student cast take on this epic tale, given a new spin by Ma-Yi Theater’s Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña.

Email: fclcboxoffice@gmail.com
Phone: 212-636-6340
Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 2-6pm, and 1 hour before the performance.
Please list your name, the date of the show you wish to attend, and the number, and type of desired tickets.

General Admission: $15
Fordham Faculty, Alumni, Staff: $10
Students* and Senior Citizens: $5
Fordham Theater Majors/Minors: FREE
*must have valid I.D.

Learn more here!


Pope Auditorium
Fordham University At Lincoln Center
113 West 60th St.
New York NY 10023
(Take the ABCD or 1 to Columbus Circle)


Performances November 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 @ 8pm


Ralph B. Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company; WINNER – Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Michael Lew’s Microcrisis (EST/ Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Lloyd Suh’s Children of Vonderly, and Nicky Paraiso’s House/Boy for LaMama ETC, and Dublin Theater Festival. Ralph received an Obie Award for his work on Lonnie Carter’s The Romance of Magno Rubio. In addition to Ma-Yi, his work has also been seen at Long Wharf Theater, Kumu Kahua, Northwest Asian American Theater, ASIA Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, Round House Theater, NAATCO, Lincoln Center, La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Fox Theater, NYSF/Public Theater, the Odeon Theater in Romania, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is currently working on a new play about America’s involvement in the Middle East. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and The Ensemble Studio Theater.


FEATURING: Calla Smith, Leah DeGruchy, JT Friedman, Jose Gamo, Elli Brown, Gracie Fojtik, Hayley Jones, Glenn Morizio, Brendan Downey, Evan Sibley

Assistant Director: Maryn Shaw
Set Design: Junghyun Georgia Lee
Costume Design: Becky Bodurtha
Assistant Costume Design: Bonnie McHeffey
Lighting Design: Yi Zhao
Assistant Lighting Design: Asa Lipton
Sound Design: Fabian Obispo
Assistant Sound Design: Mikaela Peyton Berry
Puppet Design: David Valentine
Fight Choreography: Tim Zay
Dramaturg: Lydia Lai

Production Stage Manager: Kristina Lew
Stage Manager: Hannah Brooks,
Assistant Stage Manager: Mary Sanders

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