In Flipzoids, a 70-year-old woman — a recent immigrant from the Philippines – crosses paths with a young Filipino man on a deserted beach in Southern California. Far from their native land, a cautious friendship ensues as they attempt to reconcile their very different understandings of their old home, and try to fit in to their new one.
About the Playwright
Recent Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady, Among The Dead, House/Rules, and Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! Ralph has been Ma-Yi Theater’s Artistic Director since 1996, and has been instrumental in establishing Ma-Yi Theater Company as the country’s leading incubator of new works by Asian American playwrights, reaping numerous Obie and Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical (KPOP), and most recently, the 2018 Ross Wetzsteon Obie Award. Apart from Ma-Yi Theater, his work has been seen on the stages of Ensemble Studio Theater, the Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Children’s Theater Company, and La Mama ETC, to name a few. This is for Damien, always and forever.
About the Director
Directing credits include Rody Vera’s Tatlong Maria, David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, Carlyle Brown’s A Big Blue Nail, Hedda Gabler, Stop Kiss, Blind Mouth Singing and Floating Weeds. He received an OBIE Award for his direction for The Romance Of Magno Rubio which he collaborated on with Lonnie Carter. It was created for the Ma-Yi Theater Company and has subsequently been staged for the Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He directed the Ma-Yi’s productions of Michi Barall’s Resuce Me, Warren Leight’s No Foreigners Beyond This Point, Han Ong’s Watcher, Middle Finger and Swoony Planet, and Ralph Pena’s Flipzoids. Design credits include Broadway’s Chita Rivera:The Dancer’s Life, the American/and or New York premieres of Dessa Rose, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Prelude To A Kiss, Once On This Island, High Society, A Man Of No Importance, The Invention Of Love (ACT), Corpus Christi, Spunk, The Baltimore Waltz, The Long Christmas Ride Home (Trinity), and the Off -Broadway and national productions of The Vagina Monologues. He is a recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, two Drama Desk nominations, the Jefferson Award, the Michael Merritt Award for design collaboration, and the OBIE AWARD for Sustained Excellence of Scenic Design. He is from the Philippines.
- Loy Arcenas | Scenic Design