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.


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About the Playwright

Mike Lew | Playwright

Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and is currently on a 3-year fellowship at Ma-Yi through the Mellon Foundation (which he shares with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza, whom he met in the Lab).  His plays include Teenage Dick (Woolly Mammoth, Donmar Warehouse, Ma-Yi at the Public, Artists Rep, and Perseverance productions; Public Studio, O’Neill, OSF workshops), Tiger Style! (Olney, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill and CTG workshops), Bike America (Ma-Yi and Alliance productions), microcrisis (Ma-Yi, InterAct, and Next Act productions), Moustache Guys, and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It. He is a Tony voter and Dramatists Guild Council member. Honors include La Jolla Playhouse Artist-in-Residence (with Rehana Lew Mirza); Lark Venturous and NYFA fellowships; and the PEN Emerging Playwright, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. Education: Juilliard, Yale. mikelew.com

About the Director

Ralph B. Peña | Director

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.

Design Team

  • Clint Ramos | Scenic Design
  • Theresa Squire | Costume Design
  • Japhy Weideman | Lighting Design
  • Shane Rettig | Sound Design
  • Dax Valdes | Choreography

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