Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band

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.


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A Sneak Preview Of "Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band"

About the Playwright

Michi Barall | Playwright

Michi Barall 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 Co-Composer

Matt Park | Co-Composer, Performer

Matt Park 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.

About the Co-Composer

Paul Lieber | Co-Composer, Performer

Paul 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.

About the Director

Jack Tamburri | Director, Original Concept

Jack Tamburri 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.


Design Team

  • Chad Raines | Orchestrations & Sound Design
  • Harrison Beck | Musical Direction
  • Meredith Reis | Scenic Design
  • Asta Hostetter | Costume Design
  • Oliver Wason | Lighting Design
  • Julian Barnett | Choreography
  • Alyssa K. Howard | Production Stage Manager

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