A Note From Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña

Dear Friend,

We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary this season, and to mark this significant milestone in Ma-Yi Theater Company’s history, we’ve lined up three amazing new works written by Asian American women. 

First up is the musical Felix Starro with book and lyrics by the celebrated playwright and novelist Jessica Hagedorn, and a beautiful score by Fabian Obispo. Based on a short story by Lesley Tenorio, Felix Starro,” is the first off-Broadway musical created by Filipino Americans. It’s a fitting start to celebrate a milestone for a company that started out presenting only Filipino American plays.

We’ve expanded our mission since those early days to be more inclusive by developing and presenting new works written by Asian American playwrights. The members of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab continue to make waves around the country with their new and fearless works. Last season, we produced the works of Lab Members Mike Lew (Teenage Dick), Lloyd Suh (The Chinese Lady), and Sam Chanse (Fruiting Bodies).

The rest of our 30th Anniversary lineup includes the off-Broadway transfer of last season’s Suicide Forest by Haruna Lee, which we presented in partnership with The Bushwick Starr at their home in Brooklyn. We have a third production of a groundbreaking new play that we are co-presenting with one of New York City’s most celebrated theaters. You can follow us on social media to keep up with the latest developments and be the first to receive any special offers.

Many generous friends and artists helped us to to reach this milestone. Our dedicated Board of Directors has been tireless in its support of Ma-Yi Theater Company, and our former Executive Director – now Board Member – Jorge Ortoll, in particular, remains a vital part of Ma-Yi’s vitality.

We are deeply grateful to the entire Ma-Yi Theater Company family, and to you, for your continued support.


Ralph B. Peña
Producing Artistic Director
Ma-Yi Theater Company

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