Ma-Yi announces its inaugural recipient of the Generation Now commission


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NEW YORK – Michi Barall, a Ma-Yi Writers Lab member, is the inaugural recipient of a Generation Now commission from Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Generation Now brings together five cohort theaters to commission and develop new works for multigenerational audiences over five years. Other cohorts include The Latino Theatre Company, Penumbra, and Native Voices at The Autry.

Michi Barall’s new work, The Drawing Play, will receive developmental workshops in New York City and Minneapolis en route to full production at Ma-Yi and The Children’s Theatre. She has had two of her works produced by Ma-Yi Theater: Rescue Me, a dance-theatre piece, and Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band, a musical for which she wrote the book.

Barall co-wrote the short film Sophocles in Staten Island with Sung Rno, directed by Jack Tamburri and produced by Ma-Yi Studio. As an actor, Michi has appeared in roles off-Broadway (including BAM, EST, MCC, NYSF/Public, Play Co, Signature, Vineyard, and the Women’s Project.)

Ma-Yi has also announced it will serve as the sole U.S. partner & host for the GENesis 2022: Pocket Conference & Festival, which celebrates innovation and reinvention in Asian theater and performance over the past decade. Running November 21–27, GENesis 2022 is presented by fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, and the University of Toronto. The conference and festival will feature digital artistic presentations, paper presentations, panels, and round tables.

According to Ma-Yi, it will continue to lead community events focused on Anti-Asian Violence. The next event will be in partnership with Audible Theater on November 1, following a performance of Yilong Liu’s Good Enemy at the Minetta Lane Theater. The post-show conversation will feature Yasmeen Hamza, CEO of Womankind, and attorney Amy Hsieh.

These community events focused on Anti-Asian Violence were begun by Ma-Yi during its run of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady at The Public Theater following the assault of a traditional Chinese lion dancer as they traveled to the theater for a preview performance. As attacks on members of the Asian community in New York City have continued, Ma-Yi is committed to helping cultivate safety by building awareness in all communities to stop these violent crimes.

Ma-Yi welcomed the musical KPOP to Broadway, which is currently running at Circle in the Square Theatre and is set to open on Sunday, November 20, 2022. In partnership with Ars Nova and Woodshed Collective, Ma-Yi produced the Off-Broadway premiere of KPOP in 2015.

–With Jay Domingo/PDM

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