Ma-Yi Theater Company announces new programming from May 1 to Sept. 18


Vancouver | Ma-Yi/PDM File Photo

NEW YORK – With the success of the in-person event of the critically-acclaimed, sold-out, four-time Lortel nominated production of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady at The Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company has announced additional programming from May 1 to September 18. 2022.

According to Ma-Yi, the new programming is meant to strengthen its role in leading the national discourse on being an Asian American today. It highlights its commitment to the development of new work and adventurous artists.

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month from May 1 to 31, Ma-Yi will rebroadcast two digital works. First is the award-winning puppet play Vancouver, which centers on a mixed-race family who relocates from Japan to the Pacific Northwest. The play, written and directed by Ma-Yi Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Pena, confronts anti-Asian aggressions through one family’s experiences, hoping to find more stability.

Vancouver was created in collaboration with puppetry director Tom Lee. The play received several awards such as Best Short, Best Score, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Art Direction at various international film festivals. To name a few, it includes New Creators, Indie Short Fest, International Motion Picture Awards, and South Film and Arts Academy Festival.

The second is The First Twenty: 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting, a 30-minute documentary film produced by Ma-Yi, which showcases the evolution of the Asian American playwright over the last 20 years. It will be rebroadcast on ALL ARTS from May 1 to 31. Pena created and directed the documentary, which looks at the shift in how Asian American plays are broadly perceived, and the widening scope of subjects tackled by Asian American writers that move far beyond identity politics. Interview subjects include David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Qui Nguyen, Lloyd Suh, Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, Lauren Yee, and Chay Yew.

On June 26 and 27, Ma-Yi will work with 2g to produce Short Stack PLAYFEST. It is a short-play festival consisting of playwrights from all career levels matched with directors and actors to present two nights of their comedic five-minute works.

Ma-Yi will also launch Daniel K. Isaac’s world premiere ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME. Mixing traditional Korean fables with the horrors of the Korean War, Isaac’s new play will run from August 23 to September 18 at La Mama. The play is a funny and profoundly moving analog for the experiences of the Korean American diaspora. Isaac deftly moves his characters through time, tracing the legacies of trauma passed from one generation to the next and the various mechanisms each uses to soldier on.

With Jay Domingo/PDM

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