Ma-Yi to host Anti-Asian Violence Forum after ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME select performances


A scene involving Sasha Diamond, Teresa Avia Lim, and Jillian Sun | Photo by Richard Termine/Ma-Yi

NEW YORK – Ma-Yi Theater Company will be holding a series of community events focused on Anti-Asian Violence following select performances of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME. Isaac’s epic new play, commissioned by Ma-Yi and marks Isaac’s playwriting debut, mixes traditional Korean fables with the horror of Korean Wars. The play opened to critical acclaim on Aug. 31, 2022, directed by Obie-winner Ralph B. Peña.

On Sept. 10, following the 1 p.m. performance, New York State Assemblymember Ron Kim and activist and organizer Kalaya’an Mendoza, Director of U.S. Programs at Nonviolent Peaceforce, will host an Anti-Asian Violence Forum. On the same day, after the 7 p.m. performance, playwright Isaac and author Ryan Lee Wong (Which Side Are You On, will hold a talkback.

Kim will return on Sept. 17 to host a second Anti-Asian Violence Forum following the 1 p.m. performance. He will be joined by historian Minju Bae and Whitney Hu, Director of Civic Engagement & Research at Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH).,

These community events, focused on Anti-Asian Violence, were begun by Ma-Yi Theater Company during its run of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady at The Public Theater after a traditional Chinese lion dancer was assaulted on his way to the theater for a pre-show performance. As attacks on members of the Asian community in New York City have continued, Ma-Yi said it is committed to helping cultivate safety and build awareness in all communities to stop these violent crimes.

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME performances continue through Sept. 18, 2022, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 74 East 4th Street in Manhattan. Performances take place Tuesday–Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional 1 p.m. performances on Saturdays. The closing performance on Sept. 18 will take place at 1 p.m. Tickets, starting at $45, are currently on sale at

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 coping mechanisms each uses to soldier on.

Ma-Yi will require proof of complete vaccination before entry to the theater. Masks will also be required during the entire performance of ONCE UPON A (korean)TIME for the safety of its audience, staff, and performers.

Since its founding in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. For more information, please visit

-With Jay Domingo/PDM

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