Ma-Yi Gala Promises Great Entertainment and Live Auction April 24th
The Ma-Yi Theater Company 28th Anniversary GALA will be held on Monday, April 24th, 6PM at 360 Tribeca
Over 300 attending will be treated to premium cocktails and magician, Mark Mitton, followed by a gourmet dinner featuring a live musical performance by Broadway Barkada and vocalist Kea Chan, and Comedian Joel Kim Booster. This year’s event is hosted by trans super-model Geena Rocero of Gender Proud and Paolo Montalban, best known for the Disney film, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as Prince Christopher (and known to insiders from his role in Mayi’s The Romance of Magno Rubio). The event honors Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, legendary prima ballerina of Ballet Philippines and Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Frank and Lolita Savage, a remarkable couple that combine exquisite artistry with cultural advocacy and business acumen to inspire and help new generations of youth achieve their goals.
In addition to the traditional silent auction, featuring restaurant and travel gift certificates and jewelry this year. a LIVE auction is featured, putting items like tickets to Hamilton and other hard- to – gets up for the highest bidders. Our sponsors and auction donors have outdone themselves this year, and we hope you’ll consider attending to fulfill Ma-Yi’s mission of continuing to produce the groundbreaking works of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian American playwrights ever assembled!
Ma-Yi is busy working on the upcoming fall production of KPOP in association with ARS NOVA and Woodshed Collective with a book by Lab Member Jason Kim, and not soon after Lab Member Diana Oh’s (my lingerie play) in association with Rattlestick Productions opens. This season promises to be the most memorable and successful yet. Please consider helping us continue the almost three decade tradition of bringing quality Asian American written plays to the world by attending this important and festive benefit.
If you’re unable to attend, but believe in supporting forward thinking Asian American playwrights and their work, we are grateful for even the smallest donations.
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION
Below see a sample of the special silent and live auction items being offered to attendees this year:
Dustin H. Chinn awarded Berkeley Rep Summer Residency
He will be concentrating on his work, Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious, a “meditation on ownership and authorship in modern food culture. It’s a triptych that spans the evolution of Vietnamese noodles, which are indisputably better on the West Coast than in New York”.
Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Lab gives residents the opportunity to bring a specific work where they can present and interact with other artists, staff, board to help them identify where the project is in its development path, and to move it to the next stage, whatever that stage may be. According to past residents, the residency encourages works in the early development and the flexibility and self determination of schedule. Collaborators are often invited to attend as well, making this lab unique and, to some, revolutionary.
A native of Seattle, in 2015, Dustin was awarded a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project to write about Herschel, an infamous sea lion who terrorized the waters of Seattle’s Ballard Locks in the mid ‘80s. Full-length plays include SNOWFLAKES, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA, SHARKSUCKER, ASIAN WOMEN IN SPACE and I AM NAKAMURA. more
World Premiere of QUEEN by Madhuri Shekar April 14th
Following the recent SPRING LABFEST reading of one of our newest Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members works, Madhuri Shekar’s play, QUEEN will premiere April 14 – May 14, 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The play centers on PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel, who have spent years exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. As the two are finally about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and close friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
From Broadway World’s recent article, Victory Garden’s Artistic Director Chay Yew says:
“The current conversation around climate change, the disappearance of bees, and our nation’s response to environmental protection continues to be challenging on a daily basis…Playwright Madhuri Shekar has kept this dialogue alive and urgent in the world premiere of Queen. With Madhuri’s signature wit and her uncanny ability to weave a complex yet remarkably insightful story.”
Madhuri Shekar is a playwright based in New York. Her plays include ‘In Love and Warcraft’, ‘A Nice Indian Boy’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Antigone, presented by the girls of St. Catherine’s’. She co-created the Shakespearean web series ‘Titus and Dronicus’ (www.titusanddronicus.com).
For a full and updated schedule of performances, special events, post-show discussions and presentations centered on performances of Queen and tickets HERE
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Lauren Yee Awarded $10,000 Francesca Primus Prize by ACTA
Writers Lab Member, Lauren Yee, has been awarded the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize for her play in a word. The award was established to recognize and support emerging women artists who are making a difference in the theater community in 1997 in memory of actress and critic Francesca Primus.
The play centers on the the grief of a couple at the disappearance of their seven-year-old adopted son, but it is equally about language. “To me, the funny and the painful go hand in hand,” Yee says. Her play was developed in readings on both coasts, had a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere and is published by Samuel French.
Yee is also a Dramatists Guild associate member and a Northwestern University playwriting module mentor. Previously she was a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and playwright-in-residence at the Chance Theater and Second Stage Theatre. Theaters that have commissioned her plays include South Coast Rep, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Trinity Repertory Company, Portland Center Stage, Mixed Blood Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, the Goodman Theatre, and Encore Theatre Company. She received her BA in theater studies and English from Yale and her MFA in playwriting from the University of California San Diego. She has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, King of the Yees, and Samsara.