Ma-Yi and The Public present “TEENAGE DICK”!

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Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company In Association with The Public Theater 
Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater
Presents
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A World Premiere play by Mike Lew 

Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Previews June 12th, Opening June 20th, 2018, Benefit Night Performance, June 26th

Off-Broadway at The Public Theater

Hot off the success of the critically acclaimed KPOP last fall, Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater announce TEENAGE DICK, a new play by Mike Lew (Tiger Style!), being given its world premiere Off-Broadway, June 12 – July 15, 2018, at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God and Present Laughter), and choreographed by Jennifer Weber (KPOP), TEENAGE DICK is presented as a new fully realized production, having been developed by The Public Theater as part of its 2016 Public Studio Series.

TEENAGE DICK is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Shakespeare’s classic tale of power and lust. TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?

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The cast features Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living), Shannon DeVido (The Healing, Difficult People), Nick Dillenburg (Orange Is the New Black), Sasha Diamond (Significant Other), and Marinda Anderson (Bella: An American Tall Tale).

Additional design and creative credits for TEENAGE DICK are: Set Design – Wilson Chin, Costume Design – Junghyun Georgia Lee, Lighting Design – Miriam Crowe, Sound Design – Fabian Obispo, and Movement Coordination – Robert Westley. Alyssa K. Howard is Production Stage Manager.

TEENAGE DICK was commissioned and developed by The Apothetae (Gregg Mozgala, Artistic Director), a company dedicated to plays that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” It was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2016 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway and Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director).  This current production by Ma-Yi Theater Company is part of The Lark’s Venturous Playwright Fellowship Program, funded by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.

Scheduled through July 15, 2018, TEENAGE DICK will begin performances June 12 and perform Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30PM, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.  Please note there is no performance on Saturday, June 16 at 1:30 or Thursday, June 21 or Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30PM; additionally, performances have been added on Monday, June 18 and July 2 at 7:30PM. Public Theater Partners and Members can access tickets on Thursday, March 22. Single tickets can be accessed on Thursday, March 29. For tickets and information: visit publictheater.org, or call 212.967.7555

Mobility limited seating and reduced ticket prices for the disabled community and designated companion are available.

Information is also available at www.ma-yitheatre.org

ABOUT MA-YI THEATER COMPANY:

Ma-Yi Theater Company recently enjoyed great critical and wild success with its double-billed KPOP last fall by Jason Kim, in addition to Carlos Celdran’s LIVIN’ LA VIDA IMELDA, Hansol Jung’s AMONG THE DEAD, A. Rey Pamatmat’s HOUSE RULES, Nandita Shenoy’s WASHER/DRYER, Michi Barall’s PEER GYNT AND THE NORWEGIAN HAPA BAND, Han Ong’s CHAIRS AND A LONG TABLE, and Rehana Lew Mirza’s SOLDIER X. The company won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for its critically acclaimed production of Lloyd Suh’s THE WONG KIDS IN THE SECRET OF THE SPACE CHUPACABRA GO!

Founded in 1989 and now celebrating its 27th season, MA-YI is a Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers.

Since its founding, Ma-Yi 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. Its numerous acclaimed productions include Mike Lew’s BIKE AMERICA and MICROCRISIS, Qui Nguyen’s THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G and SOUL SAMURAI (with Vampire Cowboys), Mike Lew’s MICROCRISIS and the revival of Ralph B. Peña’s FLIPZOIDS. Other productions include: RESCUE ME by Michi Barall, Lloyd Suh’s AMERICAN HWANGAP and THE CHILDREN OF VONDERLY and THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO by Lonnie Carter. Through successful programs such as the Writers Lab, Ma-Yi emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences, while developing a steady stream of quality new works by Asian American playwrights for its own performing repertory. New works developed at the Writers Lab have gone on to successful productions around the country, at such theaters as Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Woolly Mammoth, and the Actors Theater of Louisville, to name a few. Ma-Yi Theater Company productions have earned 10 Obie Awards, numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations, a Drama Desk nomination for Best Play and the Special Drama Desk Award for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.”

Ma-Yi Theater is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña.

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ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER:

THE PUBLIC, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is theater of, by, and for the people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub.  Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 169 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Desk Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheater.org

 

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Ma-Yi Joins Korean Cultural Center to present Jason Kim’s “Clarity”

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In this special presentation with Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Korean Cultural Center New York hosts an evening with renowned playwright Jason Kim, featuring a reading his most recent work, CLARITY with a post-play discussion offering attendees the opportunity to speak with Jason and the cast and directors.

A light. A ball. An organ. When his sister resurfaces after a decade of silence, Danny must decide if he should put his faith in God or risk his life for family. A play about faith in contemporary life, Clarity examines what it means to deal with a higher power.

Korean Cultural Center New York and Ma-Yi Theatre Company present

CLARITY

By Jason Kim/Directed by Danny Sharron

FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd, 2018, at 7 pm

Location: Korean Cultural Center New York (460 Park Ave., 6th Fl., New York, NY)

SORRY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

 

 

Ma-Yi Theater and Barrington Stage presents THE CHINESE LADY

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Ma-Yi Theater Company in a coproduction with Barrington Stage Company present

THE CHINESE LADY

Written by Former codirector and Member of Ma-Yi  Writers Lab, Lloyd Suh and Directed by Ma-Yi’s Producing Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña the show will premier July 19 through Aug 11 2018 at St. Germain Stage, in Pittsfield, MA. 

In 1834, Afong Moy was brought from Bejing to America and put on display as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next 45 years, she performed in a side show that both defined and challenged her own view of herself, as she witnessed stunning transformations in the US.

Per Barrington Stage Company’s founding artistic director, Julianne Boyd. “It’s a season of plays about women in difficult situations.”

“I really don’t consciously set out looking for a theme for the season,” Boyd said during a phone interview, just before officially rolling out the 2018 season at a press luncheon at BSC’s Wolfson Center on North Street. “I mean, usually I pick the plays first and then it seems a theme emerges. This year, I wanted to choose plays that had great roles for women.

Announcements about The Chinese Lady:

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July 19- Aug 11 2018 at St. Germain StageSydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street at Center St. in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, (1 block west of North St., 2 blocks north of Main)

Ma-Yi Fall 2017 Labfest Features Readings Oct 27-30

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October 27 @ 7pmLet There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath
October 28@ 3pmBritish Raj: Just the Fun Parts by Mike Lew
October 29 @ 5pmColonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious by Dustin Chinn
October 30 @ 1:30pmUntitled by Jiehae Park (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)
October 30 @ 7pmBlood in Your Blood by A. Rey Pamatmat

ADMISSION IS FREE. PLEASE EMAIL SPECIFYING WHICH SHOW YOU ARE ATTENDING:
chris@ma-yitheatre.org

During October 27 through October 30, Ma-Yi Theater Company’s WRITERS LAB will be conducting staged readings of their new plays and works in progress. The public is invited via reservations and the productions are free. The Ma-Yi Writers Lab consists of over 30 Asian American Playwrights who offer their works through our main stage productions and bi-annual LABFESTS like this one.

For more information on Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Ma-Yi Writers Lab call 212-971-4862. Thank you for your support and patronage.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP, Book by Lab Member, Jason Kim, Begins!

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A High-Octane Immersive Event with a Cast of 18 that Gives You an All-Access, Backstage Pass to a K-Pop Music Factory

Tickets:

$45 general, $75 premium, $25, $35 on select dates, details below

New York, NY, July 12, 2017—Ars Nova “one of NYC’s most adventurous Off Broadway companies” (New York Times), in association with “the foremost incubator of new Asian American theater in the country” (Obie award) Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, “the exceptional theater company” that turns “spaces into intimate vortexes of wonder” (Gothamist) presents the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.

KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made… or broken.

KPOP was conceived by Woodshed Collective and  Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member, Jason Kim (The Model American, HBO’s “Girls”) and features a book by Kim, music & lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon (The View UpStairs), an immersive design by Woodshed Collective, choreography by Bessie-nominee Jennifer Weber (The Hip Hop Nutcracker, TruTV’s “Face Off”) and is directed by Teddy Bergman (Empire Travel Agency).

The predominantly Asian and Asian American cast of 18 includes Julia Abueva, Cathy Ang, Katie Lee Hill (Nerds), Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I), Sun Hye Park, James Saito, James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,

Previews: Sept 5, 6, 11–13, 18–20 at 7pm; Sept 7–9, 14–16, 21 at 8pm; Sept 16 and 21 at 3pm

Opening: Friday, Sept 22 at 8pm

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF KPOP – SEP 5 – OCT 7

FB_CoverNew York, NY, July 12, 2017Due to popular demand, Ars Nova “one of NYC’s most adventurous Off Broadway companies” (New York Times), in association with “the foremost incubator of new Asian American theater in the country” (Obie awardMa-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, “the exceptional theater company” that turns “spaces into intimate vortexes of wonder” (Gothamist) has released a new block of tickets and has added performances (September 16 & 30 at 3pm) to the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.

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KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made… or broken.

Deborah S. Craig (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Vanessa Kai have joined and complete the cast of predominantly Asian and Asian American performers, who now number 18, and also include Julia Abueva, Cathy Ang, Katie Lee Hill (Nerds), Joomin Hwang, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Deborah Kim, Susannah Kim, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I), Sun Hye Park, James Saito, James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Small Mouth Sounds), David Shih, Jason Tam (If/Then, Lysistrata Jones), John Yi and Ebony Williams (Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour).

 

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KPOP was conceived by Woodshed Collective and Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member Jason Kim (The Model American, HBO’s “Girls”) and features a book by Kim, music & lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon (The View UpStairs), an immersive design by Woodshed Collective, choreography by Bessie-nominee Jennifer Weber (The Hip Hop Nutcracker, TruTV’s “Face Off”) and is directed by Teddy Bergman (Empire Travel Agency).

 

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The creative team includes Gabriel Hainer Evansohn (Production Design), Tricia Barsamian (Costume Design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Design), Will Pickens (Sound Design), Phillip Gulley (Projection and Video Design), Sujin Kim-Ramsey (Music Director), Helen Park & Max Vernon (Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Music Production) and Lizzy Lee (Production Stage Manager).

 

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Performances of KPOP will take place September 5–October 7 (see above schedule) at the A.R.T./New York Theatres, located at 502 West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Critics are welcome as of Tuesday, September 19 for an official opening on Friday, September 22 at 8pm. Tickets, priced at $45 general/$75 premium, can be purchased by visiting arsnovanyc.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

RELATED PRESS RELEASES:

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http://www.playbill.com/article/kpop-finds-its-complete-cast-and-announces-new-performances

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Broadway World

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/New-Block-of-Tickets-Released-for-Immersive-KPOP-Run-This-Fall-20170809

LABBIES PLAYS HIGHLIGHT “MIXFEST” AUGUST 9-17

 

A Free Reading Series Play Festival

August 9 – 17, 2017
Atlantic Stage 2 | 330 West 16th St.

 
ATLANTIC THEATER IS HOSTING Asian American Mixfest, Featuring works by members of the MA-Yi Writers Lab!Lab members Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen are co-producing the festival, that is hosting readings of full-length plays by Carla ChingQui NguyenA. Rey PamatmatMadhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh. In addition, Atlantic commissioned Jessica HuangLeah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Rajiv Joseph!Admission is free, though reservations are required. To RSVP, please email readings@atlantictheater.org 

See below for more information on each show!


 

moderated by Lloyd Suh

Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm

Asian American Mixfest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.

 

 

RSVP FOR “MEET THE WRITERS” PANEL


 

 

 

by Madhuri Shekar

directed by Saheem Ali

Thursday, August 10 | 3pm

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

RSVP FOR HOUSE OF JOY

 


 

 

by Jessica HuangRajiv JosephJiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal

Friday, August 11 | 3pm 

Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.

RSVP FOR ONE ACTS


 

 

by Carla Ching 

directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar 

Monday, August 14 | 7pm 

Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.

RSVP FOR NOMAD HOTEL


 

 

by Lloyd Suh 

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

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm 

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.

RSVP FOR FRANKLINLAND


 

 


by Qui Nguyen 

directed by Robert Ross Parker 

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm 

A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.

RSVP FOR WAR IS F**KING AWESOME


 

 


by A. Rey Pamatmat 

directed by May Adrales


Thursday, August 17 | 7pm 

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

RSVP FOR A POWER PLAY; OR WHATS-ITS-NAME


 

Don Nguyen and Lauren Yee’s plays are featured as part of Flushing Queen’s “Park Plays”

The Queens Theatre, in partnership with Theatre 167, will produce 10 plays this summer that use the 897-acre park as the backdrop. The production, called Park Plays, will take place from July 28 through Aug. 6 at the venue’s Studio Theater at 14 United Nations Avenue South. Playwrights include Ngozi AnyanwuJenny Lyn Bader, Jess Barbagallo, Gracie Gardner, Richard Hinojosa, MJ KaufmanRex McGregorDon NguyenFrank Paiva and Lauren Yee.

QUEENS-THEATRESix of the plays were commissioned and four were chosen from open submissions. The playwrights either have a personal connection to the park or wrote plays that capture “the spirit of inclusivity and diversity that the park represents,” according to Park Plays Festival Director Brant Russell. Three sisters participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in “Race Day” by Don Nguyen, and in “What Once We Were,” which is written by Lauren Yee, three museum curators talk about their memories of the city.

Ma-Yi Gala Promises Great Entertainment and Live Auction April 24th

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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.

To learn more about this important fundraiser click here  or email us


 

LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION

Below see a sample of the special silent and live auction items being offered to attendees this year:

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Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band Rocks On Thru 2/11

Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band, by Ma-Yi Theater's Michi Barall, Lyrics by Paul Lieber and Matt Park, Directed and originally conceived by Jack Tamburri

Opening to a full house on January 21, Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band follows a modern day Peer (Matt Park) across the globe as he chases and runs away from women, lies cheats and steals to make his fortune, and searches for true meaning. Written by Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member, Michi Barall, the play departs humorously from Ibsen’s six hour classic verse dram, but carries many of the themes of the original through live original music performed and sung by a talented cast. GET TICKETS

Theatre Pizzazz credits the show and crew with a big thumbs up:

 

Matt Park is transfixing and electrifying in the title role of Peer, a true rock star complete with guitar skills. Also co-composer, he audaciously leads the company through the ups and the downs as Peer’s stories gallop apace. Park’s physical commitment and range matches his fiery and imaginative inner life. Playing all of the women Peer finds himself in trouble with, Angel Desai is dynamic and vibrant, not to mention a killer violinist. Mia Katigbak is commanding and quite a force as Peer’s mother, among other roles, and steps in to tickle the ivories. Rocky Vega fills Solvay, the love of Peer’s life, with breathtaking vitality. Her voice blends styling likened to Regina Spektor and Charlotte Martin, and she’s a talented pianist. The chemistry between Peer and Solvay is just heart-wrenching. Paul Lieber, sharing the composer hat with Park, is always in the moment, whether bandleader, guitarist, or a smorgasbord of acting roles. On drums and mandolin, along with dance captaining and taking on a variety of wacky characters, Titus Tompkins is a knockout. Last but certainly not least, Uton Onyejekwe goes cross-gender as a youthful and warm Helga. This performance beautifully contrasts his strong-willed other roles, in addition to the band’s bassist. 

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