Writers Lab Members Winkler and Chua have plays being premiered by Randy Reyes (a new Board Member of TCG).

ST. PAUL, Minnesota —Director-actor Randy Reyes, a Filipino American theater director has been named to the board of directors of a big organization that promotes the development of professional, community and university theaters. Stage director and actor Randy Reyes will be a board member of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Playwright

Leah Nanako Winkler

Meanwhile, Reyes is busy preparing for Mu Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season. The line up will kick off with Leah Nanako Winkler’s “Two Mile Hollow,” a parody containing a dysfunctional family. Damon Chua’s “The Princess Nightingale” a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” set in eighteenth century China follows at Mu Performing Arts.  more:

Damon Chua

Damon Chua

Don Nguyen Revives Three to Beam Up at Shelterbelt Theater next year.

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

“It’s the 23rd century. Capt. John Wisher of the USS Valkyries finds his ship stuck in the middle of a nexus that has suddenly appeared in the gamma quadrant. Capt. Wisher hears an alien voice that compels him to follow it, risking the safety of all.  Meanwhile in the present day, Sam and Jules Wisher look for their father, John Wisher, who is missing…again. Three to Beam Up is about a man who believes he is the captain of a Federation starship and the children that fight to keep their father’s feet firmly planted on Earth.” more

The Playwrights Realm has announced its 2017-18 season and the launch of a new residency series. Next season, it will present world premieres by Michael Yates Crowley and Don Nguyen.  The second world premiere of the season will be Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth by Nguyen (February-March 2018). The show is “a comedy about conception and deep-space travel.” Jade King Carroll will direct.

Gingold Theatrical Group Announces 2017-18 SPEAKERS’ CORNER Writers Group including New Writers Lab Member:

For the 2017-’18 season, writers Julissa ContrerasEmily Daly, Xavier Galva, Nick Gandiello, Hank H. Kim, James Presson, Ren Dara Santiago, and David Zheng will develop works in response to Shaw’s Man and Superman. Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where George Bernard Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, GTG’s SPEAKERS CORNER brings together six to ten writers each year who will spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text.

Ma-Yi Lab Member

David Zheng

A relative newcomer to Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Zheng is an actor, playwright, and photographer. He is a founding member of The Middle Voice Theater Company. His plays have been workshopped and presented by LAByrinth Theater Company (Kingsbridge) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Ghetto Baptism).

Labbie, Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Kimber Lee’s play was first premiered in 2014 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky, the same year as the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police. Cleveland’s Playwrights Local recently told that tale in the original play “Objectively/Reasonable” and did so through a dramatization of documented reactions by anonymous neighbors, friends and community leaders. This made the senseless shooting particularly personal, political and parochial.”


Kimber Lee

Today, the play continues through Sept. 24 at Dobama Theatre  in Cleveland Heights:

“brownsville song (b-side for tray)” takes place in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, where a young black life with infinite potential on the verge of endless possibilities is tragically cut short in a street shooting. That is where this story, which seamlessly time-shifts between the past and the present, both begins and ends.” more from Cleveland Jewish News



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