"Take life by the handlebars."

BIKE AMERICA is a wildly picturesque journey that crams the 48 contiguous states onto one stage. The play unfolds as a cross-country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way. Our feckless heroine Penny is looking to bring more meaning into her life, so she drops her clingy boyfriend and takes off for the Pacific. Along the way, she befriends a colorful crew of bikers in this multi-state, multi-generational, Blue and Red mash-up.


The Theater at St. Clement’s
423 West 46th Street
(between 9th and 10th Aves.)
New York, NY 10036

Subway: A/C/E/1/2/3/7/N/R/Q/W to Times Square-42nd Street
Parking: Available at 303 West 46th Street and 360 West 43rd Street.


September 24 – October 20, 2013

Wednesdays thru Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Tuesdays @ 7:00pm
Sunday @ 3:00pm


Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab along with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza. His plays include Bike America (Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, Lark, Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Foundation workshops); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops); and People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival). His shorts include In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes… (Humana Festival, KY; InspiraTO Festival winner, Toronto), Roanoke (Humana), and Moustache Guys (Second Generation, NYC). He is winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Award, Heideman Award, Sam French Festival, and Battle of the Bards. Training: Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003). www.mikelew.com


Moritz von Stuelpnagel is the Artistic Director of Studio 42, New York’s producer of “unproducible” plays. Recent NYC: Trevor (Lesser America); Hand to God (Ensemble Studio Theatre), named one of the best productions of the year by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Huffington Post; Turnabout (EST); Mel & El: Show & Tell (Ars Nova); Best Sex Ever (Rising Phoenix Rep); Spacebar and My Base and Scurvy Heart (Studio 42). Regional: Alliance, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, Allentown Shakespeare, Boston Playwrights, and others. New Play Development: the Lark, MTC, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard, The Huntington, Dramatists Guild, Ma-Yi, New River Dramatists, Partial Comfort, 2G, TBTB, Williamstown, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Goethe Institute, and Young Playwrights. www.moritzvs.com


BIKE AMERICA will feature Vandit Bhatt, Jessica DiGiovanni, Melanie Nicholls-King, David Shih, Marilyn Torres, Tom White, and Landon G. Woodson.

The design team includes set by Andrew Boyce, costumes by Melissa Schlachtmeyer & Amy Pedigo-Otto, lights by Matthew Richards, and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.

Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at] ma-yitheatre.org