Ma-Yi Theater Company – which recently celebrated a joyous return to in-person events with the critically-acclaimed, sold-out, Lortel-winning production of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady at The Public Theater – is proud to announce details for the world premiere of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME. Directed by Obie-winner Ralph B. Peña, Isaac’s epic new play, which marks his playwriting debut, mixes traditional Korean fables with the horrors of the Korean War. ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME runs August 23–September 18, 2022, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre (74 East 4th Street, Manhattan) with a press opening set for Wednesday, August 31. Tickets are now on sale at

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME is a funny and deeply moving analog for the experiences of the Korean American diaspora. Isaac deftly moves his characters through time, tracing the legacies of trauma that are passed from one generation to the next, and the various coping mechanisms each one uses to soldier on.