Ma-Yi Theater Company 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. Following the recent opening of Ma-Yi Studios, a digital streaming center and live capture studio, Ma-Yi is pleased to announce programming for its Spring 2021 season which includes collaborations with artists in China, the Philippines, and Japan. The season, running February 11–May 3, 2021, illustrates that by putting artists and craftspeople to work, despite the coronavirus pandemic, innovation and compelling storytelling can thrive.
Ma-Yi’s Spring 2021 season includes three live readings and begins on February 11 with Clippy and Ms. U, written by Ohnobu Pelican and directed by James Yaegashi. This reading, presented in partnership with Japan Playwrights Association, Tohoku Branch, marks Ma-Yi’s participation in 10 Years from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 3/11: A Reflection Through Plays, an international event reflecting on the shinsai triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) in northern Japan through the prisms of Japanese plays that tell stories of the intervening years.
Additional readings include Stefani Kuo’s timely new play, Final Boarding Call(March 10–14), presented in partnership with WP Theater. It tells the stories of the current Hong Kong protests. The final reading of the season is Once Upon A (korean) Time (April 7), a new play by Daniel K. Isaac that mixes traditional Korean fables with the horrors of the Korean War.