Ma-Yi Theater Sets Gala for March 24, 2014
The Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company -- one of the nation's leading theaters dedicated to developing and producing new and innovative plays by Asian American writers -- has announced March 24, 2014 as the date for the company's 25th anniversary gala celebration, set forMonday evening, March 24 at the Hudson Theater (145 W. 44 St.) in Manhattan. The evening's emcee and entertainment will be announced at a later date.
Ma-Yi kicks off its 25th season on stage with the New York premiere of Mike Lew's play BIKE AMERICA -- presented in partnership with Ensemble Studio Theatre -- with previews set to begin September 24 prior to an official opening night on October 1 Off-Broadway at The Theater at St. Clement's (423 W. 46 St.) in Manhattan.
BIKE AMERICA is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who directed the world-premiere of BIKE AMERICA at ALLIANCE THEATRE earlier this year along with the Off-Broadway hit HAND TO GOD at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Written by Mike Lew -- author of the play "microcrisis," presented Off-Broadway by Ma-Yi Theater Company in 2010 -- BIKE AMERICA has a cast featuring Vandit Bhatt, Jessica Digiovanni, Melanie Nicholls-King, David Shih, Marilyn Torres, Tom White and Landon G. Woodson.
BIKE AMERICA is a wildly picturesque road trip that crams the 48 contiguous states onto one stage: the play unfolds during a cross-country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara -- with stops in big cities and small towns-- as the feckless Penny, looking to add meaning to her life, drops her clingy boyfriend and takes off for the Pacific. Along the way, she befriends a colorful array of bikers in this multi-state, multi-generational, Blue and Red mash-up.
BIKE AMERICA has set design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Melissa Schlachtmeyer and Amy Pedigo-Otto , lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. David S. Cohen is production stage manager.
Mike Lew is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab. His plays include 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).
Moritz von Stuelpnagel is the Artistic Director of Studio 42. His recent NYC credits: 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.
Jessica Digiovanni appeared in BIKE AMERICA at Alliance and CLOSE UP SPACE at MTC. Melanie Williams has appeared in "The Wire" and Rookie Blue." Both Marilyn Torres and Tom White were the cast of BIKE AMERICA at Alliance. David Shih appeared in HONOR at Prospect Theatre and the recent NAATCO production of AWAKE AND SING.