Ma-Yi Theater Co. presents FLIPZOIDS Featuring Valdes-Aran, Alban & Chilip


Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company's FLIPZOIDS - a play by Ma-Yi Artistic Director Ralph B. Pena and directed by Obie Award-winner Loy Arcenas, to be presented Off-Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (416 West 42 St.) in Manhattan.

In FLIPZOIDS, a 70-year-old woman -- a recent immigrant from the Philippines - crosses paths with a young Filipino man on a deserted beach in Southern California. Far from their native land, a cautious friendship ensues as they attempt to reconcile their very different understandings of their old home, and try to fit in to their new one.

Directed by Loy Arcenas, who previously directed Ma-Yi's internationally-acclaimed, multiple Obie award-winning THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, FLIPZOIDS has a cast that features the beloved Filipino-American actress Ching Valdes-Aran (Bway's WILD PARTY, Off-Bway's AN ORESTEIA and DOG EATERS), Carlo Alban (a regular on TV's "Prison Break" and "Sesame Street" and the film "Whip It" with Drew Barrymore), and Tina Chilip (GOLDEN CHILD and JOY LUCK CLUB).

FLIPZOIDS has lighting design by James Vermeulen (Ma-Yi's "The Romance of Magno Rubio"; Bway: "Design for Living"; Off Broadway: "Mr. Fox: A Rumination"); sound design by Fabian Obispo (Ma-Yi's "The Romance of Magno Rubio," "No Foreigners Beyond This Point"), and scenic design by Mr. Arcenas.

A playwright and director, Ralph B. Pena is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Plays written include: "Cinema Verite," "This End Up:A User's Manual for Lovers of Asians," and "Dead Man's Socks." Recent directing credits include the world premiere of "Microcrisis" by Michael Lew, "The Children of Vonderly by Lloyd Suh," and "Savage Acts" for Ma-Yi Theater, along with Nicky Paraiso's "House/Boy" at LaMama ETC, Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals, and "Will, Sing!" for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater. He is from the Philippines.

Loy Arcenas is a director and scenic and costume designer. His directing credits include David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child," "Hedda Gabler," "Stop Kiss," and "Blind Mouth Singing." He received an OBIE Award for his direction for The Romance Of Magno Rubio which he collaborated on with playwright Lonnie Carter. It was created for the Ma-Yi Theater Company and has subsequently been staged for the Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He directed the Ma-Yi's productions of Michi Barall's "Rescue Me," Warren Leight's "No Foreigners Beyond This Point," Han Ong's "Watcher" and "Middle Finger." Design credits include Broadway's "Chita Rivera:The Dancer's Life," the American/and or New York premieres of "Dessa Rose," "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "Prelude To A Kiss," "Once On This Island," "High Society," "A Man Of No Importance," "Corpus Christi," "The Baltimore Waltz," and "The Long Christmas Ride Home." He is a recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, two Drama Desk nominations, the Jefferson Award, the Michael Merritt Award for design collaboration, and the OBIE AWARD for Sustained Excellence of Scenic Design. He is from the Philippines.

Founded in 1989, MA-YI THEATRE COMPANY is a the Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop new plays and performance works that depict Asian American experiences. Its numerous acclaimed productions include last season's hit production of RESCUE ME by Michi Barall, Lloyd Suh's AMERICAN HWANGAP, SOUL SAMURAI, THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, THE CHILDREN OF VONDERLY and wAve. Through successful programs such as the Writers Lab, Ma-Yi emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences, while developing a steady stream of quality new works by Asian American Playwrights for its own performing repertory. Ma-Yi Theater Company productions have earned nine Obie Awards, numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations, a Drama Desk nomination and the Special Drama Desk Award for more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.

Please let us know at your earliest convenience which performance of FLIPZOIDS you would like to attend. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre!

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