NEW YORK CITY: Ma-Yi Theater Company, which is dedicated to staging work by Asian-American writers, will present a world premiere by A. Rey Pamatmat and a new play by Nandita Shenoy during its 2015–16 season.
The season will open with Shenoy’s Washer/Dryer, directed by Benjamin Kamine (Jan. 26–Feb. 21, 2016). The comedy follows a pair of intercultural newlyweds.
Following, Ma-Yi will present the world premiere of Pamatmat’s House Rules (March 22–April 17). Directed by Ma-Yi artistic director Ralph Peña, the play explores what happens when you realize your parents won’t be around forever and the hilarious and heartbreaking results of that realization.
In addition to the mainstage season, Peña will direct a new adaptation of Ji Junxiang’s 13-century Chinese classic The Orphan of Zhao, by Matthew Maguire and Peña. The production will be presented at Fordham University, as part of a new partnership between the theatre and the school (Nov. 11–13, 2015 and Nov. 19–21, 2015). The play is about a family facing the threat of a massacre at the order of the emperor.
Peña will also direct the Boston engagement of Ma-Yi’s production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, by Lloyd Suh. It was produced in 2013 at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, and then presented at Ma-Yi in 2014. The play will be presented at ArtsEmerson (Feb. 19–March 6, 2016).