— ARS NOVA
in association with
MA-YI THEATER COMPANY + WOODSHED COLLECTIVE
Conceived by WOODSHED COLLECTIVE + JASON KIM
Book by JASON KIM
Music + Lyrics by HELEN PARK + MAX VERNON
Immersive Design by WOODSHED COLLECTIVE
Choreographed by JENNIFER WEBER
Directed by TEDDY BERGMAN
@ A.R.T./New York, 502 West 53rd Street
— ABOUT KPOP
— KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made… or broken.
— COME EARLY & SAVE
— Tix $45+
Wk 1 — September 5 — 9 • $25 • Use Code: KPOPSICLE
Wk 2 — September 11 — 16 • $35 • Use Code: LOLLIPOP
Ars Nova’s tix initiative, generously supported in part by the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, underwrites the cost of tix for all performances, allowing us to make theater accessible to the next generation of theater-goers.
— ADDITIONAL DEETS
KPOP IS AN «ALL-IN» EXPERIENCE FOR ALL FIVE OF YOUR SENSES. HERE IS SOME INFO AND POINTERS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR NIGHT:
• All tickets are General Admission.
• The show moves and so will YOU! All audience members will be moving for most of the show including standing, walking and climbing stairs, so feel free to skip the stilettos.
• For your convenience and comfort, there will be a mandatory and complimentary coat-check.
• There is no such thing as late-seating, or re-entry. It's not a thing. So arrive early, ditch your baggage and grab one of the cheapest drinks in midtown!
— LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!
— September 5 – October 7, 2017
Mon – Wed @ 7PM | Thu – Sat @ 8PM | + Select 3PM Shows
Performance Calendar: web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/976154
— THE TEAM
JULIA ABUEVA, CATHY ANG, KATIE LEE HILL, JOOMIN HWANG, JINWOO JUNG, VANESSA KAI, JIHO KANG, DEBORAH KIM, SUSANNAH KIM, AMANDA MORTON, ASHLEY PARK, SUN HYE PARK, JAMES SAITO, JAMES SEOL, DAVID SHIH, JASON TAM, EBONY WILLIAMS, JOHN YI
Production Design GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
Costume Design TRICIA BARSAMIAN
Lighting Design JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW
Sound Design WILL PICKENS
Projection + Video Design PHILLIP GULLEY
Music Director SUJIN KIM-RAMSEY
Casting Director HENRY RUSSELL BERGSTEIN
Orchestrations + Vocal Arrangements + Music Production
HELEN PARK + MAX VERNON
Production Stage Manager LIZZY LEE
This production was made possible in part by assistance from TIM FORBES
— ABOUT THE CAST & TEAM
— JULIA ABUEVA (Sonoma) is so excited to be making her Off- Broadway debut! West EndL Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage appearances include Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Singapore premieres of Next to Normal (Natalie) and Spring Awakening (Wendla); Manila premieres of Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) and Aspects of Love (Young Jenny) and Philippine Repertory’s production of The Fantasticks (Luisa). Upcoming: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp Nat Wolff). All my love and gratitude to my family, Mama, ‘Dadday’, At and Kuy; my amazing and fiercely talented KPOP family; and to the best agents – Margrit and Matt — for the endless support and for always believing in me. @julia.abueva.
CATHY ANG (Jin Hee) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut! New York Theater: Riot Antigone – New Work (Ismene), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Void – Reading (Joan), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), A Little Night Music (Fredrika), The Meanest Birthday Girl – New Work (Gertrude), Royal Fables – Reading & Production (Sleeping Beauty), Once On This Island (Little Timoune), Beatsville – Reading & Production (Betty). Education: NYU Steinhardt. Voice: Jeremy Aye. Unending gratitude and love to her pamilya!!! cathyang.com.
KATIE LEE HILL (Tiny D) is thrilled to be back at Ars Nova after previously appearing in Sky-Pony's The Wildness with Ars Nova & PlayCo! Broadway: Nerds. Off-Broadway: Film Chinois (Pan Asian Rep); The Wildness; The Anthem (Lynn Redgrave Theater). Regional: The Rose Tattoo starring Marissa Tomei and Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Labs/Workshops: Vineyard Theatre; Sundance Theatre Lab; NAMT; NYMF; Williamstown Theatre Festival. TV: Succession (HBO). Her band is baby chemist. Thanks to Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Woodshed, the creative team and HRB for this pop-portunity! S/O to TMT Entertainment and love to her family and Travis. katieleehill.com.
JOOMIN HWANG (Timmy X) is thrilled to make his Off-Broadway debut. He was born and raised in South Korea. He appeared in many theater productions in South Korea. He recently finished the feature film Sushi Tushi, starring with Eddie Mekka (Carmine, Laverne & Shirley). NYC Theater Credits: Han u/s in Green Card: A New Musical (St. Clements) and Graffiti Pete in In The Heights (Axelrod Performing Arts Center). Dance Theater: The Choreographer's Canvas 2016 (NYC), Break Out (World Tour), Bibop (World Tour), Sachoom (World Tour). Concerts: Eternal Light NYC premiere (Carnegie Hall), The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins (Carnegie Hall), New York Chamber Choirs. BFA, Vocal Performance — University of Wisconsin. Special thanks to my family and Megumi, my wife, I love you. joominhwang.com. @joominhwang.
JINWOO JUNG (Oracle) first wants to thank the team and the audience for making this great production happen. Born and raised in Korea, after finishing a degree in law, Jinwoo decided to follow his dream to be an actor/singer and went to USC, MFA Acting (Class of 2016). He was in The Christians (Mark Taper Forum), played Jean Michel in La Cage aux Folles (East West Players) and has worked on various TV/Film/VO/commercials.
VANESSA KAI (Ruby) Off-Broadway: Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage), The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project). Regional: The Christians (Riverside Theatre), Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Far East (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Debut by Connecticut Critics Circle) and An Infinite Ache (Stamford Theatre Works). Select Film/TV: The Blacklist, Gotham, The Mysteries of Laura, Orange Is The New Black, The Leftovers, Off The Rails, Old Acquaintance Be Forgot. vanessakai.com.
JIHO KANG (Lex) is excited to make his theatrical debut. Jiho spent last summer singing on Superstar K 2016, a singing competition on South Korea’s MNET. He also writes for and with indie producers like The Highrollers and Ci Majr. He graduated from Harvard University, where he performed with KeyChange a capella and Expressions dance team. jihokang.com.
DEBORAH KIM (XO, Week 1 Dance Captain) discovered her passion for dance during her undergraduate years at NYU. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for The Neighbors Dance Team and Epic Motion, and has been featured in live performance and commercial work for Calvin Klein, ABC Family and MSG-TV. Deborah has also published her poetry on KoreanAmericanStory.org, and recently played her first lead role as an actor in the short film Babo.
SUSANNAH KIM (Mina) is thrilled to be here from Los Angeles to make her Off-Broadway debut in KPOP! Her previous credits include Urinetown (Little Sally), Company (Kathy), A Piece of My Heart (Leeann) and last summer's MTV VMAs «Truth» campaign. She also hosts multiple shows for AfterbuzzTV. She's grateful for this opportunity and feels fortunate for the support of her cats, family and friends. @susannah_kim
AMANDA MORTON (Yazmeen) is a music director and Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts. Select music direction credits include: A Period of Animate Existence (Pig Iron Theatre Company); A New Brain, Into the Woods (Barrymore Award recipient), Spring Awakening (Theatre Horizon); A Year With Frog & Toad (Barrymore Award nomination), The Secret Garden, Passion, Parade (Arden Theatre); Malpractice Makes Perfect (York Theatre); Peter & I (American Theatre of Actors); We Tell the Story: The Songs of Ahrens & Flaherty (Lortel Theatre). She collaborates with composer Larry Lees as co-lyricist/story supervisor on original musicals. B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, Ithaca College.
ASHLEY PARK (MwE) was seen earlier this year in Broadway’s critically-acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park with George. Other Broadway: ‘Tuptim’ in Lincoln Center’s The King and I (Grammy nomination); Mamma Mia!.. National Tour: R&H’s Cinderella (Gabrielle). This summer she played ‘Maid Marian’ in the world premiere of Hood (Dallas Theater Center). This winter, she will be originating the role of 'Gretchen Wieners' in Tina Fey's much-anticipated Mean Girls musical. TV: “Nightcap” (PopTV/Lionsgate). Regional: 'Luisa' in THE FANTASTICKS (Pasadena Playhouse); Pittsburgh CLO; Music Theatre Wichita. Proud University of Michigan graduate. @ashleyparklady.
SUN HYE PARK (Callie) graduated from MFA Acting at Columbia University this past May. Originally from Korea, Sun Hye received her BFA in acting from Korea National University of Arts. Favorite credits include Hamyul/Hamlet, Picture Bride, Macbeth, Miss Julie and The Phantom Lady. She’d love to thank her family and friends for their love and support. She especially thanks God for the opportunity to be in this amazing show.
JAMES SAITO (Moon) Broadway: Golden Child, The King And I. National Tour: Flower Drum Song. NY Theater includes: Lincoln Center (Mitzi Newhouse), Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Vineyard. Regional Theaters include: Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe. Film and TV include: Instinct, Big Eyes, Life Of Pi, While We're Young, Hawaii Five-O, House Of Cards, Madam Secretary, The Deuce, Eli Stone, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Shredder). OBIE for performance: Durango.
JAMES SEOL (Jerry) Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway: Ars Nova's Small Mouth Sounds (Signature Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theatre). Regional: Four Immigrants, Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mame (Goodspeed Musicals), Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Hamlet (Hartford Stage), The Orphan of Zhao (American Conservatory Theater/La Jolla Playhouse). He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Virginia.
DAVID SHIH (Dr. Park) Previously with Ma-Yi: Bike America. Off-Broadway: Somebody's Daughter (Second Stage), Awake and Sing! (The Public/NAATCO), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Dojoji (Pan Asian Rep), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter). TV/Film: The Path, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Saving Face.
JASON TAM (Epic) Broadway: IF/THEN (David); Lysistrata Jones (Xander, Astaire Award nomination); A Chorus Line (Paul); Les Misérables (Gavroche). Off-Broadway: Marry Me A Little; Lysistrata Jones. Tour: Les Misérables. NY/Workshop: KPOP; Soft Power; Nobody Loves You; Allegiance; The Last Goodbye; US; Clueless; The Black Suits; The Nightingale; The Yellow Wood. Regional: Hollywood Bowl; Guthrie Theater; Sacramento Music Circus; Sharon Playhouse; Casa Mañana. TV: Do No Harm; Guilty; Hawaii 5-0; One Life to Live; Beyond the Break. Film: Every Little Step (documentary). BFA, NYU Tisch.
EBONY WILLIAMS (Jenn, Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut! Training: Boston Ballet School, Boston Conservatory. Company: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Film: Adjustment Bureau. TV: So You Think You Can Dance, SNL, 30 Rock and America's Got Talent. Music Video: Single Ladies (matching Beyonce), Lemonade and Formation World Tour. Next, she is looking to conquer Broadway, television, film and a dance project-based company of her own.
JOHN YI (Bobo) Off-Broadway and original cast debut. NY: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Vocalist), Oliver! (Signature Theatre, choreo: Baayork Lee), KPOP (2014 workshop), Grateful (Symphony Space). Tour/regional: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (first national tour, Topher & Jean-Michel u/s), Miss Saigon (international tour with Pittsburgh CLO), Queen Mother (Goodspeed Opera House, dir: Lynne Taylor-Corbett), City of Angels (Heritage Theatre Festival). BFA: Elon University. Proud Teach For America Alum (HOU ‘11, 7th grade reading). Rep: CLEAR Talent Group. @mrjohnyi.
JASON KIM (Co-Conceiver, Book) is a Korean-born dramatist based in New York City. His work has been presented at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Keen Company, Naked Angels, The Flea, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Spoleto Festival, Opera America and others. He is an IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, a Screenwriters Colony Fellow, a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans and a Mark Campbell Chair Librettist Fellow in American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Uncharted. He is currently Lincoln Center Theater’s Resident Writer. In television, he has written for HBO’s Girls and Fox’s Gracepoint and has adapted The Middlesteins for Showtime. He was recently the Consulting Producer for Love on Netflix. BA Columbia University, MFA New School for Drama. waytooserious.com.
HELEN PARK (Music + Lyrics, Orchestrations, Vocal Arrangements, Music Production) is a composer, arranger and performer. She wrote music for a full-length musical, The Large Life of Alice Liddell, which received a reading at NYU. She also wrote a one-act Latin musical comedy, Last Resort, which received readings at NYU and was performed at the Duplex Theater. Helen wrote the one-act musical Baked Goods with lyrics by Christyn Budzyna and book by Charlie Cohen, which was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Sound Bites Festival and was selected winner for the 2017 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. Helen worked as music assistant to composer Tom Kitt on Broadway's If/Then, The Spongebob Musical and Freaky Friday. Currently, Helen is at work on an adaptation of the screenplay 50 First Dates and an original musical. Helen’s music has been featured at Ars Nova, The Duplex, NYMF, BMI Smoker, Joe's Pub and 54 Below, among others. Helen is an alumna of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is a member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced). helenparkmusic.com.
MAX VERNON (Music + Lyrics, Orchestrations, Vocal Arrangements, Music Production) is a composer/lyricist, emerging fashion icon, playwright and performer. Described by The New Yorker as «equal parts bohemia and Broadway,» Max is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Dramatist Guild Fellow and an artist-in-residence at Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat and the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. His musical, The View UpStairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway and was nominated for 2 Lortel Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. It will have 5 new productions around the world in 2017-2018; original cast recording on Broadway Records. maxvernon.com.
GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN (Production & Scenic Design) is a production designer focusing on creating immersive physical landscapes. He is a founder of Woodshed Collective, where he is the Director of Production and Resident Production Designer. With Woodshed: Empire Travel Agency, Does it Hurt…, The Tenant, The Confidence Man, 12 Ophelias. In 2016, he co-founded Iron Bloom Creative Production, a production and design firm specializing in interactive live experience. Recent work by IBCP includes: associate scenic design and production management of Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street, design and production at festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Colossal Clusterfest. ironbloomny.com. Other Selected Credits: Queen of the Night (Paramount Hotel), Underland (59E59), Love Machine (Ars Nova), AMC Upfront 2013 (Lexington Ave. Armory), Experiment America 2012 (ICA Boston).
TRICIA BARSAMIAN (Costume Design) NY: Sweetee (Signature Theatre), Yank! A WWII Love Story (York Theatre Company), Sistas: The Musical (St. Luke’s Theatre). Regional: The Alley Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage Company, John W. Engeman Theater, TheatreWorks. Select associate/asst costume design: Madonna Rebel Heart Tour, Mean Girls (Broadway), Present Laughter (Broadway), American Psycho (Broadway), Something Rotten! (Broadway), The Queen of the Night (The Diamond Horseshoe), Annie (Broadway), Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour and Wicked (National Tour).
JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW (Lighting Design) designs for theater, dance, opera, musical and music performances and installation. NY Times described them as “clever” and “inventive.” Recent: Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Silent Voices at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with LA Opera, Tan Dun’s Water Passion with MET Museum, Gloria — A Pig Tale with Alan Gilbert and Doug Fitch, Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy (Bel Geddes Design Enhancement award), Company XIV’s Rococo Rogue and Nutcracker Rogue (various Drama Desk nominations), Torry Bend’s The Paper Hat Game (Drama Desk nomination), Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of Mexico Part One (Best Lighting Design nomination), Lot Vekemans’ Poison (American Premiere), Julia Jarcho’s Nomads and Erik Ehn’s commemorative cycle Soulographie: Our Genocides. Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. jeanetteyew.com.
WILL PICKENS (Sound Design) is a Woodshed Collective member. Recently he has worked on: Woodshed Collective: Alexandria and Empire Travel Agency. Broadway: M. Butterfly, Indecent (Cort Theater), Dames At Sea (Helen Hayes), Honeymoon In Vegas (Nederlander Theatre), The Realistic Joneses (Lyceum Theatre), Bronx Bombers (Circle In The Square), A Time To Kill (John Golden Theater), Death of a Salesman (Ethel Barrymore Theater). Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, P.S.142, Roundabout Pels Theater and The Public Theater. Regional: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheaterWorks Hartford and Geva Theatre Center. He is a proud member of USA 829 and TSDCA. willpickens.com.
PHILLIP GULLEY (Projection + Video Design) is a conceptual, theater and media artist. He has created original pieces in diverse venues ranging from abandoned tunnels to prestigious arts institutions. A few highlights include commissioned installations and designs at Sundance, Grand Central Terminal, New Museum, The Kennedy Center, and The Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai. His collaborators and clients include RATATAT, American Express, Alexander Melamid, Michael Kors, Glenmoraingie, The Goethe Institute, and Performance Space 122, to name a few. Phillip is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative for BeSide Digital, and serves on the board of The Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation. He received his BA in theater from The University of South Florida and graduated from Brooklyn College, CUNY, receiving his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art.
LIZZY LEE (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Ars Nova, Ma-Yi and Woodshed Collective! With Ars Nova: The Wildness, Futurity (co-production with Soho Rep). Broadway: Sunset Boulevard, Motown. Tours: Dirty Dancing, Flashdance. New York: Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); Our Lot (Clubbed Thumb); Twelfth Night (Fiasco). Regional/International: Steel Hammer (SITI/NYUAD); Hamlet/Ur Hamlet, A Dream Play (Theater Mitu/NYUAD), four seasons at Actors Theater of Louisville. Lizzy is a proud lady of Kenyon College. Big thanks to Natalie, John, Codey and Bryan.
NATALIE HRATKO (Stage Manager) With Ars Nova: Underground Railroad Game, The Wildness; Sky Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale, The Rise & Fall of Marcus Monroe, By the Water (with MTC), many ANT Fests, Showgasms and Galas. Natalie was recently on tour with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, nationally and internationally. Other credits: Oh, Hello! (Cherry Lane Theatre), Scenes From A Marriage (NYTW), In Your Arms (NYSAF), Broadway Dance Lab, The Alvin Ailey School and Martha Graham Dance Company.
JOHN C. MOORE (Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova); A Life (Playwrights Horizons); Antlia Pneumetica (Playwrights Horizons); Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons); The Christians (Playwrights Horizons); Regional: The Light In the Piazza (The Sheen Center); Julius Caesar (Access Theater).
Sujin Kim-Ramsey (Music Director) is an active composer, music director, arranger and pianist in New York City and abroad. Sujin wrote music for the full-length musical, WAIT, which received a reading at NYU. Sujin, along with her collaborator, Daphny Maman, have written several musicals seen around NYC including: A Good Morning for Coffee (HERE Arts Center, 2013 / Seoul, 2017), The Mystery of the Deadly Singer (Playroom Theater, 2015) and Congratulations!(NYU, 2015). Sujin has music directed Sunday in the Park… at Burning Cole Theatre in Raleigh, NC (2013) and has music directed several concerts, readings and workshops in NYC. Sujin graduated from Berklee College of Music in jazz composition and the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU.
JENNIFER WEBER (Choreographer) is a Bessie nominated choreographer and the founder of theatrical hip-hop company Decadancetheatre. Her work has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, New York City Center, and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre, Moscow. She is the co-creator, director and choreographer of the annual hit holiday tour The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Choreography credits include Cruel Intentions The Musical (LPR), Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm (US premier/Hudson Stage), PBS’s Odd Squad Live! (National Tour), James Brown: Get On the Good Foot (Apollo Theater). Commercial direction/choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok and Philosophy. Weber directed the 2016 and 2017 tours of Lifetime’s Bring It Live! Special thanks to my brilliant associate choreographer, Taeko Koji. jenniferwebernyc.com.
TEDDY BERGMAN (Director) is a director, actor, producer and writer. As Artistic Director of acclaimed theater company Woodshed Collective, he’s co-conceived and directed productions including: Twelve Ophelias, The Confidence Man, The Tenant and most recently Empire Travel Agency. His directing work has been seen at Ars Nova, New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, Clubbed Thumb and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. As an actor he recently appeared in a recurring role on the Amazon Series Good Girls Revolt. On stage, he was in the original Broadway cast of the Tony Winning Peter And The Starcatcher and has appeared at NYTW, 2nd Stage, St. Ann’s. The Flea, The Mint and more. Film and TV work includes: Wolves, Listen Up Philip, Fading Gigolo, Hairbrained, Julie and Julia, Little Big League, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Affair, Law and Order: SVU and more.
— ABOUT ARS NOVA
— ARS NOVA is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support cross-pollination and outside-the-box thinking to encourage innovative work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.
Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: “Best New American Theatre Work” OBIE Award-winner & New York Times’ “Best of 2016” Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special (now on international tour); Outstanding Musical Lortel Award-winner Futurity, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015” Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl (now touring the US after a return engagement Off Broadway); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society; the Tony award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (now on Broadway); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; the world premiere of the 2009 season’s most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Alex Timbers; audience favorite Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It’s Pink, by Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s and Thomas Kail’s first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme, by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda.
— ABOUT MA-YI THEATER COMPANY
— MA-YI THEATER COMPANY recently enjoyed great critical and popular success with Hansol Jung's Among the Dead, Nandita Shenoy’s Washer/Dryer and A. Rey Pamatmat’s House Rules. The company won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for its critically-acclaimed production of The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO!, which recently made its international premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. Founded in 1989 and now celebrating its 28th season, MA-YI is a Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers.
Since its founding, Ma-Yi 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. Its numerous acclaimed productions include Mike Lew’s Bike America, Qui Nguyen's The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G and Soul Samurai (with Vampire Cowboys), Mike Lew’s Microcrisis and the revival of Ralph B. Peña’s Flipzoids. Other productions include: Rescue Me by Michi Barall, Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap and The Children of Vonderly and The Romance of Magno Rubio. 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. New works developed at the Writers Lab have gone on to successful productions around the country, at such theaters as Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Woolly Mammoth and the Actors Theater of Louisville, to name a few. Ma-Yi Theater Company productions have earned 10 OBIE Awards, numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations, a Drama Desk nomination for Best Play 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.”
Ma-Yi Theater is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña.
— ABOUT WOODSHED COLLECTIVE
— WOODSHED COLLECTIVE is one of the country’s premier immersive theater companies. Since 2008, the company has presented large scale theatrical events including: Twelve Ophelias performed in McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, The Confidence Man adapted from Melville's novel and performed on a decommissioned steamship in the Hudson River and The Tenant adapted from the novel and film and performed in a five story 19th Century Parish House on the Upper West Side.
Most recently, the company presented the critically acclaimed Empire Travel Agency, a grail quest criss-crossing Lower Manhattan, where groups of four audience members at a time hunted for the secret to the essential vibrancy of New York. Driven by the belief in the combined power of stories and architecture to break down the barriers of everyday life, Woodshed's shows aim to create genuine awe.
— Photography by Cade Martin
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