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Ma-Yi Theatre Company Presents Qui Nguyen’s THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre, 2/7 – 3/4

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company – one of the country’s leading Asian-American theater companies – in association with the Obie Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company present the Off-Broadway debut of Qui Nguyen’s critically acclaimed comedy THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G. Preview performances begin February 7 prior to an official press opening of February 14 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in New York, with performances continuing through March 4.

Directed by Robert Ross Parker, the cast of THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G includes Jon Hoche (SOUL SAMURAI, PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA) and Bonnie Sherman (SOUL SAMURAI) from the play’s original Off-Off-Broadway production in April 2011, joined by newcomers Neimah Djourabchi (ACTION PHILOSOPHERS), Brooke Ishibashi (KUNG FU SUNSHINE FLOWER),and Temar Underwood (ODYSSEUS DOA, FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD).

THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G is described as follows: It’s been 10 years since Agent G was last in Vietnam where his family and friends were all viciously slain. He’s now come back looking for answers and a good bit of revenge; however forces are at hand trying to stop him as well as the playwright from finishing this brutal task.

AGENT G has scenic and lighting design by Nick Francone, costume design by Jessica Shay, original music and sound design by Shane Rettig, multimedia design by Matthew Tennie and puppet design by David Valentine.

Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys. His scripts include the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of SOUL SAMURAI, ALICE IN SLASHERLAND, FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD, MEN OF STEEL, LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK, VAMPIRE COWBOY TRILOGY, STAIN GLASS UGLY, and A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DEICIDE. His play TRIAL BY WATER was presented Off-Broadway by Ma-Yi Theater in conjunction with Queens Theatre in the Park. Other plays by Mr. Nguyen include BIKE WRECK (Youngblood; Metropolitan Playhouse); ALIENS VERSUS CHEERLEADERS (Keen Teens); and the hip-hop musical KRUNK FU BATTLE (East West Players).

Robert Ross Parker is a Brooklyn-based director, writer, and actor. A longtime collaborator with Qui Nguyen, he has directed the playwright’s ALICE IN SLASHERLAND, SOUL SAMURAI, FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORD (nominated for Best Direction by the 2008 NY Innovative Theatre Awards), MEN OF STEEL, LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK, VAMPIRE COWBOY TRILOGY, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DEICIDE and STAINed Glass UGLY. He also directed GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD (Roundtable Ensemble) which he also wrote, HAMLET (SOLO) starring Raoul Bhaneja (Hope and Hell), the national tour of CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO GOD (Lamb’s Theatre/Broadway Overseas Management), the Off-Broadway premiere of MY FAKE ID’S (Lamb’s Theatre), LADY CONVOY (FringeNYC), Justin Reinsilber’s F*CKING LOVE (WEJ Productions), and numerous readings for Ensemble Studio Theatre where he was a young director-in-residence.

Scheduled to run through March 4, performances of THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G will run Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $30 and $35 and can be purchased through Telecharge, by calling 212-239-6200 or online at

Founded in 1989, MA-YI THEATER COMPANY is a 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 acclaimed production of Michael Lew’s MICROCRISIS and the revival of Ralph B. Pena’s FLIPZOIDS. Other productions include: THE SUGAR HOUSE AT The Edge OF THE WILDERNESS by Carla Ching, 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.

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