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Photos: Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jeffrey Omura, Conrad Schott and Tiffany Villarin in MA-YI’s Off-Broadway NY Premiere of HOUSE RULES through Apr. 16

James Yaegashi and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Web Begole

James Yaegashi and Jojo Gonzalez. Photo by Web Begole

MA-YI Theater Company is presenting the NY premiere of HOUSE RULES, a new play by A. Rey Pamatmat at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, NYC). Currently in previews since March 25, opening night is on March 31st at 8:30pm. This limited-engagement will conclude on April 16, 2016. In HOUSE RULES, tradition and contemporary manners make strange bedfellows when the grown children of two Filipino-American families – neighbors in the same apartment building – come to realize their parents are not immortal, and that the rules of the many card and board games they play together are constantly renegotiated, as are the rules of living. In the mix are a tough-as-nails father, his sons, a physician and a comic book artist; a no-nonsense mother and her daughters, a doctor and a budding photographer; and another doctor who has mysteriously broken off his engagement with the old man’s son.

Tina Chilip, Jeffrey Omura, James Yaegashi and Tiffany Villarin. Photo by Web Begole

Tina Chilip, Jeffrey Omura, James Yaegashi and Tiffany Villarin. Photo by Web Begole

Helmed by Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña, the HOUSE RULES cast features Tina Chilip (Golden Child), Jojo Gonzalez (MA-YI’s The Romance of Magno Rubio), Mia Katigbak (NAATCO’s Awake and Sing!), Jeffrey Omura (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks), Conrad Schott (The Glory of the World, BAM), Tiffany Villarin (Peerless, Yale Repertory) and James Yaegashi (The Oldest Boy).

Mia Katigbak, Jojo Gonzalez​, Tonya Pinkins​, Cory Michael Smith, Andre Holland, Jessica Hagedorn and More Celebrate Opening Night of Ma-Yi Theater Company’s HOUSE RULES 

Tiffany Villarin and Conrad Schott. Photo by Web Begole

Tiffany Villarin and Conrad Schott. Photo by Web Begole

Scenic design for HOUSE RULES is by Reid Thompson; Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason; Costume Designer: Martin Schnellinger and Sound Design by Fabian Obispo.

Tiffany Villarin and Tina Chilip. Photo by Web Begole

Tiffany Villarin and Tina Chilip. Photo by Web Begole

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: Co-op, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

Mia Katigbak. Photo by Web Begole

Mia Katigbak. Photo by Web Begole

Scheduled through April 16th, HOUSE RULES will perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30; Saturday and Sundays matinees are at 4PM. Tickets are $30-$35. For tickets and information: visit here.org, or call 212-253-3101. Information is also available at www.ma-yitheatre.org.

A. Rey Pamatmat’s (playwright) newest play HOUSE RULES will premiere at Ma-Yi Theater Company, and his play AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO will be produced in About Face’s 25th Anniversary Season, both in Spring 2016. Recently, his work was celebrated in Boston where the Huntington and Company One Theatres presented AFTER ALL and EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM concurrently in the Calderwood Pavilion. EDITH premiered at the Humana Festival, received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, and was nominated for GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards. Rey’s plays A POWER PLAY; OR, WHAT’S-ITS-NAME and THUNDER ABOVE, DEEPS BELOW were developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and his shorts appeared in New Black Fest’s FACING OUR TRUTH, THE MYSTERIES at The Flea, and two Humana Festival anthologies. Other productions: THUNDER ABOVE, DEEPS BELOW (Second Generation), A SPARE ME (Waterwell), DEVIENT (Vortex), HIGH/LIMBO/HIGH (HERE); publication: Samuel French, Playscripts, Cambria Press, Vintage; awards: ’12/’13 Hodder Fellowship, ’11/’12 PoNY Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and Special Projects Grant, NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, E.S.T./Sloan Grant. Rey is Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab and teaches at Primary Stages ESPA and SUNY Purchase. BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Ralph B. Peña (director) is the Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO (Fordham Theatre), MACHO DANCER: A MUSICAL (Cultural Center of the Philippines), LIVIN’ LA VIDA IMELDA (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s THE WONG KIDS IN THE SECRET OF THE SPACE CHUPACABRA GO! (Children’s Theater Co., Ma-Yi, and Arts Emerson, Boston, winner of the Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’s CURMUDGEONS IN LOVE (EST Marathon), Mike Lew’s MICROCRISIS (Youngblood, Ma-Yi), and HOUSE/BOY (Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals). He received an Obie Award for his work on THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO. Upcoming projects include the premiere of FELIX STARRO, a new musical by Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater.

MA-YI THEATER COMPANY recently enjoyed great critical and popular success with its double-bill last fall of LIVIN’ LA VIDA IMELDA and CHAIRS AND A LONG TABLE, and this past spring’s world premiere of SOLDIER X. 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! last season. Founded in 1989 and now celebrating its 27th 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 and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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