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Jon Norman Schneider will play JJ in Ma-Yi’s NY Premiere of HOUSE RULES on April 7

Jon Norman Schneider

Jon Norman Schneider

Jon Norman Schneider will play JJ (regularly played by Jeffrey Omura) in the Obie Award-Winning  Ma-Yi Theater Company’s New York premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat‘s HOUSE RULES, a new play about two Filipino families adapting to the ever-changing rules of life and coping with the harsh reality that their parents will one day pass away, on Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 8:30PM at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, NYC).

Jon was last seen in Mike Lew‘s Tiger Style! at the Alliance Theatre. Other NY credits include: Awake & Sing!(NAATCO/Public), The Oldest Boy (LCT), City Of (Playwrights Realm), The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project), A Map of Virtue (13P), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), among others. London: Paper Dolls (Tricycle). Regional: The White Snake (Old Globe, Goodman, McCarter), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage), American Hwangap (Magic), Durango (Long Wharf), Citizen 13559: the Journal of Ben Uchida (Kennedy Center). Film/TV: The Girl in the BookThe NormalsThe Rebound, HBO’s Angel Rodriguez, “Jessica Jones,” “Veep,” “The Electric Company,” “30 Rock,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Cast members James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Playwright A. Rey Pamatmat, Director Ralph A. Peña, Cast members Tiffany Villarin, Jeffrey Omura and Conrad Schott on the set of Ma-Yi Theater Company's HOUSE RULES at HERE in New York on March 31, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Cast members James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Playwright A. Rey Pamatmat, Director Ralph A. Peña, Cast members Tiffany Villarin, Jeffrey Omura and Conrad Schott on the set of Ma-Yi Theater Company’s HOUSE RULES at HERE in New York on March 31, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

HOUSE RULES has performances Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30; with Saturday and Sundays matinees at 4PM through April 16th. 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.

Ralph B. Peña (Producing Artistic Director) and Jorge Z. Ortoll (Executive Director). Photo by Lia Chang

Ralph B. Peña (Producing Artistic Director) and Jorge Z. Ortoll (Executive Director). Photo by Lia Chang

Ma-Yi Theater is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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.”

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

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Tonya Pinkins, Cory Michael Smith & More Celebrate Opening Night of Ma-Yi Theater’s HOUSE RULES

Final Week to see James Yaegashi, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ernest Abuba, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and Tsering Dorjee in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at LCT; closes Dec. 28

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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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