Thom Sesma, Jeffrey Omura, Kimiye Corwin, Emma Kikue and More Celebrate World Premiere of Sam Chanse’s FRUITING BODIES

Playwright Sam Chanse and director Shelley Butler. Photo by Lia Chang

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting the Off-Broadway world premiere of FRUITING BODIES by Asian-American playwright Sam Chanse, with Shelley Butler at the helm. The cast of FRUITING BODIES features Kimiye Corwin (Noises Off, Henry VI), Emma Kikue (God Said This, Up the Hill), Jeffrey Omura (House Rules, Hamlet) and Thom Sesma (Superhero, Sweeney Todd).

FRUITING BODIES cast members Thom Sesma, Emma Kikue, Kimiye Corwin and Jeffrey Omura during their opening night curtain call. Photo by Lia Chang

FRUITING BODIES opened last night, April 28, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036) for a limited run through May 19. Scroll down for coverage of the opening night curtain call and photos from the opening night party at The Brazen Tavern.

FRUITING BODIES cast members Jeffrey Omura, Emma Kikue, Kimiye Corwin and Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

FRUITING BODIES tells the story of two sisters in a Northern California forest which seems to keep shape-shifting around them, as they go looking for their father who has gotten lost on a routine mushroom-hunting expedition. After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes.

Jeffrey Omura, playwright Sam Chanse, Emma Kikue, director Shelley Butler, Thom Sesma and Kimiye Corwin. Photo by Lia Chang

The design team includes set design by Reid Thompson, costume design by Sara Ryung Clement, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound design and original music by Kate Marvin.

FRUITING BODIES cast members Jeffrey Omura and Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Sam Chanse and director Shelley Butler. Photo by Lia Chang
Lighting Designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Sound Designer Kate Marvin and Set Designer Reid Thompson. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeffrey Omura. Photo by Lia Chang
NOMAD MOTEL Playwright Carla Ching, actor Christopher Larkin and director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Chanse and Jessica Hagedorn. Photo by Lia Chang
Ching Valdes-Aran and Jessica Hagedorn. Photo by Lia Chang
Ben Pesner and Sam Chanse. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeffrey Omura and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Stephen Brown-Fried, Kimiyi Corwin, Rajesh Bose and Orlando Pabotoy. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Sam Chanse (center) celebrates her opening night of FRUITING BODIES with her pals including San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim (far left). Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets to FRUITING BODIES at Theatre Row are $32.25 to $42.25 and can be purchased by calling the Telecharge phone number 212-239-6200 or online at Please also check out Theatre Row’s website,, and The Ma-Yi Theater Company website for additional information,

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 Jade Magazine and

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