Following the recent opening of Ma-Yi Studios, a digital streaming center and live capture studio, Ma-Yi’s Spring 2021 season includes collaborations with artists in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan. The season, running February 11-May 3, 2021, illustrates that by putting artists and craftspeople to work, despite the coronavirus pandemic, innovation and compelling storytelling can thrive.
Ma-Yi’s Spring 2021 season kicks off with Clippy and Ms. U, written by Ohnobu Pelican and directed by James Yaegashi. This reading, presented in partnership with Japan Playwrights Association, Tohoku Branch, marks Ma-Yi’s participation in 10 Years from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 3/11: A Reflection Through Plays, an international event reflecting on the shinsai triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) in northern Japan through the prisms of Japanese plays that tell stories of the intervening years.
The cast features Ann Harada, Jennifer Ikeda, Thom Sesma, and Olivia Oguma.
Clippy and Ms. U will stream through April 30; performed in English with Japanese subtitles; Free
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Marking the 10 year anniversary of Japan’s Triple Disaster, Ma-Yi is participating in 10 Years from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 3/11: A Reflection Through Plays, an international event reflecting on the shinsai triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) in northern Japan through the prisms of Japanese plays that tell stories of the intervening years. Ma-Yi Theater presents a reading of Clippy and Ms. U by newcomer Ohnobu Pelican and directed by James Yaegashi. In the play, three strangers are all looking for a woman. As their paths cross they discover a reality they’d rather not face. Reversing the course of time, Clippy examines the complex layers of home, nature, technology, and human longing in the context of devastating loss. Presented in partnership with Japan Playwrights Association, Tohoku Branch.
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 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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