Final Weekend to see Sonnie Brown, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Jillian Sun and Sami Ma in Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON  A (korean) TIME; Ma-Yi Theater Company to Host Anti-Asian Violence Forum with New York State Assemblymember Ron Kim and Minju Bae

Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting an Anti-Asian Violence Forum with New York State Assemblymember Ron Kim after the Saturday, September 17th 1:00pm matinee performance of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME, which opened to critical acclaim on August 31st and has a limited run through September 18. Directed by Obie-winner Ralph B. Peña, Isaac’s epic new play, which was commissioned by Ma-Yi and marks Isaac’s playwriting debut, mixes traditional Korean fables with the horror of Korean Wars.

New York State Assemblymember Ron Kim will be joined by historian Minju Bae and Whitney Hu, Director of Civic Engagement & Research at Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH).

These community events focused on Anti-Asian Violence were begun by Ma-Yi Theater Company during its run of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady at The Public Theater following the assault of a traditional Chinese lion dancer as they traveled to the theater for a per-show performance. As attacks on members of the Asian community in New York City have continued, Ma-Yi is committed to helping cultivate safety and build awareness in all communities in order to stop these violent crimes.

Performances of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME continue through September 18, 2022, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 74 East 4th Street in Manhattan. Performances take place Tuesday-Sunday at 7pm with additional 1pm performances on Saturdays. The closing performance on September 18 will take place at 1pm. Tickets, starting at $45, are currently on sale at www.ma-yitheatre.org. There are also a limited number of $10 tickets available to students with Valid ID at the box office for each performance.

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME is a funny and deeply moving analog for the experiences of the Korean American diaspora. Isaac deftly moves his characters through time, tracing the legacies of trauma that are passed from one generation to the next, and the various coping mechanisms each one uses to soldier on.

Alyssa K. Howard, Jon Norman Schneider, Sami Ma, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Sonnie Brown, David Shih and Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast for ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME includes Sonnie Brown, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, and Jillian Sun with Daniel K. Isaac and Sami Ma serving as understudies.

The creative team for ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME includes Se Oh (scenic design), Phuong Nguyen (costume design), Oliver Wason (lighting design), Yee Eun Nam (projection design), Fabian Obispo (sound design), Alexander Wylie (props design), and Alyssa K. Howard (production stage manager).

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Scenic Design by Se Oh. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh, Jon Norman Schneider, Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim and Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun and Sasha Diamond. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, David Shih, Sasha Diamond and Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim, Sonnie Brown, David Shih and Sasha Diamond. Photo by Lia Chang
Sonnie Brown and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
David Shih and Sasha Diamond. Photo by Lia Chang
David Shih and Sasha Diamond. Photo by Lia Chang
Teresa Avia Lim and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun, Sasha Diamond, Teresa Avia Lim, and Jon Norman Schneider. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh, Sasha Diamond and David Shih. Photo by Lia Chang
David Lee Huynh, Sasha Diamond. Photo by Lia Chang
Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun, Sasha Diamond, Sonnie Brown. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun, David Lee Huynh, Sasha Diamond, David Shih and Teresa Avia Lim. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun, Sasha Diamond and Teresa Avia Lim. Photo by Lia Chang
Sasha Diamond, Teresa Avia Lim, Jillian Sun. Photo by Lia Chang
Sasha Diamond, Sonnie Brown and David Lee Huynh. Photo by Lia Chang
Projection Design by Yee Eun Nam. Photo by Lia Chang
Jillian Sun and Sonnie Brown. Photo by Lia Chang

Since its founding in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company 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. Please visit www.ma-yitheatre.org for more information.

About Ma-Yi Theater Company
Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company is a Drama Desk, Lortel, 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.

Its numerous acclaimed productions include Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick and Bike America, Qui Nguyen’s The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G and Soul Samurai (with Vampire Cowboys), and Hansol Jung’s Among The Dead. Other productions include: Rescue Me by Michi Barall, Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady, and Lonnie Carter’s The Romance of Magno Rubio.

The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a signature program founded in 2004, is the largest resident company of Asian-American Playwrights ever assembled. The Lab 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 Ma-Yi’s 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’s productions have earned 10 Obie Awards, 5 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.

Ma-Yi Theater Company cares about the safety of its audiences, staff, and performers. Prior to entry, Ma-Yi will require proof of full vaccination. Masks will be required during the entire performance of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME.

Late Night with Playwright Daniel K. Isaac – Opening Night of Ma-Yi’s World Premiere of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME 

Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac, Judy Hwang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, a new Arts and Entertainment program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm  on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.

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. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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