Ma-Yi Theater Company will present a series of events following select performances of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A TIME (Korean) which received critical acclaim on August 31, 2022. Directed by Ralph B. Peña, winner of the ‘Obie, Isaac’s epic new play, which was commissioned by Ma-Yi and marks Isaac’s debut as a playwright, mixes traditional Korean fables with the horror of the Korean Wars.
New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and activist and organizer Kalaya’an Mendoza, director of US programs for Nonviolent Peaceforce, will host a forum against Asian violence after the 1 p.m. performance on September 10.
A discussion between playwright Isaac and author Ryan Lee Wong (Which Side Are You On) will follow the 7 p.m. performance on September 10.
New York State Assemblyman Kim will return Sept. 17 to host a second forum against Asian violence after the 1 p.m. performance. He will be joined by historian Minju Bae and Whitney Hu, director of civic engagement and research at Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH).
These community events focusing on anti-Asian violence were launched 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 while they were going to the theater for a show. performance. As attacks on members of the Asian community in New York City continue, Ma-Yi is committed to helping cultivate safety and awareness across communities to end these violent crimes.
Performances of ONCE UPON A TIME (Korean) continue through September 18, 2022 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater located at 74 East 4th Street in Manhattan. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with additional performances at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The closing performance on September 18 will take place at 1 p.m. Tickets, starting at $45, are currently on sale at www.ma-yitheatre.org.
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 throughout the performance of ONCE UPON A (Korean) TIME.
Since its founding in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s leading incubators of new work, shaping the national discourse on what it means to be Asian-American today. Please visit www.ma-yitheatre.org for more information.