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

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

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Mia Katigbak, Tonya Pinkins and playwright Christopher Oscar Peña. Photo by Lia Chang.

Mia Katigbak, Tonya Pinkins and playwright Christopher Oscar Peña. Photo by Lia Chang.

The Obie Award-Winning  Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the New York premiere of HOUSE RULES, a new play by A. Rey Pamatmat, which opened last night, Thursday, March 31st, at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, NYC) and runs through Saturday, April 16, 2016. Jessica Hagedorn, Tonya Pinkins (“Gotham”), Cory Michael Smith (“Gotham”),  Andre Holland (“The Knick”)  celebrated at the opening night party with the cast.

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

Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña directs a powerhouse ensemble featuring Obie Award winners Jojo Gonzalez (MA-YI’s The Romance of Magno Rubio) and Mia Katigbak (NAATCO’s Awake and Sing!), Tina Chilip (Golden Child), Jeffrey Omura (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks), Conrad Schott (The Glory of the World, BAM), Tiffany Villarin (Peerless, Yale Repertory) and James Yaegashi (The Oldest Boy).

Jojo Gonzalez and Andre Holland. Photo by Lia Chang.

Jojo Gonzalez and Andre Holland. Photo by Lia Chang.

HOUSE RULES playwright A. Rey Pamatmat. Photo by Lia Chang

HOUSE RULES playwright A. Rey Pamatmat. Photo by Lia Chang

Princess Grace Award winning playwright A. Rey Pamatmat has fashioned HOUSE RULES, a  funny and deeply moving new play where tradition and contemporary manners make strange bedfellows when the grown children of two Filipino-American families – neighbors in the same apartment building – come to realize their parents are not immortal, and that the rules of the many card and board games they play together are constantly renegotiated, as are the rules of living. In the mix are a tough-as-nails father, his sons, a physician and a comic book artist; a no-nonsense mother and her daughters, a doctor and a budding photographer; and another doctor who has mysteriously broken off his engagement with the old man’s son.

Photos: Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, James Yaegashi, Tina Chilip, Jeffrey Omura, Conrad Schott and Tiffany Villarin in MA-YI’s Off-Broadway NY Premiere of HOUSE RULES through Apr. 16

HOUSE RULES will perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30; Saturday and Sundays matinees are at 4PM. 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.

Peter Kim, Jon Norman Schneider, Mia Katigbak and A. Rey Pamatmat. Photo by Lia Chang

Peter Kim, Jon Norman Schneider, Mia Katigbak and A. Rey Pamatmat. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

HOUSE RULES opening night party. Photo by Lia Chang

HOUSE RULES opening night party. Photo by Lia Chang

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.”

Sandra Stratton Gonzalez, Lia Chang, Zoe Gonzalez, Jojo Gonzalez, Jessica Hagedorn and Mia Katigbak. Photo by Garth Kravits

Sandra Stratton Gonzalez, Lia Chang, Zoe Gonzalez, Jojo Gonzalez, Jessica Hagedorn and Mia Katigbak. Photo by Garth Kravits

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

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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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