A Second Imelda Marcos Play Will Head to the New York Stage

News   A Second Imelda Marcos Play Will Head to the New York Stage Ma-Yi Theater Company will present two new works as part of its 2014-15 season – Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda and Han Ong’s Chairs And A Long Table – with performances to begin in repertory Oct. 28 at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street).

Carlos Celdran
Carlos Celdran

The repertory, titled "Breaking the Myth," will play a limited Off-Broadway engagement through Nov. 23 produced by Ma-Yi, the company known for celebrating new and innovative plays from Asian American writers.

The press opening for Livin’ La Vida Imelda is Nov. 5. The press opening for Chairs And A Long Table is Nov. 7.

Artistic director Ralph B. Peña said of the repertory in a statement, "the two exciting and provocative works respond to our prevailing assumptions about colorblind casting, the quest for equality in the arts, along with the eccentricities of Imelda Marcos and the remixing of a dictator's dubious legacy into an innocuous disco party. The 'myths' referred to in the play are myths about post-racial America, myths about shoes and jewelry and myths about historical and cultural authenticity."

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Chairs And A Long Table
Directed by Linsay Firman The play, "follows a group of Asian American actors in New York City as they prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination in the casting of a classic Chinese play, where the two lead characters have been cast with non-Asian actors."

Featuring Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim (Golden Child), Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi.

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Livin’ La Vida Imelda
Directed by Ralph B. Peña

The play, "is a delicious, jaw-dropping look at the inimitable life of Imelda Marcos, a solo show created and performed by Carlos Celdran, one of the Philippines best-known storytellers and provocateurs and an insider with intimate knowledge of Manila's elite. The show – which might alternately be described as 'Here Lies The Dirt' and offers unique insight into what makes a megalomaniac tick – details the life of the world's most extravagant personality, Imelda Marcos, the wildly controversial former First Lady of the Philippines."

Featuring Carlos Celdran.

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Design teams for both plays are: scenic design by Nick Francone, lighting design by Yi Zhao, costume design by Becky Bodurtha, Imelda sound design by Fabian Obispo, Chairs And A Long Table sound design by Nick Borisjuk and Imelda projection design by Hanna Wasileski.

Tickets are $30 during previews and $35 starting opening night. To purchase visit Telecharge.com.

For more information visit Ma-YiTheatre.org.

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