The Ma-Yi Theater Company premiered Han Ong's play Middle Finger at the Blue Heron Arts Center Sept. 14. Previews began Sept. 8 for the run that is closing Oct. 1.
The play looks at growing up in today's negotiable moral climate. Middle Finger is loosely inspired by Franz Wedekind's Spring Awakening . It follows the lives of two teenage Filipino-American boys, Jacob Rodriguez and Benjamin Lunga. Each tries to reach self-realization through their experiences at a rigidly structured Catholic boys' school.
The cast of Finger includes Michi Barall, Ramon de Ocampo, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Seth Michael May, Orlando Pabatoy, Harvey Parr, Shawn Randall, Brian Webster, B. Martin Williams, Rebecca Wisocky, Ching Valdes-Aran, and Marty Zentz.
Loy Arcenas serves as the director and scenic designer. He directed Flipzoids for the Ma-Yi Company in 1996, and designed sets for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Once On This Island and High Society, among others. The creative staff includes James Vermeulen (Lighting Design), Fabian Obispo (Music/Sound Design), and Gino Gonzales (Costume Design).
All tickets are $19. The Blue Heron Arts Center is located at 123 East 24 Street, between Park and Lexington. For information, call (212) 581-8896. -- Daniel Fischer
and Ernio Hernandez