Ma-Yi Theater Season Has World Premiere of Sugar House, a Spin on "Hansel and Gretel"

News   Ma-Yi Theater Season Has World Premiere of Sugar House, a Spin on "Hansel and Gretel" The cast of the fall world premiere of The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, a fractured adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel," was announced by Off-Broadway's Ma-Yi Theater Company, the Obie Award-winning Asian-American troupe.

Carla Ching's play, directed by Daniella Topol, will run Nov. 8-Dec. 4 at the Connelly Theater at 220 East Fourth Street in the East Village. Opening is Nov. 15.

The cast will include Ali Ahn, Cindy Cheung (Will Eno's Middletown), William Jackson Harper (Ruined, Ma-Yi's Microcrisis), Christopher Larkin (Back From the Front), April Matthis (Young Jean Lee's Lear at Soho Rep) and David Spangler.

The Sugar House touches on "today's constantly shifting notions of family, home, parenthood and children," according to Ma-Yi.

The design team includes Clint Ramos (set design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Shane Rettig (sound design), Theresa Squire (costume design) and Aaron Rhyne (projection design).

Ma Yi artistic director Ralph B. Pena also announced that the Drama Desk Award-winning company will produce the Off-Broadway premiere of Qui Nguyen's The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, in association with Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, directed by Robert Ross Parker, Feb. 7-March 4, 2012, at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre. The original cast of the play (William Jackson Harper, Jon Hoche, Bonnie Sherman and Amy Kim Waschke) will make the Off-Broadway transfer. (Tickets will be through telecharge.com.) Both Ching and Nguyen are current members of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, which was founded in 2004 by playwright Sung Rno and "boasts the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights ever assembled."

Carla Ching, a playwright, teaching artist and artistic director of 2g, wrote and performed with the Pan Asian Performance group called Peeling at venues like Second Stage Theater, The Asian American Writers Workshop, NYU, Cornell and The Puffin Room. Her plays have been produced or developed by 2g, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Desipina, Vampire Cowboys and IRT. She received a 2008 Urban Artists Initiative Fellowship, a 2009-1010 Teachers & Writers Collaborative Fellowship and a 2010 commission from EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to write a game theory play. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a member of the Women's Project Lab 2008-2010.

Daniella Topol is a New-York based freelance theatre director primarily focused on working with writers to develop and direct new plays and musicals. Her directing credits include Rajiv Joseph's Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51 (Theatre J, Washington, DC) and Pool Boy (Barrington Stage).

The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness will run Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM; Saturdays at 3 PM and 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101 or online at www.TheaterMania.com.

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For more about the Ma Yi season, visit mayitheatre.org.

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