Multiethnic Team of Scribes Corthron, Ong, Cortiñas and Rno Pen Ma-Yi's Savage Acts, Oct. 9

News   Multiethnic Team of Scribes Corthron, Ong, Cortiñas and Rno Pen Ma-Yi's Savage Acts, Oct. 9
Playwrights Kia Corthron, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Han Ong and Sung Rno teamed to pen the play Savage Acts which makes its world premiere as the Ma-Yi Theater Company's season opener, Oct. 9.

The collaborative play will perform one preview Oct. 9 prior to its opening Oct. 10 at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Manhattan. Ma-Yi artistic director Ralph Peña directs the work.

Savage Acts — which is performed as part of an international "Performing Ethnicity" conference and arts festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the St. Louis World's Fair — "examines how the perceptions and representations of ethnicity have changed (or not) in the 100 years since ethnic tribes people were put on display" at that 1904 event, a release explains.

The four parts of Savage Acts — include P.O.W.W. by Kia Corthron, Behind The Masq by Sung Rno, Look, A Latino by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas and Peripherama by Han Ong — are respectively written from the African American, Korean-American, Latin-American and Filipino-American perspectives.

The cast of Savage Acts features Jeanine Abraham, Jesse Bernstein, Ron Domingo, Piter Marek, Orlando Pabotoy, Sophia Skiles and Aaron Yoo.

The design team include Sarah Lambert (set), Justin Townsend (lighting) and Fabian Obispo (sound). Director Peña, a founding member of the Ma-Yi Theater Company, has previously staged Dead Man's Socks, This End Up (A User's Manual for Lovers of Asians), and Flipzoids for the company and will direct the upcoming production of Nicky Paraiso's solo House/Boy.

Tickets to Savage Acts at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street, can be reserved by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit

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