Lee Roy Reams ( Hello, Dolly!, The Producers) headlines the evening, along with Klea Blackhurst, Ching Valdes Aran ( The Wild Party), Deborah S. Craig ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Ralph Pena, artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater.
Ma-Yi Theater's Board of Directors is chaired by Merrick's widow, Etan.
The gala also honors filmmaker and musician Bessie Badilla; Ernest Escaler, chairman of the Asian Cultural Council/Philippines; and Cao K. O, co-founder and former executive director of Asian American Federation of New York.
Ma-Yi Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian-American writers.
Tickets range from $100 to $500 with tables of ten for $3,000 and $5,000.
For more information contact the Ma-Yi Theater's administrative offices at (212) 971-4862 or visit ma-yitheatre.org.