NewYorkRep commissions MAY DAY, 10-minute musical reading with Marc delaCruz, Ruthie Ann Miles, Hennessy & Catherine Ricafort
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:02 pm EDT 07/22/20

NewYorkRep has commissioned May Day, a new ten-minute, mini-musical by award-winning collaborators Melissa Li & Kit Yan, inspired by the mistaken missile emergency alert set off in Hawaii in 2018. To attend the Zoom reading on August 13 at 6PM EDT, email gm@newyorkrep.org to receive the necessary link in advance.

Wind, a non-binary nerd, had just reconnected with Auri, an old high school friend, when they receive a terrifying alert: a missile will strike Honolulu in ten minutes. When they meet up with Wind's grandpa Wally, they are faced with an important choice. Will they run away or stay in place?

Directed by NewYorkRep's Producing Artistic Director, Markus Potter, May Day features Marc delaCruz (Hamilton), Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I), Hennessy (Ampersand - winner Best Fringe NYC Actor Overall), Catherine Ricafort ( SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical). Justin Hsu is the production stage manager.

May Day is presented as part of the Play at Home project. Play at Home commissions new works - which all clock-in under 10 minutes - and makes the scripts available, free of charge, for participants to download and stage the commissions from the socially distant-safety of their homes. To enjoy, visit PlayAtHome.org. Through Play at Home, NewYorkRep has joined forces with the Public Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company and many others to "micro-commission" these short plays and musicals.

"During this trying time, NewYorkRep is proud to partner with such esteemed theatre companies in delivering the arts to audiences - even those who may not be able to access theater when it is available live on stage," says NewYorkRep Executive Producer, Gayle Waxenberg. "In this time of isolation, it is a priority for NewYorkRep to make theatre accessible to all. While nothing can replace the community of live theater, we shouldn't deprive people of relevant storytelling. During this devastating time, NewYorkRep is committed to finding creative ways to keep theater alive and keep artists employed."

"It has been an honor to work with Melissa and Kit on this exciting new musical," says NewYorkRep Producing Artistic Director, Markus Potter. "May Day has a message of hope, comfort and calm that we all need in this daunting moment in time. After this reading, the team will look toward creating an animated short as a next step in this musical's development."

Melissa Li is a composer, lyricist, performer, and writer based in New York and Baltimore. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, a 2019 Lincoln Center Theater Writer-in-Residence, a 2019 Musical Theater Factory Maker, a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Musicals include Interstate (New York Musical Festival, Winner "Outstanding Lyrics"), Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award Winner for "Best New Play" 2007), and 99% Stone (The Theater Offensive). Her works have received support from The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dixon Place, and others.

Kit Yan is a transgender, Yellow American, New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Kit is a 2019 Vivace Award winner, 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, 2019 Lincoln Center Writer in residence, a 2019 MacDowell Fellow, 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory Makers Fellow, and a 2019-2020 Playwright's Center Many Voices Fellow. Works include Interstate, which won "Best Lyrics" at the 2018 New York Musical Theater Festival, and Queer Heartache, which won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringe Festivals. Their work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, and Diversionary Theater. They have been a resident with the Civilians, Mitten Lab, 5th Avenue Theater, and the Village Theater.

NewYorkRep produces new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change by telling stories that expose the travesty and beauty of our humanity. By illuminating social and ethical questions through art, we strive to create provocative theater that promotes empathy, compassion, and inclusion. Recent recognition includes the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for "New American Play," Off-West End award nomination for "Best Production" at the Southwark Playhouse, the Bergen Record Top 10 productions of the year, and the Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for "Best New Play."

In March 2020, theaters were producing plays, business as usual, when a global pandemic had other plans. Prioritizing the safety of their communities, they made difficult decisions to cease or postpone programming for the remainder of their seasons. But the story doesn't end there. With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, theaters came together to create the Play at Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all. COVID-19 may have closed the theater buildings, but you can still Play At Home.
Link http://PlayAtHome.org

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