Lonnie Carter’s plays—The Sovereign State of Boogedy Boogedy (directed by Dennis Zacek) and Lemuel (directed by Andre De Shields and Dennis Zacek, respectively), Gulliver, Concerto Chicago (directed by Nic Dimond), The Romance of Magno Rubio (directed by Loy Arcenas and winner of eight Obies awarded in 2003), Wheatley (directed by Sharon Scruggs and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work in Chicago, 2006)—have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines: at the Yale Repertory and Long Wharf Theaters in New Haven, Connecticut; at the American Place Theater, La MaMa Theater, and the Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York City, New York; at the Ensemble Theater Company in Los Angeles, California; at the Laguna Playhouse In Laguna Beach, California; at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois; at the Carlos Bulosan Theatre in Toronto, Ontario; and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila under the direction of Loy Arcenas.
Magno Rubio was translated into Tagalog by the poet Joi Barrios and toured the Philippines. It was performed at The Culture Project in June 2007, produced by Ma-Yi and again directed by Mr. Arcenas, as part of the first annual Asian-American Theater Festival. Magnio then opened the Latino Theater Festival in Los Angeles at the new Los Angeles Theater Center in the Fall of 2007. In the spring of 2008, it was performed in Honolulu, Hawai’i, at Kumukahua Theatre before traveling to Romania in June for performances at Bucharest’s Odeon Theater and the at the Thalia Theater in Sibiu for the Sibiu International Theater Festival. Magno was also produced by Theater Mu in Minneapolis at Mixed Blood Theater in 2009, directed by Orlando Pabotoy. Magno Rubio was published in 2008 by Ma-Yi Theater Company in a volume of Asian plays called Savage Stage. The Romance of Magno Rubio is now in development as a major motion picture.
The Lost Boys of Sudan, commissioned by the Children’s Theatre Company/New Dramatists Playground Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was performed at the Children’s Theatre in March 2007, directed by Artistic Director Peter Brosius. Lost Boys will be performed at Victory Gardens Theater in March 2010, directed by Jim Corti.
China Calls was workshopped at the New Dramatists Lab, the Aurora Theater in Berkeley, Victory Gardens and The Flea in New York City.
Organizing Abraham Lincoln, written with Rich Klimmer, won the Two-Headed Challenge sponsored by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and the Guthrie Theater. There, it was directed by Brian Mertes at the Playwrights' Center and performed at Boston’s Berklee School of Music for the American Federation of Teachers' Convention in 2006. In 2008, it was directed by Yanna Landowne at Temple University, again for the American Federation of Teachers.
Three volumes of Carter’s have been published by Broadway Play Publishing: Plays by Lonnie Carter (1997), Wheatley (2005) and The Romance of Magno Rubio (with Carlos Bulosan and Ralph B. Peña, 2005). Iz She Izzy or Iz He Ain’tzy or Iz They Both, first performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1970, was published by Locust Hill Press in 1985 and most recently by Playscripts, Inc (2004). A fourth volume from Broadway Play Publishing , The Lost Boys of Sudan, was published in 2011.
Lonnie is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and twice a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, twice a Fellow of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and a Jennie McKean Moore Fellow at The George Washington University. He is a founding member of the Playwrights' Ensemble at Victory Gardens, an alumnus of New Dramatists and an Alumnus Core Member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. He teaches playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University, New York City, and is a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut.
Ralph Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Obie and Drama Desk Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Josh Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (Ensemble Studio Theatre [EST] Marathon 2013), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto (Fordham Mainstage), Michael Lew's Microcrisis (EST/Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), Lloyd Suh's Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi) and Happy End of the World (Children's Theater Company and Ma-Yi at Arena Stage), Nicky Paraiso's House/Boy (La Mama Experimental Theatre Club [ETC], Singapore and Dublin Theater Festivals), and Savage Acts by Kia Corthron, Han Ong, Sung Rno, and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Ma-Yi). He is also the author of Flipzoids (1996), Dead Man's Socks (2003), I__NY , Project: Balangina (with Sung Rno), and additional text and lyrics for Lonnie Carter's The Romance of Magno Rubio (2003, Obie Award). Apart from Ma-Yi Theater Company, his work has been seen at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut; Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu, Hawai’i; Northwest Asian American Theater in Seattle, Washington; ASIA Theater; San Diego Asian American Repertory in San Diego, California; La Mama ETC and New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater in New York, New York; Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinios; Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California; Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia; the Odeon Theater in Bucharest, Romania, and the Cultural Center of Manila, Philippines. Ralph was one of the lead organizers of the first U.S. Artists contingent to the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and sits on the board of the Theater Communications Group (TCG).
- Born: Paco, Manila, Philippines
- Based: New York, NY, USA