Tiger Style
by ​Mike Lew
directed by Ralph B. Peña
May 15, 2022 - June 12, 2022

What happens when “tiger parenting” goes wrong? Meet Albert and Jennifer Chen— brother and sister, once brilliant students and musicians, now epic failures leading unfulfilling lives. The problem? Their parents set unrealistic standards. The solution? Escape from Irvine and go on an “Asian Freedom Tour” to Shenzhen, China—a hilarious, eye-opening journey filled with colorful characters, intrigue and surprise. Expect “comic sparks from the collision between expectations and outcomes” (Boston Globe) in this sharp comedy about today’s family.

Previews: May 15-19, 2022
First Night: May 20, 2022
Regular Performances:May 21-June 12, 2022

Recommendation: High school and up.

Mike Lew is the writer of plays that include Teenage Dick (Donmar Warehouse, Ma-Yi Theater Company at Public Theater, Artists Repertory Theatre); Tiger Style! (Olney Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Alliance Theatre); Bike America (Ma-Yi, Alliance); and microcrisis (Ma-Yi, InterAct Theatre Company, Next Act Theatre). He and Rehana Lew Mirza are joint Mellon Foundation Playwrights in Residence at Ma-Yi Theater, where they’re cowriting The Colonialism Trilogy and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It with composer/lyricist Sam Willmott (Richard Rodgers Award; Project Springboard and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat workshops). Lew is a Dramatists Guild Council member, Tony Award voter and a New Dramatists resident. His honors include Lark Venturous Playwright and NYFA fellowships, Edward Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre, PEN America Literary Award, and Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman and Alliance/Kendeda awards. He’s an alumnus of The Juilliard School and Yale University.

Geoff & Valerie Fearns


​Talks & Conversations for
​Tiger Style!
  • Director/Designer Conversation: Tues., May 17, 2022 
  • Actor Conversation: Wed., May 25, 2022
  • Inside the Season: Sat., May 28, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Deep Dive: Wed., June 1, 2022
  • Performance Perspective: ​Thurs., June 2,  2022 
  • ASL Performance: Sat., June 4, 2022 at 2 p.m.
  • Playwright/Dramaturg Conversation: ​Fri., June ​3, 2022 
  • Behind Casting: Thurs., June 9, 2022​
See the full schedule

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