The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights, continues its annual tradition of presenting a “stunt” event — an evening of brand new short plays centered around a pressing theme.

It will be held on Feb. 17 (at 7 p.m.) at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street.

Called “Mga Kasabihan,” which is Tagalog for Words of Wisdom, it will benefit rehabilitation efforts in areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Ma-Yi award-winning writers are presenting original pieces inspired by Filipino proverbs, sayings and even nonsensical malapropisms in order to raise funds for Negrense Volunteers for Change, a not-for-profit organization based in Bacolod, capital of Western Negros, an island hit hard by Haiyan.

For every $500 raised, the organization will be able to buy a new fishing boat, restoring the livelihood of victims in Negros, Cebu, Panay, Leyte and Samar.

Leading the performers are Mia Katigbak (The Foundry’s Good Person of Szechwan), Ron Domingo (Phillip Himberg’s Paper Dolls), Ali Ewoldt (Broadway’s Les Misérables), and more.

A reception will follow with the opportunity to meet the writers and cast.

“We are thrilled to team up with Playwrights Horizons,” says Mike Lew, co-director of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

“Given that Ma-Yi was originally founded as a Filipino-American theater company, it feels right to work with a charity that is able to directly help Filipino fishermen affected by the typhoon by buying these boats, and to work with a major off-Broadway theater company in increasing our reach.”

Last year’s stunt event was hosted at The Signature, on the set of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, with a special appearance by the playwright himself, and addressed the casting controversies surrounding The Nightingale and other plays in which Asian characters were played by white actors.

Tickets for Mga Kasabihan/Words of Wisdom are $35 (general) and $50 (premium), which includes reserved seats and a discount code to Ma-Yi’s mainstage show The Wong Kids running in tangent.

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