Tiger Style!
by ​Mike Lew
directed by Ralph B. Peña
May 15, 2022 - June 5, 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 ​5, 2022
Recommendation: High school and up. Contains haze effects.
Running Time: Approximately two hours​, ​including one 15-minute intermission.

Mike Lew (Playwright) is the author of tiny father (Audible, Cape Cod Theater Project, Ojai Playwrights Conference); Teenage Dick (Huntington Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Pasadena Playhouse, 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 cowrote the book to the musical Bhangin’ It with composer/lyricist Sam Willmott (La Jolla Playhouse; 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, Weissberger, Heideman and Alliance/Kendeda awards. He’s an alumnus of The Juilliard School and Yale University.

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Emily Kuroda (Therapist/Mom/Cousin Chen/Matchmaker) has worked at South Coast Repertory (Fast Company, Our Town, Ballad of Yachiyo), TheatreWorks (The Language Archive, Calligraphy), New York Theatre Workshop (Endlings), Yale Rep (Today Is My Birthday), Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Brothers Paranormal), American Repertory Theater (Endlings), Page 73 (Today Is My Birthday), Actors Theater of Louisville (we, the invisibles), Huntington Theatre (Tiger Style!, Woman Warrior), Artists at Play (Two Mile Hollow), Alliance Theatre (Tiger Style!), Sundance Theater Lab (Today Is My Birthday, A Cage of Fireflies), East West Players (over 30 productions), Kirk Douglas, Mark Taper Forum, Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Singapore Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, The Doolittle, LATC, Zephyr Theatre, LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Her selected television credits include Mrs. Kim in “Gilmore Girls,” “All Rise,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Resident,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Sequestered” and as Sister Veronica in the upcoming series “The Power” for Amazon. Recent films include Kimi, Porcupine, Take the 10, Party Boat, Red, Yellow Face and Sensei. Awards: Drama-Logue awards for Ikebana, The Maids, Minamata, The Golden Gate and Visitors from Nagasaki; LA Commendation for About Love; a Garland award for Straight as a Line and an Entertainment Today for Winter People.


Derek Manson (Russ the Bus/Reggie/Customs Guy) played Snoopy in last summer’s Outside SCR production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and recently appeared in the 2022 Pacific Playwrights Festival. He has also appeared in SCR’s James and the Giant Peach and Jane of the Jungle. His Los Angeles credits include The Bicycle Men (iO West, Denver Center, Portland’5), Neil Simon’s Musical Fools, Room Service, This Week This Week and The Gary Plays (Open Fist Theatre Company), The 39 Steps and Life Expectancy (Malibu Playhouse), The Brat Pack and Love Actually in Concert (For The Record, Wallis Annenberg, Break Room 86) The Big Event (Gangbusters Theatre), Making Paradise (Cornerstone Theater), 1984 and The Bewildered Herd (Greenway Court), and the news satire show Second City This Week (Second City Hollywood). Regional credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arcadia, Romeo & Juliet, Goodnight Moon, Einstein is a Dummy and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.), Amadeus (Sacramento Theatre Company) and Never the Sinner (Woodshed Collective, NYC). His television and voice over credits include “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “The Last Tycoon,” “UnREAL,” “Project Blue Book” and SNL’s “Best of TV Funhouse.”


Jon Norman Schneider (Albert Chan) is thrilled to be making his SCR debut. Based in New York, his stage credits there include The Chinese Lady, Awake and Sing!, Durango (The Public Theater), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb), and the title role in Henry VI Parts 1-3 (National Asian American Theatre Company), among others. Regionally, he has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Long Wharf Theatre, Magic Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Mosaic Theater Company, Northern Stage and The Old Globe. His film and television credits include Bitter Melon, Manila Is Full of Men Named Boy, The Girl in the Book, The Normals, HBO’s Angel Rodriguez, “The Endgame,” “Succession,” “Jessica Jones,” “Veep,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”


Amy Kim Waschke (Jennifer Chan) (she/her) is happy to be returning to SCR. Pacific Playwrights Festival audiences have seen her in Charlie Oh’s Coleman ’72 and Spenser Davis’ A Million Tiny Pieces, both directed by David Ivers. Some of her favorite credits include Revenge Song (Geffen Playhouse); Macbeth (Oregon Shakespeare Festival/OSF); Othello (American Repertory Theater, OSF); Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (OSF); Snow in Midsummer (OSF); Vietgone (Seattle Repertory Theatre, OSF); and Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake which toured across the U.S. and to China. Her film and television credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mythic Quest” and 18 Seconds. IG: @akwaschke amykimw.com 


Ryun Yu (Tzi Chuan/Melvin/Dad/General Tso) is very happy to return to SCR where he originated the role of Takeshi in tokyo fish story. Yu originated the role of Gordon Hirabayashi in Hold These Truths at East West Players, and has since performed it at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and at the Pasadena Playhouse. He won the Craig Noel Award for best solo performance when he performed it at San Diego Rep. Other theater credits include How the Light Gets In (Boston Court Pasadena), @TheSpeedofJake (Playwright’s Arena) and Take Me Out (Geffen Playhouse). On television, he played the recurring character of Pastor Daniel Kwon in the FX show “Baskets” (starring Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson), as well as Larry on the Netflix show “Fuller House.” He also played DHH in David Henry Hwang’s Yellowface, the first adaptation of a major play for YouTube (where it can still be viewed). Yu has the first theater major degree ever awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Creative Team

Ralph B. Peña (Director) (he/him) is the Obie Award winning Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City. Recent directing projects include The Chinese Lady, Felix Starro, Among The Dead, Once Upon a (korean) Time, and the short film Vancouver. He directed the off-Broadway world premiere of Mike Lew’s microcrisis. His work has been seen on the stages of The Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, La Mama ETC., Ensemble Studio Theater, Arena Stage, Victory Gardens, La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, and The Children’s Theater Company, among others. He is thrilled to be working at South Coast Repertory, where he bought his first theatre subscription by delivering copies of the Orange County Register.

Se Oh (Scenic Design) is a set designer based in NYC. His selected regional credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2, Cambodian Rock Band, Yoga Play, Office Hour (SCR); Rooted (Cincinnati Playhouse); Man of God, Underneath the Lintel (Geffen Playhouse); Hold These Truths (People’s Light Theatre); and Silent Sky (Perseverance Theatre). His Broadway associate credits include Dana H., Is This A Room (Lyceum Theater), Clyde’s (Helen Hayes Theater) and Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway associate credits include For Colored Girls, Office Hour (The Public Theater), Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre) and The Great Leap (Atlantic Theatre Company). Northwestern University MFA. sehyunoh.com

Hyun Sook Kim (Costume Design) (she/her) is a Professor at California State University, Fullerton where she mentors costume-design undergraduates and graduates and works as Graduate Advisor. She is a proud MFA graduate from a renowned big public university, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has designed costumes internationally over 30 years for large productions in various genre and style of theatre, dance, musical, opera, outdoor plays, concerts for National Theater of Korea, National Dance Company of Korea, National Ballet Company of Korea, Arts Communication Intl., Seoul Arts Center, New York State LORT Capital Rep, The Human Race Theatre, NYC Pan Asian Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. Her designs have been seen in NYC, London, Toronto, LA, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Seoul. Particularly, her design for the mega-scale musical, The Last Empress (Empress Myeongseong)—with designing for over 70 cast members and 1,000 costumes in full one-year period—has been presented at NY Lincoln Center, LA Kodak Theatre, Toronto Hummingbird Center, as well as in London’s West End. The musical has celebrated its 25th anniversary of long-run success in 2021. Her costume designs were selected and presented in Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 at the A. A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum in Moscow, Russia, in World Stage Design 2009 & 2017, and Prague Quadrennial 1999 & 2019. She is an ardent advocate of BIPOC theatre movement. http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/theatre/about_us/faculty_and_staff/kim.php

Tom Ontiveros (Lighting Design) returns to SCR after previously designing Culture Clash (Still) in America, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Fast Company, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and The Long Road Today. His off-Broadway credits include The Exonerated (The Culture Project) and Tune in Festival (Park Avenue Armory). His other New York credits include Happy Days (The Flea Theater), Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants (INTAR Theatre), Nada Que Declarar (Danspace Project) and Veils, Vestiges and the Aesthetics of Hidden Things (Ontological-Hysteric Theater). His regional theatre credits include The Constant Wife (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Off the Rails (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Native Gardens (Pasadena Playhouse); Underneath the Lintel and Thanksgiving Play (Geffen Playhouse); They Don’t Talk Back, Guards at the Taj (La Jolla Playhouse); Vicuña (Center Theatre Group); and My Old Lady, Visions of Kerouac (Marin Theatre Company). His Los Angeles credits include Figaro ¡90210! (LA Opera), Vietgone, Animals Out of Paper (East West Players) and Café Vida, Seed, West Hollywood Musical (Cornerstone Theater Company). His awards include The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel Award, Unique Theatrical Experience), My Barking Dog (Los Angeles Drama Critics, Best Lighting Design), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Ovation! nomination), The House in Scarsdale (nominated, Best Projection Design, LA Drama Critics), Shiv (nominated, Best Projection Design, StageRaw) and Completeness (Ovation! nomination). He is an assistant professor of design at the University of La Verne.

Fabian Obispo (Sound Design) is making his SCR design debut with Tiger Style! Recent off-Broadway credits include the Public Theater’s presentations of Ma-Yi Theater Company’s The Chinese Lady, Teenage Dick and The National Asian American Theatre Company’s Out of Time. Other off-Broadway credits include the Public Theater’s Sea Wall/A Life, Oedipus El Rey, Ma-Yi Theater’s production of his musical Felix Starro, Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Class Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, Vineyard Theatre, New Group, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater For A New Audience, The Acting Company and the Women’s Project. He has designed extensively for regional theatres including Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, Minneapolis’ Children Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Indiana Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, PlayMakers Repertory Company, George Street Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival among others. His awards include the Barrymore Awards, Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards, International Motion Picture Awards and the LA Film Festival’s Indie Short Fest Awards. 

Hana S. Kim (Projection Design) returns to SCR where she previously designed Little Black Shadows. Her regional and off-Broadway credits include The Visitor (The Public Theater, directed by Dan Sullivan); Fefu and Her Friends (A.C.T, directed by Pam MacKinnon); Eve’s Song (The Public Theater, directed by Jo Bonney); and The Great Leap (A.C.T, directed by Lisa Peterson). Her designs for opera include Sweet Land (The Industry Opera, directed by Yuval Sharon), Wonderful Town (LA Opera, directed by David Lee) and Fallujah (New York City Opera and Long Beach Opera, directed by Andreas Mitisek). Her video art installations have been seen at Oxy Arts (“Rustle and Cry”); Annenberg Space of Photography (“Pearls of the Planet”); and New York City’s Baryshnikov Arts Center (“Emille”). Her designs have earned Richard E. Sherwood Awards, Princess Grace Award in Theater Design, Helen Hayes Award, San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award, StageScene LA Award and Stage Raw Award. For more info, visit hananow.com IG: @hana.s.kim

Sophia Sanchez (Stage Manager) is a native of East Los Angeles and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Upon returning to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, she fell in love with stage management at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights and, for the past 11 years, has honed her craft as a stage manager at theaters throughout Southern California including the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theater Center, 24th Street Theater, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Resident Theater, and Cornerstone Theater. She has also worked nationally in San Francisco with Youth Speaks on the production of Try/Step/Trip and toured the Brown and Out Theater Festival in New York at the New York International Fringe Festival and Dublin, Ireland for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She is excited and thankful to be back at SCR for Tiger Style! Thank you to Michael and the kids for their love and support.

Dennis Ngoc Ho (Assistant Stage Manager) is based in Orange County. Selected credits include The Last, Best Small Town (Seaver Theater), Microcosmitor (Wolf Nova), Ancient Greek Corn (HERE Theater), The Tempest (Gallery Players), The Report (American Theatre of Actors), Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theater of Harlem), Comfort Women: A New Musical (Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory), BLANKS (New Plays Festival 2019), Die Fledermaus (New Opera Workshop), We Read Books (We Read Books Festival), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Chance Theatre) and The Temptations of St. Antony (Four Larks Company). He holds an MFA from Columbia University in Stage Management. 

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Mike Lew
Mike Lew Discusses "Tiger Style!," Creativity and Growing Up With Tiger Parenting

When ​the playwright pivoted from biology to theatre his freshman year at Yale, he underwent more than just a shift in majors.

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Meet the Creative Team of Tiger Style!

Director Ralph B. Peña helms an experienced, talented creative team bringing Tiger Style! ​Learn more about them.

Tiger Style Cast
Meet the Cast of Tiger Style!

Directed by Ralph B. Peña, the talented cast has a wealth of experience—both at SCR and elsewhere. ​Learn more about them.

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Tiger Style! Challenges Tiger Parenting Stereotypes

Find out how playwright Mike Lew took the idea of a Tiger Mother and digested it partially through the personal prism of his own upbringing.

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Timothy & Marianne Kay/Argyros Family Foundation


​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 
See the full schedule

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