New York Premiere Play Nomad Motel by Carla Ching directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Nomad Motel

by Carla Ching
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Atlantic Stage 2
May 22 – June 23, 2019

This New York Premiere by Carla Ching (Atlantic/Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation commissionee) is a surprising tale of kids raising themselves and making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.

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Nomad Motel  brilliantly depicts the intersection between two groups of children who find themselves interconnected in ways that profoundly alter and unify them.”

Pittsburgh in the Round

In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours, plus a brief intermission.


“Poignant! Carla Ching brings together the young & the rootless in Southern California. You’ll care for these characters, because Ching works from a place of genuine curiosity about who we are and how we got to be that way.”

alexis soloski, The New York Times


“Generous, heartfelt & genuinely inspirational. In its depiction of a particular kind of cultural and generational gap, Nomad Motel  offers genuine insights into a kind of familial relationship that is rarely depicted onstage with such acuity.”

kenji fujishima, theatermania


“From dark comedy to heartfelt drama, Nomad Motel  contains some truly lovely moments, a fascinating premise, solid performances and an admirably diverse cast of characters.”

Regina Robbins, Time Out New York

“An affecting & poignant exploration of two teenagers trying to raise themselves in current-day California pierces the heart…A hard-edged yet vulnerable Molly Griggs. A superb Christopher Larkin. A touching Samantha Mathis. An excellent Ian Duff. A pitch-perfect Andrew Pang.”

brian scott lipton, theaterpizzazz


Nomad Motel  has a potent relevance today. The talented youngsters’ predicaments tug at the heart, especially with Griggs and Larkin playing them with such sincerity.”

david finkle, new york stage review

Photos by Ahron R. Foster

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Back25 UPdate:

Nomad Motel Back25 tickets will be available for purchase here on Wednesday, 5/8 at noon, and additional $25 tickets will be made available daily via the TodayTix lottery for all preview performances, May 22 – June 2.

Stay tuned for more information regarding our accessible ticket initiatives in the 2019|2020 season. We are in the process of reviewing and growing our Back25 program to ensure we are connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and perspectives, and aim to provide even more meaningful access to all of our productions next season.

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