'Usual Girls' by Ming Peiffer ‘16 and Tyne Rafaeli '14 at Roundabout Underground

October 10, 2018

Usual Girls poster


UPDATE: Usual Girls premieres October 11, 2018 at Roundabout Underground. Tickets available here


Roundabout Theatre Company will launch its 12th season of Roundabout Underground with the world premiere of Usual Girls, written by alumna Ming Peiffer '16 and directed by alumna Tyne Rafaeli '14.


“How do girls grow up? Quickly, painfully, wondrously. On an elementary school playground, a boy threatens to tell on the girls for swearing—unless one of them kisses him. But just before lips can touch, Kyeoung tackles the boy to the ground. The victory is short-lived. Over the coming years, Kyeoung’s stories get stranger, funnier, more harrowing—and more familiar. This hilarious, explicit gut-punch of a play bursts with playwright Ming Peiffer’s bold, explosive voice,” according to Roundabout.


Usual Girls was originally presented as part of the 2017 Underground Reading Series, an initiative dedicated to introducing and cultivating emerging writers by giving them their first Off-Broadway production or a reading of a new work at Roundabout’s 62-seat Black Box Theatre. Underground alumni include Jireh Breon Holder (Too Heavy For Your Pocket), Stephen Karam (The Humans on Broadway), Joshua Harmon (Significant Other on Broadway), Meghan Kennedy (Napoli, Brooklyn), and Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone).


Ming Peiffer is a 2016/17 New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and a member of the Obie-award-winning playwriting group Youngblood. Her work has been developed and/or presented by New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, The Wild Project, New Ohio, Soho Playhouse, The Gene Frankel Theater, C.O.W., Theater for the New City, FringeNYC, Horsetrade Theater, Yangtze Repertory, among others. She was a Guest Artist at The Lincoln Center Director's Lab and a 2012-2013 Member of NPTC's Women's Work Project. She has training from both the Stella Adler School of Acting and the Shanghai Theatre Academy where she lived abroad studying Traditional Peking Opera. She studied poetry at The New School and in addition to her MFA from Columbia she holds a BA with Honors in both Theater Arts and Mandarin Chinese from Colgate University.


Tyne Rafaeli's work has been seen at: The Geffen Playhouse, Playwright's Realm, Cal Shakes, Classic Stage Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Two River, PlayMakers Rep, New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Shakespeare, American Players Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the O'Neill Playwright's Conference among others. She is a  2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theatre and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction. She previously served as Associate Director to Bartlett Sher on various Broadway and West End productions.