Nomad Motel

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National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

by Carla Ching
Directed by Melissa Foulger
September 21 – October 21, 2018 (Press Opening: September 28)


Alix lives with her family in a tiny motel room, caring for her brothers while her newly single mom figures out a plan. Her classmate Mason lives alone in a grand, empty house, composing music while his absent father runs jobs for the Hong Kong mafia.   Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration.  Mason and Alix develop an unlikely friendship, learning to scrape by and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes together. A play about motel kids and parachute kids raising themselves and living without a safety net in a land of plenty.

Length & Content

Nomad Motel runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

Nomad Motel contains mature language and situations. It is not intended for children. Suggested rating is PG13, appropriate for older teens.

Handicap seating limited for this production. Please call to reserve if needed.

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NOMAD MOTEL is produced at HORIZON THEATRE COMPANY as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are CITY THEATRE COMPANY (PITTSBURGH, PA) and UNICORN THEATRE (KANSAS CITY, MO). For more information please visit

Post Show Talk Backs

  • Saturday, September 22nd post 8:30pm: Carla Ching, Playwright of NOMAD MOTEL
  • Saturday, September 29th post 3pmJennifer Friend, CEO, Project Hope Alliance
  • Sunday, September 30th post 5pm: Second Sunday Artists Talkback with Cast of NOMAD MOTEL

Performance Dates

 Sept 21 – Oct 28, 2018
Press Opening: Sept 28buy_tickets

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:30 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM

**There will be no Saturday matinee on the first week of performances.


General Admission

  • Tickets start at $25 on Wednesdays & Thursdays, $30 on Fridays, and $35 on weekends.
  • Prices are subject to change and will rise as performances fill up. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY FOR THE BEST PRICES.

Bring your neighbors!
Group pricing is available for parties of 10+. Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price. Groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404.523.1477 x100 or e-mail for more information.

Ticket prices are subject to change. Buy early for best pricing. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Cannot combine discount offers.


Creative Team

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association


CARLA CHING, an LA native, stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Nomad Motel (commissioned by South Coast Repertory; developed by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and Asian American MixFest at Atlantic Theater Company; National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere: previously City Theatre Company, currently Horizon Theatre Company, upcoming Unicorn Theatre), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage and Pork Filled Productions; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play and Mu Performing Arts), TBA (2g) and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company). She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center’s Writers Workshop and Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g. TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. Fast Company is published by Samuel French. Toulmin Commission from the Atlantic Theater Company. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Proud member of New Dramatists and The Kilroys. On television, Carla has written on “Fear the Walking Dead,” “I Love Dick,” the forthcoming Hulu drama “The First” from Beau Willimon and AMC’s “Preacher.” @carlaching

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The world of NOMAD MOTEL deals with two very important issues: the lives of MOTEL KIDS and PARACHUTE KIDS. Here are some articles on both:

Project Hope Alliance

Project Hope Alliance is a nonprofit organization that seeks to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. Since 1989, PHA has developed and successfully implemented programs that address the unique issues facing homeless children which prevent them from realizing their full potential. Their unique and personalized programs empower children with hope and more importantly, with the tools to help them complete their education and ultimately to help them succeed in life.

Lisa Adler Visits City Theatre

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, City Theatre launched the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Nomad Motel: