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Nice Nails, a new play by MFA playwright Aaron Ricciardi


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In a nail salon on the outskirts of New York City, immigrant ladies spend their days toiling like servants over the fingers and toes of obnoxious customers. This modest shop is the livelihood of a Korean-American family who dream of making it big in America—or, really, just scraping by, especially now that "Happy Ending Nails" opened next to the Whole Foods down the street and is siphoning off their customers.

As word spreads of labor department crackdowns, the salon owners’ daughter fights to modernize this tired establishment, all while growing captivated by a new customer who is not like the others, forcing her to examine the value of identity, government regulations, and everything she learned from Disney movies.

Aaron Ricciardi, Playwright
Jonathan Michaelsen, Director
Irene Yang, Ariel
Longfei Zhao, Maurice
Nina Donville, Jasmine
Adrianne Embry, Nomfundo
Meaghan Deiter, Helene
Aimes Dobbins, Jacob
Talia Santia, The Customers
Macy Kloville, Sound Designer
Rochelle E Hudson, Stage Manager
Abbey Gulde, Assistant Stage Manager