- Stick and Move (Boston Theatre Marathon, 2008)
Ten minute play
Lampitoc, Sunshine Pearl
- A Virgin/Whore Duplex (EWP, 2001)
Surrounded by porn movies, the demise of marriage, and apple martinis, one young woman lies her way to the truth.
- I Heart Hell A (EPW, 2009)
Dreams, stars, smog & traffic. An ensemble driven performance art
piece about the love hate relationship with the city we call Los
Le, Dan Sach
- Saigon Sisters (Mu 2012)
Come hear the first act of this new play inspired by Anton Chekov's, The Three Sisters.
- Rage (EWP, 2003)
Family. Felon. Is Tommy Nguyen a good boy or a gang banger?
- A Dirty Secret Between Your Toes (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
Chuck and Helen -- the new Asian American couple -- have moved into
this picture-perfect cul de sac with a dirty secret. Jose, the
gardener, helps to keep their insatiable desires and clandestine
activities hidden from this upper class neighborhood... all the while
harboring his own little secret. When the neighborhood association
president comes knocking, watch sweet little suburbia flip into a new
picture of disturbing, disruptive and deliciously dirty revelations!
- Walk the Mountain
(Wells Fargo Radio Theater 2000) - A radio play about a Chinese man's
journey to 1880's San Franciso to bring his father home to China.
- One Cold Dark Night
(Wells Fargo Radio Theater 2001) - A radio play comedy about a 1950's
Chinese American family and the Chinese ghost stories they share.
- Lynn 1, Lynn 2 (Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Play Reading Series. 2007)
Lynn things she lives alone - or does she?
(Upper Reaches Theater 2007) - Casey looks like any other seventh
grader, but he shares a secret with his grandfather that keeps his
demons at bay.
- Negation Delirium on Toast Points (UCLA, 2007)
A woman comes home and finds it mysteriously redecorated. Is it her
imagination, another demension, or the stranger on her couch?
- Life Outside the Body (UCLA
2008) - Chuck's body has always been breaking down on him, but hat's
lnothing compared to what's really broken. Can one magic drug fix it
- Hacinda Heights (Lodestone, 2008)
The Hsiungs have always been a strange family, but things get stranger when the Census Taker arrives. (One Act)
- Higher Up
(Theater Masters 2008) - When the 'new guy' shows up for work, Toi and
Charlie experience firsthand what it's like to be in the dog house.
- English Only (UCLA, 2008)
1986. Everything is big. The hair, the shoulder pads, the prom
dresses... but nothing is bigger to 17 year old Scarlett Wong than
what's going on at City Hall. A look into race, culture, and the
Official English referendum in Monterey Park, California.
- Happy Talk: a romantic urban fairytale (Another Chicago Theatre Company, 2008)
Gina loves Bob, but Bob isn't free to love anyone until he's free of
his mother. Could the answer be in a pair of a fabulous ladies shoes?
Lee, C. Y.
Author of The Flower Drum Song.
- The Body and Soul of a Chinese Woman (Stella Adler Theatre, 2006)
It tells the story of Amy Wu, a recently divorced, young traditional
folk dancer from China who struggles to reconcile her sensuality and
intellectual nature while dealing with a traditional Asian American
aunt and an ex-husband who wants to come back into her life.
- The Fan Tan King (Pan Asian Rep, 2006)
Music by Douglas Lackey
a new musical in development
Written by C.Y. Lee
Music composed by Douglas Lackey
The Fan Tan King
is adapted from Mr. Lee's novel, DAYS OF THE TONG WARS, set in late
19th century San Francisco, a time when Chinese pioneers arrived to the
Land of the Golden Mountain with firecrackers and lion dancers in their
quest for the American Dream. The Fan Tan King refers to Peter
Fong, a gambling czar and businessman; Peter has a wife, who pines for
a simpler life and more children to join her only son. His authority is
challenged by his rival, Sam Fat, who wants control of Chinatown. There
are a dozen colorful supporting characters who epitomize the diverse
Chinatown community. This musical is good old-fashioned fun for the
whole family while illuminating important aspects of Asian American
former child performer, dancer/actress, paleontologist/geologist, and
wastewater (yes, sewage) treatment consultant, Cherylene Lee's writing
also includes poetry, short fiction, and a novel. A fourth
generation Chinese-American, her writing examines the broad spectrum of
Asian-American experience. Her poetry and fiction have been
widely published and her short stories anthologized in American Dragons (Harper Collins, 1993) and Charlie Chan is Dead (Viking/Penguin,
1993). Recipient of a San Francisco Art Council Grant in
Literature, she has also received a Fund for New American Plays Grant,
a Rockefeller MAP Grant and has been a co-winner of the Mixed Blood
Theater's Playwrights competition. She was also chosen for the O'Neill
National Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Playwrights Lab, an Asian
Theater Workshop Fellowship with the Mark Taper Forum, and a San
Francisco Grants for Arts Commission through Z Space Studio.
- Pyros (1983)
- Aesop's Fantastic Fables (1984)
- Wong Bow Rides Again (East West, 1987)
- The Ballad of Doc Hay (Marin Playhouse, 1987)
- Overtones (Kuma Kahua, 1988)
- Bitter Melon (1990)
- Yin Chin Bow (Pan Asian, 1990)
- Memory Square (1991)
- Arthur & Leila (East West, 1993)
- In the Spirit (Mayer Theatre, 1993)
- Knock Off Balance (1995)
- Lost Vegas Acts (1997)
- Carry the Tiger to the Mountain (1998, Contemporary Theater Festival)
In June of 1982 Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two unemployed
Detroit auto workers. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain is an epic
dramatization of the true life story o the victim's mother, Lily Chin,
and her journey from postwar picture bride to civil rights activist in
search of justice for her son.
- The Legacy Codes (Theatreworks, 2003)
Inspired by the stunning saga of nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee, this
fascinating new drama is as hot as today's headlines. Underscored by a
brilliant fusion of Chinese, jazz, and hip-hop music, it weaves our
era's mystifying codes of law, culture, computers, and romance into a
masterful family drama, the tantalizing tale of a Taiwanese-born
scientist accused of compromising America's national security.
- Antigone Falun Gong (Aurora Theatre Company, 2004)
This adaptation of Sophocles’s great tragedy is re-set in contemporary
China and explores how the past connects to the present, the
persecution of the Falun Gong, and how there may be more to America’s
global reach than we imagine. Utilizing forms of Tai Chi, Wu Shu, Kung
Fu, Chinese opera movement as well as the five Falun Gong exercises,
this world premiere dramatizes the story of a lone woman defying a
repressive government in a beautifully unique and provocative way.
- Mixed Messages (EWP, 2004)
explores the journey of a "mixed" woman (Japanese, Chinese and British)
who discovers that her cranial features are extremely similar to that
of the 9,000 year-old women fossil found in the La Brea Tar Pits in
1914. The realization sparks emotional duels pitting science against
culture, ethnicity against heritage, and the individual against
institutions in defining those of "mixed" backgrounds.
Lee, Edward Bok
ED BOK LEE's first book, Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press), was a
recipient of the Many Voices Project (MVP) Award and "contains
outrage...tenderness [and] searing honesty...vital to the American
landscape. The vitality of the country, its capacity to absorb the rich
and the strange, is nowhere clearer..." (San Francisco Chronicle). Lee
attended kindergarten in Seoul, grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota,
and has since lived in a half-dozen cities around the world. He has
studied Slavics at the Universities of California—Berkeley, Minnesota,
Kazakh State—Almaty, Indiana University, and holds an MFA from Brown
University. Various writing awards include grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft
Literary Center, SASE, and the Jerome Foundation.
- Athens County (Brown University, 1997)
A farce, where Mommy Kills Daddy.
- St. Petersburg (The Public, 2000)
- Passage (Theater Mu, 2001)
The story follows a daughter's return to her homeland to visit her
father, who is near death. But before the old man can be released from
this world, he must clear up secrets and business with his daughter.
It's a mythic version of the need to reconcile and remember the past,
- Whorled ()
- Leavetaker ()
- El Santo Americano ()
Ten Minute play. Clay, a washed-up professional wrestler, kidnaps his
estranged wife Evalana and their child, and heads for the border in his
Galaxy 500. He hopes to re-invent himself in Mexico as a champion
wrestler, and thereby save his failing family from certain doom. An
unexpected rest stop in the middle of the desert throws a monkey wrench
in his plans, when Evalana finds herself with an opportunity to escape
-- but not before Clay articulates his love for her and their child one
last time, revealing the full beauty and ferocity of his soul unlike
ever before. Will she go, or stay? Or will something more mysterious
happen in the darkest heart and hour of this magical vision of the
- Glow III (Mu Performing Arts, 2007)
At a time when soldiers lessen the effects of post traumatic stress
disorder by the practice of first maiming animals, and McDonalds offers
a popular Spirit Burger, a shape-shifting cast of Everyday People
attempt to navigate their troubled lives through futuristic
dysfunction. Ethics, Philosophy, Pop-psychology, Race, Socio-economics
and Religion all serve as launching pads into the absurd.
- We Used To Toast To The Dreamers...Now We Just Drink (East West 2010)
"We used to toast..." is dark and familiar. It broods fiery and
unsettling like one too many shots of bourbon. Its voice is harsh and
one gets the impression that the author does not
want to step lightly over the graves of artists.
- Ladies and Gentlemen (East West, 2013)
A heavyweight contender gets the opportunity of a lifetime, but must choose between the two men she loves.
- Wooing Annie (East West, 2001)
"Welcome to L.A! Now go home." For Canadian Annie Woo, it's hard to
leave a place with "spicy kimchi" like Josh and "green tea and ham"
like Mason. Should she stay or should she go?
- Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre, 2013)
When a teacher makes an alarming discovery about Luce, an all-star high school student, Luce's parents are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country.
- Crane (Ferocious Lotus, 2015)
When Sadako stumbles into a cabin in the mountains in the dead of winter, she meets Bradley, a young, hermitic artist who once created a great work but has since descended into mediocrity. He now risks being dropped by his pushy agent if he doesn't produce another masterpiece. After taking in this mysterious woman, Bradley soon discovers that Sadako has her own secret talent that could potentially save him. But at what cost?
Lee, Ji Hyun
Hyun is a playwright moonlighting as investigative reporter. She has
covered the University of Michigan's affirmative action trials for
Asian Diversity and the recent sweatshop cases in California for Hyphen
magazine. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
- The Superfirends of Flushing Queens (AATC, 1999)
Picture four Asian friends: a Korean, a Chinese, a Japanese and a
Vietnamese, who struggle for the perfect grade in the academically
advanced Flushing High School. But what you see isn't always what you
get. Underneath all the ethnic stereotypes, the girls endure some
pretty dysfunctional home lives. They long to escape from their
oppressing families and see the scholarship to Harvard as a means of
freeing themselves. And through all their struggles, Linda, Eve,
Michelle and Liat learn that good friends always stand together. As
soon as one friend is in trouble, they morph into their altar egos
Wonder Girl,, Slut Girl, Dyke Girl and Nerd Girl and jump into their
Invisible BMW to rescue those friends in need. Because whatever may ail
them at home, when they're together and in school, they will always be
the Superfriends of Flushing Queens.
- Measure of a Man (Vancouver Canadian Theatre, 2013)
Lee, John K.
- From Berdoo to Bonneville (EWP, 2016)
Chino Kim, a talented but unheralded custom motorcycle builder, has a Harley Davidson sized chip on his shoulder that he can't seem to cut, grind, or weld away. After seven years of uncompromising dedication to his aesthetic vision, a personal tragedy and the fear of lifelong anonymity force him to reconsider his hardline stance.
Lee, John Quincy
- Merica (Pan Asian, 2008)
A comedy of haves and have-nots. Constance visits Beijing in hopes to
meet her only granddaughter, Merica, for the first time. Ming
Quan,Merica's other grandmother will the meeting to take place if
certain conditions are met.
Kimber Lee currently resides in Austin where she is a graduate student
in the University of Texas at Austin MFA Playwriting Program. Before
returning to school, Kimber worked as a professional actor, theatre
administrator, and director. Acting credits include work with A
Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare
Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Indiana
Repertory Theatre; and her writing has been published nationally in
KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine. Her plays have been produced in
Seattle, NYC, Aspen, and San Diego. She also served as Associate
Director for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, and
recently returned from a summer working as the Literary Resident at
Playwrights Horizons in NYC. Her play TOPPER was selected as a winner
of the 2009 Theatre Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition. Her
full-length play FIGHT has been awarded the Holland New Voices Award as
part of selection to the Great Plains Theatre Conference in May 2010,
and is also currently a finalist for the 2010 O’Neill National
- Fight (ACT, 2012)
- brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2013)
In a Brooklyn neighborhood housing project, time moves in scattered
rhythms, pivoting unpredictably between before and after. As members of
Tray¹s family struggle with his untimely death, they stumble through
loss, find each other, and fight their way toward hope.
- different words for the same thing (Center Theatre Group, 2015)
Thirteen years and 1,800 miles separate Alice from her childhood home.
But after one phone call, the small-town streets and characters that
once shaped her come rushing back and threaten to never let her go.
- Tokyo Fish Story (Theatrworks, 2014)
Generations, gender, and tradition collide as a Sushi Master struggles
to preserve ancient artistry in a society obsessed with change. In
pursuit of perfection, a brilliant protégé, eager apprentices, and the
master himself have much to learn.
- to the yellow house (The Lark, 2016)
1888. Paris and Provence.
A failing artist in desperate pursuit of a new way of seeing, haunted by his past, and hoping to remake his future in the color and light of the south. At what point in an endless cycle of failures does faith and persistence become delusion and foolishness? A meditation on love, art, and not being popular.
Maggie Lee is a writer, actor, producer, lighting designer, and puppet
mistress for the Pork Filled Players, Seattle's only Asian American
sketch comedy group. She has also designed lights and puppets for other
local theater companies, such as ReAct, GreenStage, Open Circle
Theater, and SIS Productions. In 2006, she adapted a stage version of
H.P. Lovecraft's The Thing on the Doorstep for OCT's The Colour Out of Space, and will be a contributing writer for their original Lovecraft-inspired show Necronomicon in October 2008. She has a BA in English and a minor in Lighting Design from UC Berkeley.
- Light the Corners of My Mind (SIS Productions, 2008)
What does it mean to truly be haunted? Three tenants of a lonely old
house, all with lingering pasts determined never to let go, will
discover the answer in this modern ghost story (Also known as Kindred Spirits).
- A Long Fatal Love Chase On A Distant Star (SIS Productions, 2009)
On a remote sentry ship at the edge of the universe, poised on the
brink of intergalactic war, Louisa May Alcott’s forgotten scandalous
novel of love and obsession finds new life being shared by a unit of
rookie mecha pilots, blurring the line between science fiction and
- The Clockwork Professor (SIS Productions, 2010)
First of the New Providence Chronicles.
Seamus Pemberton, otherwise known as the Clockwork Professor, is a
humble inventor, a quiet, eccentric man of science. But now, buried
secrets and forbidden technology from the past threaten to destroy
everything he holds dear, perhaps even rocking the very foundations of
the city of New Providence. From underground laboratories to royal
airships to dimension-hopping portals, come join the Clockwork
Professor on this whirlwind adventure of fantastical science fiction
with a steampunk twist!
- The Tumbleweed Zephyr (SIS Productions, 2011)
Part of the New Providence Chronicles. Two brothers set off from the
city of New Providence for the Western Territories on the
transcontinental train, the Tumbleweed Zephyr. But a simple journey by
rail soon leads to adventure, romance, and long-lost echoes from the
past, like a lonely train whistle through the deep desert sky. All
aboard for a sci-fi Old West yarn with shiny brass steampunk trim!
- The Sunshower Bride (Live Girls, 2012)
About a zoomorphic pre-wedding revelation
- A Hand of Talons (SIS Productions, 2012)
Part of the New Providence Chronicles. For generations, the Yao family
has been the ruling crime syndicate of the city. But now, Wilhelmina
and her two siblings must do whatever it takes to win at a high stakes
game of power and betrayal as the family empire threatens to crumble
around them. Ante up for a hand of sci-fi noir in the seedy underbelly
of the steampunk-inspired world of New Providence. If you can't trust
family, who can you trust?
- A Silver Key and The Roots Run Deep" (SIS Productions, 2015)
An evening of one-act plays inspired by the fantastical dreamscapes and creeping horrors of H.P. Lovecraft. In A Silver Key” a mysterious key opens a door into the dream world on Eleanor’s 30th birthday, as she wavers on the threshold of modern day adulthood. In The Roots Run Deep, Iris searches for her lost sister, who disappeared after the discovery of a strange mask tied to the dark secrets of their unknown ancestors.
- The Echo Maidens (SPT, 2016)
Lee-Yang, May M.
- Anatomy of Hmong Girl: A Memoir Told in Body Parts (Mu Performing Arts, 2007)
The Hmong believe that when someone is born their placentas are buried
underneath their homes, so when someone dies, they can find their way
back home. What happens when you don't know where your placenta is?
ANATOMY is an exploration into the search for home. Part memoir, part
political statement, this peice focuses on how Hmong Americans have
been continuously dissected and how we attempt to flesh out and
re-assemble our real voices and experiences.
- The Divorcee Diaries (Mu, 2014)
The new play chronicles the Hmong sexual revolution. Set against the
backdrop of a nightclub, four people explore the fun, the fear, and the
fantasy of divorce as they drink, flirt, fight, and try to make sense
of lives in transition.
- The Moon Embraces the Song (Mu, 2017)
When a k-drama addict with a secret meets a Korean heir who has been banished to the Midwest, fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one's virginity.
- A Long Time Ago Today
(Mu Performing Arts, 2018)
Writer May Lee-Yang weaves history, folktales, and her personal life to show how Hmong people use stories to make sense of the world around them: How did the Moon and Sun come to rule Night and Day? Why are some people left-handed and others right-handed? How do you keep culture and stories alive without books? What happens to people if they forget where they're from?
- Heading East (East West, 1998) libretto
A funny, slightly off beat musical about a family retracing its footsteps from 1848 to the present.
- Peaches (University of Houson, 2005)
This play explores the relationship between two Korean American best
friends, Ji Hae and Robert, as they discuss interracial dating, growing
up Asian in America, and finding love in their 20s. The play chronicles
one summer weekend they spend together, starting with a wedding and
ending in a peach orchard that changes their lives.
- Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise Tails! (Discover Theatre, 2005)
A world premiere by playwright Soo-Jin Lee, dances by acclaimed
Washington choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, DT artist Michael
(Black Diamond) Bobbitt directing. Animal tales blend the beauty,
wisdom, and fun of ancient Asian culture in this original musical play
created to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Ages 4–10
- Why Koreans Don't Hug (University of Texas New Theatre, 2008)
Intimacy. Betrayal. Misplaced love. A Korean immigrant family, through
an unexpected act from their Reverend, is forced to deal with the
elephant in their room.
- The Men My Mother Loved (Pipeline Playwrights, 2017)
A vacation to Korea turns a mother-daughter exploration into a fantastical exploration of why it's worth reuniting with ex-boyfriends.
Suzanne Lee is a LA-grown and New York-based
playwright/screenwriter/entrepreneur. Her current project is adapting
WORTH into a screenplay. She is a MFA candidate at the Yale School of
- Ancestors (NY Theatre Workshop, 2000)
Byung holds a terrible secret from her past. Suni, her daughter,
doesn’t know anything about it. When the father commits a terrible act,
however, information comes flying out of the woodwork. As a family
dynasty unravels, a nation and culture re-build.
- Witness (NY Theatre Workshop, 2000)
Dolores and Antonia are two Dominican New Yorker sisters. One is
terrifically straight, the other is terrifically gay. After a
devastating love affair gone wrong, Dolores rebounds into the arms of a
traditional Irish Catholic man who has less than modern ideas of how to
raise a family. Choices have to be made - what do you do when the
consequences of your choice are less than beautiful?
- S/h-E (Asian American Alliance, 2001)
A one act genderfest.
- Worth (Mark Taper, 2003)
America's gone bankrupt, Enron-style. The rights to the fantasy are up
for sale. A family fracas comprised of a father, a daughter, a rich
widow and a best friend ensues. In the gamble of life, when you've lost
everything you built your dreams on, how much more does it cost to lose
yourself? Served Korean buffet style, striptease and karoake not
- Ancestors (Ma-Yi, 2006)
Lee, Young Jean
Jean Lee has directed her plays at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and
Soho Rep. She has performed with the National Theater of the United
States of America (What's That On My Head!?!), studies playwriting with
Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College, and is a member of 13P.
- Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals (Ontological-Hysteric Theater)
- The Appeal (Soho Rep)
We find Wordsworth as a guest of Coleridge and his sister Dorothy at
Grasmere. Later, the "action" will move to the castle of Lord Byron in
the Swiss Alps. Poetry, it seems, is borne of an admixture of thought,
anxiety and booze.
- Pullman, WA (PS122, 2005)
Pullman, WA is a play about what to do if you're unhappy and everyone around you is kind of an asshole, including yourself.
- Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (Cowboy Vampire Theatre, 2006)
- Church (2007)
- The Shipment (2009)
- Lear (2010)
A collision between Shakespeare's King Lear, Sesame Street, and Young Jean Lee's own take on the theme of dealing with a father's mortality, Lee's LEAR focuses not on the aging Lear and Gloucester, but rather on their adult children who turned their backs on their fathers' suffering. An absurdist tragedy about familial piety, despair, and the end of life.
- We're Gonna Die (2011)
- Untitled Feminist Play (2012)
- Straight White Men (2014)
The play follows a middle-class father and his three sons as they celebrate Christmas together while each facing his own issues.
- Freddie the Pigeon (NWAAT, 1975)
- Jess and Sally are Back in Town (Mu Performing Arts, 2007)
Jess and Sally are as different as can be, yet know each other as only
two sisters can. After years of estrangement, they convene at the home
of their mother for her funeral, only to discover that the past never
truly dies. Jess and Sally are Back in Town
explores the complex, often humorous, relationship between two adopted
Korean sisters as they sift through relics of family, heritage,
assimilation, choices, and their own strained lives.
- Four Destinies (Mu Performing Arts, 2010)
Destiny Jones is a Korean adoptee growing up in Minnesota...no, Destiny
Jones is an African American adoptee growing up in Minnesota...no,
Destiny was born in Guatemala...no, Destiny is a Caucasian boy...! In
this satirical exploration of fate, DNA, arrival stories and the
families that love them, playwright Katie Leo represents every adoptee
ever born and gives all her characters exactly what they want.
- attraction (Cornerstone, 2008)
Explore what draws people to place, to one another, and what pulls them
apart, at the intersection of an urban global village experiment- at
Traction Avenue. Dive in to our neighborhood's kaleidoscopic spirit,
its magic, history and mystery.
- Welcome to the Wongs (NWAAT, 1999)
Welcome to the Wongs
is a hilarious story of a family dinner spinning out of control and the
interesting twists and mishaps in the lives of three generations of
Chinese in America. The story is told from the point-of-view of a young
Chinese American boy who is constantly bombarded with
inter-generational family politics and traditional culture while
questioning his own ideas about relationships, culture and family. With
a cast that will have you laughing and crying in your seats, this is a
workshop presentation not to be missed!
Lew was a 2003-2004 directing resident at Playwrights Horizons,
assisting on Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy, Jon Robin Baitz's Chinese
Friends, and Erin Cressida Wilson's Wilder. He assistant directed the
Drama Dept's 2004 Downtown Plays, and has also assistant directed at
the Mark Taper Forum and for Primary Stages. He has held literary
residencies at Playwrights Horizons and La Jolla Playhouse and was
associate artistic director of Gorilla Repertory Theater, producing
their 2003 season. He holds a B.A. in English and Theater Studies from
Yale University and was in the 2005 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.
- Yit, Ngay (One, Two) (Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, 2003)
This one-woman show is based on the separated childhood of four Chinese
women; two were born and raised in Toi San, China and two were born and
raised in Fresno, CA.
- Paper Gods (Ma-Yi, 2006)
- Moustache Guys (2g, 2008)
Ali is worried. Her husband Paul has just joined the International
Order of the Moustache Guys. So she dons a fake moustache and pursues
her husband, exposing a secret world of shady characters and shadier
- A Better Babylon (Victory Gardens, 2008)
In 1960s UC Berkeley, a wave of student radicalism engulfs a young
Chinese couple, a black protester, and a Chicana biologist. Personal
dreams collide with political conscience, testing the limits of
mentorship, friendship, and love.
- Bury the Iron Horse (2g, 2009)
"This is it, bitches: Iron Horse Park."
This is the Seattle park where three sisters reunite after a long estrangement.
This is where their parents fell in love and started a salmon cannery.
This is where Dad took them on hikes and Mom skinned salmon.
This is where Dad left them.
Through six interwoven camping trips, a family comes together and falls apart, and three sisters return to
BURY THE IRON HORSE
- Bike America (Julliard, 2012)
Penny is damaged. She doesn't know who she is or her place in the
world. So she drops everything to go on a cross-country bike trip from
Boston to Santa Barbara. Along the way she befriends a crew of fellow
adventurers, from the lesbian couple who've decided to get a marriage
license in every state to the mysterious Man with the Van who
transports their belongings. Set in iconic towns from the deep North
down to the deep South (and the highways between), Bike America
captures the restlessness of a Millennial generation that will go to
any length to find a place that always seems just out of reach.
- Collin (Ma-Yi, 2012)
David is a successful New York casting director and Collin is a hot
young star on the rise. The attraction is chemical, but the combination
is potentially deadly. A love letter to the theater where the highs and
lows of romance echo the highs and lows of a life on the stage.
- Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi, 2015)
Teenage Dick is a re-imagination of Richard III set in high school. The play uses the most famous disabled character of all time as a means for re-examining more contemporary tropes about the handicapped, via the tale of Richard (junior class secretary) and his quest to become senior class president of Roseland High.
- Tiger Style (Alliance Theatre, 2015)
Star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. When it comes to adulthood, they're epic failures. Albert's just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable egghead brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! Travelling from California to China, Tiger Style! embraces the inner slacker and the outer tiger parent in all of us.
- British Raj - Just the Fun Parts (Ma-Yi, 2017)
5 Desis cover 350 years of history in 2 hours.
- The Atmosphere of Henry (Ivar Brickbox Theatre, 2004)
The play explores the mind of a young man named Henry and his
relationship with his wife, Joanne, which has been paralyzed by their
lack of communication. What does he do to compensate, and where does he
find connection? Four lives converge in this quick-paced drama set in a
San Francisco high-rise.
- The Legend of Jane and Joe (Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 2005)
An intriguing and clever play that explores the relationship
between two artists in contemporary Los Angeles, beginning with thier
brief but riotous first encounter. Follow these two young lovers, as
they discover lust and vanity, fear and happiness, ambition and
disipline, and love and fate.
- An Unbreakable Illusion of History (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
Lim lives in San Francisco with her two daughters, Colette and
Danielle. She is the author of a bilingual children's book, Wings of
Lai Ho, and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese
Immigrants on Angel Island. BA/MA San Francisco State University,
English with Creative Writing Emphasis; Broadcast Journalism
Certificate from Columbia University 1973. Profession: Faculty at New
College of California, Playwright, Poet, and Performer. Awards: Bay
Guardian Goldie, Creative Work Fund and Rockefeller for Songline: The
Spiritual Tributary of Paul Robeson Jr. and Mei Lanfang, collaboration
with Jon Jang and James Newton. James Wong Howe Award for Paper Angels
(Premiered July 2000, UC Zellerbach Playhouse).
- Paper Angels (AATC, 1980)
This is the story of the first generation of Chinese American
immigrants, caught between disaster in China and anti-Chinese backlash
in America after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882...
- Bitter Crane (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 1989 )
- Pins and Noodles (1989, Persona Grata)
- Daughter of Han (Bay Area Playwrights Festival,1983)
- I Remember Clifford (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 1983)
- Pigeons (SF Chinese Culture Center, 1985)
- XX (The Lab, 1987)
- The Pumpkin Girl (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 1989)
- Winter Place (Hatley-Martin Gallery, 1988)
- Faceless (Magic Theatre, 1989)
- The Magic Brush (World of Tales, 1990)
- SenseUs, The Rainbow Anthems (Life on the Water, 1990)
- Fresh off the Plane (AATC)
World Premiere! Newsflash! FOBs don't come from boats these days, they
get dropped off in planes! Join three young Asian Americans in this
newly adapted tale of the modern FOB - the FOP. Asia and America. Ah,
sometimes it feels like you're floating between the two - which is
exactly what these three punks do on their quest to become 'fobulous.'
- Yellow Flight (EWP, 2003)
Interracial sex, Canadian rock music, and ecumenical drug use are the
tip of the iceberg in this wretched tale of race, real estate, and
college admissions. Guaranteed to generate controversy.
- The God of Tobacco (Poets Theatre, 1999)
- Grand Unification Theory (2002)
A couple come to a New England bed and breakfast to attend a three-day
physics conference. The couple is made up of a sometimes-working
Asian-American actor (Tsuhan) and his girlfriend (Chintz) who is a
graduate student in Theoretical Physics. Unfortunately, his latest
credit card has bounced and he makes a quick deal with the owner (Mrs.
Chin) to work off his latest debt through manual labor and recounting
how he met Chintz. The first night, Mrs. Chin find Chintz in the dark
and swap stories about how they met their respective significant
others. The second night, Mrs. Chin makes Tsuhan recount his side of
the story. The third night, Chintz and Tsuhan fight and resolve their
relationship once and for all.
- Martyrs, Victims, Fighters And Theives: The Myth Of The Model Minority (Medicine Show, 2002)
X and Francis are brothers; Francis is about to be married to Kim and X
is in a "special" relationship with K. As well as being romantically
involved, X and K break into each other's apartment and steal things
from each other. After one of K's particularly messy break-in, Francis
comes to pick up X for a planned brunch with their respective
significant others. Francis finds X in a rifled apartment and starts
giving his brother a hard time. X responds by bringing up his
"temporary" bisexual state at college. Francis becomes so frustrated
that he breaks off his brunch. Kim and Francis return to Kim's
apartment. K returns to X's apartment and helps him clean up. Francis
decides to steal a vase from Kim. X goes to Francis' apartment to get
back the vase and put his marriage back on track. X try to lure Francis
away from his apartment so that K can steal the vase. Francis gives up
the vase to X, but instead catches K in act of stealing. In turn, K
fools around with Francis that Kim walks in on and then K steals a
book, that was given to him by a gay professor who was in love with
Francis in college. Francis breaks off his marriage to Kim. Francis
admits his indiscretion with K to X. X breaks up with K. X returns the
vase to Kim. Francis confronts X with a suspicion that X has been
sleepgin with Kim. Francis tries to break into K's apartment, but,
instead, K finally returns the book to Francis.
- Po Boy Tango (Searchlight Theatre, 2009)
A celebration of the human spirit and the joy of cooking, Po Boy Tango
tells the story of Richie Po - a Chinese immigrant who turns to his
estranged friend Gloria to help him recreate his mother's "Great
Banquet." Despite the challenges of shark fin soup, duck po boy
sandwiches and underlying cultural tensions, Richie and Gloria find
common ground through their shared humor and the interaction of
traditional Taiwanese cuisine and African-American "Soul Food." With
the help of lessons from Po Mama’s television cooking show, the two
discover a deeper understanding of food, culture and the nature of
- Warrior Class
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Alley Theatre, 2017)
A reworking of Twain's novel focusing on the relationship between Huck and his father Pap. Artistic director Gregory Boyd will direct.
- Kleptocracy (Arena Stage, 2019)
The world premiere of Kenneth Lin's play is set after the fall of the Soviet Union when a new ruling class that includes a hyper-ambitious Vladimir Putin takes hold of the country.
Lin, P. H.
- Sweet Ginger: Hot And Blue A play in two acts by P.H. Lin
(4 W, 2 M ) A coming of age story, but from an Asian point of view. Can
a Taiwanese immigrant family adjust to an American way of life without
destroying what's left of their family? Complicating things are a 95
year-old Jewish woman, a female Buddha, and the spirit-apparitions of
Ginger's mother and brother.
- Left Unsaid (East West, 2008)
Sonia's family and beloved community crumbles under the weight of
intrigue, violence, and racial tension under the new moon of Ramadan.
This is a story about one woman coming outside in a Los Angeles
neighborhood and all we can never say, but long to say anyway.
- A Traditional Girl (A Radio Play set to Asian Jazz Fusion) (EWP, 2009)
Once upon a time a group of friends got together at a bar to dish about
fairy tales, closets, changing your gender, and true love...
in Los Angeles, Weiko Lin holds a MFA in Film and TV from UCLA. As a
member of WGA-west, he is also the recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn
Writing Award. Weiko is a visiting lecturer in screenwriting at UC San
Diego and an instructor at East West Players.
- Tracks of Tears (1997, Veteran's Wadsworth Theater)
- Heavenly Peace (1999, UCLA Royce Hall)
- Parachute Kid (2001, UCLA Royce Hall)
- Blind Street (Riverscope, 2003)
On a street corner in LA, a blind musician plays on as an eclectic
group of hardened city natives meet by pure chance. Through the eyes of
a dying British backpacker and his pregnant girlfriend, the lives of a
homeless vet, a delusional prostitute actress, a grave digger, a
Beverly Hills runaway, a sex-craving bully, and a Hollywood
screenwriter intersect via love, sex, and death.
- Mommy's Special (2004)
Set in the back lot of a Chinatown dive bar, two complete strangers
confront their dark pasts and discover the secret ties between them.
- The Best Man (2005)
Mitchell spends the evening before his wedding at a New York hotel
suite with his best man, Danny, a musician burnout who makes his money
prostituting his young, naïve girlfriend, Misty. Mitchell’s marrying
Julia, who is also Danny’s ex-wife. When the women arrive, the
charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. Beneath
its high-stakes surface and temptation, a dark vengeful secret explodes
as the night unfolds.
- Joker (Kumu Kahua, 2015)
Set around the fight for marriage equality in Hawai'i, Joe's normal, simple life unravels as a promise kept is threatened by a visit of a man from his past.
- Spring is the First Fall (Queens Theatre, 2017)
Inspired by a portrait of Afong Moy, the first female Chinese immigrant to the United States, this play explores love, loss, and the power of our memories. When a breakup brings back a painful past, a Chinese American gay man returns home to Hawaii, where he must confront his sister, his father, and himself about a dark family history that reopens old wounds.
Linmark, R. Zamora
- Rolling The Rs (Kumu Kahua, 2008)
Edgar Ramirez, a Kalihi teenager "who looks like a Filipino John
Travolta," knows that he is gay and isn't bothered by his schoolmates'
taunts. Rolling the Rs
is a play set in the disco years of the '80s, when high school students
hung posters of Scott Baio, Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garrett, listened to
Peaches and Herb, read Sixteen and Teen Beat magazines, and struggled
with their identities as defined by ethnicity, nationality and sexual
orientation. Edgar and his friends Katrina and Vicente exchange words
with their classmates, dance, sing and experiment with sex in a
free-floating, surrealistic story punctuated by the disciplinary voice
of the schoolteacher, Mrs. Takemoto, and the judgmental gossip of
Philippine-born and raised friends Mrs. Kayabyab and Mrs. Arayat. A
Kumu Kahua world premiere.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
- June is The First Fall (Kumu Kahua, 2018)
Don, a Chinese American, is only out to his sister, Jane—the rest of his family does not know he is gay. When Don returns home to Hawai'i from NYC, he finds his sister engaged to his first love. June is The First Fall is a queer and moving slice of life with interweaving scenes spanning Hawai'i and NYC, the 1840s and the present.
- First String (EWP, 2004)
Blending fast-paced scenes and rhythmic monologues, this piece of
hip-hop theater shines a light on the friendships and love lives of a
group of butch and femme women.
- A Kind of Sad Love Story (Bindlestiff, 2013)
Andrew and Emily are a mid-twentysomething couple whose time together
is about to run its course as the realities of maturing sensibilities
set in. A Kind of Sad Love Story
is the bittersweet story about a relationship between two nice kids
who, in order to move on with their lives, must first break each
Locsin is a writer and actor, and a company member of the Rude
Guerrilla Theater Company. More information including reviews at rgasian.blogspot.com
- Asian-Acting: an Evening of One-Act Plays
by Aurelio Locsin: a wild assortment of World Premiere plays, dance
pieces, monologues and puppetry. (Nominated Best New Play for the 2005
Orange County Theater awards.)Rude Guerrilla Theater Company (Orange
County, CA.) in January 2005:
- Mrs. M's Tea - A woman sits down for a last cup of tea before going to a Japanese internment camp;
- Marriage Monkey - A man fights in court for the right to marry
outside of his race;
- Midnight Manuever - A timid woman decides to stand up to the bigots in her neighborhood
- How China Diffused the Cuban Missile Crisis - A dance piece.
- Tongue Lashing - A vicious killer and his victim have a little conversation before getting down to business;
- American Express - A visit the Thai sex industry
- Legend of the Banana - A Filipino fable comes magically to life.
- Helltown Buffet (formerly Consent)(East West, 2006)
Can two gay Filipinos: a wimpy assistant manager and a hunky demon,
fall in love through their real and imagined histories? This dark
comedy propels them from the Hometown Buffet to several afterlives,
prompting encounters with a sexy demon boss, a fabulous stylist, hungry
homeless people, bewildered tribesmen and talking trees.
- Head Aches (East West, 2010)
Ricardo, a Filipino-American canine cop, wants to make peace with his
son, wife, father and dog. Unfortunately, his coma makes communication
impossible. Can the objects of his affection help him handle family,
child-rearing, sexuality and love before it's too late?
- Family Affair (East West 2011)
LD and Anglo Kenny decide to break up their long-term gay relationship.
LD's family, who like Kenny better than LD, are thrown into turmoil. Do
they try to get them together or push for the separation?
Loh, Sandra Tsing
Sandra Tsing Loh is an L.A.based writer/performer/musician. Her books, all published by Riverhead Books, include a novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, which the Los Angeles Times named one of the best books of 1997, Depth Takes A Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles, and Aliens In America.
The latter is based on Loh's solo Off Broadway show which ran at Second
Stage Theatre in New York in summer, 1996. Loh has also been featured
at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the HBO New Writers Project,
and on NPR's "This American Life." She is also a regular commentator on
NPR's "Morning Edition," a show which coincidentally has used segments
from Pianovision as buttons. Currently, Loh is most musically active as
a composer for film. She composed and performed on the score for
Jessica Yu's 1997 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien,
and is scoring Ms. Yu's next documentary on HBO of the Living Museum.
Loh began in the mid'80s as a performance artist; her piano concert
"spectacles" were covered by such outlets as People, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, Glamour, the Associated Press, CNN, and even in Johnny Carson's Tonight Show
monologue. Nearly 1,000 people attended "Night of the Grunion" (March
1989), in which Loh and the Topanga Symphony played a concerto for
spawning fish on a Malibu beach at midnight. In "Self Promotion" (March
1988), an assistant flung $1,000 in autographed $1 bills over her as
she performed before a stampeding crowd. "Spontaneous Demographics"
(September 1987) featured Loh playing a piano abord a flatbed truck in
a concert for rush hour commuters on the Harbor Freeway.
- Aliens in America (Second Stage, 1996)
- Bad Sex with Bud Kemp (Second Stage, 1998)
- Sugar Plum Fairy (Seattle Repertory Theatre, 2003)
A one-woman show about an ungainly 12-year-old girl who longs to dance the role of Clara in "The Nutcracker."
- Language Will Be Used (Mark Taper, 2004)
This is not for the faint of heart. Wit, writer, performer and radio personality Sandra Tsing Loh's Language Will Be Used
will unleash a fast rumination on topics such as the FCC, Lenny Bruce,
the Van Nuys Courthouse, the danger of Peet's lattes, the horror of
pledge drives, places to shove your public radio coffee mug,
multicultural nose flutes, Gino Vanelli'sunderpants, if Melissa Rivers
were a camel jockey, if Rodney King were Caucasian and of course, just
in time for summer, the Palestinian woman joke.
Lottman lives in Monrovia, CA. Ms. Lottman graduated from USC as a
Master of Professional Writing, in May of 2003. She is also degreed in
English, History, the Liberal Arts, and has studied and written for the
East West Players. She has worked as a teacher, a grant writer, and a
- V (East West, 2001)
A Vietnamese-American family battles to vanquish the vampiric shadows from their past.
- I Start At A (2003)
I Start at A is a uniquely staged fairytale about the value of first being true to one's self.
- Little Dragon (fu-GEN, 2005)
is a fierce, biting comedy. It tells the story of a young
third-generation Chinese-Canadian woman who goes to university and
discovers she's Chinese. Her ensuing search for a cultural identity, of
which she can be proud, surfaces a long-repressed pain stemming from
the death of her father in her early childhood and generations of
family shame and secrets. Through her journey, she comes to believe
that her father was actually Bruce Lee, and she turns to the martial
arts legend for solace and strength. It is a story of! longing,
belonging, and ultimately, self-love.
Review here and here and here and here
- Baby Dearest ()
- Sasha Says (200)
is a dark and haunting fantasy tale about the fate and rivalry of two
brothers, both oppressed by their domineering mother. One day Cyrus
rescues a mysterious mute girl named Sasha and falls in love with her,
awakening a desire he never knew existed. Just as Sasha begins to
return his feelings, Cyrus' younger, better-looking, and more talented
brother Lucien returns, igniting Cyrus's slow descent into madness and
plunging all three headlong into destruction.
- Never Cry Zombie (Washington, DC, 2000)
A Ten Minute Show: Trapped in a basement, friends deal with a zombie friend.
- Acceptance (Love Creek Productions, 2001)
- Goodbye with Hope (Love Creek Productions, 2001)
- Paying Regrets (Love Creek Productions, 2001)
- Made in America (NWAAT, 1985)
- Breaking the Silence (NWAAT, 1986)
- Be Happy (Lodestone, 2008)
Ten years of torment cast a woman and her therapist into a
psychological pandora's box during a perverse struggle for
happiness. One Act.
- The Cultural Hyphenate ()
- Angst, Adolesence and Alone (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
- Of Dreams, Mangos and Rycroft Street (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
- perceived (and short scenes) (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 2000)
- Searching for Paradise (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 2000)
Lum, Darrel H. Y.
H. Y. LUM is co-publisher and co-editor of Bamboo Ridge, which he
helped found in 1978. He is author of both prose fiction and
plays. He has published two collections of short fiction,
short stories and drama. Pass On, No Pass Back was awarded the
Asian American Studies Book Award in 1992. His work has been
widely anthologized, and frequently used in English, Speech, and Asian
American Studies classes in secondary school and college classes in
Hawai‘i, and on the mainland. Oranges Are Lucky was his first
play, and has been staged three times by KKT, in 1976, 1986, and 1996.
On the last occasion, Lum’s most recent play, Fighting Fire, was the companion piece, commissioned by KKT. In 1982, HTY staged his children’s play Magic Mango. KKT staged his first full-length play, My Home is Down the Street, in 1987. Next followed A Little Bit Like You,
commissioned by HTY under a grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation. It was given a World Premiere by KKT, co-sponsored by
HTY and Chaminade University, in 1991 and toured the following summer
in a new KKT production directed by Keith Kashiwada. The play was
revived in a production in Spring 2003, directed by Dann Seki.
Kumu Kahua Theatre commissioned David Carradine Not Chinese in
2000. Dr. Lum received the Cades Award in 1991 and the Hawai‘i
Award for Literature, the state’s highest award for literature, in
1998. He holds a Doctorate in Education from UHM.
- Oranges Are Lucky (Kumu Kahua, 1976)
- Magic Mango
- My Home is Down the Street (1987)
- A Litle Bit Like You (Kumu Kanua, 1991)
- Fighting Fire (Kumu Kahua, 1996)
- David Caradine: Not Chinese (Kumu Kahua Theatre, 2005)
Playwright Lum, who has a talent for dealing with serious issues in a
lighthearted style, is at his comic best in this tale of convoluted
racial stereotypes, local attitudes and pun-ridden dialogue,
culminating in a hilarious evening at the Wat-Chu Society annual
- Beer Can Hat
(Kumu Kanua, 2019)
Bobo is a little slow. His abusive father wants to send him away. Selling newspapers on the street, Bobo scrounges for a little money. Despite injuries, harassment, and discrimination, Bobo never complains—after all, he may not have much—but Bobo does have one thing: a true friend. Da Beer Can Hat is based on Darrell Lum's original short story of a mentally handicapped individual and his one, best friend.
- Geomancer (NWAAT, 1999)
A Chinese scientist is accused of espionage and stealing atomic secrets. The year? 1952...The more things change...
- Ga Ting (2013)
This heartbreaking story of two parents struggling to come to terms
with their sons' sexuality in the wake of his death
Oskar Ly is a Hmong French-American Artist and Organizer. She is a Fashion Artist and Singer-Songwriter with a focus on social justice. She uses the arts and community organizing as a foundation to build community spaces that celebrate authenticity, discovery, and our stories. Her vision is to achieve responsible recognition of her communities, create space for original narratives and lift multi-dimensional identities through creative exploration. She enjoys crafting to liberate beyond words, sharing food, culture and conversations.
- Womn + Womn (Mu, 2015)
Nana (Soul), Huab (Body) and Jules (Spirit) journey through queerness, haircuts, cassette tapes and their intertwined fates hidden in memories and explorations of their unbeknownst affection for women.
- Lemon Twist (A Musical) (Mu Performing Arts, 2015)
Lemon Twist tells the story of Yvonne, an American-Vietnamese woman living in New York who is torn between her very traditional Vietnamese family and her desire to be a "normal" American. She longs to be an actress – to star in a musical! To light up the silver screen! – but roles for Asians are few and far between. Should she give in to her mother's pressure to become a pharmacist? Luckily, her sharp sense of humour comes to her aid as she finds herself between jobs, between relationships, feeling neither wholly American nor entirely Vietnamese…