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Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2012

Lauren Yee’s play KING OF THE YEES will premiere this season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by a production at ACT Theatre. Other plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore, Company One), IN A WORD (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public, Strawdog), SAMSARA (Victory Gardens, O’Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and THE TIGER AMONG US (MAP Fund, Mu). Member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab. Commissions: Denver Center, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Trinity Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.  www.laurenyee.com

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Email: lauren.d.yee@gmail.com

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plays

CHING CHONG CHINAMAN

Full-length Comedy
3M 3W

The ultra-assimilated Wong family is as Chinese-American as apple pie: teenager Upton dreams of World of Warcraft superstardom; his sister Desi dreams of early admission to Princeton. Unfortunately, Upton’s chores and homework get in the way of his 24/7 videogaming, and Desi’s math grades don’t fit the Asian-American stereotype. Then Upton comes up with a novel solution for both problems: he acquires a Chinese indentured servant, who harbors an American dream of his own.

Production/Development History:
[2013] City Lights Theatre Company (San Jose, CA) upcoming production
[2013] GENseng Geneseo (Geneseo, NY) upcoming production
[2013] Asian American Repertory Theatre (San Diego) upcoming production
[2011] Artists at Play (Los Angeles) production
[2010] Pan Asian Rep (New York City) production
[2010] SIS Productions (Seattle) production
[2009] Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis) production
[2008] Impact Theatre (Berkeley, CA) production
New York International Fringe Festival (New York) showcase

Press:
“A lively, likable show… The playwright, Lauren Yee, gleefully highlights the assimilated life of the Wongs, who defy the stereotype of the hard-driving Chinese-American family. It’s clever, and her insights are astute.” — Ken Jaworowski, New York Times

“Yee is a talented young writer, and the characters she’s created here are winning and lovable. … Yee’s voice is absolutely worth a listen; I will look forward to what she comes up with next.” — Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

“Ching Chong Chinaman is a wildly inventive, raucously funny ride. Though rooted in Asian American literary tradition, this play upends its conventions with inspired irreverence, aided by brilliant staging and a powerhouse ensemble. You have not seen anything like this before. The fourth wave of Asian American playwriting has arrived.” — David Henry Hwang

CREVICE

Full-length Comedy
3M 2W

Unemployed, overambitious, and verging on thirty, siblings Liz and Rob vow to build themselves brighter futures. Now if they only knew what that meant. But late one night, they discover something that may just give them the direction they need to finally grow up. A comedic journey through the odyssey years.

Production/Development History:
[2012] Impact Theatre (Berkeley, CA) production

Press:
“[A] very funny world premiere… Yee has an acute ear for contemporary speech and applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to the manners and mores of her generation (and its parents). … You really don’t want it to end so soon.” — Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

HOOKMAN

Full-length Existential Slasher Comedy
1M 5W

Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.

Production/Development History:
[2012] Company One/Boston Center for the Arts (Boston) workshop
[2012] UCSD Baldwin New Play Festival (La Jolla, CA) workshop

IN A WORD

Full-length Absurdist Drama
2M 1W

Two years have passed since Fiona’s seven-year-old son mysteriously vanished. As Fiona goes back over the events she remembers leading up to that fateful day, logic buckles and language breaks. Will she uncover the truth and what happens if she does? A lyrical, absurdist journey on how to get over, get around, get through what haunts you.

Production/Development History:
[2012] Aurora Theatre (Berkeley, CA) reading
[2010] Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA) workshop
[2010] Hangar Theatre Lab Company (Ithaca, NY) workshop
[2010] UCSD Baldwin New Play Festival (La Jolla, CA) workshop

A MAN, HIS WIFE, AND HIS HAT

Full-length Comedy
4M 2W 1 Wall

Hetchman loves his hat. Oh, and his wife, too. But when both go missing, the retired hatmaker vows to stop at nothing to find them, if he can ever muster the strength to leave the comforts of his armchair. But the arrival of a talking wall and a hungry golem threatens to derail his endeavor. A klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife, and his hat.

Production/Development History:
[2013] The Hub Theatre (Fairfax, VA) upcoming production
[2012] Kitchen Dog Theatre (Dallas, TX) reading
[2012] Moxie Theatre (San Diego) production
[2011] AlterTheater (San Rafael, CA) production
[2011] PlayPenn (Philadelphia) workshop
[2011] UCSD Baldwin New Play Festival (La Jolla, CA) workshop

Press:
“[A]n absurdist piece of fun. … [T]he Moxie production proves as satisfying and sweetly elusive … as Hetchman’s hat.” — Anne Marie Welsh, San Diego Union-Tribune

“Yee’s approach is quirky, her humor biting, and – best of all – there isn’t a dull moment here.” — Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

“A Man, his Wife, and his Hat employs an endearing cast and surprisingly cohesive script to produce the feel-good absurdist hit of the year. … Playwright Lauren Yee’s script is brimming with earnest laughs, delivering a steady stream of priceless moments from beginning to end.” — Ren Ebel, UCSD Guardian

SAMSARA

Full-length Comedy
3M 2W

When American couple Katie and Craig vow to make a last-ditch effort to create a baby of their own, their quest leads them to India, where a thriving commercial surrogacy industry offers them one final chance at parenthood. But will their decision to “rent out” a surrogate unite or divide them? A hilarious, unsettling look at reproduction in the 21st century, Samsara questions whether we can truly achieve intimacy in the face of shrinking worlds and expanding boundaries.

Production/Development History:
[2012] Bay Area Playwrights Festival (San Francisco) workshop
[2012] East West Players (Los Angeles) reading
[2012] Queens Theatre in the Park (New York City) reading
[2011] Orlando Shakespeare Festival/PlayFest (Orlando) reading
[2011] Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis) workshop
[2010] New Century Theatre Company (Seattle) reading
[2009] Desipina (New York City) reading
[2009] Exit Theatre/DIVAfest (San Francisco) reading

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