Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading May 7, 2018

“Chapters of a Floating Life”

In search of Chinese identity and lonliness in 1940s New York, May 7, 2018 at China Institute, Written by Clarence Coo, Directed by Kareem Fahmy


Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading May 7, 2018



Fault Line Theatre reads Chapters of a Floating Life by Playwright and 2017 Whiting Award Recipient Clarence Cooz
Monday, May 7, 5:30 – 8:30PM (Doors Open at 5:00 PMEvent Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

It’s the Second World War and two couples from China are trying to make ends meet in New York City. One husband and wife live uptown, obsessed with a past of poetry, painting, and gardens. The other two face the day-to-day reality of keeping a Chinatown restaurant in business. Their worlds, once separated by class and education, converge when the two women find each other in Central Park and fall under the spell of the Chinese language. Performed By, Cleo Gray, Kenneth Lee, KK Moggie, David Shih, Stefani Kuo (stage directions)

Clarence Coo, a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award, and a whopping $50,000 cash prize. The Whiting Awards annually identify “exceptional new writers who have yet to make their mark in the literary culture” and aim to provide them with funds to afford “a first opportunity to devote themselves fully to writing.”


Coo received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. His plays include The Birds of Empathy, Beautiful Province (Belle Province), People Sitting in Darkness, and The God of Wine. His work has been developed at the Atlantic Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has received fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, NYFA, and the Playwrights Realm. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. Currently, he is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and the manager of academic administration of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.

Labbie Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life” Free Reading 5:30, May 7, 2018




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