Don Nguyen and Lauren Yee’s plays are featured as part of Flushing Queen’s “Park Plays”
The Queens Theatre, in partnership with Theatre 167, will produce 10 plays this summer that use the 897-acre park as the backdrop. The production, called “Park Plays,” will take place from July 28 through Aug. 6 at the venue’s Studio Theater at 14 United Nations Avenue South. Playwrights include Ngozi Anyanwu, Jenny Lyn Bader, Jess Barbagallo, Gracie Gardner, Richard Hinojosa, MJ Kaufman, Rex McGregor, Don Nguyen, Frank Paiva and Lauren Yee.
Six of the plays were commissioned and four were chosen from open submissions. The playwrights either have a personal connection to the park or wrote plays that capture “the spirit of inclusivity and diversity that the park represents,” according to Park Plays Festival Director Brant Russell. Three sisters participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in “Race Day” by Don Nguyen, and in “What Once We Were,” which is written by Lauren Yee, three museum curators talk about their memories of the city.