This compelling 30-minute documentary film showcases the evolution of the Asian American playwright over the last 20 years, taking a close look at the shift in how Asian American plays are broadly perceived, as well as the widening scope of subjects tackled by Asian American writers that move far beyond identity politics. Interviewees include theater luminaries: David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, Qui Nguyen, Lloyd Suh, Lauren Yee, and Chay Yew.

The First Twenty is an exciting new content initiative from ALL ARTS, the Emmy-winning arts and culture hub, uncovering the ways that the first two decades of the 21st century have impacted American art, culture and the collective consciousness. The initiative provides artists across multiple disciplines the opportunity to share their lived experiences, including how the creation and consumption of art has changed.  The First Twenty: 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting is one of three specials premiering this fall, along with The First Twenty: Afterwards and The First Twenty: Ma’s House.

Premieres September 9 @ 8PM on All Arts.

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