* Playwright * Director * Theatre Producer * Social Essayist * Lecturer * Professor *
GENESEO, NY -- Directing Richard Wilbur's translation of Moliere's classic Tartuffe at the Alice Austen Theatre. "I threw in everything I know about comedy. Favorite schtick right here, pratfall with legs akimbo!" -- Elizabeth Wong. Rehearsal pic courtesy of the director. CLICK ON THE BACKSIDE OF DOREEN the MAID to take shortcut to UPCOMING page.
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HELLO THERE! Here you'll find the latest on the work of ELIZABETH WONG, author of such critically-acclaimed plays as CHINA DOLL, LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY, KIMCHEE & CHITLINS, and DATING & MATING IN MODERN TIMES.
ALSO FEATURED -- her work as a theatrical director, screenwriter, sitcom writer, social essayist, AND visiting professor/guest lecturer.
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BIOGRAPHY- short program bio, headshot, candid playwright photos, list of publications and essays, and the all-important "play-ography."
UPCOMING- newly-released publications, new commissions, works-in-progress, and upcoming productions.
SPOTLIGHT- rotating gallery of playbills, cast photos, production stills, set and costume designs, reviews, text revisions...AND MORE!
ELIZABETH WONG HIGHLIGHTS
Harvard University. With the brilliant and dapper Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
**Commission from Dramatic Publishing Company to write a TYA stage adaptation inspired by the memoir "The World's Strongest Librarian" by Josh Harnagarne. Partnered up with TYA novelist Jeff Gottesfeld. To be published this year. An adult version has also been commissioned.
**Commissioned by First Flight Ento write a stage adaptation inspired by the memoir "Traitor?" by Terry C. Holdbrooks, Jr, an inspirational story about a US soldier stationed at GTMO. Wong signed on as coproducer as well.
**Commission from Michael Bigelow Dixon to write "Unstoppable," a short play included in an anthology about monsters on stage, edited by Michael B Dixon, and published by Dramatic Publishing Company. Available later this summer.
**Available from Dramatic Publishing Company this year, "Shakespeare's Brainscan," a short play based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and the neuroscience of storytelling.Published in "Shakespeare In Mind," short plays inspired by The Bard, written by various playwrights, including Constance Congdon and Janet Allard; conceived by Michael Bigelow Dixon.
**Visiting Guest Director for the annual Lougheed/Kofeed Arts Festival - Directed her own play "Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King," with a large cast including a dance ensemble; worked with Jamie Guan, asian arts consultant and fight choreographer, and Bart McGeehon, video/set/lighting designer from Dallas Children's Theatre.
**Harvard University, Panelist. Guest Speaker at a new, interdisciplinary faculty initiative examining the topic of social unrest. Other invited speakers included Henry Louis Gates Jr, Paul Chan, Dai-Sil Kim, & Anna Deavere Smith.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
GENESEO, NY -- Guest Artist at SUNY Geneseo. With opening nite flowers on the set of Tartuffe. "My first directorial turn on an epic period costume play! They even built me a trap!" -- Elizabeth Wong
**Tanne Foundation Award. Other awardees were composer Chris Byars, sound artist Abinadi Meza, art/theatre producers Mobius Inc. The Tanne Foundation is a private nonprofit based in New Hampshire, dedicated to recognizing artists and arts organizations for their artistic achievements.
**Outstanding Playwright Award. Honored by the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT), along with Julia Cho, as the group honored women playwrights at an awards banquet. Crystal trophy presented by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eernest Hiroshige.
** Commendation from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. For her human-rights' themed play "LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY. From Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Presented at a special production of "LETTERS" at the Center for National Preservation of Democracy, directed by Peter Kuo and Produced by Addword Productons in assocation with the Visual Arts Guild and the Center for the National Preservation of Democracy. A portion of the proceeds benefited Amnesty International.
**Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowship and resident. Nominated toattend a beachside residency in Manasota Key, Fl.
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By Elizabeth Wong
A Short Play inspired by Titus Andronicus. Commissioned by Director Michael Bigelow Dixon for SHAKESPEARE IN MIND.
ALBANY, NY -- From "Letters To A Student Revolutionary," directed by the playwright.