Jennifer Shin as a short basketball phenom who activates her Zulu DNA (Anthony Peeples) in Elizabeth Wong's "Finding Your Inner Zulu." Photos courtesy of Silk Road Theatre Project. CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS.
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.
SELECT (links on left) to view the following...
BIOGRAPHY to see a short program bio, headshot, candid playwright photos, list of publications and essays, and the all-important "play-ography."
UPCOMING for a quick peek on newly-released publications, new commissions, works-in-progress, and upcoming productions.
SPOTLIGHT to view a rotating gallery of playbills, cast photos, production stills, set and costume designs, reviews, text revisions...AND MORE!
TARTUFFIFIED IN 2013!
17th Century comedy! Elmire played by Robyn Baun keeps Tartuffe played by Russell Allen from seeing her husband Orgon who is hiding under her dress. Photo courtesy of Ben Gajewski/North Street Studios.
WONG DIRECTS MOLIERE!
Adapted by Richard Wilbur Directed by Elizabeth Wong
Set Designer -- Steven Stubblefield Costume Designer -- Crystal Ferrell Technical Director -- Johnnie Ferrell Sound Designer --Josh Karp Assistant Sound Designer -- George Hart Dramaturg -- Kimberly Olsen Choreographer -- Elyssa Ramirez Stage Manager -- Kelsey Bendlin Assistant Stage Manager -- Sarah Booker Assistant Director -- Kate Royal
Alice Austen Theatre - Geneseo, NY
The play -- Orgon has fallen under Tartuffe's spell, the most saintliest man he's ever known. But Orgon's family believes Tartuffe to be a fraud, out to steal his wealth, bed his wife, and wed his daughter. Will Orgon come to his senses before it's too late? Find out in March in this 17th Century slapstick comedy by master playwright Moliere, as adapted into fabulous rhymed couplets by Richard Wilbur.
Big hair, big dresses, big laughs! And surprises galore!
Harvard University. With the brilliant and dapper Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
**Visiting Guest Artist at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL. Discussed dialogue in fiction, collaboration with new directors, inspiration in public community forum; held writers' workshop intensive. Invited by theatre dept chair JKevin Doolen.
**Commission from Dramatic Publishing Company to adapt Randa Abdel-Fattahs' novel DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS, America's first Muslim-themed play for young audiences. Partnering up with teen novelist Jeffrey Gottesfeld. **Visiting Guest Director at SUNY, Geneseo, Department of Theatre & Dance; to direct "Tartuffe" at the Alice Austen Theatre. Also taught an adjudicated master class in playwriting. Invited by JKevin Doolen, theatre department chair.
**Harvard University. As a Guest Speaker at a new, interdisciplinary faculty initiative examining the topic of social unrest. Other invited speakers include Mike Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Julius Wilson, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Barbara Browning, Judith Butler, Paul Chan, Dai-Sil Kim, Anna Deavere Smith, and Patricia Williams.
**Hermitage Artist Retreat. Selected to prestigious artist retreat. Nominated by Michael Bigelow Dixon. Returning to Manasota Key, Florida, to work on her stage adaptation of "DEAD ABOVE GROUND," a novel set in 1940s New Orleans by Jervey Tervalon.
**Tanne Foundation "The Farm" retreat in New Hampshire. Nominated by Vincent Murphy, former artistic director of Theatre Emory in Atlanta. Plans to work on her new play about the life of Chinese miners in Idaho's Hell's Canyon.
**Visiting guest artist at University of Tulsa. Invited by Michael Wright, UT's Director of Creative Programs.
**Visiting guest artist at Oklahoma State University.Invited by JKevin Doolen, head of the OSU Department of Theatre. Conducted master playwriting classes. Held a public community Q & A.
Awards & Honors
Albany, NY -- Dress Rehearsal of Elizabeth Wong's play "Letters to a Student Revolutionary," directed by the playwright at the Albany Performing Arts Center, SUNY campus. Photo by 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.
**Recipient of a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' Commendation of Appreciation. 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.
WONG SELECTED AS PEN WEST ADJUDICATOR FOR 2013 DRAMA AWARD
CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL - BEVERLY HILL, CA
With fellow judges Adam Smith and Anne Bertram, with Best Drama Award winner Dan O'Brien (center).
All three judges wrote their reasons for selecting "The Body of an American" by Dan O'Brien as the winner of the award.
Here's what Elizabeth Wong wrote:
A truly unforgettable play, worthy of this prestigious award. “The Body of An American” is a highly-theatrical and gripping insiders’ perspective on issues of global significance. It tells the real-life story of Paul Watson, the war photographer who took the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of the abused body of an American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Photographs were included with the script, but really it was the masterful storytelling that elevated this work. Through Watson’s eyes, O’Brien unflinchingly rips back the headlines on the hotbed ciphers of the world, from Rwanda and Somali to Iraq and Pakistan. Nothing feels safe in this play. It is at once a multi-layered exploration of the hot-button politics of our day, and Bush-era government culpability, but also surprisingly, it treads into the psychological minefields of two men emotionally broken. (CONT'D BELOW)
Governor Jerry Brown Harrison Ford Anjelica Houston Laura Dern Oliver Stone and Shohreh Aghdashloo
Special Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Didion
Billy Kimball, moderator.
Also speaking: Alan Somers, executive director Bob Wallace, board treasurer and benefit chairman
Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom -- PEN USA annual literary awards.
Dan O'Brien receiving his award. Judges names on the screen too!!!
WONG ON "THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN" continued: O’Brian is a character in his own play, flailing about in a middle-class academic existence, desperately seeking inspiration, hampered by his hero worship of Watson, wondering if he can ever to do justice to Watson’s extraordinary life. To this end, O’Brien advances the traditional theatrical narrative, daring to confound and ultimately engage us, by inventing a form of performance memoir wholly unique, melding biography, ghost story, psychological mystery, even epistolary tone poem. With unparalleled honesty, this playwright expertly splays open the guts and the sinew of two human souls, asking, “Am I living an authentic conscious life?” The murmur at the heart of the play – the catalyst that propels Watson, and the Audience, yields the promise and the threat of the play. When Watson takes his famous picture, he hears the dead soldiers’ voice in his mind, “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Indeed. Write on, Dan O’Brien!
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