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!
2013 LITFEST PASADENA - BOOK SIGNING EVENT. 11:15 AM. Elizabeth Wong, Jervey Tervalon, Aimee Liu, Alan Brennert will be available to sign books after their 10 a.m. panel.
THIS SATURDAY -- MAY 11
LitFest in Pasadena
"Page, Stage, Screen: The Joy of Writing in Multiple Media" -- a panel about writers working in film, television, theatre, fiction, nonfiction, theatre for young audiences, new media, and other media formats.
Elizabeth Wong will be one of the panelists.
Other panelists include Jervey Tervalon, Aimee Liu, and Alan Brennert.
Booksigning event with Tervalon, Liu, Brennert and Wong takes place at 11:15 a.m.
LitFest is the first Pasadena Area community-wide book festival on the Castle Green.
The Castle Green is a half a block north of the Del Mar Gold Line Metro Station. Parking is available in the public parking structure on Green St. between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues. Questions? Emailliftestpasadena@gmail.com
On Manasota Key, Florida in 2013
Courtesy of the Hermitage. Our welcome dinner. With Hobey Ford, puppeteer, (left) and Bradley Castellanos, right rear). Baked salmon dinner, with Australian wine, gorgeous sunset, fabulous company. Thank you Patricia Caswell, cofounder and chef!
HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT Manasota Key, Florida
ELIZABETH WONG, a Hermitage Artist in Residence -- 2013 What is the Hermitage? A description from www.hermitageretreat.org:
"Hermitage residents are writers, painters, composers, playwrights, poets, choreographers, performance artists, sculptors, and other artists whose work defies categorization. They have distinguished themselves by virtue of having been selected by some of America's finest directors, curators, and artists who sit on the Hermitage National Artist Advisory Committee."
"Thank you Board Member and advocate Michael Bigelow Dixon for nominating me to this magical and serene place!" -- Elizabeth Wong
L.A. RIOTS REMEMBERED AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
With the brilliant and dapper Henry Louis Gates, Jr. post symposium.
Elizabeth Wong, author of the play "Kimchee & Chitlins," accepted an invitation from a new, interdisciplinary faculty initiative at Harvard University to participate as a speaker at a two-day symposium examining the topic of social unrest. The symposium took place last year in April.
The discussion panel will look back at - and forward from - LA RIOTS: 20 YEARS LATER -- exploring the legacy and inequity today, a time of financial crisis and revolution in much of the globe.
The symposium, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots, and took place April 27 and 28 in Cambridge at the Barker Center.
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.
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!
TARTUFFE 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
March 2013 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!
VISITING GUEST ARTIST -- ARTIST IN RESIDENCE ... Where?
Master Playwriting Classes
Conducted by Elizabeth Wong
SUNY GENESEO (2013)
The University of Tulsa (2012) & Oklahoma State University (2012)
In Memoriam....new readings of ...
RETURN TO THE UPRIGHT POSITION
An online text collaboration
Conceived and edited by Caridad Svich
written by Cusi Cram, Mitchell Gossett, Julie Hebert, Llysa Holland, Julie Jensen, Jennifer Maisel, Julia Pearlstein, Brad Rothbart, Greg Romero, Caridad Svich, Ann E. Taylor,Elizabeth Wong, Michael Wright and Allison Eve Zell during the six months after September 11th, 2001. With special thanks to the participation of Glen Skip-Newell
Readings that took place last year, included:
Factory 449 Theatre Ensemble - Edmund Burke Theatre - Washington DC Directed by Lisa Hodsoll.
Right Halcyon Theatre & Caffeine Theatre - Chicago Directed by Terry Adams. Dramaturgy by Dan Smith.
University of Tulsa, Oklahoma Organized by Michael Wright included a food bank and special presentation by Ellen Findlay, Tibetan Buddhism professor.
Michigan State Department of Theatre In rep with another 9/11-themed play "WHAT HAPPENED." LANSING CITY PULSE SAYS...“Return To The Upright Position” is the dream journal, weaving reality and smoky metaphors into a staged nightmare. “Return” asks the still-controversial questions, such as “Are the first-responders, firefighters and police really heroes if they were just doing their jobs?” and “Were the terrorists cowardly for what they did?” The diversity of voices and perspectives offer more for all audiences to connect with, especially in the Midwest." -- Paul Wozniak. (See link for entire review)
RETURN TO THE UPRIGHT POSITIONwas written just months after the 9/11 attacks; and later received simultaneous nationwide readings at Cherry Lane Alternative and The Women's Project In New York City, theater simple in Seattle, Rm 120 Productions in Austin, University of Glasgow and Harvard University. It received a workshop at Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI. An excerpt was presented as part of Brave New World Fest in New York City. A short piece on the text's creation was published In American Theatre.
The Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT) awarded Elizabeth Wong and Julia Cho with an "Outstanding Playwright" trophy and dinner. Over 50 people, including the honorees attended the event, held in the Wells Fargo Building at Taipan Restaurant in downtown, Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge and APAFT Chair Ernest Hiroshige (a former child star himself) presented the award. Playwright Prince Gomolvilas moderated a lively post-dinner discussion with the playwrights. Julia Cho is a writer on the tv show "Fringe" and "Big Love." Her award-winning play DURANGO was recently produced by Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago. Wong is a former staff writer of the ABC/Disney Margaret Cho show "All-American Girl." Her short comedy FINDING YOUR INNER ZULU premiered last year in "The DNA Trail," a collaborative project about ancestry, in Chicago.
Los Angeles, CA -- Playwrights Julia Cho, Elizabeth Wong (center) and Prince Gomolvilias at APAFT event/panel.
WONG RECEIVES SPECIAL COMMENDATION
...FOR HER HUMAN-RIGHTS THEMED PLAY
TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY
FROM SUPERVISOR ZEV YAROSLAVSKY BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
SPECIAL 2009 PRODUCTIONS AT THE CENTER FOR NATIONAL PRESERVATION OF DEMOCDRACY, LITTLE TOKYO LOS ANGELES and at Cal State University, Los Angeles.
DIRECTED BY PETER KUO PRODUCED BY ADDWORD PRODUCTIONS AND METAMORPHOSIS THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE VISUAL ARTS GUILD AND THE CENTER FOR THE NATIONAL PRESERVATION OF DEMOCRACY
A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFITED AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
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.
WONG HONORED -- TANNE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Thank you Vincent Murphy and the Tanne Foundation board of trustees!
Other recipients of the Tanne Foundation Award are:
Chris Byars, Bronx, NY, a composer/arranger Abinadi Meza,
Minneapolis, MN, a sound artist Mobius Inc., Boston, MA, producers
of performance art and art installations and Elizabeth Wong, playwright/director, Los Angeles, CA
The Tanne Foundation is a private nonprofit organization based in New
Hampshire, administered by Grants Management Associates in Boston,
Ma., dedicated to recognizing artists and arts organizations.
Nominations for the award are made by the foundation
trustees. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded 49 artists
and 9 organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement.
From the Tanne Foundation:
"Art extracts a price. It
demands that you listen, see, learn, be both adventurous and willing to
fail. It asks that you venture towards what is not known, but is there,
and reveal it to the community which needs to know but is not able to
make the journey." -- John Gale, trustee.
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