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.
HIGHLIGHTS of 2012-2013:
**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.
**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.
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