ELIZABETH WONG'S SHORT PROGRAM BIOGRAPHY AND PLAYSCRIPT LIST
ST. LOUIS - 2017 Taking a break from Kimchee & Chitlins rehearsals.
BEST DIRECTOR NOD FOR HER COMEDY DATING & MATING IN MODERN TIMES
In the men's room, in front of the urinals, with the entire Atlanta cast of DATING AND MATING IN MODERN TIMES. The playwright/director smack in the middle.
Elizabeth Wongholds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Her Off-Broadway award-winning playLetters To A Student Revolutionarywas the first play in the country to respond to the Tiananmen Square massacre, was originally produced by Artistic Director Tisa Chang of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, directed by Ernest Abuba,www.panasianrep.org.
Kimchee & Chitlins, a comedy about race relations in America and media coverage of the Black boycott of Korean-owned stores in Brooklyn, was originally produced by Artistic Director Dennis Zacek at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago,www.victorygardens.org.
Her work is archived in the ELIZABETH WONG PAPERS at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Department of Special Research Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara 93106. Here's the link:
"I was a general assignment newspaper reporter for 10 years, covering everything from cops and city hall in San Diego to aviation and transportation in Hartford, CT., but contrary to popular belief, I never covered the black boycott of the Korean stores in NYC. The inspiration for that play was Lai Ling Jew, a producer friend of mine at DATELINE in NYC," -- Elizabeth Wong
CHINA DOLL * NYC DEBUT * WEST END THEATRE * PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
With the Pan Asian Rep cast and crew of CHINA DOLL. Left to right: Jamie Cummings, Sandy York as Marlene Dietrich, Peter von Berg, the playwright, Michael Scott, Rosanne Ma as Anna May Wong, Ruth Zhang, Robert Wedig, Nathan Claus the assistant stage manager, and Jackson Ning as Anna May's father.
OFF-BROADWAY - CHINA DOLL - AVAILABLE FROM DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY
All Asian Cast from Lodestone Theatre reading during L.A. EdgeFest at the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles. Tamyln Tomita (Joy Luck Club, The Karate Kid) played Anna May Wong. Clyde Kusatsu played her father.
Reclaiming American Cinematic History...
(The Imagined Life of An American Actress)
By Elizabeth Wong
A Chinatown girl dreams about making it big in Hollywood during the heyday of movie power brokers Samuel Goldwyn and LB Mayer. This award-winning sensual tragedy takes its inspiration from the passionate life of America's first Chinese-American actress icon, Anna May Wong -- also known as the dragon lady or the woman who died a thousand deaths.
Winner of the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award
Winner of the Petersen Emerging Playwright Award
Winner of the Jane Chambers Award
Featured in the first inaugural New American Play Reading Series - Arena Stage, Washington DC
Developed by Denver Center Theatre, Asian Theatre Workshop/Mark Taper Forum, Bowdoin College, Northwest Asian American Theatre, and Harvard University's AA Players.
Workbook for the Pan Asian Production archived at Lincoln Center's Billy RoseTheatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
A 10-minute version available in "Contemporary Plays By Women of Color: An Anthology, " edited by Perkins and Uno, Routledge, 1996.
Cast: 2f, 4m (all Asian); 35, 5m (multicultural cast), roles are doubled. Bare stage, minimal props.
Running Time: 90 minutes.
For more information, please contact Dramatic Publishing Company, www.dramatic publishing.com
At Arena Stage, New American Plays Reading Series. With playwright Kia Corthron (left), artistic director Molly Smith, artistic associate Wendy Goldberg, and Tom Prewitt of Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
In Chicago. From the 2005 Silk Road Theatre Project reading of "China Doll," starring Lisa Tejero as Anna May Wong. Cast includes: Marc Rita, Vanessa Greenway, Cherly Hamada, James Foster, Derek Czaplewski, Steven Gilpin, Doug Mackechnie, and ambra Anie. Directed by Jay Paul Skelton. Produced by Jamil Khoury and Malik Gillani.
AT A GLANCE
With Bill Mastrosimone. Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Dramatic Publishing Company
First Flight Entertainment
Rogue Artist Ensemble
Silk Road Theatre Project * Silk Road Rising
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Mixed Blood Theatre
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Denver Center Theatre Company
Playwriting Center of Theatre Emory
Asian American Workshop/Mark Taper Forum/Dreamworks SKG
Omaha Magic Theatre (working with Joann Schmidman and Megan Terry)
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Jewish Women's Theatre Project
Transylvania University & Michael Bigelow Dixon
Listed in "Dictionary of Literary Biography: 20th Century American Dramatists"
Oxford "Who's Who of American Women Writers."
Marquis "Who's Who of Women Writers."
Staff Writer of the groundbreaking ABC sitcom series starring Margaret Cho, ALL AMERICAN GIRL.
Playwrights Center, inaugural core member
Writers Guild West
Board Member of Theatre Emory
Board Member of ASSITEJ (an international organization promoting theatre for young and family audiences), firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTIST RESIDENCIES/TEACHING/GUEST LECTURING:
Adjunct visiting professor, College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Adjunct visiting professor, Theatre Dept., University of Southern California.
Guest Lecturer -- University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Loyola University, Emory University, Pepperdine University, University of Judaism, Eastern Illinois University.
Artist residencies at Texas A & M, Bowdoin College, Catawba College, University of Southern Maine, Harvard/Radcliffe Universities, California State University at Los Angeles, University of Washington, Western Washington University.
FOR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH ELIZABETH WONG:
Women Who Write Plays (Interviews with American Dramatists), edited by Alexis Greene, A Kraus and Smith Book, 2002, www.smithkraus.com
Playwrights of Color, edited by Meg Swanson with Robin Murray, International Publishing, 1999, www.amazon.com
A Conversation With Elizabeth Wong, by Caridad Svich, The Dramatist, Sept/Oct 2001, Vol. 4, www.dramatistsguild.com
NEED MORE INFO? CHECK OUT ASIAN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS (A BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CRITICAL SOURCEBOOK), edited by Miles Xian Liu, Greenwood Press, www.greenwood.com
ATTENTION STUDENTS, PROFESSORS, RESEARCHERS...
ELIZABETH WONG'S PLAYS
(first drafts and drafts-in-progress, also production drafts)
AVAILABLE IN A NEW ONLINE DATABASE
ALEXANDER STREET PRESS WWW.ALEXANDERSTREET.COM
Wong's work can be found in the
NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS DATABASE
ASIAN AMERICAN DRAMA DATABASE
(This database is available by subscription only.)
THE PLAY-OGRAPHY: LIST OF AVAILABLE PLAYSCRIPTS BY ELIZABETH WONG
PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King (Playscripts)
The World's Strongest Librarian (Dramatic Publishing)
Does My Head Look Big in This? (Dramatic Publishing)
The Happy Prince: The Opera (libretto available) (Contact Playwright)
The Happy Prince (Available in Dutch) (Dramatic PublishingI)
Boid & Oskar (Available in Dutch) (Dramatic Publishing)
The Magic Bird (An Original Musical) (Contact Playwright)
Goloshes of Fortune (Playscripts)
Aftermath of a Chinese Banquet (Contact Playwright)
Alice Downsized (Contact Playwright)
Dating & Mating in Modern Times (Contact Playwright)
China Doll (Dramatic Publishing)
The Concubine Spy (Contact Playwright)
Kimchee & Chitlins (Dramatic Publishing)
Letters to a Student Revolutionary (Dramatic Publishing)
The Love Life of an Eunuch (Contact Playwright)
Code of Conduct (Contact Playwright)
Shakespeare's Brainscan (Dramatic Publishing)
Unstoppable (Smith & Kraus)
Flash Mob (Dramatic Publishing)
Finding Your Inner Zulu (Contact Playwright)
Freedom to Bear Arms (and asses) (Playscripts)
Badass of the RIP Eternal (Smith & Kraus)
Bu and Bun (Contact Playwright)
Reveries of an Amorous Woman (Contact Playwright)
Inside the Red Envelope (Heinemann)
Quick-Draw Grandma (Dramatic Publishing)
Punk Girls (Dramatic Publishing)
LOUISVILLE, KY -- At Actors Theatre of Louisville. PlaywrightVal Smith and me.
CHICAGO, IL -- The playwrights of DNA TRAIL. (left to right) Philip Kan Gotanda. Elizabeth Wong. Shishir Kurup. Jamil Khoury. David Henry Hwang. Velina Hasu Houston. Lina Patel.
DATING & MATING IN MODERN TIMES * REDEFINING THE DEFINITION OF BEAUTY...
ATLANTA, GA -- Directorial debut of her play "Dating & Mating in Modern Times" -- a monologue show for an all-women cast. Talkin' bout love & loss in the information age.
Alex Newell as Cassie, a sk8rgurl who finds a sk8rboi in the monologue "Ripper Girl" from Elizabeth Wong's "Dating & Mating in Modern Times."
LOOKING TO HIGHLIGHT WOMEN ACTORS? TRY...
DATING &MATINGINMODERN TIMES
Eleven women, with eleven unique stories -- all with one goal -- to survive in the frenzed, funny and frustrating world of sex, love, and lust in the 21st Century.
This play is a series of sexy and timely monologues that can be performed by 3 to 11 bodacious actresses. It was commissioned by the Playwriting Center of Theatre Emory and Artistic Director Vincent Murphy, and presented last year to critical acclaim.
From a Las Vegas showgirl lamenting a psycho boyfriend, to a Fortune 500 CFO at a sperm bank, to a skateboarder chick losing her virginity, to a beauty queen addicted to dating shows, to a penis-worshipping granny -- this play is definitely NOT for the faint-hearted.
The incomparable Valerie Payton who played Darcy in Dating & Mating In Modern Times. A bodybuilder trainer falls hard for the bodacious big-boned gal. REST IN PEACE VALERIE. GONE TOO SOON, MY FRIEND.
ALSO WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH WONG
Essays and Editorials (partial list)
"Tarot Cards a la Fornes: a Tribute,"Conducting A Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes," edited by Maria M. Delgado and Caridad Svich, A Smith and Kraus Book
"On Writing: Inside A Red Envelope,"a personal diary chronicling the writing of a ten-minute play, "Playwriting Master Class: The Personality of Process and the Art of Rewriting," edited by Michael Wright, Heinemann.
"The Struggle to be an All-American Girl,""A Present For PoPo," and many other columns in the opinion/editorial section of The Los Angeles Times, every third Wednesday, from 1994-1996.
"Icarus Does an Ollie: Extreme Skateboarding." "Musing on the Mythology of Cats," "Golfing With The Gods: The Mysterious Allure of a Game and a Little White Ball," "Rising From the Rubble: The American Spirit," all published in an online magazine on mythology and depth psychology.
"The Art of Everyday Conversation," published in "The Playwright's Workout," edited by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Liz Engelman, A Smith and Kraus book.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Filmmaker Ang Lee and the Playwright.
CHINA DOLL -- Winner of the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award