* 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 First Flight Entertainment to write a stage adaptation of the memoir TRAITOR, a moving and inspirational story about a US soldier stationed at GTMO. Wong signed on as coproducer and well as the director/writer.
**Commission from Michael Bigelow Dixon and Transylvania University to write a short play based on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and the neuroscience of storytelling, for a production of Shakespeare In Mind. Soon to be published.
**Commission from Dramatic Publishing Company to adapt Randa Abdel-Fattah's 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 directed "Tartuffe" at the Alice Austen Theatre. Also taught master class in playwriting.
**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.