The award-winning artistic team: Ashphord Jacoway, costume designer; Howard Ho, sound designer; and Christopher Scott Murillo, scenic designer/prop master.
This TYA Right to Dream touring play is a serious comedy and a social justice primer. It is inspired by the life of Tam Tran, an undocumented student studying at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She joins a student organization, and soon she's making short films about her undocumented friends. She'd rather stay behind the camera rather than in front of it, but she's pushed to the forefront, reluctantly.
This play was a featured signature event at the 2018 Asian Pacific American Festival, in the historic Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel, Calif, and shared the same playbill with a special celebration of March Fong Eu, a five-time California Secretary of State.
The play also was performed at the DeNeve Auditorium on the UCLA campus (where most of the action of the play takes place). Very honored the Rev. James Morris Lawson addressed how TAM TRAN GOES TO WASHINGTON continues in the tradition of non-violent protest. The event was hosted by the UCLA Labor Center, the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the UCLA Labor and Workplace Studies Minor.
The show had another free public performance at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Theatre...and...
A Right-to-Dream touring stage play about the struggle of undocumented students in the wake of the 2017 repeal of DACA by the current Republican Administration. Filmmaker and Activist Tam Tran, herself undocumented, is the protagonist of this two-person play. Tam Tran makes a film about her experiences as a student activist trying to find support for the Dream Act and to shed light on her plight and the difficulties faced by her friends. She's shy and reluctant, so she takes on the role as historian when she joins student support groups for the undocumented. She's always behind the camera. Until one day, she's invited to testify before Congress. Should she go? Wlll she put her family at risk? Based on real events and real people.
"TAM TRAN GOES TO WASHINGTON" is commissioned by EAST/WEST PLAYERS, under the direction of Artistic Director Snehal Desai and Arts Education Director Carolina San Juan. Touring high schools and colleges in Spring and Fall of 2018. A study guide is available.
One Act. 40min. No Intermission. Cast: 2f
From the Los Angeles "Right To Dream" Tour
Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel -- Lynn Cao as Tam Tran (left) and Annika Chavez (right). Part of the Asian Pacific American 2018 Festival
Tam Tran, graduated from UCLA in American Studies and became one of the first undocumented students to do graduate work at Brown University.
LATEST DIRECTORIAL TURN
Poster Design by Fox Smith
ELIZABETH WONG DIRECTS HER PLAY KIMCHEE & CHITLINS AT THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP ** ON THE CAMPUS OF ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY - A SOLID LINES PRODUCTION
Dress Rehearsal - The cast of Kimchee & Chitlins. (Center - Fox Smith as the intrepid tv reporter. (Left to right) Darrious Varner as the barber, Michele Dillard as the nurse, Carl Overly Jr as the reverend. (From right to left) Justin Chaipet as the nephew, Stephanie Zhong as the niece, Marc Rita as the Korean grocer.
Carl Overly Jr as The Reverend keeps Fox Smith as Suzie Seeto, a cub tv reporter, running as she tries to cover the Black boycott of Korean stores in Brooklyn. Seated is Rachel Bailey, Suzie's arch rival Tara the reigning news anchor.
Dress Rehearsal - Darrious Varner as the Barber and Marc Rita as the Korean grocer talk about the kimchee and chitlins, the next wonder food!
NEW COMMISSION!!! FROM HEADSPACE THEATRE!!!
PUBLISHED BY SMITH & KRAUS AVAILABLE IN 2019
KING OF THE JUNGLE
There's a box. Inside the box, there's a head. What is the head saying???
That's the prompt given by the brilliant and brilliantly-funny Michael Bigelow Dixon (Evil Genius: Monsters on Stage, Shakespeare In Mind, and My !#%!$#% College Life) who conceived of this "acting from the neck up" project.
My contribution, KING OF THE JUNGLE, casts a teen male actor to play Xanda, son of the famous Cecil the lion, who was killed by big-game hunter, a dentist from Minneapolis, when Cecil was lured off the Hwange National Preserve in Zimbabwe.
SPECIAL NOTE: I made this a classroom writing assignment while teaching playwriting in the Winter quarter earlier this year (2018). Out of 300 international and national submissions, THREE of my students were finalists -- Analia Tamariz, Marquia McKnight, and Sabrina Rivas. Sabrina's monologue "Talking Shit" will be published along with mine in an upcoming anthology. Congratulations Analia, Marquia, and Sabrina!!
2018 FINALIST EUGENE O'NEILL THEATRE CENTER
2018 WORKSHOP READING AT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
2017 WORKSHOP READING AT THEATRE OF NOTE, LOS ANGELES
CODE OF CONDUCT
By Elizabeth Wong
Directed by Robert Quinlan
Inspired by Terry Holdsbrook Jr.'s moving book TRAITOR?
Originally Commissioned by First Flight Entertainment
A full-length coming-of-age drama about a young enlisted American soldier, eager to serve his country and "be all you can be." On his first deployment, Terry Holdbrooks Jr. finds himself on an island in Cuba, stationed at GTMO a.k.a Quantanamo Bay Detention Camp, and his life will never be the same.
Based on real events. Code of Conduct is a riveting story of survival and triumph of the human spirit.
Workshop Reading at ISU in Normal, IL. Thanks to the School of Theatre and Dance, headed by Janet Wilson.
The play was also workshopped last year at THEATRE OF NOTE in Los Angeles,
part of the NOTEWORTHY READING SERIES.
PASADENA. CA - CAST OF CODE OF CONDUCT. (left to right) Murad Aldin Amayrah, Subash Kundanmal, Keston John, Tony DeCarlo, Alexis DeLaRosa, Jennifer Soo. For the reading at Level Ground.
NORMAL, IL -- A fantastic weeklong workshop and reading at the birthplace of Steppenwolf, Illinois State University. Director Robert Quinlan introducing the happy playwright, arms over head in joy! The brilliant actors were a mix of faculty and students. Photo Credit to Daniel Forer.
2017 AATE DISTINGUISHED PLAY AWARD WINNER
TYA Stage Adaptation of
THE WORLD'S STRONGEST LIBRARIAN
inspired by the novel by Josh Harnagarne
Adapted by Jeff Gottesfeld
and Elizabeth Wong
Commissioned and Published by Dramatic Publishing Company
This TYA touring play is about the love of reading, the love of books, the love of working out -- and coping with Tourette's. Inspired by Josh Harnagarne's book, "The World's Strongest Librarian." Kids try to save a library and find their power fueled by books and exercise.
Five actors minimum, cast expandable. Multi-cultural casting preferred.
WSL GOES TO FRANKLIN S HARRIS FINE ARTS CENTER!
BREAK A LEG TO THE BYU CAST & CREW & ARTISTIC TEAM!
PROVO, UTAH -- BYU cast of Worlds Strongest Librarian. Encouraging kids to read AND exercise AND to use both mind and body to create change. Photo by Jaren Wilke, courtesy of BYU.
Photos by Jaren Wilke. Courtesy of BYU.
NICE WRITEUPS for WORLDS STRONGEST LIBRARIAN
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SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY, Not Going By the Book, Two Playwrights Take a Unique Approach
BREAK A LEG!!! ON YOUR AMAZING ADVENTURE WITH THE MONKEY KING - SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND MUSICAL STUDIES IN HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS
Potsdam, NY -- From the Lougheed/Kofeed Arts Festival - Monkey climbed a monkey tree to see what can be seen.
THE MONKEY RULES!!!
AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE
MARVELOUS MONKEY KING
"Thank you for allowing me to expand the cast from four to three times its' touring size, and allowing me to add a dance ensemble to bring the epic to my Monkey King show at the LOUGHEED/KOFED ARTS FESTIVAL. I really enjoyed your hospitality and working in your state-of-the-art performing arts center on the SUNY Potsdam campus." -- Elizabeth Wong, playwright/director.
BREAK A LEG TO NICHOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL, BUFFALO, NY
(with performances in January 2019)
OTHER PRODUCTIONS (PARTIAL LIST):
ORIGIN THEATRICAL, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Waterford Union High School, Waterford, WI
Pascagoula High School, MS
Magic Circle Players, Montrose, CO
Lincoln High School, San Jose, CA
Germantown High School, Jackson, MS
Londonderry School, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Confucian Church, Stockton, CA
Nipomo High School, Nipomo, CA
Nichols Middle School, Buffalo, NY
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Yocum Institute For Arts Education, Reading, PA
THANK YOU FOR PURCHASING A MONKEY KING SCRIPT:
Opal Hamilton Middle School, Cypress, TX
Davidson Day School, Davidson, NC
Tigard High School, Tigard, OR
Open World Learning Community, Minneapolis, MN
Walled Lake Central High School, MI
Nichols Middle School, Buffalo, NY
Simeon High School, Chicago, IL
Gainesville High School Theatre Dept., Gainseville, TX
New Trier Hgh School, Winnetka, IL
Grossmont College Theatre Department, El Cajon, CA
Tarkington High School, Cleveland, TX
Laura Bush Middle School, Lubbock, TX
The Theatre School @ DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Theatre at Monmouth, Monmouth, ME
New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS
Shadow Ridge High School Theatre, Surprise, AZ
Marshfield High School Drama Club, Marshfield, MA
Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX
Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte, NC
North Richland Middle School, North Richland, TX
Courtesy of Hood River Valley High School
STAGE ADAPTATION AVAILABLE NOW AT WWW.DRAMATICPUBLISHING.COM DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?
(Winner of Kirkus's Best Young Adult Books of 2008) By Randa Abdel-Fattah
Adapted for the Stage by Jeff Gottesfeld and Elizabeth Wong
Elizabeth Wong collaborates with Jeff Gottesfeld, author of the WWE teen novel "SUPERFAN", to adapt this teen novel about the only Muslim girl at a suburban high school who decides to wear the hijab head covering -- full time.
In 2007, Orchard Books published the teen novel DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? by the Palestinian-Egyptian Australian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah, who is an Australian-born Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-chocoholic. She is an attorney and active in the interfaith community, as well as the campaign for Palestinian human rights. She lives in Sydney. Her second novel is "Ten Things I Hate About Me." "To our knowledge, this will be the first play ever about the contemporary high school experience of a Muslim teenager. The novel is set at an Aussie high school, but we'll likely adjust it to America for the adaptation. To say we're thrilled is an understatement." -- Jeff Gottesfeld.
"Thanks for the awesome novel, and the opportunity to represent, Randa!" -- Elizabeth Wong.
The Playwrights wish to thank the following:
Chris Sergel III, Dramatic Publishing Company Linda Habjan, Dramatic Publishing Company Bill Craver, Paradigm Agency Lana Daoud, Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement Munira Syeda, Council on American-Islamic Relations (Los Angeles) Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement Hasna Maznavi, BoomGen Studios Mona Khalil, Esq., United Nations Prof. Vincent Cheng, University of Utah Sheila Drummond, Sheila Drummond Agency (Australia)
And a special thank you to Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Cayla Sacre plays Amal, and Gabriella Whitehead plays her archnemesis Tia.
Dress Rehearsal Photos. Courtesy of Director Rachel Harry and Hood River High School.
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PERFECT FINALE FOR YOUR SHOW ABOUT BULLIES, and how to stop them!
Looking for a short timely play requiring a large cast?
TO TELL OR NOT TO TELL. That is the dilemma of anyone who has ever been bullied. When her tennis racket is stolen for the umpteenth time, Isabelle “Izzie” Pen, a sweet high school sophomore, is fed up and finally decides it’s time to tell her tennis coach and the girls’ dean. But instead of being protected, now she’s vilified at school as a snitch, and her relentless tormentors follow her home via the World Wide Web. FLASH MOB is a ten-minute play for family audiences, especially written for large casts.
AATE and TYA /USA have joined together in a first-ever three-year initiative called “Dramatic Change: An Anti-Bullying Initiative.” The anthology THE BULLY PLAYS was highlighted both at a TYA/USA conference “One Theatre World” in Seattle and at the AATE conference in Chicago, with staged readings of a selection of the plays at both conferences. The anthology was also mentioned at one of the general sessions of the AATE conference. -- Linda Habjan, Dramatic Publishing Co, The Bully Plays editor
Commissioned by Dramatic Publishing Company for “the Bully Plays.”
Ric Averill Mary Hall Surface Jose Cruz Gonzalez Elizabeth Wong
Y York Cherie Bennett Sandra F. Asher James DeVita
Caleen Sinnette Jennings Barry Kornhauser
10 X 10
Edited by Jeff Gottesfeld
Commissioned by Gayle Sergel of Dramatic Publishing Company.
Spiritual guidance for young audiences. Ten playwrights were commissioned by Dramatic Publishing Company, to take spiritual questions to a young theatre-going audience. Playwrights were randomly assigned a commandment from the Bible, and given carte blanche to interpret their assignment, resulting in funny, sad, poignant short plays that will inspire and uplift.
Elizabeth Wong's funny and quirky "Quick-Draw Grandma" explores the meaning of the Sixth Commandment - You Will Not Murder.
THANK YOU BRENTWOOD SCHOOL for your performance of QUICK-DRAW GRANDMA!
Thank you for purchasing the play (partial list):
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Published by Playscripts, Inc.
Bill of (W)rights
...is a collection of ten short plays, written by nine playwrights and performed in 10 different settings exploring the relevancy of the Bill of Rights.