Elizabeth Wong (playwright)

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Elizabeth Wong
Born (1958-06-06) June 6, 1958 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Playwright
Nationality USA
Awards Tanne Foundation Award (2007) for artistic achievement;[1] Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles, Letter of Commendation (2009) for human rights advocacy; Outstanding Playwright Award (2009), Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre; The Mark David Cohen National Playwriting Award (2001), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;[2] Lazarus New Play Prize for Young Audiences (1999); Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (1998), Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival and Association for Theatre in Higher Education[3]
Website http://www.elizabethwong.net/

Elizabeth Wong (born June 6, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is an award-winning[4] contemporary American playwright, television writer, librettist, theatrical director,[5][6] college professor, social essayist,[7] and a writer of plays for young audiences. Her critically acclaimed plays include China Doll (An Imagined Life of an American Actress) is a fictional tale of the actress, Anna May Wong; and Letters to A Student Revolutionary, a story of two friends during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Wong has written for television on All American Girl,[8] starring Margaret Cho, and is a visiting lecturer at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, where her papers are archived,[9] and she is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, USC School of Theater.[10] She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (1991) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California (1980). She studied playwriting with Tina Howe and Mac Wellman.

Selected Plays[edit]

  • Letters to a Student Revolutionary[11] (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, 1991), (New York Times Review 5/16/1991)[12]
  • Kimchee & Chitlins[13] (West Coast Ensemble, 1994), (Los Angeles Times feature article 5/26/1992 [14]
  • China Doll[15] (Northwest Asian American Theatre, 1996)
  • Let the Big Dog Eat (short play) (Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, 1998)[16]
  • Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King[17] (children's play) (Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1991[citation needed])
  • Prometheus[18] (children's play) (Denver Center Theater for the Performing Arts, 1999)
  • The Happy Prince[19] (children's play)
  • Boid & Oskar[20](children's play) (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park)
  • Aftermath of a Chinese Banquet
  • Bill of (W)Rights[21] (Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theater, 2004)
  • Alice Downsized
  • Dating & Mating in Modern Times (Theatre Emory, 2003)[22]
  • The Concubine Spy
  • Badass of the RIP Eternal (short play) (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, part of "Heaven and Hell on Earth: A Divine Comedy," 2002)[23]
  • Bu and Bun
  • Inside the Red Envelope
  • Quickdraw Grandma (2004)[24][25]
  • Punk Girls
  • Reveries of an Amorous Woman
  • Love Life of a Chinese Eunuch (2004)
  • Ibong Adarna: Fabulous Filipino Folktale (children's play) (Mu Performing Arts, 2006)
  • Finding Your Inner Zulu (short play) (Silk Road Theatre Project, part of "The DNA Trail," 2010),[26][27]
  • The Magical Bird: A Fabulous Filipino Folktail (musical), (Honolulu Theatre for Youth, 2007);[28] Honolulu Star-News Bulletin review 4/27/07 [29]
  • The Happy Prince (musical/opera), based on her adaptation (children's play) (From Page-to-Stage/Prelude New Play Festival, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2003)


  1. ^ http://www.tannefoundation.org/award_elizabeth_wong.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.athe.org/files/pdf/08ConfAwards.pdf
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.accessatlanta.com/news/content/arts/1203/bestof03threater.html
  6. ^ http://www.albany.edu/pac/07-08%20releases/letters%20to%20a%20student%20revolutionary.htm
  7. ^ https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/results.html?st=advanced&QryTxt=elizabeth+wong&type=current&sortby=RELEVANCE&datetype=0&frommonth=01&fromday=01&fromyear=1985&tomonth=03&today=04&toyear=2010&By=&Title=&at=ALL&Sect=ALL
  8. ^ Elizabeth Wong on IMDb
  9. ^ http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8pr7x78/
  10. ^ http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat99/theatre/index.html
  11. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p825/Letters-to-a-Student-Revolutionary/product_info.html
  12. ^ http://theater.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=9D0CEFDB1638F935A25756C0A967958260
  13. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p777/Kimchee-and-Chitlins/product_info.html
  14. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1992-05-26/local/me-72_1_monterey-park
  15. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p255/China-Doll-(The-Imagined-Life-of-an-American-Actress)/product_info.html
  16. ^ http://www.actorstheatre.org/HUMANA%20FESTIVAL%20CDROM/bigdog.htm
  17. ^ http://www.playscripts.com/play?playid=809
  18. ^ http://www.playscripts.com/play?playid=811
  19. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p610/The-Happy-Prince/product_info.html
  20. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p167/Boid-&-Oskar/product_info.html
  21. ^ http://www.playscripts.com/play?playid=467
  22. ^ http://www.emory.edu/news/Releases/theater1054157959.html
  23. ^ http://www.actorstheatre.org/HUMANA%20FESTIVAL%20CDROM/heaven.html
  24. ^ http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p1229/%22Quick-Draw-Grandma%22/product_info.html (short play)
  25. ^ http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2004/oct/30/ten_commandments_translation/
  26. ^ http://www.srtp.org
  27. ^ http://www.ou.edu/worldlit/onlinemagazine/2010march/khoury.html
  28. ^ http://www.htyweb.org/playhistory.html
  29. ^ http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/04/27/features/story05.html

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