Lauren Yee (she/her/hers): Plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep) and The Great Leap (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
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Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring premieres of two new musicals and three productions in repertory.
“After a year of immense challenges and hard-won successes, this season is about returning and remaking who we want to become,” artistic director Michael Donald Edwards said in a statement. “The result is a challenging and hopeful season full of joy, family, and a reclamation of American identity rooted in compassion for all.”
The rep season will wrap up with The Great Leap (Feb. 9-April 2, 2022) by Lauren Yee, a hilarious story about family, history, and learning when to take your shot. Vanessa Stalling will direct.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the first round of the 2021 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards total in excess of $1 million and allow 28 productions extra time for development and rehearsal with the entire creative team, with the goal to extend the life of world premiere plays after their first runs. This round is the first iteration of the New Play Awards since the cancelation of theatre seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After the most difficult year in our theatre field’s recent history, the Edgerton Foundation’s transformational investment in new plays has never been more important,” said TCG executive director Teresa Eyring in a statement. “The foundation’s support of longer rehearsal processes has always been valuable, but now, as our field reopens with a focus on safety and inclusion, that support is truly life-giving. Theatre artists will have a chance to breathe, and to take the time they need after the losses of last year as they make the plays that will knit our country back together.”
The first round of the New Play Awards have been presented to many theaters including Mother Russia by Lauren Yee at La Jolla Playhouse
Portland Center Stage has announced its 2021-22 season, with a planned return to in-person performances in October.
“This powerhouse lineup of plays and musicals resonates deeply for me as we create a space onstage to examine resilience within the framework of bright theatricality, sharp humor, and full-hearted connection,” artistic director Marissa Wolf said in a statement.
The season features four plays previously canceled due to the pandemic, as well as three newly announced titles.
The season will continue with Lauren Yee‘s The Great Leap (Jan 15.-Feb. 13, 2022) in a co-production with Artists Repertory Theatre. This sharp and funny story weaves together political and family history with the notion that sometimes there’s more to life than making the shot. Zi Alikhan will direct.
The world premiere of Young Americans (April 21-May 9, 2021), a co-production with Portland Center Stage, about an immigrant family embarking on a cross-country road trip will be a part of Merrimack Repertory Theatre 2020-21 Season.
Lauren Yee's The Great Leap programmed in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis's 2020-21 Season.