Yilong Liu is a New York-based bilingual playwright and screenwriter, originally from Chongqing, China. He is a Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award winner, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and was recently named one of the Ten Contemporary Asian and Pacific Islander American Playwrights You Should Know by ArtsBoston. Currently, he is under commissions from Audible's Emerging Playwrights Fund and EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. A proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood, a Core Writer at Playwrights' Center, and a two-time resident of SPACE on Ryder Farm.
His plays include The Book of Mountains and Seas (Kennedy Center Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, Lambda Literary Award), June is The First Fall (Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yangtze Rep/New Ohio Theatre, Original Works Publishing), Joker (Po’okela Award, Kumu Kahua Theatre, FringeNYC, National Queer Theatre), Flood in The Valley, a Bilingual Folk Musical (Beijing Tianqiao Theatre Center, Gung Ho Project), PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute (upcoming rolling premieres), and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival).
When he’s not writing, he’s usually cooking, people watching, or compulsively liking cat pics on Instagram. BA: Beijing Normal University. MFA: University of Hawaii. (www.YilongLiu.com)
PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute
Apr 1 - May 8, 2022
By Yilong Liu
Rolling World Premiere
What if you had the chance to rewrite history? Erik’s world is thrown into free-fall when he’s pulled into a wondrously bizarre time-traveling journey by Agent 701 (aka his now-sentient PrEP pill). Landing into the AIDS epidemic of the 80s, Erik finds himself in a race against history to save a life lost decades ago. From award-winning playwright Yilong Liu comes a contemporary queer fantasia that examines the ghosts of our past and the hopes for our future.
“I think home is somewhere you can let your guard down, somewhere you can be messy, weird, naked (at least emotionally), as quiet as you want, or as loud as you want, somewhere you don't have to pretend or perform, and most importantly, somewhere you feel you belong. NCTC has that sense of intimacy for artists to want to be honest with their work and themselves.” - Yilong Liu