Yilong Liu is a Lambda Literary Award winning playwright based in New York. He is a 2022-2023 Lila Acheson Wallace American playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School. Yilong grew up in China and received his MFA from University of Hawai‘i. He is a Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and has developed work with Ojai Playwrights Conference, EST/Youngblood, Kennedy Center, Space on Ryder Farm, among others. Other awards include Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award. Currently, he is under commissions from Audible's Emerging Playwrights Fund and EST/Sloan Project. Plays include The Book of Mountains and Seas (Lambda Literary Award for Drama); June is The First Fall (Yangtze Rep, Original Works Publishing); Joker (Po’okela Award, Kumu Kahua Theatre); Flood in The Valley, a Bilingual Folk Musical (Beijing Tianqiao Theatre Center, Gung Ho Project); PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute (NCTC); and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival).
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