Sonia Pabley is a literary agent and has been with Rosenstone/Wender, a publishing and theatrical agency, for eight years, representing including adult fiction and nonfiction; children's and YA books; playwrights and screenwriters; film/tv rights, and all other subsidiary rights. She is continuing to add new authors to her list and while open to a variety of genres, is especially looking for narrative nonfiction; upmarket commercial and literary fiction; smart chick lit, and humor. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
- Sex in Other People's Houses (Lark Theatre, 2003)
In this raucous, tightly drawn work two young South Asian couples find that marriage can get in the way of good sex...at least when it's with their own spouse.
- Lina's Garden (LA Women's Theatre Festival, 2005)
- Unbiased (East West 2010)
A journalist’s struggle to determine if sex + love in HIV are possible. He risks his relationships and his own notion of right and wrong to uncover the truth.
- Hidden Fires (SALAAM, 2003)
A man confesses that he has 'stamped out' countless 'hidden fires' - human lives that are less than human to him, merely faceless threats to his own security - and then finds himself on the receiving end of the same ruthless treatment. Taken from a series of five, powerful, hard-hitting monologues in the the playwright tackles head-on issues of violence, intolerance of others, narrow concepts of community and nation, each with a twist that lifts it into the realm of real drama.
- The Mating Game (SALAAM, 2004)
Six contestants, three women, three men, prepare to face the final round of a TV game-show designed to help themselves win a mate and a dowry - if they're lucky. If they're unlucky, they face forfeits including torture and death, live in front of an audience of millions. The subtext of the play is the practice known euphemistically in the Indian press as "Dowry Death" in which young brides who have brought insufficient dowries are murdered by their husbands and in-laws, frequently by being burned alive, so that the man can marry again and gain a fresh dowry.
- A Ricepaper Airplane (Kuma Kahua, 2002)
Kim Sung Wha is a dying man, piecing together the story of his life for his nephew. As the old man drifts in and out of consciousness, he tells of his days working on a sugar plantation, his Korean homeland and his dream of building an airplane with a broken down bicycle, bamboo and rice paper, which he would use to fly home.
BIO: Anuvab Pal is the author of four plays. His work has been seen at various off-Broadway venues. In addition, his work has also been produced at Georgetown University, Bush Theatre in London, Fringe in Edinburgh, Artwallah in Los Angeles, STAGE Conference in Washington DC and various theatre's in India. His second play, OUT OF FASHION and the one-act version of CHAOS THEORY, recently received staged readings at the prestigious Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska.
- Out of Fashion (SALAAM, 2002)
Out of Fashion is a historical comedy tying together missed connections of history, fashion, romance, murder, family and The British Empire, set under the umbrella of an India struggling to free itself. In three acts set in three distinct time periods, it traces the history of three generations of a famous Indian family through their accidental altercations and unplanned romances with another particular middle-class English family. The catalyst or the setting for these unplanned intersections remains a particular suit shop of the highest prestige in Saville Rowe, London, itself run by the intricate and intimate connections of several generations of two elitist suit-makers. The evolution of tailors, monarchs, patriots, common men and fashion designers within the tailor shop, with time as a fuel, accidents as the catalyst and myth as the vehicle, forms the heart of this play of ideas.
- Chaos Theory (SALAAM, 2001)
Chaos Theory is an intensely romantic, delayed-gratification talkie for people who dig wordplay you Before Sunset, Raincoat, Tumhari Amrita, Woody Allen fans.
- Life, Love and EBITDA (Epic Theatre/SALAAM, 2003)
A dark comedy about women in the corporate world and women who are affected by them. The play dives into an exploration of female relationships tied to the fate of an Indian Manhole Cover company. It tries to understand, through the hurried events of a Christmas weekend, through the hurried interactions taking place in three large world cities, the role global business has begun to undertake in manipulating free will and collective hope.
- Fatwa (Alter Ego Productions, 2004)
Fatwa is a play about the how far two people go to gain literary immortality. Our two characters, Michael Jordan and Mohammed Ali, are not the famous ones. They have the same names but are these two old hopeless failed writers, who are almost dead and ready for obscurity. As a last effort, one of them, Michael Jordan, writes a blasphemous book in an effort to get an Islamic Death Edict (Fatwa) on his head. Sadly, the Middle East fails to issue any edict or even respond to the novel. Pissed off, Mr. Jordan seeks the help of Mr. Ali to perform a staged "deadly act" before a video camera, that will apparently make both of them world famous. Mr. Ali's only qualification to perform this act is that he just happens to be "Middle Eastern Looking". The outcome of their brave and amateur act is the heart of our play. Audiences can expect a comedy that makes you think about the way America looks at the world and the way the world looks back at America.
- The President is Coming! (SALAAM, 2007)
The truth: In 2006, President Bush made a visit to India, the first official visit of a US head of state to the country in a long time. One of his main goals was to meet some of the young faces responsible for shaping "the new India" The play: In a dog-eat-dog world of constant competitions, reality television and short-lived fame, this comedy explores a day in the life of six ambitious young Indians who will stop at nothing because THE PRESIDENT IS COMING.
Pamatmat, A. Rey
BIO: A. Rey Pamatmat’s plays have been produced at the 2004 Queer @ HERE Festival, the Yale Cabaret, and NYU’s Shop Theater. Staged readings of his work have been presented at Playwrights’ Horizons, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Vortex Theater Company, and the Atlantic Theatre Company. His full length play New was a 2003 PlayLabs Finalist, and Limbo was a 2002 Heidemann Award Finalist. He is a member of Ma-Yi’s Writer’s Lab, The HB Playwrights’ Foundation Playwrights’ Unit, and is currently in the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program/Suite. Pamatmat recently received his M.F.A in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.
- Deviant (Vortex Theatre, 2005)
Worlds collide when Sara and Valerie a couple pursuing the American dream find out their new roommate James is a gay prostitute too jaded to believe that dreams still matter. When lives and dreams intertwine in the too-close quarters of their New York apartment, this unlikely trio turn to art, drugs, and each other while searching for ways to connect. At once gritty and poignantly lyrical, this new play by rising Filipino playwright A. Rey Pamatmat signals an exciting new voice in American theater.
- Beautiful Day (Ma-Yi, 2006)
Felicia, Joey, Kat, and Matthew reunite for a wedding in their small hometown of Port Huron, Michigan — a town that changes only as much as it stays the same. Navigating through their old haunts, a traditional marriage, sexual experimentation, a trouble-making bridesmaid, and their own dead hurts, the four friends are forced to examine the people they were, are, and want to be in the six nights preceding one beautiful day.
- Thunder Above, Deeps Below (2g Productions, 2007)
Three homeless young friends - a Filipina-American with a hidden past, a Filipina transsexual, and a Puerto-Rican hustler - struggle on the streets of Chicago to scrounge up enough cash to bus it to San Francisco before the winter cold hits. All is going according to plan until Theresa dreams of a bearded man searching for her on Lake Michigan, a mystery man in sunglasses stalks Gil after he becomes the star performer at a drag club, a wealthy john appears to be falling in love with Hector, and Marisol - the assistant manager of a doughnut shop - begins practicing magic on them with her cups of far-too-strong coffee. With their hopes and friendships put to the test, will the trio be able to spare some change?
- Rental Car (AATC, 2004)
Renting cars is not just a job, it's a kick in the nuts. Rental Car explores the concept of control: control of each other, of our environment, and of our identities. Bobby just got fired from the rental car company and needs a Lexus to do "something" in Denver. But his buddy Jim won't let him because he's too busy thinking naughty thoughts about Brian. Enter Ted who's trying to pick up on a hot 22 year-old Yumi. Who knew renting cars could be like this!
- Southern Sails (AATC, 2009)
In the tradition of K-horror films, the vengeful forces of ill-fated love haunt this ghost play.
- Macho Bravado (AATC, 2010)
Macho Bravado explores the mythology of masculinity with a Korean-American soldier placed front and center. He is a wounded veteran from an unnamed war, challenged to find meaning and place at home. The play is a war-and-love story that finds the protagonist and his wife fighting to make their way back to each other in the wake of difficult changes and choices that have recast them as strangers.
- 100 Men's Wife (History Theatre, 2007)
1894. In desperation, a 14 year-old Chinese girl, Liang May Seen, risks her life in making a daring escape from a San Francisco brothel. Bruised, beaten and exhausted, she is taken in to the home of a social worker who sets her on the road to faith, marriage and Minnesota. During her journey, she looks to her faith to find courage to deal with the shame and horror of her past. In the end, she becomes one of the most influential leaders in Minneapolis' Westminster Presbyterian Church. Her story is a tribute to the human spirit!
- The Emerald City (National Theatre Institute)
- Happy Moon Day, Holly Woo (3rd place winner, EWP Got Laughs Competition) It's been three months since Grace Kim ran away from Valhalla, Nebraska. To keep up his family's spirits, her husband Jonathan desperately declares every day a new holiday. At the local high school, recently acquired by soft-drink giant Cream Cola, the curriculum is undergoing a suspiciously corporate overhaul. Daughter Darlene thinks she has the solution to all their problemsadopt a homeless senior citizen to be their "New Grandma"but the new addition has ideas of her own.
BIO: Yongsoo Park is also a filmmaker and novelist. His novel Boy Genius (2002, Akashic Books) was recognized as a Notable Title by the 2002 Kiriyama Prize. His second novel Las Cucharachas will be published in June 2004. He is also a former recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship awarded through the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
- Free Country (AATC, 1997)
Based on the seminal feature film of the same name FREE COUNTRY (1996, 70min. B&W), which was written and directed by Yongsoo Park. The play follows the journey of JASON KIM, the oldest of the three Kim Brothers as they struggle against poverty and hopelessness in Koreatown in the wake of the senseless murder of their parents. Jason must try to keep the family together as his younger brothers grow increasingly more selfish and are lured by the promise of fast money. The play received its West Coast premiere in 1997 via the Asian American Theater Company alongside a one-act by Diana Son. This original production was directed by Karen Amano and received strong critical acclaim in the San Francisco Guardian and Examiner publications. Yongsoo Park, the playwright, has since published the novels BOY GENIUS (Akashic Books, 2002) and LAS CUCARACHAS (Akashic Books, 2004) and has written and directed the festival hit short film ANTIGONE 5000.
- First Thanksgiving (EWP, 2003)
A rumination on suburban life in the new landscape.
- In the Backyard (EWP, 2011)
A starry winter night in Los Angeles.
A festive, booze-filled holiday party.
Four people in the backyard.
What in the world could go wrong?
- Q & A (Mu Performing Arts, 2007)
From speed dating to police line-ups, Asian Americans question and answer social and political interrogation starting with the most-posed question, "where are you from?" Our three characters are labeled yet unnamed: "9066" for the WWII executive order which interned her ancestors, "187" for the gangsta rap allusion to murder, and as "½" says, "it's kinda obvious, isn't it?" When their self-constructed masks come down, each character must ask (and answer) what they are ultimately more guilty of: self-hate or self-love?
- Flipzoids (Ma-Yi Theatre, 1996;)
Vangie has brought her mother from the Philippines to live with her in the states. Unfortunately, she never knew the trouble and pain it would cause the both of them. While Vangie is busy trying to assimilate and "melt" into Western Culture, Aying wanders to the beach, meets and befriends a young Filipino in search of an identity. Don't miss this poignant and salient play that reaches to anyone who has ever questioned who they are - and wondered what exactly they should call "home."
- Cinema Verite (Ma-Yi Theatre, 1992)
- Kuti-Kutitap (book and lyrics) (Ma-Yi Theatre, 1993)
- Kape Barako (NYSF Public Theatre, 1995)
- December (Ethical Culture, 1994)
- Loose Leaf Bindings (work-in-progress)
- Tail (2g, 2008)
Finding the Mr. Right requires the right set of tools. Armed with binoculars,a GPS navigation system, and a rental car, a post-modern Manhattanite sets out to track her man. How far are you willing to go?
- Nebraska (Ma-Yi, 2008)
Nebraska is Ralph Peña’s new play about Immigration and extreme American Right-Wing Politics. The play imagines what might happen when an ancient Hindu goddess decides to take up residency in Nebraska, and finds herself pulled into the inner sanctum of a radical Christian organization.
Perez, Cheryl Tsai
- Antigone: The Rock Musical (East West, 2011)
The year is 2054. Civil unrest has torn apart the mythical country of Thebes. A futuristic retelling of Antigone set to a rock and roll soundtrack.
- Japan, 1946 Meets California, 2010 (East West, 2010)
When the unwilling Rita is forced to spend her last college spring break with her 86 year old grandmother Keiko, she realizes Keiko suffers from a disease she knows little about - dementia. When we were young our grandparents taught us about the world and who we would become. Now it's our turn to remind them of their past.
- The Night My Cat Called Me (Theater Mu, 1998)
- All is Fair (Mu Performing Arts, 2010)
A Chinese American radical Vietnam Vet. A mixed Vietnamese/Chinese American son in the military. An Adopted Korean graphic novelist with a surprise hit book. A Hmong American agent, fiscally conservative and socially liberal. What happens when you throw them a dinner party? And what does it all have to do with identity politics, Frank's Nursery and Crafts, mountaineers, and Lord of the Rings?
Ping, Chin Woon
Ms. Chin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo and a B.A. from the University of Malaya. She has been a writer-in-residence at Wilkes University and at the National University of Singapore, where she was also a Senior Fellow. She has been the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship and was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the Shanghai International Studies University. Her poems have been published in many literary journals included Kenyon Review and Westerly, and have been included in many anthologies including Asian American Literature.
- Details/Cannot/Body/Wants (Ubu Rep, 1997)
- Ninja: The Musical (Desipina, 2006)
Three singing Ninjas who fight injustices in the word--overcoming everything from personal issues to wardrobe malfunctions...who else would you want on your side?
- The Clouds, The Ocean and Everything In Between (AATC, 1998)
A story about life and death, love and loss, history and philosophy, remembering and forgetting. It sucks to be half-Thai and half-Filipino or half-Irish and half-Japanese or half-Vietnamese and half-French (especially if you don't look white!). What do you do when you're caught in between a heritage from which you feel increasingly disconnected and a nation by which you aren't entirely accepted? You buy a six-pack of Guinness, a carton of cigarettes and create your own space in a hostile world
- Beautiful Little Fool (USC, 2009)
Forbidden love. Past loss drives present desires. Mrs. Wallace can’t stay away from a Filipino American teenager named Gilly. Justine and her teacher, Mr. Esperanza, deal with the consequences of their affair. And commedia dell’arte lovers Harlequin and Columbine escape the story the teachers have assigned to their classes, disrupt the narrative and f$@k s#*t up.
- The Sweetness of You (Playwrights' Arena, 2010)
Joon and Lolly are a brother and sister rock band stuck playing in dive bars, but when an important manager shows up at the club, will Joon thrash on with the band or settle down and marry his new girlfriend - and will his obsessed sister allow it? Based on 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, The Sweetness of You bites down hard on the '80's rock scene and the taboo of forbidden passion.
- Night Shift (Rasaka, 2009)
A young girl and an older woman face danger and each other in the middle of the night in a motel lobby on a quiet North Carolina highway.
Prosser, Elise Kim
Hip-Hop Kim-Bop: A Korean Herstory in the City of Angels (SDAART, 2010)
a contemporary comedy in which four women all named Kim meet at jury duty. Through coincidence, calamity, and kim-chee, the four become friends and discover their cultural and personal identities.
- LotusMart, Ohio (2003)
A comedic reading about two Indian "superheroes" that meet in a convenience store in mid-Ohio and plot to take over the world!
- Mother Tongue
The mother speaks only Cantonese, the eldest daughter Mimi acts as translator for her mother and for her younger deaf and signing brother. Tensions in the family explode as Mimi prepares to leave home for university. Mother Tongue is an extraordinary drama, and was nominated for a Governor General Award for Drama
- The Dragon's Pearl (Young People's Theatre, 1995)
- Waiting for Mao (Tarragon Theatre, 1996)
- Naomi's Road (1996)
- Fault Lintes (Green Thumb Theatre, 1997)
- Nancy Chew Enters the Dragon ()
- Nitro! ()
- One Ocean ()
- Ghost Train (Young People's Theatre, 2001)
Betty Quan's play, based on the Paul Yee book, tells the story of Choon-Yi, a one-armed Chinese girl with an artistic gift who comes to Canada to find her father, a worker on the Canadian railroad. Spanning years and continents, the story is complicated -- part ghost story, part history lesson, part portrait of the artist as a young girl.
Erin May Ling Quill is an actress, singer, director and producer of both stage and film productions. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, she was member of the original Broadway cast of the 2004 TONY Award-winning musical, Avenue Q, and has also played Lady Thiang in The King & I opposite Debby Boone. Other credits include NYPD Blue, girlsclub, China Dolls, Godspell, Anything Goes, and numerous workshops. Former Vice Chair for the Screen Actors' Guild Asian American Subcommittee and a member on its National EEOC, she consulted on the revision of the Asian Language Contract. She is a member of East West Players and Lodestone Theater Ensemble. In addition to her own sold-out shows They Shoot Asian Fosse Dancers, Don't They? and When My Slanted Eyes are Smiling, I Can't See a Damn Thing, Quill has produced Lodestone Theater Ensemble/FOX's All American APA Comedy Jam and, most recently, the upcoming short film POLLEN, starring Alec Mapa. Her next project is the pilot of Screening Party, based on the book by Dennis Hensley.
- Yellow Feva (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 2000)
An indictment of Broadway? Never! It's a play about musicals and the people who do them-it's funny, it's sarcastic-it's an Amy Tan swallowing your bitterness because she enjoys being a girl! type of experience.
- They Shoot Asian Fosse Dancers, Don't They? ()
- When My Slanted Eyes are Smiling, I Can't See a Damn Thing ()
- Winged Therapy - 1995
The Pilipino American Rosales family has achieved the American dream: a home in the S.F. avenues, lots of envious friends and a son in a psychiatric hospital. A coming of age story set in the turbulent, sex-crazed world of 1970's San Francisco.
- Days of Rest - 1999
- 3+2, GT VW (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
- Woof! (2000, The Playwrights Group)
An eccentric retiree confronts his daughter about her bizarre web-based sex surrogate business.
- Peanut Butter (NoHo International Theatre Festival, 6/2000)
Dottering father, nerdy son, media hungry mother and her really kinky past---what does it spell? This wacky 10 minute play is a Finalist in the West Coast 10 Minute Playwriting Contest and was developed in East West's David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. 6/01, NoHo International Theatre Festival.
- Post-Matinee Tristesse (Playwrights Group, 2001)
An erudite professor salivates for a delectable youth who's definitely not on the menu in this riotous skewering of December/May romances and assorted sacred cows. 10-11/01, Tamarind Theatre
- Shhh! (TSI, 2003)
A tale of two mismatched library assistants: he, a literate neurotic, and she, a latent biker groupie.
- Mignon (TSI, 2003)
A wacky tale of a doctoral candidate who hires a call girl with a specialty in 17th century French poetry
- Uncommon Threads (Fire Rose Productions, 2004)
A ten-minute play.
- Home Again (2005)
Home Again reveals critical moments in the life of a family that planned poorly. It's a very short play with a very long rippling message, and the audience fills in the blanks.
- Manimal Crackers (Celebration Theatre, 2006)
This is a dramedy about a Pilipina American zoo keeper, her Korean American partner who's undergoing female to male transgender therapy, and her narcissistic former fashion model mother who's going into politics. Just another American family Norman Rockwell forgot to paint.
- Death and Taxes (Playwrights Connection, 2007)
Can a heavy set diabetic narcissist, who's just shot her husband, find peace in mid 90's suburban Dallas?
- Bride of Godzilla (2007)
A young couple who are part of a studio diversity writing program have one last chance to pitch a project to an impatient producer. It's a matter of life or debt.
- Tel Aviv Take-off (FirstStage, 2008)
A Southern matron visits her son who's studying in Tel Aviv, and makes his school an offer that's hard to refuse. But did we say she's got an agenda?
- House of Sticks (FirstStage, 2008)
A short play, where a young homeless shelter director escorts a major donor on a tour to seal the deal on a major gift, until a homeless client throws a wrench into her plans.
- New Business (ShortLived 3.0, 2010)
Two longstanding members of an organization in decline discuss momentous new business.
Gautam Raja (Playwright, VAIDEHI) is a freelance journalist and writer based in Bangalore, India. He has worked for publications in Oman and the UAE. He is currently the resident playwright and lighting designer of The Artistes' Repertory Theatre, Bangalore. His plays have been performed in various cities in India, as well as in London, Amsterdam and Berkeley. A collection of plays, Damini the Damager and Other Plays, was published in March 2006 by Unisun Publications.
- Vaidehi (Lark Theatre, 2006)
VAIDEHI begins with a birth and ends with its conception. A prisoner of societal expectations, Vaidehi struggles to fight the origin of her name (one of exemplary womanly and wifely virtue) to find intimacy and independence amongst the men that surround her.
Ramakrishnan, S. Karthick and Thottam, Jyotti
- Interrogations (SALAAM, 2006)
Based on true events, Interrogations tells the story of a family tragically affected by the silence surrounding their abusive household. Told form a variety of perspectives, Interrogations provides audience members with a chilling look into a family and community shattered by the consequence of denial, fear, and violence.
ED RAMOLETE is a is a member of the East West Players and the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. His play, Shadow Dance of a Mosquito Boxer, was a finalist in the East West Players Y2K New Voices Playwriting Competition. Ed has presented new work with the East West Players New Voices Project at the Japan American National Museum and most recently appears in the film, Much Adobo About Nothing, which premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Ed is on the boards of the Hereandnow Theater Company, The Filipino American Library and is Co-Chairman of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) National Conference.
- Shadow Dance of a Mosquito Boxer (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
- The Romance of Magno Rubio (from a Carolos Bulosan story) (NWAAT, 1984)
- Pieces (EWP, 2003)
Emma grew up adopted and abused. She's been estranged from her parents for five years. Now, the only way to face her present is to confront her past
- Queen for a Day (Diverse City Theatre, 2006)
The play tackles a young girl's rite of passage into adulthood brought about by the death and dying of a beloved aunt, exploring the profound changes that affect her relationship with her own mother and her extended family.
- Quarter Century Baby (Diverse City Theatre, 2010)
A one-act play tells the story of a parents’ surprise visit to their Filipino daughter and her American boyfriend—a visit which causes turmoil and reveals painful truths.
- Something Blue, (Divese City Theatre, 2010)
A one-act play follows an estranged father’s quest to reconnect with his daughter on her wedding day.
- Who Am I (Cuchipinoy, 2009)
In a shadowy world, one seemingly ripped from reality, a man filled with alcohol and self-loathing tries to explain to his creation why he terminated her existence; a young woman confronts her mother who disappeared more than two decades earlier; a tormented man battles his inner self that he has been trying to deny all of his life; and a junkie with no hope whatsoever comes face to face with God. But when compassion and retribution walk hand in hand, and answers often only lead to more questions, the chance to ease one's pain does not come easily, if at all.
Reyes, Rosemary Cho
- Friends and Enemies (EWP: Paper or Plastic, 1999)
- You're the Pharmacist (EWP, 2005)
A Korean American pharmacist dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and in her endeavor, she and everyone around her learns the real meaning of the American Dream.
- Sense (EWP, 2006)
A doctoral student in anthropology is writing a paper on “Asian American Performance Theory in Politics of Ethnic Identity.” She meets Leonard, an actor who’s Asian American, too. Things are good until it all doesn’t make sense. But then it all does, in bed. Will she realize that? Will he?
- Stuck (Bindlestiff, 2006)
Rigg, Kate and Leah Ryan
- BIRTH OF nASIAN (Mark Taper, 2004)
Cool, hilarious and provocative, Birth of nAsian is Nuyorasian trip hopcomedy theatre. Performer Kate Rigg brings you a host of edgy, surreal characters from a token Asian newscaster with a non-ethnic sounding name to a hundred year old trini to a China-Latina with an axe to grind. Accompanied by former classical-virtuoso-turned-rocking-electronic-violin-diva Lyris Hung on beats, live violin, samples and soundscape, Birth is a mix of comedy and spoken word pieces reflecting the urban voice of Asian America.
- What Do You Know About Me? By Marissa Frakenfield (Theatre Mu, 1998)
- Filipino Sisters (Theater Mu, 2000)
A folk story by Lia Rivamonte, three young women choose their own futures.
- *fLiPsIdErS* (AAWA, 2003)
Flipsiders are outsiders daydreaming invisible. Call Benjamin a Flip and he'll "stab you with exclamation points." His girlfriend, Angelica, is no angel. Tito, or Uncle, "is not a dishwasher no more." He is "a propessional shoper." Tom-Boy smokes and sells manna. Boss only dresses the part of a cop. Jojo lives in a Balikbayan Box. They are all American, thoroughly Filipino. After a long respite in the Philippines, Jojo returns to America, only to find his childhood friends beat down, but far from beaten. During a Halloween weekend laden with debauchery and Vicks, we witness five Flipsiders reconcile the past with an uncertain future, culminating in holiday jeer: nevertheless hopeful.
- Waking Dreams (AATC, 2004)
Set in the early 1990's of the Bay Area, a young woman, Nat, loses her brother to what was called "the worst mass murder in recent Arizona history." During a news blackout and time for reelection she must find a way to keep public interest into the investigation of her brother’s death. In the wake of the tragedy she explores the meaning of family, holding onto community, and herself.
BIO: His work has been produced by East West Players, Thick Description, Asian American Theater Company, North West Asian American Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, Dance Theater Workshop, Immigrants' Theater Project, Seoul International Theater Festival, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. Honors include a 2003-2004 NEA/TCG Playwriting Fellowship, the 2003 Whitfield-Cook Prize, a New York Fringe Festival Excellence in Overall Production Award (for YI SANG COUNTS TO THIRTEEN, directed by the author); a Van Lier/New Dramatists playwriting fellowship; a Van Lier/New York Theater Workshop playwriting fellowship; first prize in the Seattle Multicultural Playwrights' Festival; commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, the Joseph Papp Public Theater and Ma-Yi Theater; an artistic residency at Mabou Mines; and honorable mention in the 2001 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His plays and poetry are published in the anthologies But Still, Like Air, I'll Rise (Temple Press); Premonitions (Kaya Press); The Nuyorasian Anthology (AAWW); and Echoes Upon Echoes (AAWW). He received a BA from Harvard and an MFA from Brown. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and New Dramatists. He lives in New York city
- Konishiki, Mon Amour (NY Shakespeare Festival, 1993)
- Cleveland Raining (East West, 1994)
A Korean-American brother and sister living in the Ohio countryside: the sister is a medical student who drives the interstate searching for their father; the brother has dreams of a flood and begins building an ark out of a Volkswagen bug. A lonely female motorcyclist and an oddball mechanic enter their lives, while the brother and sister try to piece together the fabric of their frayed family history. While the brother builds an engine that runs off emotional loss, the sister finally uncovers the fragile truth of her family, something both revelatory and sad.
- Drizzle and Other Stories (NWAAT, 1994)
A trilogy of one-acts based on short stories by Korean fiction writer Hwang Sun Won. Each play employs spare language, with jagged situations and conflicting ambivalent emotions. "Masks" portrays a world where the rules dictate that two friends find themselves as enemies during a war. "In a Small Island Village" involves a female journalist who finds that language fails her in the harsh world of a remote fishing village in Korea. "Drizzle" is about two real estate men having a coffee break that turns into a discussion about business, war, and the ambivalence of doing the right thing.
- Gravity Falls From Trees (AATC, 1997)
Isabella goes to the hospital because she is abnormally cold. Soon she finds herself on a cloud with Isaac Newton and a guilt-ridden pilot. All of them are in search of a Newton's "Fourth" Law, one that fuses emotion and motion. Isabella finds that the shared event in their lives was the tragic downing of Korean Air 007, an unfortunate political consequence of the Cold War. While Isabella doesn't necessarily make better sense of the event, she eventually breaks through the emotional freeze that she's been suffering through, and finds a way to lighten the gravity of history.
- wAve (Ma-Yi, 1999)
wAve is a radical reformulation of the Medea myth. A surreal tragicomedy, wAve oscillates between poetry and satire, Korea and America, M*A*S*H and Miss Saigon. It explores love denied, dirtied and ultimately betrayed by the ferociously fragmentary forces at work in our culture at the dawn of the 21st century.
- Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen (Seoul International Theater Festival, 2000)
Three characters: Red, Green, and Blue are involved in a love triangle that intermingles poetic scenes, a spoof on detective noir involving limbs as characters, and erotic rituals involving Diet Coke. Blue must choose between his friendship with Red and his love for Green; but finds that he gets neither in the end. His only solace is the words and images that erupt in his feverish mind, the joy of creation coupled with the sense that the end is fast approaching
- Infinitude (LCC Productions, 2003)
An ensemble comedy set in 1999 as a group of friends say goodbye to their 20s and the 20th century. The play revolves around the subjective world of Filo, who has an interesting relationship with truth and the objective world, as well as with his childhood friend Samantha (Sam). His life is a bit of a random walk, dealing with the dangers of digital video, the allure of the internet, and the frustrations of unrequited theater, leading to a sense of closure as tenuous as the beginning of the new millennium.
- New World
A collection of one-act dark comedies, all dealing with the theme of cultural colonization. NEW WORLD is a variation on the theme of a boat: we see the conquerors, the conquered, and the modern neuroses that results. Wonderful Life is a skewed vision of the Jimmy Stewart film; it plays with subjectivity in the face of a violent crime. Raisins is a comedy about two gangsters who’ve just screwed up a job and end up in a heated debate about identity politics. Konishiki, Mon Amour involves a young woman’s obsession with Sumo wrestling, Connie Chung, and Hostess dessert products. Change is a monologue about an assimilated son and his estranged fatherit leaps between their points of view, shedding new perspective on both characters.
- Principia (New York Theatre Festival)
A play about the “publish or perish” world of scientific research. Newton Park finds that he’s been accused of falsifying data. The problem is, he’s not sure himself whether or not he’s innocent. As his case becomes ever more muddied, so do his relationships with his former girlfriend (now collaborator), his best friend, and his advisor. When his neatly defined world spirals out of control, he actually finds that he learns more about truth than what he’s ever learned in his own research.
- Yi Sang Counts to 13 (Lodestone, 2006)
Blue loves Green. Green likes Red. Red is Blue's best friend. Blue could be the Korean surrealist author Yi Sang. On the other hand, he could just be a guy who wants a cigarette. A dark poetic comedy about love, geometry and the mysteries of Diet Coke
- The Trajectory of a Heart, Fractured (2g, 2008)
Orville thought he was in love with Joanne, and now he’s wondering why he’s on a plane with Yumi, who is beginning to wonder also. Orville just wishes he could fly. And Joanne just wishes. A meditation on gravity’s emotion.
- Project: Balangiga with Ralph Peña (Ma-Yi, 2008)
is a documentary-style inquiry into the ongoing debate surrounding the proposed repatriation of the church bells taken by American soldiers from the town of Balangiga during the Philippine American War. The excerpted scene imagines a virtual town meeting between the residents of Balangiga and Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the bells are presently installed.
BIO: Dmae Roberts is an Amerasian writer and radio producer living in Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, Roberts has written and produced more than 300 documentaries, audio arts pieces and feature stories for National Public Radio, MonitorRadio and Public Radio International. She is the executive producer of MediaRites, a non- profit multicultural production organization.
- Breaking Glass (Portland Repertory Theatre, 1995)
full-length original play about an interracial family in rural Oregon produced at Portland Repertory Theatre
- Janie Bigo (NWAAT, 1997)
Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl gets boy, in a zany blend of music, magic tricks and comedy.
- Lady Buddha (Media Rites, 1997)
A multi-media play funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council/On the Boards/Seattle and produced by MediaRites at the IFCC.
- Mei Mei ()
- Picasso in the Back Seat (Artists Repertory Theatre,1996)
Full-length original play about the value of art in America today.