playwright David Henry Hwang (F.O.B., THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, M.
BUTTERFLY) and East West Players joined together to create the David
Henry Hwang Writers Institute. The Institute provides a series of
writing classes designed to foster new work for the stage. It is a
nationally recognized force in the creation of plays that embrace
the voice of a multi-ethnic America. We as a multicultural community
need to speak out, tell the world who we are, where we came from,
and most importantly where we are going. In doing this, we affirm
the legacy of our individual and shared histories in America. The
Institute is administered by East West Players' Literary Manager,
included playwrights such as Doris Baizley, Paula Cizmar, Prince
Gomolvilas, Amy Hill, Silas Jones, Annette Lee, Peter Sagal, Rick Shiomi,
Judy Soo Hoo, Kelly Stuart, Alice Tuan, Elizabeth Wong, Chay Yew, and
Brian Nelson, a founder of the Institute. Guest lecturers have included
playwrights such as Philip Kan Gotanda, Amy Hill, Desmond Nakano, Wakako
Yamauchi, Chay Yew, and David Henry Hwang himself. One-act and full-length
plays of all genres are created by writers in the Institute, and each
session of classes culminates in public readings of these works, staged by
professional actors and directors.
Countless works by
writers in the Institute have been read, developed, and produced by
theatres around the country, and Institute writers have won awards and
fellowships. Among them:
WRINKLES received its world premiere at East West Players in 2011.
IXNAY received its world premiere at East West Players in 2009.
Les Thomas' CAVE QUEST, which received honorable mentions in EWP's
Playwriting Competition 'Pacific Century', received its world premiere at
East West Players in 2010.
Toyama & Aaron Woolfolk's BRONZEVILLE
received its world premiere production by The Robey Theatre
Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2009. His YURI & MALCOLM X
won the Ruby Yoshino Schaar Playwright Award in 2008. His VISAS AND
VIRTUES was adapted into a short film, directed by Chris Tashima, which
won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1997.
HELLTOWN BUFFET received its world premiere at Rude Guerrilla Theater
Company in Santa Ana, CA, in 2008
INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM received its world premiere at Electric Lodge
in Venice, CA, in 2007; it also received a staged reading at the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. His GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE
received its world premiere at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1998.
CHINATOWN CORRESPONDENT received its world premiere by Chinatown 90210
at the Luna Playhouse in Glendale, CA, in 2007. It also won a C.Y. Lee
Playwriting Award in 1997.
Judy Soo Hoo's
REFRIGERATORS received its world premiere production by Lodestone
Theatre Ensemble at East Los Angeles College in 2002. Her TEXAS received
its world premiere at Lodestone in 1999. Her TWICE TOLD CHRISTMAS TALES
received its world premiere at East West Players in the 1994, and she was
a contributor to 29 1/2 DREAMS, which was produced at EWP in 1993.
She was also a winner in the 1999 Yukon New Plays Contest. She was a 1999
PEN West Fellow. Contact:
Sujata Bhatt's QUEEN OF THE REMOTE CONTROL received its world
premiere at East West Players in 2002; it was subsequently produced
at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis; it also received staged
readings at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City and
the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. Contact:
A DIRTY SECRET BETWEEN THE TOES received its world premiere
production by Lodestone Theatre Ensemble at East Los Angeles
College in 2001.
FENTOR received its world premiere production by hereandnow
at East Los Angeles College in 2001; it was subsequently produced
by the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre.
Cariaga's SLEEPWALK received its world premiere production
by Playwrights' Arena at [INSIDE] the Ford in Los Angeles in 2000.
It also received a staged reading at A.S.K. Theatre Projects and
won an award in the Latin Playwrights Competition at Stages
Repertory in Houston. Contact:
LEON AND CLARK received its world premiere production by
Playwrights' Arena at Moving Arts in Los Angeles in 2000. Contact:
Escobedo's THE POET OF COLUMBUS AVENUE received its world
premiere production by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre at Theater Four
in New York City in 2000. Contact:
MY TIRED BROKE ASS PONTIFICATING SLAPSTICK FUNK received its
world premiere at East West Players in 2000. His KARAOKE STORIES
won an award in the East West Players AT&T New Voices Playwriting
Competition in 1997. Contact: