Tag Archives: Awards

Haiyan Aid, Social Justice, and Some News

27 Jan

I realize it’s a bit belated, but happy New Year to you all! There are a lot of things coming up this late winter/early spring, so get out your calendars!

Fishing BoatsFirst some news: at the beginning of this year, I was appointed co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab. I have been a member of the Lab since it’s founding by Sung Rno, and I’m looking forward to advocating for a group of writers for whom I have an unmeasurable amount of admiration, respect, and love. To kick off 2014, Ma-Yi is holding a benefit for the victims and survivors of Hurricane Yolanda/Typhoon Haiyan. It will feature new short plays by Labbies and will be hosted by Playwrights Horizons on February 17, 2014. Save the date and find preliminary information here.

In terms of shows, the first of a few of my short works that will be produced in 2014 goes up next month. From February 5 – 10, The National Black Theater will be presenting Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege. The evening includes my play Some Other Kid, which was commissioned by The New Black Fest following the George Zimmerman verdict last fall. I join the folks at the NBT for the opening night celebration on February 5th and for a panel discussion on February 10th. I’d love to see you there!

Photo by Paul Bestock

Photo by Paul Bestock

And, finally, I’m delighted for The Seattle Public Theater whose production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them won two Gypsy Rose Lee Awards. They brought home the 2013 awards for Excellence in Overall Theatre Production (Small Company), and Jose Abaoaog received Lead Actor for his portrayal of Kenny. They have all my congratulations and  endless thanks for sharing Edith with Seattle!

There will be more to announce in the weeks to come. Watch this space!

Lambda Finalist Reading at Bluestockings

7 May

The headline says it all, but you can find complete information here! The basics are:

Bluestockings25th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist Reading

Tuesday, May 14th @ 7:00 p.m. – Free

Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

As you know, I’m utterly thrilled that Thunder Above, Deeps Below and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them were nominated in the 2013 LGBT Drama category. I will be there with bells on! And since my nominated works are plays (obviously), I’m trying to round up a few surprise guests to help me read my work.

Come join us!

Double the Finalist Fun

7 Mar

25th-Annual-Lambda-Literary-Awards-300x123Both Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and Thunder Above, Deeps Below have been named finalists for the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards! I’m absolutely thrilled (despite the fact that there’s now zero possibility that both plays will get the Award, because I’m competing against myself. Just kidding. Mostly…). You can find a full list of finalists and purchase tickets to the Lammy reception, ceremony, and after-party at the Lambda Literary Foundation site.

In addition, here’s a bit of advance press for the Philadelphia production of Edith being mounted by Theatre Confetti. I’ll be in town tomorrow for the opening performance and post-show reception, and then I’ll be participating in two post-show talkbacks on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. For tickets and complete information, click here.

Theatre Confetti Presents Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Opening March 7 (Uwishunu, March 4, 2013)

Theatre Confetti’s Latest Explores Young, Gay Love (Philadelphia Magazine, March 6, 2013)

Bi Jean Ngo and Theatre Confetti’s EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS… (The Examiner, March 1, 2013)

Barrymore Winner Makes Theatre Confetti Directorial Debut (South Philly Review, March 7, 2013)

I Would Like to Thank…

24 Jan

…the queers.

Happy 2013, everyone! And thanks for keeping up with my work and with me.

GLAAD LogoTo start off the new year, I am extremely proud to say that my plays have received three nominations for two prestigious LGBT awards! Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them has received a GLAAD Media Award Nomination for Artists at Play‘s 2012 production and a Lambda Literary Award Nomination in the Oustanding LA Theater and LGBT Drama categories, respectively. And — as if that wasn’t enough — Thunder Above, Deeps Below has also received a Lambda Literary Award Nomination for LGBT Drama.

Lammy BronzeAs you can perhaps guess, I am so honored to be recognized by the LGBT community and thrilled that they continue to embrace diverse voices. I am also thrilled for and grateful to everyone at Artists at Play for putting up a top notch production of Edith and Samuel French, Inc for publishing both Edith and Thunder.

I’ve got a couple of things coming up, that I’ll post about in the coming week. Until then, click here for a full list of GLAAD Media Award Nominations and here for a full list of the Lambda Literary Award Nominations.

An Out of Joint Princess

11 Aug

The Lark and The Bats of Flea Theatre fame will be presenting a workshop of Out of Joint in September, and I was awarded a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant to  cover the costs!

Patrick Page, A. Rey Pamatmat, Darron L. West Win 2012 Princess Grace Awards (Theatermania, August 8, 2012)

As you may recall, Out of Joint premiered at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp last summer as a one-act, and I have since developed into a full-length play with the help of the students at the Savannah College of Art and Design and The Magic Theatre. The next step? Work with Multimedia Designer Jared Mezzochi (who, by the way, was just awarded a Princess Grace Award himself!) to really make the new version of the play come to life in ways that bend all of space and time!

Edith Can Win Things

5 May

My untimely absence  left you hanging about that whole Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, huh? Sorry about that. Although by now you’ve probably already heard the news, here it is: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them was awarded the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation! Woo-hoo!

Critics Honor Humana Festival Play (WFPL News, April 1, 2012)

New Theatre’s Edith Can Shoot Etc. Etc. Wins New Play Citation (Florida Theater On Stage, April 2, 2012)

If you’re in Northern California, you can catch the play when the Sacramento production opens at B Street Theater on May 19. Director May Adrales and actors Jon Norman Schneider and Teresa Avia Lim from the Humana Festival production of the play are be joined by Edith newbie Jason Edward Cook. And I’ll be there for opening night to celebrate all their hard work. More details as the date approaches.

Back to The Humana Festival and Some Mu Press

29 Mar

Well, look at this, everybody! Just in time for the final weekend of the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Playscripts has published the anthology of the 2011 Festival. Yippee!!! As you may recall, my play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them premiered at Human 2011, as did my short piece This is How it Ends (as part of the 2011 Apocalypse-themed Anthology play The End). You can purchase copies at Actors Theatre or on the Playscripts website by clicking here. And, of course, as a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, I’ll be making a return to Louisville this weekend where they will announce the winner of the Award at the Saturday evening performance of the 2012 10-minute plays.

Of course, if you only want Edith, it will soon be available in an individual acting edition from Samuel French in a few months (as will my play Thunder Above, Deeps Below).

Finally, here are a couple of lovely reviews for the currently running production of Edith at Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis.

Edith Can Shoot Things at Mu Performing Arts (City Pages, March 21, 2012)

Mu Performing Arts’ Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Mixed Blood Theatre is a Hit (Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 25, 2012)

NYFA, Princess, PONY, and now…

15 Mar

I am ecstatic to say that I have been chosen as one of the 2012-13 Hodder Fellows by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The official announcement was made this afternoon. So once the PONY Fellowship is through I will have another year beginning at the top of Princeton’s fall term of being a playwright and only a playwright.

All my thanks to the Lewis Center, some folks who helped me figure out how to word my application (you know who you are!), and to all of you for your continued support. Hopefully, I’ll keep on making you proud.

Edith‘s Finalist Nod and Final Rolling World Premiere Production

6 Mar

I’m a little late with this news, but it’s been a bit of a busy month!

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has named Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them as a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. To say that I’m honored would be a serious understatement. Let’s go right to flabbergasted. I’m flabbergasted. The Award and two Citations (for the runners up) will be presented at the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays on March 31. I’ll be returning to Louisville for the first time in a year, this time as an award finalist, a spectator, and a representative of The Lark. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

In other news, Mu Performing Arts is a week away from previews and opening of their production of Edith, the final stop of the play’s Rolling World Premiere. It’s been an amazing year, and I can’t wait to see it capped off in the first Midwestern production of the play! I’ll be in Minneapolis from March 14 – 18, so please come out and see the show.

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