PLAY/ground Micro-interview: Lauren Yee

lauren-headshot-3Boston Court: How do you use comedy to help tell a story which seems, on the surface, dark, scary and, in a lot of ways, sad? 

Lauren Yee: I love attacking a story from a sideways angle. I love surprising an audience and allowing them to run the gamut of emotions. When you’re dealing with difficult subject matter, like in in a word, humor can help to get an audience on your side. To me, humor and pain go hand in hand. What I find hilarious usually is so because it lives right on the surface of deep-seated pain.


Lauren Yee’s play in a word will be presented on Saturday, November 8th at 5pm.

The reading is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

To reserve, call 626-683-6883 or email

Lauren Yee’s plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), Crevice (Impact Theatre), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), Hookman (Company One workshop), in a word (Hangar and Williamstown workshops), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre commission), Samsara (O’Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Victory Gardens’ IGNITION Festival), and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund, Mu Performing Arts). Upcoming productions in the 2014/15 season at Victory Gardens, San Francisco Playhouse, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, and Encore Theatre.

Work developed at Lincoln Center/LCT3, Goodman Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Public, Rattlestick, and Kitchen Dog. Former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell fellow, and Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member.

Fellowships: Women’s Project Lab, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm Page One residency, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. Commissions: Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Encore Theatre, and TheatreworksUSA. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.


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