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Playwright: Lauren Yee


A Man, His Wife, and His Hat

Hetchman loves his hat. Oh, and his wife, too. But when both go missing, the retired hatmaker vows to stop at nothing to find them. if he can ever muster the strength to leave his armchair. But the arrival of a talking wall and a hungry golem threatens to derail his endeavor. A klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife, and his hat.

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Lauren Yee has been a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a member of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Heideman Award, the Jerome Fellowship, the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, the PONY Fellowship, and the Wasserstein Prize.

Other honors include writing fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the El Gouna Writers' Residency, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and the New York Mills Cultural Center. She has also received funding from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Theatre Bay Area, as well as an award from PlayGround's New Play Production Fund.

Her full-length play Ching Chong Chinaman was a finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award and the winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's 2010 Paula Vogel Award and Kumu Kahua Theatre's 2007 Pacific Rim Prize. Named one of the top 10 plays by the East Bay Express and City Pages, the play has been produced at Berkeley's Impact Theatre, Minneapolis's Mu Performing Arts, the New York International Fringe Festival, New York City's Pan Asian Rep, and Seattle's SIS Productions. The play has been published by Samuel French. Her work has also been developed at the Hangar Theatre, the Public Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and others.

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Kennedy Center, the O'Neill Studio at Yale, and PlayGround have previously commissioned her work.

She is currently working on new commissions for AlterTheater (slated for production in 2011), the Kennedy Center, and Mu Performing Arts (with support from the MAP Fund). Her plays will enjoy productions in the 2011/2012 season at AlterTheater, Artists at Play, Impact Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts. BA: Yale.


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