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Playwright: Lauren Yee



Freshman year at college is hard: your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a serial killer is slashing girls' throats. If Lexi discovers what really happened to her old high school friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty.

Video: Playwright Lauren Yee talks about her play Hookman (1:02).



Lauren is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco, and received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Lauren 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, Theatre Bay Area, and UCSD’s Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), 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 of the year by the East Bay Express and City Pages, the play has been produced at Artists at Play, Impact Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, the New York International Fringe Festival, Pan Asian Rep, and SIS Productions. The play has been published by Samuel French.

Her play in a word won KCACTF’s 2011 Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award and 2011 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and was a finalist the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Female Playwrights. The play was developed through UCSD’s Baldwin New Play Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her latest play A Man, his Wife, and his Hat was developed at PlayPenn and UCSD’s Baldwin New Play Festival, produced at AlterTheater, and will receive its San Diego premiere at Moxie Theatre in the spring. The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, AlterTheater, the O’Neill Studio at Yale, and PlayGround have previously commissioned her work. She is currently working on new commissions for the Kennedy Center and Mu Performing Arts (with support from the MAP Fund).


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