Category: Livian Yeh
Three alumni playwrights—Stephanie K. Brownell, MJ Halberstadt, and Livian Yeh—are on the bill of Artists’ Theatre of Boston’s This Place/Displaced, which runs through August 25. Congratulations!
Livian Yeh has been named a C1 2018 Playlab Fellow with Company One Theatre. Congratulations, Livian!
Livian Yeh's play Memorial was selected as an honorable mention on The Kilroys' fourth annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by female and trans playwrights.
Congratulations to our newly-minted MFA Playwrights! From left: Samantha Noble, Andrew Joseph Clarke, Mary Conroy, and Livian Yeh. What a fantastic end to a terrific season of new plays!
Livian Yeh's Memorial is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award! Congratulations Livian!
I wrote Memorial in response to a moment that happened to me while visiting the Arlington National Cemetery. Our tour guide was leading us toward the Iwo Jima Memorial, all the while telling us with pride that the Battle of Iwo Jima was the first and only time the United States had planted its flag on Japanese soil. My fellow tourists responded enthusiastically. All of a sudden, as I stood and looked at the memorial, I was struck by the overly simple narrative presented by the statue. I felt that the Second World War was so much more complicated than this image of brave soldiers planting the American flag on enemy soil. I began asking myself, can memorials be honest? How do we thank soldiers for their service, but at the same time acknowledge the damages done by war? What stories do memorials tell, and what do these stories reflect about the United States?
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial may not answer all of these questions, but it certainly challenged and changed the pre-existing notion of memorials in the United States. Through requiring its visitors to contemplate and reconcile with the concepts of loss, death and war, Maya Lin succeeded in redefining history. I hope my play captures the essence of an artist’s struggle to tell the truth, and that the audience will leave the play and think about memorials in a different light.
'Memorial' concludes its run this week. Don't miss it! Tickets
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival was held last week, and there is terrific news to share: First-year MFA playwright Livian Yeh (above left) was a co-recipient of the Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award for her play Nightfall, and graduating MFA playwright Stephanie K. Brownell (above right) won the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award for her thesis play She Eats Apples.
And Cassie M. Seinuk (above right, with Gary Garrison)—who got her MFA at Lesley University and is our own BTM stage manager—took home the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award for her play Occupy Hallmark. (I have a feeling these two will cross paths again very soon...at Boston Theater Marathon XVII!) A full list of this year's KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Award winners is here.
Congratulations everyone (and thanks for sharing your photos)!