The Great Leap and Other Plays

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About the Author

Lauren Yee is a playwright, screenwriter, and TV writer born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her plays include Cambodian Rock Band (Horton Foote Prize), The Great Leap (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist), King of the Yees (Edward M. Kennedy Prize finalist, Ashland New Play Festival - Women's Invitational winner), Ching Chong Chinaman (KCACTF Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, PEN USA Literary Award for Drama finalist), and The Hatmaker's Wife (Outer Critics Circle nomination, PEN USA Literary Award for Drama finalist). Yee is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers' Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. She has been a writer on Pachinko (Apple TV+), Soundtrack (Netflix), and a soon-to-be announced upcoming FX limited series. She is executive producing the adaptation of Anthony Veasna So's Afterparties for television. She is currently developing new work for Apple TV+ and Netflix.


The Great Leap

"The play is a believable encapsulation of history, and a respectful reclamation of the same. In Yee's own graceful leap, one of history's faceless is given a face, and a justly realized story." --The Daily Beast

"An exhilarating, deeply satisfying piece of work, powered by gutsy performances and full of bright, inquisitive, humorous life." --Vulture

"[The Great Leap] examines culture clash; alludes to modern Chinese history; and ponders the costs of caution and courage, patience and impatience. Perhaps as important, the play is a delectable opportunity to spend time with Yee's vivid, idiosyncratic, scarred and funny characters." --The Washington Post

"Smart, feisty, highly exhilarating, deeply satisfying piece of work, powered by gutsy performances and full of bright, inquisitive, humorous life." --Vulture

Ching Chong Chinaman

"A lively, likable show...gleefully highlights the assimilated life of the Wongs, who defy the stereotype of the hard-driving Chinese-American family. It's clever, and her insights are astute." --New York Times

"A smart, fast-paced comedy that wrings laughs from the topics of cultural identity and assimilation. Neither predictable nor politically correct, it's a satirical cartoon that has heart and even occasional poignancy." --TheaterMania

"If you are in the mood for a smart and cheeky deconstruction of race in California today, look no further. This audacious satire...skewers clichés and bursts taboos from start to finish... The San Francisco playwright also has a flair for irreverence that won't quit." --San Jose Mercury News

"Ching Chong Chinaman is a wildly inventive, raucously funny ride. Though rooted in Asian American literary tradition, this play upends its conventions with inspired irreverence, aided by brilliant staging and a powerhouse ensemble. You have not seen anything like this before. The fourth wave of Asian American playwriting has arrived." --David Henry Hwang

The Hatmaker's Wife

"[A] touchingly funny play... What makes The Hatmaker's Wife a success is its dexterity and fluidity. Yee's characters and story lines jump back and forth...between gut-laughter funny and hit-you-in-the-gut sad--and they do so with astounding truthfulness." --TheaterMania

"Exceptionally entertaining... It will linger in my memory for weeks and months to come." --DC Metro Theater Arts

"Ms. Yee...brings a courageous, childlike conviction to her fey land of make-believe." --New York Times

King of the Yees

"A delightfully disorderly entertainment, as sprawling and silly as it is unexpectedly moving." --Los Angeles Times

"King of the Yees is a freewheeling adventure that frequently acknowledges earthly concerns, framing them through a personal lens that becomes increasingly warped as we follow Yee down the rabbit hole of her conscience." --New City Stage

"This writer displays a distinctive, keen-edged wit, a quirky and capacious imagination and a fresh, millennial vision of Asian America." --Seattle Times