Faces of the Future Playwriting Competition: LA’s Got Talent

Speaking of having some literary culture, LA’s own Asian-American theater group, East West Players, recently announced winners of their “Faces of the Future” playwriting competition. The competition “explores the reality of multicultural America from an Asian American perspective.” The winning submissions did just that. Find a description of the winning plays and their authors after the jump.

First place winner ($5000) Christmas in Hanoi, by Eddie Borey, is about a mixed-race family returning to Vietnam for the first time since the war. Borey grew up in a Vietnamese and Irish-American family, and is now a screenwriter in the horror and science fiction genres. He has a horror story published on the podcast show Pseudopod, and working on a series of horror stories set in Los Angeles.

The second place winner ($2500) A Nice Indian Boy, by Madhuri Shekar, tells the story of nice Indian guy, Naveen Gavaskar, who wants to settle down with a nice Indian his parents would approve of. Shekar is California-born and was raised in India; she is currently pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Writing at the University of Southern California.

The third place winner ($1000) Samsara, by Lauren Yee, follows an American couple whose effort to have a child takes them to the commercial surrogacy industry in India. Born and raised in San Francisco, Yee is currently under commission from the Kennedy Center and Mu Performing Arts (supported by the Rockefeller MAP Fund)

EWP will host readings of the winning submissions on the following dates:

  • 3rd place Samsara by Lauren Yee Wednesday, 3/14, 7:30pm
  • 2nd place A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar Saturday, 3/31, 2pm
  • 1st place Christmas in Hanoi by Eddie Borey Saturday, 3/31, 4:30pm

And for those who haven’t gone yet, don’t forget to check out the current production of Three Year Swim Club, at East West Players through the 11th of March. A blogging.la review is forthcoming.

(c) Benjamin Page, from EWP Flickr Pool

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