Produced in Association with SDSU
by Lauren Yee
directed by Jennifer Eve thorn
March 15 – 24, 2019
Thurs, Fri, & Sat @
Sundays @ 2pm
About the Play
Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay, or they can also watch movies at home with the use of a ceiling mounted tv as well. In this existential slasher comedy, we’re reminded of the price we pay when we stop listening and give in to distraction. Outstanding World Premiere Play, 2015 Theatre Bay Area Awards.
About the Playwright
Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her play CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered at South Coast Rep and is at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, followed by La Jolla Playhouse and Victory Gardens. Her play THE GREAT LEAP has been produced at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, and the Guthrie, with future productions at Arts Club and InterAct Theatre. Also upcoming: THE SONG OF SUMMER at Trinity Rep.
Lauren Yee’s play KING OF THE YEES premiered at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by productions at ACT Theatre, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and Baltimore Center Stage. Other plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (Playwrights Realm, Moxie, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore, Company One), IN A WORD (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public, Strawdog), SAMSARA (Victory Gardens, O’Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and THE TIGER AMONG US (MAP Fund, Mu).
She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm.
She is the winner of the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, and the Francesca Primus Prize. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the ATCA/Steinberg Award, the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Wasserstein Prize. Her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Her work is published by Samuel French. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.
Lauren is a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, a 2018/2019 Hodder fellow at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, and a New Dramatists playwright (class of 2025). She is currently under commission from the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Trinity Rep. She has written for MIXTAPE (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.
Special Performance Dates:
Thursday, March 21,
Join director, Jennifer Eve Thorn and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Phillip Serrato, Ph.D., to discuss Hookman, horror stories, and urban legends in practice.
Sunday, March 17,
Join director, Jennifer Eve Thorn, and the cast for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre-going experience.
$20 General, $17 Students/Seniors
Please contact the SDSU Box Office at 619-594-6884 for tickets and information.with any questions concerning pricing, group rates, or reservations.
Location: SDSU Experimental Theatre
Performing Arts Box Office
School of Theatre, Television, and Film
5500 Campanile Dr,
San Diego, CA 92182
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