i write plays.


Up Next:


Cambodian Rock Band, a new play with music by the band Dengue Fever, will close out South Coast Rep‘s 20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.

Directed by May Adrales
Music by Dengue Fever
Music direction by Matthew MacNelly
Dramaturgy by Andy Knight

With Brooke Ishibashi, Abe Kim, Raymond K. Lee, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, and Daisuke Tsuji

One reading only! April 23, 2017 at 10:30am

More info and tickets here.


Now Playing:


“You will, without any question, fall madly in love with Larry Yee, or more precisely, with Francis Jue, the wiry, wide-eyed, shrewdly comic, comically un-hip and altogether remarkable actor who plays him with such effortless guile. … Lauren Yee (the real-life playwright), and director Joshua Kahan Brody make it all perfectly clear, with the layers of reality and performance expertly (and often comically) interwoven.” — Chicago Sun Times

“A talented, smart and very funny writer… greatness surely lies ahead.” — Chicago Tribune

A Brilliant Joy Ride. Yee’s play is brilliant. The ebb and flow of her storytelling is a joy ride, packed with humor and a self-awareness that embraces the audience. The love for this production is unfailing; it’s in the writing, the directing, and the acting. Yee’s compassion, questions, and yearning become ours as the play opens doors within us.” — Performink

“Yee taps into larger ideas and questions of what it means to be authentically Chinese-American. Yet, at the same time, “King of the Yees” is a universal and personal play about grown children and the difficulties of connecting with their aging parents. … The comedy daringly keeps multiple plot and character plates spinning in the air [and] succeeds thanks to the fast-paced work of director Brody and his talented cast and crew…  the play ultimately packs an emotional punch.” — Daily Herald

“With two productions opening within a fortnight of each other at the Goodman and Steep Theatre respectively, it’s a good month to be Lauren Yee. … Mining her personal life as well as her rich imagination, “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

King of the Yees
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
With Rammel Chan, Francis Jue, Angela Lin, Stephenie Park, and Daniel Smith

Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
Performances March 31-April 30, 2017.
Buy tickets here | More info here.

Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles)
Performances July 9-August 6, 2017
Buy tickets here | More info here.

Just announced:


The Great Leap will debut in 2017/2018, in a co-world premiere produced by Denver Center and Seattle Rep!

More info here and here.


Now Playing:


Also up in Chicago in April is the Midwest premiere of my existential slasher comedy Hookman at Steep Theatre!

Directed by Vanessa Stalling
With Karen Isabel Rodriguez, Kiayla Ryann, Aja Wiltshire, Sasha Smith, James Doherty, and Mary Tilden

Steep Theatre (Chicago)
Performances April 15-May 27, 2017
Buy tickets here | More info here.



My play in a word was named the winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize.

It is also one of the six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award.

More info here and here.


Just closed:


Single Carrot’s acclaimed production of Samsara:

“[A] stylish production from Single Carrot Theatre of Lauren Yee’s provocative comedy Samsara. … There’s a beguiling quality to much of the writing, a kinetic pull from the constant back and forth of perspectives. By the end of the 90-minute play — an end that proves quite substantive and subtly affecting — a lot of ground has been covered, a lot of questions raised.” — Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

“★★★★★: Yee’s play is profoundly astonishing and leaves the mind spinning in a pleasant blur of experiences and provocative questions. … This is a rare gem of a theatrical production, fluently cohesive and emotionally articulate with striking performances contained within, a must-see this 2017 calendar year.” — Amanda N. Gunther, Theatre Bloom

“[A] fast-paced, comic-laced emotional story with a high energy cast. … Treat yourself to Samsara, an innovative show that explores the underbelly of surrogate pregnancies and couples that they aim to make happy.”— Jenna Jones, DC Metro Arts Guide

Samsara is hilarious and heart-wrenching. Single Carrot Theatre has pulled it off again. … [T]his company can make even the most traumatic of situations light-hearted and exceptionally entertaining.” — Raychel Harvey-Jones, MD Theatre Guide



My new commissioned play The Great Leap just finished its workshop as part of Denver Center’s New Play Summit in February.

Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Dramaturgy by Kristin Leahey
With Francis Jue, Brian Keane, Kevin Lin, and Jo Mei

More info here.