i write plays.


Just closed:


Just finished a workshop out at Berkeley Rep developing an Untitled Cambodian Rock Band Play–my CrossRoads commission with South Coast Rep–with director Benjamin Kamine as part of their Ground Floor program.

With Joe Ngo, Alex Lydon, Jomar Tagatac, and Rinabeth Apostol

More info here and here.


Just announced:


… is coming to the West Coast as part of a Goodman Theatre/Center Theatre Group co-production at the Kirk Douglas!

Performances July 9-Aug 6, 2017

More info here and here.



I’ll be one of four playwrights working on new commissions for Portland Center Stage‘s Northwest Stories program.

More info here.



King of the Yees will be back at the Goodman Theatre as part of a very killer 2016/17 season, once again directed by Joshua Kahan Brody!

The show starts March 31, 2017.

More info here.



King of the Yees will gets its Canadian premiere at Gateway Theatre in fall 2016!

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Directed by Sherry Yoon
October 13-22, 2016

More info here.


Now closed:

in a word at the Hub Theatre


“The bewildering properties of guilt and bereavement register powerfully in the Hub production, which achieves an artful balance between dark comedy and eloquently understated drama.” — Celia Wren, Washington Post

“By the time you realize that you’ve been emotionally captured by in a word, the breathtaking drama now playing at The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, it is too late to escape. Not that you would want to. Because in a brief 80 minutes, the story spun by Playwright Lauren Yee and Director Matt Bassett is so intense, heartbreaking (and heartbreakingly funny), and ultimately theatrical, that you will be a bit dazzled at how cathartic the drama ends up being. ★★★★1/2″ — Michael Poandl, DC Metro Arts

“The Hub Theatre’s in a word combines a superb cast, flawless direction and a strong script to create a thoroughly compelling production.” — Pamela Roberts, Broadway World

“In the taut, emotionally harrowing 85 minutes that follow, however, you are also given the rare chance to savor the work of a talented wordsmith at the top of her game, whose intricately woven dialogue is delivered with impeccable timing and nuance by a highly talented cast. Lauren Yee’s in a word is a dramatist’s masterclass, an emotional roller-coaster of a play, and one that features some of the most stunning performances I’ve seen this season.” — Andrew White, MD Theatre Guide

Directed by Matt Bassett
With Robert Bowen Smith, Kerri Rambow, and Colin Hovde

At the Hub Theatre, Fairfax, VA

More info here.



Went to Kansas City this April as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program, which is also supporting trips by much more masterly writers Paula Vogel and Terrence McNally.

More info here and here.



My play in a word has received the Will Glickman Playwright Award, for best new play to premiere in the Bay Area. The award was presented at the Theatre Bay Area conference on March 28.

More info here and here.

And this is me talking to Sam Hurwitt for Theatre Bay Area here.