© 2017 by Zhu Yi

A collection of short plays by Zhu Yi that have been performed in New York between 2008-2015. Elegant and gritty, poetic and mundane, fantastical and ordinary.

朱宜的十一个英语原创短剧,2008-2015年期间在美国创作与公演,关于日常的荒诞与诗意。在2015年夏收集成册出版。

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A young actress from China brands herself as an orphan and human rights victim to enter the mainstream theater in America, while her parents smuggle one million dollar cash from Shanghai to buy her an apartment in Manhattan.

A DEAL is a dark comedy that follo...

A turf war between the old and new owners of a gentrified land in China, joined by gods, ghosts and unnamed spirits.

The Li family would be enjoying their new lake-view luxury villa outside of the city, were they not surrounded by the gardeners, maids, and sec...

「Chamber opera」

On July 20, 2017 the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra (LSCO) premiered It Rained on Shakopee, a groundbreaking new chamber opera created through ACF’s McKnight Visiting Composer program. During their residency at the Women’s Correctional Facilit...

A dark comedy that explores the multi cultural reality and identities of many people living in America through the crazy journey of a Chinese Mitten Crab, a sea creature who has unfortunately been declared an “invader” by the New York State Department of Cons...

After work and before home is the most mysterious hours in a man's life.

Odysseus, the most famous absent father in Greek mythology, has told his side of the story. Now we shall hear from the women and the children.

下班后,回家前——这是男人一生中最神秘的一段时间。奥德修的老婆孩子等他回家吃晚饭,已...

Qian has been a faithful man his whole life. Faithful to his wife, faithful to his job, faithful to his role in the world ... Until he falls in love with the housemaid in his late 60s. His children decide to stop this scandalous affair. It's a family comedy f...

A dark comedy, a song of losers.

一部暗黑的喜剧,一首献给失败者的挽歌。


Production History

  • Mu Ma Theater, Beijing, dir. Zhang Hui, China 2013

  • National Pioneer Theater, Beijing, dir. Zhang Hui, China 2013

  • Beijing International Fringe Festival, dir. Zhang Hui, China 2...

What does love look like?
A giant stone full of craters

A body covered by hickeys

An apple waiting for a wound

Under the metaphor of “moon” - the beautiful bright ball isolated in the sky that reveals thousands of craters only when you come closer – the play...

An old Chinese myth "rebottled" like old wine in new wineskins takes us on a journey in time, space and emotions. Obligation, beauty, freedom, truth, love and fairies.

南朝刘义庆的志怪小说集《幽明录》中有一则著名的小故事“阮肇刘晨天台遇仙”:相传东汉时两名采药人在天台山迷路,在桃溪边遇见仙女...

「2015 Shanghai Drama Valley Outstanding Playwright of the Year Award winning play」  

Mr. Mo – the grand master in academia, literature, and philosophy, the fighter for social justice, the fearless critic of power politics – is turning 80-year-old in a week. Wh...

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