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Lauren Yee is a San Francisco-born playwright known for her unique style and fresh perspective on contemporary issues. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in theater studies and went on to receive her MFA in playwriting from UC San Diego.
Yee’s plays have been produced across the country, including in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the Steinberg Award, the Horton Foote Prize, and the Kesselring Prize.
One of Yee’s most notable plays is “Cambodian Rock Band,” which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2018 before moving to New York City’s Signature Theatre. The play follows a young Cambodian-American woman as she uncovers her family’s dark history during the Khmer Rouge regime, all while exploring the vibrant music scene of 1970s Cambodia. The play features live performances of classic Cambodian rock songs and has been praised for its powerful storytelling and unique blend of drama and music.
Yee’s other notable plays include “The Great Leap,” which premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2018 before moving to New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company. The play follows a Chinese-American basketball player as he travels to China to play in a tournament, all while confronting his complicated family history and the political tensions between the two countries. The play has been praised for its humor, heart, and nuanced exploration of identity and culture.
Yee has also written for television, including for the HBO series “Insecure” and the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Pachinko,” based on the bestselling novel by Min Jin Lee. She has also written for film, including the upcoming Netflix movie “The Tiger’s Apprentice,” based on the book series by Laurence Yep.
In addition to her writing, Yee is also an accomplished performer. She has appeared in productions of her own plays, including “The Great Leap” and “King of the Yees,” as well as in other productions in San Francisco and New York City.

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World Premiere of JOB Extends Through Mid-October at SoHo Playhouse

JOB, the world premiere of a new play by Max Wolf Friedlich, starring Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon has extended its critically acclaimed run.

Photos: First Look at KING OF THE YEES at Signature Theatre

Get a first look at photos of King of the Yees, written by Lauren Yee at Signature Theatre! Learn how to purchase tickets!

THE HATMAKER'S WIFE Comes to Stagehouse Theatre in October

The award-winning Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College is set to launch its 2023-2024 season with Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife, directed by Jason Heil. Learn more about the production and how to get tickets here!

Staged Reading of SUCH SMALL HANDS by Adam Szymkowicz to Close Out 2023 OTR New Works Series at Chance Theater

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, will present a staged reading of a brand new play to close out our 2023 OTR New Works Series.

The Playwrights Realm Extends World Premiere of Emma Horwitz's MARY GETS HERS

The Playwrights Realm will present a one-week extension of the world premiere production of 2021/22 Realm Writing Fellow Emma Horwitz’s Mary Gets Hers.

Signature Theatre Opens Submissions for The Judith Champion Musical Theater LaunchPad Residency

Signature Theatre has opened submissions for the Judith Champion Musical Theater LaunchPad Residency. Lear more about the Residency!

The Playwrights Realm Unveils 2023-24 Cohort of Writing Fellows and Scratchpad Playwrights

The Playwrights Realm has revealed its 2023-2024 cohort: a dynamic group of storytellers participating in its Writing Fellows program.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre to Present Two Readings to Kick Off 47th Season

Get all the details on Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 47th season. Find out the dates and locations for the two readings happening as part of the opening festivities. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the incredible talent of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.

Theatre Evolve's Fourth Season to Open with Lauren Yee's THE HATMAKER'S WIFE, Directed By Spencer Diedrick

After a triumphant return from the pandemic with the world premiere of Krugozor! Theatre EVOLVE is set to launch their fourth season with Lauren Yee's The Hatmaker's Wife, directed by Spencer Diedrick.

TheatreWorks to Present MRS. CHRISTIE West Coast Premiere

Join TheatreWorks for the West Coast Premiere of 'Mrs. Christie,' a madcap mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Running from October 4th to 29th, this limited run is not to be missed. Get your tickets today and be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Interview: Theatre Life with Francis Jue

Today’s subject Francis Jue is currently living his theatre life performing the role of Duch in Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage. The production continues through August 27th in Arena’s Kreeger Theater space. The production will then continue without Jue on to Seattle’s ACT Contemporary Theatre as a co- production with 5th Avenue Theatre.

Signature Theatre Announces Cast & Creative Team of KING OF THE YEES

Signature Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the play King of the Yees, written by Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band, The Great Leap) and directed by Jennifer Chang (Round House's The Great Leap, LA Opera's On Golden Mountain). Performances run September 12 – October 22, 2023 in Signature's ARK Theatre.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND?

How well do you know Cambodian Rock Band? Take our quiz, put together in collaboration with Arena Stage - where the production runs through August 27th, 2023.

Cast and Creative Team Set for ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Get the latest updates on the cast and creative team for ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre's upcoming co-production of Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Don't miss this exciting collaboration between two renowned theaters.

Video: Meet the Cast of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Arena Stage

BroadwayWorld met up with the cast of Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage to chat with them about bringing the production to Washington, DC. Get a glimpse of the cast in action and learn more about the production this exclusive video featuring Francis Jue, Joe Ngo, Brooke Ichibachi, and Tim Liu.

Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon Will Lead New Off-Broadway Play JOB

Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime, “Succession,” Single White Female) and Sydney Lemmon (TÁR, “Helstrom,” 'Succession') will star in the world premiere of JOB by Max Wolf Friedlich (SleepOver), directed by Michael Herwitz (Mr. Parker).

Discover the Lineup for BLUEBARN Theatre's Season 35: *SPARK*

Get all the details on BLUEBARN Theatre's Season 35: *SPARK*. Find out what shows are coming up and when you can catch them at BLUEBARN Theatre. Discover the exciting lineup and plan your theater experiences today.

Casting Announced For TheatreWorks' 20th Anniversary NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has set the casting for its 20th Anniversary New Works Festival, a unique program that offers an extraordinary opportunity for audiences to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development.

Playwrights Foundation Announces Cohort For 46th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, April 12-21

Playwrights Foundation, the West Coast's premier launchpad for exceptional new plays and playwrights, has announced the playwright cohort for the 46th Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF46) which will be presented in a hybrid festival with in-person readings April 12 - 21, 2024 in San Francisco and on-demand recordings released post festival.


Lauren Yee has written 3 shows including Ching Chong Chinaman (Playwright), The Great Leap (Playwright), Cambodian Rock Band (Playwright).

Lauren Yee has been nominated for the John Gassner Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work on "The Hatmaker's Wife".

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