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In Search of Chinese Identity: Love and Loneliness in 1940’s New York

May 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fault Line Theatre reads Chapters of a Floating Life by Playwright and 2017 Whiting Award Recipient Clarence Coo

Monday, May 7, 5:30 – 8:30PM (Doors Open at 5:00 PM)
Speaker: Clarence Coo
Event Fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In the cold city streets of World War II’s Manhattan, the lives of two Chinese couples become deeply intertwined despite the stark social divisions that previously kept them apart. Surrounded by violence and the constant chatter of politics, the refined and elegant uptown husband and wife and the hardworking pair of Chinatown restaurant owners escape from the unwelcoming reality of a country at war by retreating into Chinese art, poetry—and forbidden romance. Join China Institute and Fault Line Theatre for a script reading of Chapters of a Floating Life, the most recent work-in-process of award-winning playwright Clarence Coo, and meet the author, director, and actors at our reception after the reading.

Clarence Coo received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts Theatre Program and served as the manager of academic administration of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program. He won the 2017 Whiting Award, received a Writing Fellowship from the Playwrights Realm, and won the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize for his play Beautiful Province (Belle Province). Coo has also been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Other plays include The Birds of Empathy, The God of Wine, People Sitting in Darkness, Bahala Na, and Removing the Glove.

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent who focuses on new play development. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow with The O’Neill/NNPN/The Kennedy Center/SDC. He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), and Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage). Kareem is currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, and is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NYTW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. He is also a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with Middle Eastern stories. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

Fault Line Theatre is a New York City theater company that creates and produces socially relevant, character-driven plays for today’s audiences. By employing the best members of the artistic community, Fault Line Theatre strives both to challenge veteran theatergoers and welcome those new to the art form. Recent stage productions include The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us), The Wedge Horse by Nick Gandiello, and Breathing Time by Beau Willimon (House of Cards). Irons in the Fire is Fault Line Theatre’s year-round reading series of new plays in development hosted in venues that appropriately celebrate each script.

For questions please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


May 7, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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