CrossRoads Playwrights

Meet the Playwrights - ​2013

Ching,-Carla Carla Ching is a Los Angeles native whose play Fast Company was featured during 2013’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and received its world premiere during SCR’s 2013-14 season. Ching is the former artistic director of the New York-based theatre company, Second Generation (2g), and was recently inducted into New Dramatists’ class of 2020, a seven-year residency program. Read more about Ching.

Kapil-AditiAditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden and resides in Minneapolis. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, American Sign Language and English, received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award. Love Person was produced in a National New Play Network (NNPN) rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, Marin Theater Company and Phoenix Theatre. Her play Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the National Endowment for the Arts’ New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage. Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and Borderlands Theater as part of an NNPN rolling world premiere. Kapil’s Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy consists of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show; The Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv. These internationally produced plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre, and Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In the 2016-17 season, she premiered Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and a revisionist comedy, Imogen Says Nothing, at Yale Repertory Theatre. In addition, she is working on commissions from La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is the Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an artistic associate at Park Square Theatre, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. ​Read more about Kapil.
Bamuthi-Joseph,-Marc Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an acclaimed poet/playwright and performer who lives in Oakland, C​alif. He is the artistic director of San Francisco’s Living Word Project, the director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a frequent collaborator with director Michael John Garcés. Read more about Jospeh.

Mansour-MonaMona Mansour’s play about the 1960s Middle East, The Hour of Feeling, premiered at the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The Way West, received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the spring of 2014. Mansour was inducted into the New Dramatists’ class of 2020, a seven-year residency program. She lives in New York. Read more about Mansour.
Nguyen-QuiQui Nguyen is a Brooklyn-based playwright, fight choreographer and co-artistic director of New York’s comic book-inspired Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. His CrossRoads commission, Vietgone, received its world premiere at SCR in the Fall of 2015 before moving on to a co-production at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre. In the fall of 2016, Vietgone received its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club. In the 2018-19 season, ​SCR will produce the world premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks, an SCR commission that continues the story of Quang and Tong Nguyen​—Qui's parents—begun in VietgoneRead more about Nguyen.
Saracho-TanyaTanya Saracho is a playwright, director and actor who hails from Chicago, where she first gained national attention with her plays El Nogalar (Goodman Theatre/Teatro Vista) and Our Lady of the Underpass (Greenhouse Theatre Center). Her play Fade received its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre Company in 2016.

Meet the Playwrights - ​2015

Dipika Guha Dipika Guha was raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She was the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award and​ was a 2017-18 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory), The Art of Gaman (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Relentless Award Semi-Finalist), The Rules (SF Playhouse), Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theatre) and Blown Youth (published by Playscripts). Recently her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Underground, New Georges, The Lark Theater, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Magic Theatre among others. She is currently under commission ​from Manhattan Theatre Company/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, an ACT and Z Space co-commission and McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project. Guha has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Djerassi Residency Program, Hedgebrook, the Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, SPACE at Ryder Farm and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Guha received her MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. ​Read more about Guha.

Adam Gwon Adam Gwon is a composer/lyricist whose musicals Ordinary Days and Cloudlands (co-written with Octavio Solis) were produced at South Coast Repertory. His honors include the Kleban Award, the Ebb Award, the Rodgers Award and the Loewe Award. His songs have been performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James. Read more about Gwon.
Mike Lew Mike Lew's plays include Teenage Dick (Public Studio, O’Neill, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Florida Studio Theater and Playwrights Foundation workshops; Vineyard reading), Tiger Style! (Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Alliance Theatre productions; Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Center Theatre Group and The Juilliard School workshops), microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theater Company, InterAct Theatre Company and Next Act Theatre productions), Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops), People’s Park (Victory Gardens workshop), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes…(Humana Festival of New American Plays), Roanoke (Humana) and Moustache Guys. He is co-book writer of the musical Bhangin’ It, a Tony Award voter and a Dramatists Guild Council member. He is a recipient of a Mellon Foundation residency, Lark Venturous residency, New York Film Academy fellowship and the Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman and Kendeda awards. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country. He is an alumnus of The Juiliiard School and Yale University. Read more about Lew.
Octavio Solis Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in Oregon. Author of more than 20 plays, he is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His works have been mounted at theatres across the country and many have been published, including his anthology, The River Plays. For South Coast Repertory, he wrote the long-running La Posada Magica and Cloudlands, a musical co-written with Adam Gwon. Read more about Solis.
Lauren Yee Lauren Yee has written King of the Yees, which premiered​ in 2017 at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago) and Center Theatre Group (LA), followed by productions at ACT Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre. ​Other recent productions include The Great Leap at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Atlantic Theatre Company; King of the Yees (San Francisco Playhouse and Baltimore Center Stage); and The Song of Summer (Trinity Repertory Company). Her other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, Moxie Theatre, PlayPenn), Hookman (Encore Theatre, Company One), In a Word (San Francisco Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Strawdog Theatre) and Samsara (Victory Gardens Theatre, Chance Theater). Her work is published by Samuel French. Her recent honors include the Kesselring Prize, Francesca Primus Prize, ​the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and the top two plays on the 2017 Kilroys List (Cambodian Rock Band and The Great Leap). ​Cambodian Rock Band was awarded the American Theatre Critics Association/Harold Steinberg Award and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize. Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and alumna playwright of Playwrights Realm. She has received commissions from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Trinity Repertory and is currently working on a second commission for South Coast Repertory. She earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. ​Read more about Yee.
Dipika Guha Bolsa Chica

CrossRoads playwright Dipika Guha (left) explores the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach with Literary Intern Sanaz Toossi (center) and tour guide Greg Griffin (right).

Adam Gwon Santa Ana

CrossRoads playwright Adam Gwon in Downtown Santa Ana.

Octavio Solis Flamenco

CrossRoads playwright Octavio Solis (second from right) practices flamenco dance at Tapas Flavors of Spain in Newport Beach.

CrossRoads - Dengue Fever

CrossRoads playwright Lauren Yee (far right) with members of Dengue Fever, a Los Angeles-based band that combines Cambodian pop music and psychedelic rock.

Meet the Playwrights - ​2017

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's plays have been produced at venues such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Great Britain, Manhattan Theat​re Club, Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 (West End), Crowded Fire, Page 73 Productions, Interact Theatre, Borderlands Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Her plays have been awarded the Wendy Wasserstein Prize for Playwriting, Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the David A. Callichio Award and the Keene Prize for Literature. ​She has received artist residencies from Yaddo, Macdowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, the Sundance Playwright Retreats at Ucross and Flying Point, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She has been ​playwright-in-​residence at Manhattan Theat​re Club and Marin Theat​re Company and is under commission from Goodman Theatre and the National Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. ​She received an MFA in writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, a BA in ​sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in ​ensemble-​based ​physical ​theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing. ​She is currently an ​assistant ​professor of ​playwriting at UC​-Santa Barbara.

Madhuri Shekar Madhuri Shekar won the 2013-14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award at the Alliance Theatre for her play In Love and Warcraft, where it went on to receive its world premiere production. Her play A Nice Indian Boy won second place in the East West Players’ 2012 Face of the Future Playwriting Contest, where it received its world premiere before being produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theatre Company in residence at Victory Gardens Theater. Her newest play, Queen, began its journey in the Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop and received its world premiere in April 2017 at Victory Gardens Theater. She has an MFA in ​dramatic ​writing from USC, a dual ​master’s degree in ​global ​media and communications from the London School of Economics and USC and the playwriting program at The Juilliard School. ​Read more about Shekar.
Ike Holter Ike Holter's work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theat​re, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theat​re and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He has received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theatre, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theatre, Teatro Vista and the Playwrights’ Center. Both his plays Exit Strategy and Hit The Wall premiered in Chicago and moved to off-Broadway productions in New York. He premiered two new local plays in Chicago​—Sender at A Red Orchid and Prowess at Jackalope​—and was named the 2014 "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater" by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune​. ​His monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter ​was a recipient of the 2017 Windham-Campbell ​Award for ​Drama.

Karen Zacarias Karen Zacarías has been hailed as one of the top 10 produced playwrights by American Theatre Magazine and by the National Endowment for the Arts as the most produced Latina playwright in the country. She had five world premieres in the 2016 season: Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage (also produced at SCR in 2016); Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Olivério: A Brazilian Twist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Ella Enchanted: The Musical at First Stage and Into the Beautiful North at Milagro Theater. Her other award-winning plays include The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, the adaptations of Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet and has written 10 theatre for young audiences musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma including Jane of the Jungle, which was commissioned and first produced by SCR. She is an inaugural resident playwright at Arena Stage and is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C. Zacarías lives in the nation's capital with her husband and three children.