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Chapters of a Floating Life

by Clarence Coo
directed by Jesca Prudencio
dramaturg: Sonia Desai

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 4 p.m.
Julianne Argyros Stage


Laurie & Steve Duncan
Kristen & Adrian Griggs
Peter & Joy Sloan
Julia Voce
Jean & Tim Weiss

In 1940s New York City, two couples from China struggle to make ends meet. Uptown, Shen Fu and Yun long for their former lives as an academic and writer. Downtown, Tom and Elsie toil in their tiny restaurant. Chance meetings bring them together—and unlock the possibility of new beginnings. 

Recommendation: Ages 14+

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About the Playwright

Clarence Coo (Playwright) (he/him) was born in the Philippines and grew up in a crowded, multilingual household in Virginia. He writes about language, class and sexuality. His plays include On That Day in Amsterdam, The God of Wine, The Birds of Empathy, Beautiful Province (Belle Province) and People Sitting in Darkness. His work has been produced or developed at Primary Stages, Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has received fellowships from the Dramatists Guild of America, the Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop at the Lark, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Playwrights Realm, and he has been the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Weissberger Award and the Yale Drama Series Prize. He received his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and an alumnus of New Dramatists.


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