Catherine Yu‘s plays include Le JetéStargaze, The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC 2014 Award for Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out New York’s Top Ten Music and Nightlife Events of The Week, published by IndieTheaterNow), and The Day Is Long To End. Her short plays have been commissioned by the 52nd Street Project, UglyRhino, and Culture Project. Her short play “A Sand Romance” was a 2016 Heidman finalist. She has been a NYTW Emerging Artist of Color and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab writer, a 2016 NYSCA/NYFA Playwright Fellow, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been a writer’s assistant to an Oscar-nominated filmmakers and a GED tutor for prison inmates. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.

Twitter: @cate_yu

Email: cateyu@gmail.com

Ma-Yi Writers Lab Member since 2014


The Sun Experiment

The play is set in three eras: a 21st century New England college town, 1912 in Cambridge, England and the out-of-time Illyria of TWELFTH NIGHT. The different eras revolve around each other based on Wittgenstein’s experiment with the rotation of the sun until in the end, they are spinning into the cosmos around TWELFTH NIGHT. 2014 Fringe Overall Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out NY Top Ten Nightlife Events of the Week; published by IndieTheaterNow in the 2014 FringeNYC Play Anthology

PRODUCTION: FringeNYC Festival, 2014

READING:   New York Theatre Workshop 2012

Le Jeté

(full-length play with Baroque opera)

READING: The Movement Theater Company, 2016
*Originally conceived and developed in Soho Rep W/D Lab, 2016

The Day is Long to End

READING:   Ma-Yi Spring LabFest, 2015


READING:  Ma-Yi Spring LabFest, 2016


Like a Lizard

Leviathon Theater Company, Winter Festival, 2016

The Wedding Party

Motor Company’s Communal Spaces: a garden play festival, 2016

Strangers on a Train

52nd Street Project, 2016

A Sand Romance

Finalist, Heideman Award, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, 2016

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