What’s Happening in Labbieworld?— Focus on Lloyd Suh
As a member of The Ma-Yi Writers Lab for twelve years, Lloyd Suh continues to focus on challenging audiences with his original and often comedic productions, while directing artistic programs at The Lark Theater.
Ma-Yi patrons know Lloyd Suh for the productions of Jesus in India, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company, Ma-Yi with La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Cultural Center of the Philippines) and American Hwangap.
Coming in early 2018 to Jackalope Theatre Company, Lloyd Suh’s FRANKLINLAND, examines Benjamin Franklin’s lesser-known invention: his only son. Directed by Chika Ike, the younger Franklin’s coming-of-age story runs Jan. 9-Feb. 17, 2018. In this moving new play, Franklinland asks what it’s like to make your way in life knowing your father’s greatest invention wasn’t you.
Suh’s Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery recently played at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. According to Chris Hewitt at Pioneer Press “Suh is able to sneak up on us with scenes that cut right to the heart of its critique of soul-damaging stereotypes: When an actor is asked to list the ways white and Asian people are different, for instance, the result is not pretty. And the poignancy of a scene where the detective, in Seifert’s nuanced performance, morphs into Frank’s dad is both earned and wholly unexpected. ”
DISNEY & FUJIKAWA is a one-act that involves a meeting of two very different cartoonists, Gyo Fujikawa and Walt Disney, in 1942. An uncomfortable conversation on power, personal responsibility, and the art of animation at a time of great uncertainty and national crisis. Currently playing in the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B.
So you might ask, What are you working on next? (Broadway World Q&A) “A new play for young audiences with Children’s Theatre Company, a couple of plays examining key moments in Asian American history, and one of those Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play On! Shakespeare “translations” of Henry V.”
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