Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang is a playwright and producer from Minneapolis, based in New York City. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere, 2017 Kilroy’s List, 2018 Barry and Bernice Stavis Award), Zero-Infinity Flight Path, Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), and Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying (Mixed Blood Theatre commission). She has commissions with...
Jessica Huang is a playwright and producer from Minneapolis, based in New York City. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere, 2017 Kilroy’s List, 2018 Barry and Bernice Stavis Award), Zero-Infinity Flight Path, Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), and Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying (Mixed Blood Theatre commission). She has commissions with Manhattan Theatre Club, TimeLine Theatre Company, History Theatre, and Theater Mu.

Her plays for young audiences include My Journey! My Music! (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Family Concert Series commission/premiere) and The Mystery of the Plastic Disaster (The Como Zoo commission/premiere), and she has written and directed for 5+ years with the neighborhood after school program Chicago Avenue Project.

Jessica’s work has been developed, commissioned, and/or produced by New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, Atlantic Theater Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, History Theatre, Theater Mu, The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, Yellow Earth Theatre and many more. Jessica is a MacDowell Fellow; two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow; and Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow; and has received awards from the Sloan Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council/McKnight.

Jessica cofounded and co-directs Other Tiger Productions, a theatrical production company with a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices. She is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, Ars Nova Play Group, Page 73's Interstate 73, and she is a resident playwright at Chance Theater. She attends the Playwrights Program at Juilliard.


Plays

  • Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying
    TRANSMISSIONS IN ADVANCE OF THE SECOND GREAT DYING tells an epic tale of grief and global warming through the intersecting lives of Earth’s human and non-human inhabitants in 2045. Katrina and her unborn baby head north in search of snow; Hugo seeks purpose in a world without resources; and after a series of unnatural events, recently widowed Carla is swept into a cosmic relationship with an ageless being that...
    TRANSMISSIONS IN ADVANCE OF THE SECOND GREAT DYING tells an epic tale of grief and global warming through the intersecting lives of Earth’s human and non-human inhabitants in 2045. Katrina and her unborn baby head north in search of snow; Hugo seeks purpose in a world without resources; and after a series of unnatural events, recently widowed Carla is swept into a cosmic relationship with an ageless being that challenges her understanding of time and extinction. Together with a young lynx and a swarm of locusts, their journeys become transmissions of hope and loss against the backdrop of planetary collapse.
  • The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
    During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who...
    During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”

  • Purple Cloud
    When you’re hapa, you know deep down you’re greater than the sum of your many parts. In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the multifacets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces – they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minnesota and back again. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family acculturates: Grandpa Lee emigrates from Shanghai to America...
    When you’re hapa, you know deep down you’re greater than the sum of your many parts. In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the multifacets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces – they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minnesota and back again. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family acculturates: Grandpa Lee emigrates from Shanghai to America during the Sino-Japanese War; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through the search for her true name.
  • Of Milk and Mirrors...
    A play about love that puts my real-life marriage on stage – and a play about truth that transforms the character of my husband into seven others (including writer Jorge Luis Borges and philosopher Alexius Meinong).
  • Zero-Infinity Flight Path
    Zero-Infinity Flight Path begins at the end of a journey to the top of a mysterious mountain. There, an ominous sacrifice will be performed for the salvation of humanity. The mission’s success lies in the hands of one young Girl, gifted with visions and a prophetic tongue. When after days of travel, the mountain’s summit finally appears, the Girl erupts with new language - language that seems in direct...
    Zero-Infinity Flight Path begins at the end of a journey to the top of a mysterious mountain. There, an ominous sacrifice will be performed for the salvation of humanity. The mission’s success lies in the hands of one young Girl, gifted with visions and a prophetic tongue. When after days of travel, the mountain’s summit finally appears, the Girl erupts with new language - language that seems in direct opposition to the task at hand. The rest of the party must contend with crises of doubt, questions of free will, and a dawning realization of who sacrifices what for whom.
  • Mermaids
    Cecilia and Don struggle to find hope and faith between the waves as the tide rolls into a rainy New England beach.
  • A Unicorn on 7th and Nicollet
    Paying homage to Mary Tyler Moore is like honoring a unicorn, according to a professor at Macalester College. Well fine. A Unicorn on 7th and Nicollet shows just what it takes to turn the world on with a smile. And it’s not particularly happy about it.