Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang is a playwright and producer from Minneapolis. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere, 2017 Kilroy’s List), Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), and Zero-Infinity Flight Path. Her plays have been commissioned, developed and/or produced by Atlantic Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, History...
Jessica Huang is a playwright and producer from Minneapolis. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere, 2017 Kilroy’s List), Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), and Zero-Infinity Flight Path. Her plays have been commissioned, developed and/or produced by Atlantic Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, History Theatre, Theater Mu, The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Minnesota Museum of American Art, Yellow Earth Theatre and many more. She is currently working on Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying, a play about mixed-race identity politics, grief and global warming, commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre, as well as commissions with Timeline Theatre and History Theatre. She is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow; 2016-17 and 2017-18 Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow; 2012 Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow; and has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, MRAC/McKnight, the NEA, and the Hemera Foundation. With a Jerome Travel/Study grant, she will travel to China to research family history and build international connections. Jessica cofounded and co-directs Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations and intentional inclusivity and re-examination of traditional theater practices. She attends the Playwrights Program at Juilliard. More: Jessica-Huang.com

Plays

  • 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.