Lucy Wang

Lucy Wang

Lucy Wang writes, teaches and occasionally performs. Before embarking on a writing career, Lucy traded mortgage-backed securities on Wall Street and served as deputy chief of staff for a NYC Deputy Mayor of Finance and Development.

Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at Original Works Publishing, One Act Depot, Amazon, and YouthPLAYS. Wang has also written two short films...
Lucy Wang writes, teaches and occasionally performs. Before embarking on a writing career, Lucy traded mortgage-backed securities on Wall Street and served as deputy chief of staff for a NYC Deputy Mayor of Finance and Development.

Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at Original Works Publishing, One Act Depot, Amazon, and YouthPLAYS. Wang has also written two short films (one of which she directed), and sold a pilot to Disney. Her awards include NEA Playwright Initiative, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, the James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE’s New Writers TV Award, James Irvine Foundation Honorary Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, Annenberg Community Beach House Writer in Residence, as well as awards from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and the Berrilla Kerr Foundation. She mentors, ghostwrites, freelances for various periodicals and serves on the faculty of E-script.ws.


Plays

  • FORK YOU
    When Morticia Noir gets the promotion Luther Fang deserves, Luther gets creative. To prove his boss Belladonna Ash made a horrible mistake, Luther resorts to good old-fashioned sabotage. Luther sets Morticia up with the irresistible Johnny Devilicious because what ruins a woman faster than a man? All hell breaks loose in Hell. Music by Molly Siskin, Lyrics by Shawn Ryan.
  • TAO OF FRUIT
    When widower Charlie pressures his son Lyndon to settle down and produce grandchildren, Lyndon has to come out to this father. Since he doesn't know the word for gay in Mandarin, Lyndon is forced to improvise.
  • CELESTIAL CLASS PHOTO
    It’s that time of year when everyone poses for a class photo. Conflict arises when students must decide who gets to be front and center. Written for young actors and young audiences.
  • TRAYF
    A love triangle. Ruth loves Peter, but she used to love Kendall. Kendall still loves Ruth in spite of himself, and proposes Ruth return her love in another way. Romantic comedy. Published by JAC Publishing and Promotions until 7/31/19 when they closed shop. All rights reverted back to playwright.
  • MONOLOGUE: DONOVAN'S GRIEF
    Cherylene Lee and I used to hang out when I lived in Mountain View. She enjoyed visiting me so we could swim in the pool at my apartment complex. I loved visiting her in San Francisco. We loved to dance. A few times we had to park at her ex's because parking was impossible. When I moved to L.A., I first lived across from her old high school and not far from her childhood home in Silver Lake. I asked...
    Cherylene Lee and I used to hang out when I lived in Mountain View. She enjoyed visiting me so we could swim in the pool at my apartment complex. I loved visiting her in San Francisco. We loved to dance. A few times we had to park at her ex's because parking was impossible. When I moved to L.A., I first lived across from her old high school and not far from her childhood home in Silver Lake. I asked her if she ever attended any of her high school reunions, and she would laugh and say, Are you kidding? Time's Man of the Year David Ho was in my class, who can compete with Time's Man of the Year? You can, Cherylene Lee! I'd retort back.

    So when Jesse Eisenberg asked me if I'd a monologue for Cherylene Lee, I was really nervous. What would she want? What secrets am I allowed to or not allowed to reveal? Perhaps nothing she told me was actually top secret. Anyhow, this monologue is inspired by my friend, childhood actor and fellow playwright Cherylene Lee. Written for 365 Women in Theatre Monologue Project to recognize women and their achievements.
  • TWO ARTISTS TRYING TO PAY THEIR BILL
    Ten-minute play which can be stretched to fifteen if everyone wants to ham it up. When two artists (a composer and a playwright) discover the hottest five-star restaurant has jacked up its prices, the pair must find a creative way to pay their bill. Flexible casting. Any age, any ethnicity.

  • FINAL APPROVAL
    A brother and sister struggle to compose the perfect obituary for their mother.
  • MONOLOGUE: MY SUPERPOWER
    Stan Lee, a 12-14 year old Asian-American boy, has learned how to protect himself and his dreams against a tide of expectations and pre-conceived notions. All he had to do was to find his own superpower. Published by Applause Books, One on One, Playing with a Purpose, Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15.
  • MONOLOGUE: PRETTY FOR AN ASIAN GIRL
    Mabel, a 13-14 year old Asian-American girl, feels lucky she gets paid to tutor the most popular, best looking boy in high school until he pays her a compliment. This monologue is published in One on One, Playing with a Purpose, Monologues for kids ages 7-14, Applause Books; Audition Monologues for Young Women #2, Meriwether Publishing; JAC Publishing.
  • MONOLOGUE: PERSON OF INTEREST
    One of the three winners for Write A Monologue for me.

    My monologue was inspired by my effort to sell my 2003 Porsche Boxster, which I named the "Silver Menace." A trainer from my gym said he might know a buyer. I showed the trainer my car, and he was impressed by its great condition and very low mileage. He seemed genuinely taken with the car, so I said, "Maybe you want to buy...
    One of the three winners for Write A Monologue for me.

    My monologue was inspired by my effort to sell my 2003 Porsche Boxster, which I named the "Silver Menace." A trainer from my gym said he might know a buyer. I showed the trainer my car, and he was impressed by its great condition and very low mileage. He seemed genuinely taken with the car, so I said, "Maybe you want to buy it. How about taking a spin in my Boxster S?" The trainer, who is African-American, immediately responded. "Are you kidding? Have you seen GET OUT? If we go riding in this car together, the police will arrest me for kidnapping you. If I take your car out myself, the police will arrest me for grand theft auto. I can't buy your Porsche, I'm black!" He had me in stitches because it was hilarious, and often the best comedy reflects uncomfortable elements of truth.

    https://nycp.blogspot.com/2017/10/nycplaywrights-write-monologue-for-me.html
  • SNOW JOB
    When Suzanne Somers demands equal pay for equal work, her boss Marty informs her the network would like to send her to Antarctica to report on climate change. Taylor Swift flies in from the future to give advice.
  • ORAL HERSTORY
    Dexter can never get a good night’s sleep and recalls a story his mother used to tell him which might explain why he’s cursed. Finalist, Heideman Award, 2015.
  • WE CAN BE HEROES
    Europe's most famous transgender, Romy Haag, explains how she stood up for love, freedom and David Bowie during the Berlin Wall years.
  • A Jerry Brown Christmas
    Frosty the Snowman is melting because of climate change. The Grinch has nothing to steal and give back to teach the true meaning of Christmas because 99% of the population has nothing. The Little Pig That Had None joins forces with Frosty and The Grinch to ask California Governor Jerry Brown to cancel Christmas in an effort to get the country to notice climate change is real. Why Jerry Brown? California...
    Frosty the Snowman is melting because of climate change. The Grinch has nothing to steal and give back to teach the true meaning of Christmas because 99% of the population has nothing. The Little Pig That Had None joins forces with Frosty and The Grinch to ask California Governor Jerry Brown to cancel Christmas in an effort to get the country to notice climate change is real. Why Jerry Brown? California governor Jerry Brown has never been afraid to lead the way.
  • IT AIN'T EASY BEING CHINESEY
    All her life, Lucy Wang has been told one billion Asians are counting on her to represent, to be a model minority, so everyone will love her, accept her and be kind to her. It sounds so easy, but it wasn't so easy growing Chinese American up in the Midwest. Wasn't so easy being the first woman on the mortgage-backed securities desk. Wasn't so easy when her father beat her and her mother left...
    All her life, Lucy Wang has been told one billion Asians are counting on her to represent, to be a model minority, so everyone will love her, accept her and be kind to her. It sounds so easy, but it wasn't so easy growing Chinese American up in the Midwest. Wasn't so easy being the first woman on the mortgage-backed securities desk. Wasn't so easy when her father beat her and her mother left her. Yet, they say Time + Tragedy = Comedy for a reason. A Lot of Tragedy = A Lot of Laughs. Originally titled Chinese Girls Don't Swear, and later changed to It Ain't Easy Being Chinesey. Performed to sold out audiences in New York (both versions), Los Angeles and Akron, Ohio. Link to comedy demo provided.
  • ONE BREAST, ONE NUT: A LOVE STORY
    When Sandy discovers she has a lump in her breast, she fears she is more likely to lose a breast than fall in love. Therefore, cancer forces Sandy to conquer her fears and take action. A comedy. Published by One Act Play Depot.

    There is also a version where the two main characters are gay, and this one-act was chosen to be stage-read in the 30th anniversary West Hollywood Playreading Festival 2015.
  • Miss Morgan
    Julia Morgan was the first licensed female architect in the state of CA and the first woman to enter the Ecole des Beaux Arts (and be awarded a certificate). She designed and built over 700 buildings in her 47 year career. This short play celebrates her unconventional life.
  • BIG RED & LITTLE TIGER
    When a man confronts the FBI agent who arrested him long ago, he risks losing his identity to expose the vulnerabilities of the justice system and racial profiling. This intriguing urban tale is full of twists, turns and power shifts. Finalist, Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY, 2001. Originally published by JAC Publishing until they closed hop July 31, 2019.
  • CONCERTO FOR ORGAN IN B-SHARP
    A hilarious, provocative comedy where contestants vie for a liver transplant on the game show, Who Wants to be an Organ Donor? Finalist for the Heideman Award, Actors Theater of Louisville, KY, 2002. Originally published by JAC Publishing and Promotions. JAC closed shop 7/31/19. All rights reverted back to author.
  • BULLFIGHTING
    Ten to fifteen minute play. Annie calls upon the ghost of Hemingway for career advice. Published by JAC Publishing and Promotions until they closed for business July 31, 2019.
  • TEEN MOGUL
    Tracy's life is turned upside down when her mother walks out. Her father can't cope, her brother's too young, and they're about to lose their home. But if Steve Jobs once called the President of Hewlett-Packard while he was still in high school, why can't Tracy call her favorite mogul and ask for a job? With a little push from her English teacher, Tracy leaps for the brass ring, but...
    Tracy's life is turned upside down when her mother walks out. Her father can't cope, her brother's too young, and they're about to lose their home. But if Steve Jobs once called the President of Hewlett-Packard while he was still in high school, why can't Tracy call her favorite mogul and ask for a job? With a little push from her English teacher, Tracy leaps for the brass ring, but it's going to take some unlikely allies to help her navigate the prickly paths of success and save her family, her house and herself in this play inspired by a true story. Published by YouthPlays. Bookheaded, LLC selected a scene from this play for StudySync, 2017.
  • BIRD'S NEST SOUP
    Chinese Parents. American children. Should Mom do a TV cooking show or be Dad's subservient wife? There's going to be a fight, and the kids are in the middle. A fun and sad play about the rites of assimilation. Published by JAC Publishing and Promotions until 7/31/19 when JAC closed shop. This play inspired the screenplay YOUNG AMERICANS which placed as a finalist in the Sundance Lab.
  • Good Mourning, America
    Good Mourning, America focuses on the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and explores how terror, tragedy and the misappropriation of tragedy stirs a melting pot, adding plenty of spice and a wicked splash of dark comedy. Friendship, hope and American ingenuity on the rebound, with a biting vengeance. Published by Original Works Publishing. Finalist, Eugene O'Neill Conference, 2005.
  • JUNK BONDS
    In a fast-paced game of liar's poker, a young Asian American woman fights her way into the clubby, high rolling world of Wall Street. Immense wealth, glamorous careers and intoxicating power are at stake in pursuit of a fat slice of American pie. Published by Original Works Publishing. Village Voice called this award-winning play "hilarious and clever." Earned Wang the moniker "Female...
    In a fast-paced game of liar's poker, a young Asian American woman fights her way into the clubby, high rolling world of Wall Street. Immense wealth, glamorous careers and intoxicating power are at stake in pursuit of a fat slice of American pie. Published by Original Works Publishing. Village Voice called this award-winning play "hilarious and clever." Earned Wang the moniker "Female David Mamet." "Simply Riveting" Wrote the Washington Square News. Winner of Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and Best New Play Award Katharine and Lee Chilcote Foundation
  • GRAY MATTERS
    Gray hates to lose, and his basketball team is on a losing streak. Gray reluctantly seeks advice from Isabel, AKA Miss Smarty Pants, a master of feng-shui, in hopes of changing his luck. One act comedy, published by Youthplays.
  • MY AIM IS TRUE
    This ten-minute play is inspired by the courage and unsolved death of Anna Mae Aquash whose body was found Feb 24, 1976. My Aim Is True is a fictional account of her interrogation by the FBI in Pierre, South Dakota.
  • Not So Dumb
    In this comedic one-act, Marion Davies shares her top ten tips on how best to succeed in Hollywood and sets some facts straight. For example, few people know that Marion Davies was the richest woman in Hollywood at 40, and that she actually bailed out William Randolph Hearst. "W.R." is the supporting character in this play. If desired, this role could be played by Marion Davies.