Yilong Liu

Yilong Liu

Yilong is a New York-based bilingual playwright, originally from Chongqing, China. Currently, he is a resident playwright in the SERIALS Writers Room at The Flea Theatre and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood.

Awards include an EST/Sloan New Play Commission, Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (The Book of Mountains and...
Yilong is a New York-based bilingual playwright, originally from Chongqing, China. Currently, he is a resident playwright in the SERIALS Writers Room at The Flea Theatre and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood.

Awards include an EST/Sloan New Play Commission, Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (The Book of Mountains and Seas), Paula Vogel Playwriting Award (June is The First Fall), National Partners of the American Theatre Award for Playwriting (Joker), and Po’okela Award for Best New Play (Joker). He was the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Friends of The Theatre Playwright Scholarship, a semi-finalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival and O'Neill Playwrights Conference, a finalist for The New Harmony Project, and Lark’s 2018 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellowship.

His work has been produced or developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, East West Players, Queens Theatre, FringeNYC, Union Theatre (London), CAATA, New Ohio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Living Room Theatre, and others.

Plays

  • The Book of Mountains and Seas
    Two years after losing his son in a hate crime, a California dad teams up with the son’s last boyfriend in New York on an impossible mission to visit all the restaurants on the son’s Yelp page -- but each with their own agenda. The dad is Chinese. The boyfriend is American. A comic drama about two people dealing with loss, differences, and their unlikely friendship in a digital and global age.
  • June is The First Fall
    What compels people to cross mountains and seas to another country, another continent, and another culture to find their true selves? What are the journeys we take to find home and belonging? In JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL, Don, a gay Chinese man, returns home to Hawaii to rediscover missing memories of himself and his family that he moved away from. His week-long stay opens wounds with his father and sister that...
    What compels people to cross mountains and seas to another country, another continent, and another culture to find their true selves? What are the journeys we take to find home and belonging? In JUNE IS THE FIRST FALL, Don, a gay Chinese man, returns home to Hawaii to rediscover missing memories of himself and his family that he moved away from. His week-long stay opens wounds with his father and sister that never healed, aggravating Don's struggle to find love and belonging in his life.
  • Joker
    A Filipino gay writer and activist settles into a straight marriage in Hawai'i to keep a promise he's made. The tenuous calm is rocked by the arrival of a former friend of his from the Philippines. Will the life he carefully constructed crush around him? Set during the run-up to marriage equality in Hawai'i, Joker explores love, loss and the power of our promises.
  • Lily
    Inspired by the story of the world's first genetically edited babies in China, whose genes have been altered so they could not contract HIV. Lily tells the story of a girl who has to face her past when her future has never been certain in this world of myth, science, and loneliness.
  • Curb
    Two programmers find themselves caught in the middle of an internet riot, and their next move could forever change the landscape of LGBTQ+ lives in their country.

    Curb is an EST/Sloan Project New Play Commission.