Yilong Liu

Yilong Liu

​Yilong is a Lambda Literary Award winning playwright based in New York. He grew up in China and received his MFA from University of Hawai‘i. Yilong is a Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and has developed work with Ojai Playwrights Conference, EST/Youngblood, Kennedy Center, Space on Ryder Farm, among others. Other awards include Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim...
​Yilong is a Lambda Literary Award winning playwright based in New York. He grew up in China and received his MFA from University of Hawai‘i. Yilong is a Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and has developed work with Ojai Playwrights Conference, EST/Youngblood, Kennedy Center, Space on Ryder Farm, among others. Other awards include Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award. Currently, he is under commissions from Audible's Emerging Playwrights Fund and EST/Sloan Project.

His works include The Book of Mountains and Seas (Lambda Literary Award, New Conservatory Theatre Center), June is The First Fall (Yangtze Rep, Original Works Publishing), Joker (Po’okela Award for Best New Play, Kumu Kahua Theatre, FringeNYC, National Queer Theatre), Flood in The Valley, a Bilingual Folk Musical (Beijing Tianqiao Theatre Center, Gung Ho Project), PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute (upcoming rolling premieres), and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival).

When he’s not writing, he’s usually cooking, people watching, or compulsively liking cat pics on Instagram.

Plays

  • The Book of Mountains and Seas
    Two years after losing his son, a California dad teams up with his son's last boyfriend in New York on an impossible mission to visit all the restaurants reviewed on his son's Yelp page. When the son passed away, Yelp was the only thing left on his phone. What ensues is an adventure filled with clashing cultures, unlikely friendships, and the review of a lifetime.
  • PrEP Play, or, Blue Parachute
    Erik, a typical modern-day gay millennial immigrant, is suddenly sent back to the 80s in the midst of the AIDS crisis in New York, due to a strange side-effect of an HIV prevention drug (PrEP). He must work with his boyfriend Bryant, an older gay man who lived through the 80s, to fix a troubling past in order to find his way back home. What can you do when you are given a chance to rewrite history? And how can...
    Erik, a typical modern-day gay millennial immigrant, is suddenly sent back to the 80s in the midst of the AIDS crisis in New York, due to a strange side-effect of an HIV prevention drug (PrEP). He must work with his boyfriend Bryant, an older gay man who lived through the 80s, to fix a troubling past in order to find his way back home. What can you do when you are given a chance to rewrite history? And how can you do it when you know nothing about it? A contemporary queer fantasia in the age of globalism and PrEP.
  • 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.