Yilong Liu

Yilong Liu

Yilong Liu is a New York-based playwright originally from China. He is the recipient of Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award. Yilong is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood. He is currently under commission from Audible’s Emerging Playwrights Fund and the EST/ Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project...
Yilong Liu is a New York-based playwright originally from China. He is the recipient of Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award. Yilong is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood. He is currently under commission from Audible’s Emerging Playwrights Fund and the EST/ Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. His works include The Book of Mountains and Seas (New Conservatory Theatre Center), June is The First Fall (Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yangtze Repertory Theatre), Joker (Po’okela Award for Best New Play, Kumu Kahua Theatre, FringeNYC, National Queer Theatre), The PrEP Play (National Queer Theatre), Flood in The Valley: A Bilingual Folk Musical (Gung Ho Project). Yilong received a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University and an MFA in Playwriting from University of Hawai‘i.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.