Brian Dang

Brian Dang

Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, and mentor based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley. For Brian, playwriting is an act of envisioning an eventual communing – of ideas and people in shared creation.

Their writing has been workshopped with Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and the...
Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, and mentor based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley. For Brian, playwriting is an act of envisioning an eventual communing – of ideas and people in shared creation.

Their writing has been workshopped with Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and the Undergraduate Theater Society. Brian is a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow and their play h*llo k*tty syndrome was supported by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Brian is also an arts administrator, serving as the Literary Manager of Washington Ensemble Theatre.

They’re grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write. Their current works in progress include "If only I could give you the sun," an opera with Seattle Opera’s Creation Lab that reimagines Icarus & Daedalus as a nonbinary utopic myth; and "This time," an inside-out murder mystery centering three femme maids in an 1900s manor.

Plays

  • h*llo k*tty syndrome
    HK is a little lost. They just quit their job as a police officer, broke up with their cowboy-partner, and made a vendetta with their brother-in-law. They find themselves caught in the throes of a family drama, noir, and romance. And worst of all, nobody will stop commenting on the fact that they are wearing a Hello Kitty™ mascot costume (but it’s slightly off because of copyright laws). The world spirals out...
    HK is a little lost. They just quit their job as a police officer, broke up with their cowboy-partner, and made a vendetta with their brother-in-law. They find themselves caught in the throes of a family drama, noir, and romance. And worst of all, nobody will stop commenting on the fact that they are wearing a Hello Kitty™ mascot costume (but it’s slightly off because of copyright laws). The world spirals out of control as the stagehand won’t stop fucking up and the ensemble can’t remember who they’re playing. Eventually, pretenses, including capital letters, are trashed.
  • a white haunting
    Darren has invited Tchai, his date, over to his home for the first time. They’re flirting, dancing, and discussing the morality of pineapple pizza when things start to go sour: the pizza person acts really weird; the power goes out; Tchai lets his nerves get to him; and last but not least, a masked intruder wielding an axe accidentally gets invited in. As the danger they’re in becomes impossible to deny, Darren...
    Darren has invited Tchai, his date, over to his home for the first time. They’re flirting, dancing, and discussing the morality of pineapple pizza when things start to go sour: the pizza person acts really weird; the power goes out; Tchai lets his nerves get to him; and last but not least, a masked intruder wielding an axe accidentally gets invited in. As the danger they’re in becomes impossible to deny, Darren and Tchai find themselves at odds on the pressing matter of how to survive the night. While Darren insists on fighting back, Tchai seems more interested in understanding the intruder’s hidden motives.
  • Ratskin
    RATSKIN centers around Brook, the granddaughter of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants who settled in Tacoma. She has been born with a rat-tail - a mysterious appendage that has been passed down her family ever since Nu, on her way to the U.S. from China, grew a tail. Brook, at the request of Nu, has grown up with her tail with one condition: she may never leave the house and see the light of day. This tail, and...
    RATSKIN centers around Brook, the granddaughter of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants who settled in Tacoma. She has been born with a rat-tail - a mysterious appendage that has been passed down her family ever since Nu, on her way to the U.S. from China, grew a tail. Brook, at the request of Nu, has grown up with her tail with one condition: she may never leave the house and see the light of day. This tail, and its history, must be kept hidden.

    The play ebbs in and out of each of the three generations, jumping in and out of time. Using traditions of magical realism, the play tries to engage an affective way of knowing, and uses physicalizations of memory, metaphors, violence, and stereotypes. This play is an attempt at grappling with the pride in the writer’s family’s immigrant history, while also acknowledging the cycles of trauma that my family has trapped itself in. Infusing personal histories and historical research, the play is an attempt in exploring an important question: “how can children of immigrants envision a future for themselves outside the trappings of violence that exist to destroy our ability to do so?”
  • Anton
    As the relationship between the 18-year-old boy wonder, Anton, and Emperor Hadrian begins to turn sexual, Anton finds himself hounded by the Fates, gaining an affinity to a hot boxer, and named heir to a throne.
  • I Lost My Heart Searching for the Gooseman
    Two BFFs test the strength of their friendship in the face of a tired waitress and the love for Ryan Gosling.

    --It can sometimes be alienating to be an Asian American in love. I’ve struggled with the concept and I’ve wrestled with its importance in my life. I’m never fully sure if I am ready to love anyone. However, throughout my tumultuous existential crises, I always have a friend waiting to support me.