Preston Choi

Preston Choi

Preston Choi is a Chicago based playwright/actor from Atlanta, whose work focuses on Asian-American history, the mixed race experience, and social science fiction. His plays have been developed/produced with Silk Road Rising, A Squared Theatre, Artists at Play, CAATA, Victory Gardens, The Passage Theatre, G45 Productions, Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston, Chicago Scratch, Our Perspectives, Wave...
Preston Choi is a Chicago based playwright/actor from Atlanta, whose work focuses on Asian-American history, the mixed race experience, and social science fiction. His plays have been developed/produced with Silk Road Rising, A Squared Theatre, Artists at Play, CAATA, Victory Gardens, The Passage Theatre, G45 Productions, Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston, Chicago Scratch, Our Perspectives, Wave Productions, and Vertigo Productions. His play A Great Migration received the 2017 Agnes Nixon Award and was a finalist for Playwright's Realm's Scratchpad Series. His play This Is Not A True Story was featured at Confest 2018, and is a finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Grant from Northwestern University for research into plastic surgery, aesthetic beauty, and reality television. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a BS in Theatre which feels appropriate.

Plays

  • This Is Not A True Story
    The heroine of Madame Butterfly completes her tragic suicide, only to wake up trapped in a never ending loop of her story. Then Miss Saigon is born thrusting another heroine into the deadly cycle, until a mysterious office woman throws the world out of balance. This Is Not A True Story unravels the history of Orientalist art, theatre, and the danger of fiction becoming reality.
  • Happy Birthday Mars Rover
    The Mars Rover sings Happy Birthday to itself as it searches for life on Mars as humans back on Earth search to understand what life is. A medley of snapshots, from cave people naming abstract concepts, bubbles that scream when popped, housewives battling existential dread, cows trying to get to heaven, and the last human on Earth collecting jars of hair. Happy Birthday Mars Rover is a darkly comedic and...
    The Mars Rover sings Happy Birthday to itself as it searches for life on Mars as humans back on Earth search to understand what life is. A medley of snapshots, from cave people naming abstract concepts, bubbles that scream when popped, housewives battling existential dread, cows trying to get to heaven, and the last human on Earth collecting jars of hair. Happy Birthday Mars Rover is a darkly comedic and whimsically morbid attempt to understand the human condition and life itself.
  • A Great Migration
    As Louise prepares for a TEDx Talk on the Migratory Patterns of the North American Monarch Butterfly, her three sons are on the hunt to find their father to avoid getting drafted into the Korean army. Part nature documentary, part TED Talk, A Great Migration maps one family's search for identity, unity, and a destination they are reluctant to embrace.
  • THE PARENT TEACHER MEETING REGARDING THE STATUS OF BANNED AND/OR CENSORED PICTURE BOOKS IN THE FIRST GRADE LIBRARY or A Person's A Person
    A Japanese American mother quietly storms into an elementary school library demanding to know why her daughter is reading a racist author's work, while a progressive librarian struggles to uphold the school's values. Tense pleasant conversation unfolds into a physical debate over censorship, war crimes, apologies (accepted or unaccepted), and the fraught past of Dr. Seuss.