Yu-Li Alice Shen

Yu-Li Alice Shen

Yu-Li Alice Shen (she/they) is a playwright, English professor, actor, and audiobook narrator. Her full-length plays, “Image May Contain,” won ATHE-KCACTF’s Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award Honorable Mention in 2021, and “Entitled,” won SETC’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010. She received her first professional production at Bristol Valley Theater for her play "Magical Thinking...
Yu-Li Alice Shen (she/they) is a playwright, English professor, actor, and audiobook narrator. Her full-length plays, “Image May Contain,” won ATHE-KCACTF’s Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award Honorable Mention in 2021, and “Entitled,” won SETC’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010. She received her first professional production at Bristol Valley Theater for her play "Magical Thinking" in 2023, and several of her short scripts have been performed and read at national conferences. Alice received her BA in English literature from James Madison University and her MFA in playwriting from Virginia Tech, and she currently teaches college composition at the University of Southern Indiana. In her spare time, she sings and plays ukulele at local retirement homes, and she co-hosts the irreverent humor/improv podcast, “Going Terribly.”

Plays

  • Image May Contain
    An unlikely trio of former foster siblings wrestle with questions of identity, race, family, and existential dread as they travel to Taiwan to perform Buddhist funeral rites for one of their birth fathers.
  • Be My Qur'antine
    In the midst of an ambiguous pandemic, two estranged friends sneak out on what could be their last night alive.
  • Second Skin
    Three womxn grapple with questions of age, friendship, purpose, and existential dread while picking out what shared tattoo to get on Spring Break.
  • Entitled
    In the midst of his crumbling book deal and his crumbling romantic relationship, David’s pregnant half-sister, Renee, comes to town with an ulterior motive, and he finds himself struggling with past baggage and future responsibilities, most important of which being Renee’s inability to keep her child.
  • Magical Thinking
    Viola’s husband has been in a coma for six months, yet she can’t bring herself to visit him. Her teenaged daughter resents her cowardice; her sister-in-law tries to be sympathetic but is plagued by her own mid-thirties crisis; and her brother-in-law, Dan, who has held a torch for Viola for years, struggles to not use his brother’s condition to his advantage.