Minghao Tu

Minghao Tu

First-person:
I write angry plays that make people laugh out loud, plays that are a quarter inch too big and epic. Born in Wuhan, China, I did not grow up with theatre and read/ saw my first play after stumbling into a college drama history class at 21 (a story that involves a mistaken classroom and free muffins). Theatre is the place where I feel most comfortable asking the questions I must ask. I like...
First-person:
I write angry plays that make people laugh out loud, plays that are a quarter inch too big and epic. Born in Wuhan, China, I did not grow up with theatre and read/ saw my first play after stumbling into a college drama history class at 21 (a story that involves a mistaken classroom and free muffins). Theatre is the place where I feel most comfortable asking the questions I must ask. I like to interrogate disconnects of the global age--how America got China (and the rest of the world) wrong and vice versa, how governments got their people wrong and vice versa, how parents got their children wrong and vice versa...

Third-person:
Currently based in Austin, Minghao Tu is a Michener fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. His play DYE HOUSE has been featured on The Steppenwolf Theatre's THE MIX, workshopped and presented at the Lucky Chaos Productions, and semi-finalist’ed at the PlayPenn conference. His short plays Outside A Casket and Healthy Diversity were produced at the Ground Floor Theatre, Austin; Romeo, Who’s Your Juliet? was accepted into the Annual One-Act Festival at the Secret Theatre, off-off-Broadway. He served as the literary reader and casting assistant at the San Diego Repertory Theatre from 2016 to 2017. He graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Theatre in 2017.

Contact: tuminghaotu@gmail.com

Plays

  • A Fistful of Trespassing
    Liberty Vale and Clint-John must manage an illegal entry into the USA to save their lives. But a shipwreck leaves them stranded on a fantastical, xenophobic island, where Liberty has to cross-dress to disguise the fact that he is a famous actor while Clint-John accidentally sweeps the island's governor’s daughter off her feet. A FISTFUL OF TRESPASSING is a comedy about the frontier, border-crossing,...
    Liberty Vale and Clint-John must manage an illegal entry into the USA to save their lives. But a shipwreck leaves them stranded on a fantastical, xenophobic island, where Liberty has to cross-dress to disguise the fact that he is a famous actor while Clint-John accidentally sweeps the island's governor’s daughter off her feet. A FISTFUL OF TRESPASSING is a comedy about the frontier, border-crossing, disillusion, and what people do with land—to own, to steal, to buy, to take.
  • FOR THE SMOG IS RISING
    Three American sisters are having an unpleasant reunion on the Great Wall of China. A late U.S. president shows up and offers them some help. However, mending broken sisterhood is never easy, especially when adoption and race come into play. For the Smog Is Rising is a comedy about family as a reality and as a myth, the capitalization on diversity and differences, what keeps us together and what keeps us apart.
  • DYE HOUSE
    In a family dye house, an aging Chinese mother is determined to cure her visiting American daughter-in-law Marie's infertility with pseudo-medicine, which turns out to be poisonous. Her son Wa, compelled by his pursuit of the "American Dream," yields to his mother's plan. A comic-drama, DYE HOUSE examines the troubled legacy of the American Dream from a far-away land, where the hanging fabrics are swaying in the wind.