Minghao Tu

Minghao Tu

First-person:
I write angry plays that make people laugh, symphonic plays that confront the dissonance and disconnects of the global age. Born in Wuhan, China, I did not grow up with theatre and read my first play after stumbling into a college drama history class (a story that involves a mistaken classroom and free muffins). Theatre is the place where I feel most comfortable asking the questions I must...
First-person:
I write angry plays that make people laugh, symphonic plays that confront the dissonance and disconnects of the global age. Born in Wuhan, China, I did not grow up with theatre and read my first play after stumbling into a college drama history class (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: How did America get China wrong and vice versa? How did governments get their people wrong and vice versa? How did parents get their children wrong and vice versa? …

Third person:
Currently based in Austin, Minghao Tu is a Michener fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. His plays have been developed and presented/produced at Voyage Theater Company, Tofte Lake Center, New York Public Library, Alchemical Theatre Lab, Ground Floor Theatre, Lucky Chaos Productions, UT Austin, featured on The Steppenwolf Theatre’s THE MIX, and on the alternate list at Ucross Foundation, semifinalist at PlayPenn and American Shakespeare Center. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights Center, and an alum of UC San Diego.

Contact: tuminghaotu@gmail.com

Plays

  • A Fistful of Trespassing
    CLINT-JOHN :“I’m gonna take all the naked cowboys in Texas till I find myyy naked cowboy.”

    Two guys fleeing a totalitarian country fancy the American Old West. When a shipwreck leaves them stranded on an isolationist island, the castaway duo unearth oil and scam the island's governor. The ensuing havoc and shenanigans trigger burst bubbles for dupes and dupers alike. Minghao Tu’s A FISTFUL...
    CLINT-JOHN :“I’m gonna take all the naked cowboys in Texas till I find myyy naked cowboy.”

    Two guys fleeing a totalitarian country fancy the American Old West. When a shipwreck leaves them stranded on an isolationist island, the castaway duo unearth oil and scam the island's governor. The ensuing havoc and shenanigans trigger burst bubbles for dupes and dupers alike. Minghao Tu’s A FISTFUL OF TRESPASSING is a farcical fever dream about obsession, self-deception, and change.
  • 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.