Minghao Tu

Minghao Tu

Born in Wuhan, China and currently based in Brooklyn, Minghao Tu writes plays that investigate the idea of self-(re)invention and seeking belonging in unlikely places. He is a member of Pipeline Theatre Company's 2020/2021 PlayLab, and a 2021 Travis Bogard Artist in Residence at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. His works have been commissioned and presented/produced at Clubhouse Series of Yangtze...
Born in Wuhan, China and currently based in Brooklyn, Minghao Tu writes plays that investigate the idea of self-(re)invention and seeking belonging in unlikely places. He is a member of Pipeline Theatre Company's 2020/2021 PlayLab, and a 2021 Travis Bogard Artist in Residence at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. His works have been commissioned and presented/produced at Clubhouse Series of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (New York Times' "Theatre to Stream" picks), Tofte Lake Center, Voyage Theater Company, New York Public Library, Ground Floor Theatre, Lucky Chaos Productions, and UT New Theatre; featured on The Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix; finalist for the 2021 Woodward/Newman Award at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and semifinalists at PlayPenn, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, American Shakespeare Center, and the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center. He was a Jame A. Michener fellow at UT Austin.

Plays

  • DYE HOUSE
    In a family dye house, an aging Chinese mother, Good Ol’ Ma, is determined to cure her visiting white American daughter-in-law Marie’s infertility with “folk medicine,” which turns out to be poisonous. Her son Wa, preoccupied by his American Dream, turns a blind eye. A comic-drama, DYE HOUSE examines how this intercultural family collapses in the age of the China-U.S. decoupling.
  • A Silkworm Play
    Inside a shoebox, two silkworms, Huge and Humongous, strive to retain their friendship despite their imminent metamorphosis. Soon, bodies and identities will be unrecognizable. Their connection will be stretched beyond Nature's cycles.
  • 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—Liberty Vale is obsessed with the idea of freedom and Clint-John with his cowboy lover. When a shipwreck leaves them stranded on an isolationist island, these wannabe cowboys do what the old Hollywood cowboys did:...
    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—Liberty Vale is obsessed with the idea of freedom and Clint-John with his cowboy lover. When a shipwreck leaves them stranded on an isolationist island, these wannabe cowboys do what the old Hollywood cowboys did: chase after love, refuge, and American myths—only in this zany world, with a bubble gun and ample camp. The ensuing shenanigans and havoc trigger burst bubbles for dupes and dupers alike. A FISTFUL OF TRESPASSING is a Shakespearean-Queer-Cowboy-Farce, in which bubbles burst like dynamite!
  • 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.