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
    Liberty Vale and Clint-John must make an illegal entry into the USA to protect their lives and dreams, but a shipwreck leaves them stranded on the fantastical, isolationist Infinity Island. Clint-John is caught by Commander Sky, the island's governor’s daughter, and accidentally sweeps her off her feet. Meanwhile, Liberty has to cross-dress to disguise the fact that he is a foreigner. A FISTFUL OF...
    Liberty Vale and Clint-John must make an illegal entry into the USA to protect their lives and dreams, but a shipwreck leaves them stranded on the fantastical, isolationist Infinity Island. Clint-John is caught by Commander Sky, the island's governor’s daughter, and accidentally sweeps her off her feet. Meanwhile, Liberty has to cross-dress to disguise the fact that he is a foreigner. A FISTFUL OF TRESPASSING is a farce/tragicomedy that explores the follies of blinkering obsession, inward-looking egotism, and self-deception.
  • 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.