Alumna Playwright Reading
March 19, 2012: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
A former bond trader on Wall Street, Lucy Wang, '86, is a playwright and 2012 writer in residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. She will read from her works at this free event.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica, California
"Lauded by The Village Voice as "hilarious and clever", Junk Bonds is a play about bluff and betrayal, trust and testosterone, and about getting what you want and dealing with the consequences when you do. Wang's first hit, it won the Kennedy Center Award and Best New Play from the Katherine & Lee Chilcote Foundation. Along with selections from Junk Bonds, she will also read from Teen Mogul, a new play adapted from her novel of the same name and written during her Beach House residency. Once their mother abandons them, a young girl is forced to save her house, her family, and ultimately, herself. Wang will also read some shorter works -- flash fiction and monologues -- all written in the Marion Davies Guest House."
6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Lucy Wang reading
Lucy Wang (Speaker)
Lucy Wang began her Residency January 16 and is working out of an office on the second floor of the Marion Davies Guest House through March 26, 2012. Her plan for the term is to work on a new play. Wang began her career as a bond trader on Wall Street and Deputy Chief of Staff during Mayor Dinkins' Administration. Awards include a Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE's New Writers TV Award, NATPE Diversity Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, and artistic residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, CO.
Wang's plays have been performed all over, including London and are available at Original Works Publishing and JAC Publishing. In addition to plays, Wang has written a young adult novel and two short films (one of which she directed), sold a pilot to Disney, and performed standup comedy. She was chosen to perform a monologue for the National Theater Conference in Los Angeles this past June. She earned her B.A. in Asian Studies/Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her manuscripts are archived at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
Read more: http://mag.uchicago.edu/arts-humanities/career-change>
Zina Markevicius, '02