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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (May 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816647313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816647316
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YOUNG JEAN LEE was born in Korea in
1974 and moved to the United States when she was two.
She grew up in Pullman, WA and attended college at UC
Berkeley, where she majored in English. Immediately
after college, she entered Berkeley's English PhD
program, where she studied Shakespeare for six years
before dropping out and moving to New York to become a
playwright in 2002. Since then, she has directed her
plays at the Public Theater (CHURCH), (P.S. 122
(CHURCH; Pullman, WA), HERE Arts Center (Songs of the
Dragons Flying to Heaven), Soho Rep (The Appeal), and
the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (Groundwork of the
Metaphysic of Morals). She has worked with Radiohole
and the National Theater of the United States of
America. She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P, has
done residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and
has an MFA from Mac Wellman's playwriting program at
Brooklyn College. Her plays have been published in New
Downtown Now, an anthology edited by Mac Wellman and
herself, in Three Plays by Young Jean Lee (Samuel
French), American Theatre magazine (September 2007),
and will soon be published in a collection of all of
her plays entitled Songs of the Dragons Flying to
Heaven and Other Plays (Theatre Communications Group).
She is the recipient of grants from the Foundation for
Contemporary Arts, the Rockefeller MAP Foundation, the
Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the
New York State Council on the Arts. Her work has been
invited to tour to venues in Vienna, Hannover, Berlin,
Zurich, Brussels, Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Rotterdam,
Salamanca, Toulouse, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia,
Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis. She will direct
her new play The Shipment at the Walker Art Center from
October 30-November 2, 2008, and at The Kitchen from
January 8-24, 2009. She will direct her adaptation of
King Lear at Soho Rep in January 2010, and has been
commissioned to write a new musical (with music by Mike
Doughty) for Playwrights Horizons. She is the artistic
director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company (www. and is the recipient of the ZKB
Patronage Prize 2007 of the Zuercher Theater Spektakel
and a 2007 Emerging Playwright OBIE Award.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tobb delow on November 5, 2006
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It is great to have these playwrights out and available to the general public. Anne Washburn and Erin Courtney are especially worth reading.
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