Queen Sugar – Panels and Premieres

Queen Sugar is back! Season 3’s two-part premiere aired on May 29th and 30th. Chloé worked on season 3 as a staff writer and the first of her two episodes will air June 20th at 10pm on OWN.

WGF Panel

LtoR: Dominic Patten, Chloé Hung, Erika L. Johnson, Kat Candler, Chelsea Hettrick, Anthony Sparks

Dominic Patten, Senior Editor and TV critic at Deadline, interviewed Chloé and her colleagues – Showrunner Kat Candler, co-executive producer Anthony Sparks, and supervising producer Erika L. Johnson – at the Writer’s Guild Foundation panel for Queen Sugar.

Earlier in the week Dominic also wrote about season 3 of Queen Sugar in a review of 3 shows premiering on the same night – season 5 of Arrested Development, season 2 of SIX, and season 3 of Queen Sugar. Dominic encouraged people to forgo the new season of Arrested Development on May 29th in favor of the first night of the 2-part premiere of Queen Sugar as it is “as a far better use of your precious TV time.”

Check out season 3 of Queen Sugar, new episodes Wednesdays at 10pm. Season 1 and 2 are available on Hulu.

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Queen Sugar Season 3 Promo Photography by Osborne Macharia

Synopsis from Deadline: “Back again with an all female directing team, Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe as siblings trying to do right by their deceased father’s farm and legacy. That premise is of course the rural launch pad for an often-penetrating look at modern America, family bonds and issues of gender, race and class.  With Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey and Dondré T. Whitfield among the cast too, the Warner Horizon Scripted TV-produced and Louisiana set Queen Sugar is based on the 2014 book of the same name by Natalie Baszile.”

Chloé goes to a residency at Banff Playwrights Lab

31131271_10155410356205841_5393989075550313508_nFrom April 15 – 29, Chloé participated in the Banff Playwrights Lab and workshopped her play Model Minority.

Under the guidance of Brian Quirt (Nightswimming) and Jenna Rodgers (Chromatic Theatre), Model Minority was workshopped with a company of actors throughout the two week residency.

Other members of the lab were theatre-makers from Canada, Denmark, Australia, Britain and beyond.

To read more about the Banff Playwrights lab, click here.

 

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Three Women of Swatow enjoys Los Angeles Reading

2018-readings_07On April 28, 2018, Three Women of Swatow was part of Artists At Play’s Spring Reading Series alongside Nicholas Pilapil’s Young Dumb Broke High School Kids.

The reading was directed by Rebecca Wear and dramaturged by Annette Lee. It starred Emily Kuroda, Janet Song, and Katherine Chou. It was produced by Julia Cho and Artists At Play.

Read an interview with Chloé about this play and this reading here.

 

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l to r: Annette Lee, Julia Cho, Janet Song, Katherine Chou, Emily Kuroda, Rebecca Wear

 

Reviews for Issei, He Say at New Jersey Rep

issei1jpg-e14714ae1900458eReviews for Chloé’s world premiere of Issei, He Say (or the Myth of the First) have started coming in:

Marina Kennedy of BroadwayWorld writes: “This is a show that should be seen. Important and timely, it portrays themes that transcend ethnic and geographic boundaries…We predict that Issei, He Say (Or the Myth of the First) is a show that will have a long life in the theatre. It is a revealing portrait of humankind at a time when immigration and the plight of refugees is a significant issue in our country and beyond.” For the full review click here. 

Patrick Maley of NJ.com writes: “In this tense terrain, Hung proves herself an exciting new playwriting voice by finding both explosive conflict and complex warmth…Filtered though Lucy’s lens, “Issei, He Say” takes on added depth and warmth because it is not only about how cultural baggage can render personal connection intractable, but also about a young girl struggling to reconcile that bewildering condition.” For the full review click here.

Issei, He Say World Premiere at New Jersey Rep

Cast photoOn April 21, 2018, Issei, He Say (or the Myth of the First) will have its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company.

Issei, He Say is loosely based on Chloé’s grandparents’ story of moving to Canada in the late 1960s from Hong Kong. With post-World War II tensions still high, the Chinese family move in next door to a Japanese Canadian man who was interned in Canada during the war. The play is told from the perspective of the family’s daughter, Lucy Chu, who is twelve when the family meet Mr. Yamamoto, the Japanese neighbour. Isolated from her all-white neighbours and schoolmates, Lucy finds a friend in Mr. Yamamoto, much to her father’s chagrin.

The play will be directed by Lisa James and features Stan Egi, Kathleen Kwan, Christina Liang, and Fenton Li.

New Jersey Rep is run by SuzAnne (Artistic Director) and Gabor (Executive Producer) Barabas. Located in Long Branch, New Jersey, the theater’s primary mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage.

New Jersey Rep’s literary manager Joel Stone first discovered the play at The Kennedy Center’s NNPN MFA Workshop and Reading series.

See the press release here.

Issei, He Say (Or the Myth of the First) runs April 19 through May 20, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, April 19, and 20 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 PM.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 PM: Saturdays 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays 2:00 PM through May 20, 2018.

Tickets are $46 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. PHONE: 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.

Reading: Model Minority in LA

On October 7th at 12pm, Moving Arts’ First Look Reading Series presents:

MODEL MINORITY

by Chloé Hung
directed by Chuma Gault
starring Devere Rogers, Julian Yuen, Arvin Lee, Anne Yatco, Mia Danelle
The reading will take place at the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Blvd) in Los Angeles.
Tickets can be reserved here.
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Chloé receives RBC Emerging Playwrights Award

On June 21st, 2017, Chloé Hung was announced as the recipient of the RBC Emerging Playwrights Award from Tarragon Theatre at the Tarragon Gala. “The 2017/18 RBC Emerging Playwright Prize, [is] one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for new artists supported by the RBC FoundationIMG_6542

Chloé joins five other playwrights-in-residence announced for the 2017/2018 season.

Chloé receives this award following her participation in Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit where she developed the play Three Women of Swatow. Chloé will use this residency to continue her work on Three Women of Swatow.

To read more about the award and the other playwrights-in-residence click here. 

THREE WOMEN OF SWATOW reading in Toronto

On May 23 – 27th, the Tarragon Playwrights Unit of 2016/17 culminated in staged public readings for each of the five playwrights.

Chloé’s Three Women of Swatow received its public reading on May 25th, 2017 at 8pm. It was directed by Esther Jun and featured the wildly talented cast of Marjorie Chan, Brenda Kamino, and April Leung.

Synopsis: When Mother accidentally kills her husband, three generations of women must come together to solve a bloody situation. This darkly comedic play takes a look at the legacy of abuse, the power of family, and how to prevent the resurrection of a headless chicken.

The Unit was overseen by Andrea Romaldi with our first session overseen by Andrea Donaldson.

For more information: http://www.tarragontheatre.com/news-events/artists/play-reading-week/

and here: http://www.tarragontheatre.com/event/play-reading-series-three-women-of-swatow/

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