Plays at Play: Three Playwrights Respond to Art & Empathy

A group of people with their backs facing us looks on at four people sitting and facing us, seen in front of a white wall covered in hanging photographs.
Plays at Play: Three Playwrights Respond to Art & Empathy, Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy, Tang Teaching Museum, October 27, 2022, photo by Shawn LaChapelle

Join us on Thursday, October 27, at 6 pm and again at 7:30 pm, for premiere performances of work by acclaimed playwrights Lanxing Fu, Julia May Jonas, and Andrew Rincón in response to the Tang exhibition Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy. Skidmore theater students will perform the newly commissioned works-in-progress.

Each performance will be directed by Skidmore faculty: Artist-in-Residence Teisha Duncan, Visiting Assistant Professor Ji Won Jeon, and Lecturer of Dance Hettie Barnhill.

About the Artists

Lanxing Fu is a Chinese American theater artist and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, an interdisciplinary community engaged in theater-making to shift culture toward climate and environmental justice. She is also a lead teaching artist with Big Green Theater, an after-school eco-playwriting program in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her writings are published on HowlRound and in American Theatre. She has taught acting at Peridance Capezio Center, and has been a workshop facilitator and speaker with The New School, Asian American Arts Alliance, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, CESTEMER, and more. She was a member of TCG’s 2019 Conference Committee on Climate and is part of TCG’s Rising Leaders of Color 2020 cohort.

Julia May Jonas is a writer, director, and the founder of theater company Nellie Tinder. She is also a novelist, whose debut, Vladimir, was published earlier this year. She is also the author of the cycle All Long True American Stories, five new works inspired by five canonical male-experience plays. The ALTAS plays are: A Woman Among Women, We Used to Wear Bonnets & Get High All the Time, Problems Between Sisters, In Which Kim Sparrow Falls Prey to Unfortunate Circumstances, and Untitled Zoo Story Project (Autosaved). Jonas’ other plays include Time & Motivation for Fitness, Your Own Personal Exegesis, Michigan Murders, Evelyn, Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant), Take Heart, and For Artists Only. Her work has been presented/developed with The Bushwick Starr, New Georges, Ars Nova, Target Margin, PRELUDE, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Incubator Arts Center, BRIC, HERE Arts Center, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Montclair State New Works Initiative, North American Culture Laboratory, JKB Theater at Skidmore College, The Brick Theater, Dixon Place, TerraNova, and others. She has taught at Skidmore College and New York University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Andrew Rincón is a queer Colombian American playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theatre Collective, INTAR, Amios, the Austin Latino New Play Festival, The Amoralists Theatre Company, Pork Filled Productions (Seattle), Out Front Productions (Atlanta) and The 24 Hour Plays. He was one of six playwrights in Wright Club, The Amoralist’s Theatre Company’s yearlong playwright development program (2015–2016). He was a member of INKtank Lab for Playwrights of Color (2017) and the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (Chicago). He is winner of the 2018 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre and New Light Theatre Project’s New Light New Voices Award (2019). He is a company member of Unit 52 at INTAR, a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow (2019–2020) and a MacDowell Fellow (Winter 2020).

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Pattern by Emma Fritschel ’19
Inspired by the exhibition Twice Drawn
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.