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Part of the XX Playlab
Directed by Greg Maraio
Dramaturgy by Ilana M. Brownstein
March 23 – April 14, 2012
Calderwood Pavilion @ The Boston Center for the Arts

Being a freshman in college is hard when your roommate is weird, home is far away, and Hookman is everywhere! What's Lexi to do when her old high school friend, Jess, gets killed...I mean - has an accident, a car accident, I think? Not even Facebook stalking the dead can calm the creepy feelings spilling out of the shadows in this existential comic horror slasher - a new play by Lauren Yee.

Yee is a talented young writer [whose] voice is absolutely worth a listen!
The fourth wave of Asian American playwriting has arrived.
- David Henry Hwang


Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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Calderwood Pavilion at the
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Boston University Theatre
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  • Lauren Yee
  • Greg Maraio
  • Marjorie Scarff
    Stage Manager
  • Ilana M. Brownstein
  • Karthik Subramanian
    Production Manager
  • Cara Pacifico
    Costume Designer
  • Saulius Slezas
    Lighting Designer
  • Lynn Wilcott
    Makeup & Special Effects Artist
  • Michael Best
    Set Designer/ Technical Director
  • Edward Young
    Sound Designer

  • Erin Butcher

  • Hannah Cranton

  • Joseph Kidawski

  • Mimi Augustin

  • Nicole Prefontaine

  • Pearl Shin

  • Lauren Yee
    Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco, now in her third and final year at UCSD’s MFA playwriting program. She has been a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a member of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Heideman Award, the Jerome Fellowship, the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, the PONY Fellowship, and the Wasserstein Prize. Other honors include writing fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the El Gouna Writers’ Residency, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and the New York Mills Cultural Center. She has also received funding from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, and UCSD’s Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), as well as an award from PlayGround’s New Play Production Fund. Her full-length play Ching Chong Chinaman was a finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award and the winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s 2010 Paula Vogel Award and Kumu Kahua Theatre’s 2007 Pacific Rim Prize. Named one of the top 10 plays of the year by the East Bay Express and City Pages, the play has been produced at Berkeley’s Impact Theatre, Minneapolis’s Mu Performing Arts, the New York International Fringe Festival, New York City’s Pan Asian Rep, and Seattle’s SIS Productions. The play has been published by Samuel French and will make its Los Angeles premiere this fall, produced by Artists at Play. Her play in a word won KCACTF’s 2011 Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award and 2011 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and was a finalist the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Female Playwrights. The play was developed through UCSD’s Baldwin New Play Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her latest play A Man, his Wife, and his Hat was developed at PlayPenn and UCSD’s Baldwin New Play Festival, and will receive its world premiere with AlterTheater this fall. The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Kennedy Center, the O’Neill Studio at Yale, and PlayGround have previously commissioned her work. She is currently working on new commissions for AlterTheater, the Kennedy Center, and Mu Performing Arts (with support from the MAP Fund). A graduate of Yale University, Lauren is now in her third and final year at UCSD’s MFA playwriting program, studying under Naomi Iizuka.

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March 27, 2012
'Hookman' gets under the skin by Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

March 23, 2012
Hookman: Existential Thriller for the 21st Century Girl by Gillian Daniels, The New England Theatre Geek

March 21, 2012

March 17, 2012
‘Hookman’ has an unexpected target by Joel Brown, The Boston Globe

March 9, 2012
An Interview with Lauren Yee by Sampan Newspaper