Mia Chung’s plays include YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, CATCH AS CATCH CAN, and THIS EXQUISITE CORPSE. She recently received the Stavis Playwright Award, the Frederick Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, and a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship. YOU FOR ME FOR YOU had a UK premiere at The Royal Court Theatre, a US premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and multiple productions around the United States, including Company One (Boston), Crowded Fire Theater (San Francisco), InterAct (Philadelphia), Mu Performing Arts/Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Portland Playhouse (Oregon); the play is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. In 2018, the play will run in Chicago, Michigan, and upstate NY. Mia’s work has been supported by awards, commissions, fellowships, residencies and workshops, including BAPF, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Blue Mountain Center, Civilians’ R&D Group, Hedgebrook, Huntington Theatre, Icicle Creek, Inkwell, JAW, LAByrinth, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NEA, Playwrights Realm, RISCA, South Coast Rep, Southern Rep, Stella Adler Studio, and TCG. During the coming year, she will develop work with the support of the Orchard Project, P73, NYTW, and the Playwrights’ Center. She is a New Dramatist.
YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border. Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief.
Premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with Ma-Yi Theatre Company (2012); second production at Company One (2013). UK premiere at The Royal Court (2015). Regional premieres at Mu Performing Arts Center (MN) and Portland Playhouse in 2016.
Workshopped and read at Playwrights Realm, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Inkwell/Page to Stage Festival, Washington DC (2011); Icicle Creek/ACT, Seattle (2011).
“FOUR STARS: Superbly disorienting drama.” - The Guardian
“Surreal and satirical.” - The Stage
“…(a) magical universe…a dizzying, sometimes surreal tale…endlessly creative…”- The Washingtonian
“Mia Chung’s world premiere about North Korean defectors is one of the more original productions to cross the Washington, D.C., stage this season.” -Baltimore Post Examiner
“…compelling and brilliantly staged…” -Washington City Paper
"...it’s hard to find a play that’s more timely. “You for Me for You” makes our refugee crisis human in scale, painfully vivid and impossible to look away from." - SF Gate
"this mysterious, beguiling Bay Area premiere offers myriad rewards...Chung’s contrasts between a society of scarcity and one of abundance feel not trite but harrowing, thanks to a heightened, whimsical tone and committed performances by the five-person ensemble... it’s nonetheless a pleasure to feel oneself ceasing to care about the usual markers of good storytelling, to let strictures melt away and simply listen and feel." - SF Chronicle
CATCH AS CATCH CAN
The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit middle class community, sharing the good times and the bad together. But when Tim Phelan comes home with some news, a shifting crisis is set in motion that tests the bonds and identities of each member of this extended family. The play employs the theatrical convention of character doubling in an unconventional way to help us look again at the roles we play when at home with family.
Workshopped in July 2015 at the Huntington Summer PlayLabs.
THIS EXQUISITE CORPSE
Solbi moves from Korea to New Jersey with her GI husband and their son. The effort to build a life and make friends—as well as learn English—has literally split Solbi into pieces. She is even alienated from her own tongue. This surreal “chorus” of Solbis struggle to express themselves despite misinterpretation and cultural appropriation.
SKIN IN THE GAME
Three of “the best and the brightest” prepare to take their places in life.
Read at The Civilians’ R&D Group reading series (2011)
THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO
(an adaptation of the classic Chinese drama)
The streets of Jin are awash in the blood of the noble Zhao Clan. The vicious slaughter ignites a succession of individual acts of virtue and sacrifice—as the hope for retribution and a return to a humane social order is pinned to the survival of a baby boy. The eternal swing of the pendulum of justice—powered by the momentum of personal courage—resounds in this new adaptation of a stirring and resonant Chinese classic.
Produced by Brandeis Theatre Company (Mar 2008). Read at Mu Performing Arts “New Eyes” Festival (Jan 2009).
WE SPEND OUR LIVES
Mrs. Song asks her sister, Mrs. Kim, for money.
Received a workshop production at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2004).