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Chiori Miyagawa

CHIORI MIYAGAWA

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc.  

Chiori Miyagawa's plays have been seen off-Broadway, at renowned performance spaces in NYC, and regionally, and published in six different play anthologies. Her work has been supported by many grants and fellowships including McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, Multi-Arts Production Fund (twice), Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and Rockefeller Bellagio Residency. She is an active member of the Dramatists Guild, a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop, a co-founder of Crossing Jamaica Avenue, Resident Playwright of New Dramatists, and serves on the board of ART/N.Y.

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        America Dreaming         Antigone Project, The         Antigone's Red         Awakening         Broken Morning: Stories from the Death Row Factory         Comet Hunter         Dividing Ashes         Dream Acts         I Came to Look for You on Tuesday         I Have Been To Hiroshima Mon Amour         Jamaica Avenue         Leaf         Leaving Eden: A Chekhovian Tragicomedy         Nothing Forever         Private Recital, A         Red Again         Resisting Forgetting         Thousand Years Waiting         Woman Killer         Yesterday's Window



America Dreaming

Synopsis:
Yuki, a young Asian American woman, suddenly finds herself time traveling through a fictitious version of American history. She travels to the time of the Great Depression, WWII, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the future. Each period contains false memories, historical inaccuracies, and fragments of truth. She is returned to the present when she finds something like her identity.

Notes:
Music by Tan Dun. Commissioned by Music-theatre Group

1st Produced:
the Vineyard theatre    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
in Global Foreigners, Seagull Books, 2006   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
play with music and songs

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Antigone Project, The

Synopsis:
By Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Women's Project Theater, NY    2004

Company:
Women's Project

1st Published:
No Passport Press, CA (2009)   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Antigone's Red

Synopsis:
Set in a relocation camp for Japanese citizens during World War II, the play examines Sophocles's question of the state authority versus individual rights, through the abuse practiced on the incarcerated Japanese Americans and different choices that the characters make to survive the hardship and racial discrimination.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Virginia Tech    2005

Company:
-

1st Published:
Vintage, 2003   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
play Ten Min

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Awakening

Synopsis:
Inspired by Kate Chopin's novel, the Awakening. the play is about a desire for an eternal existence. Chopin appears as a character and watches her novel on stage as she writes it, lives in 1899 as well as ceaselessly, and is almost interchangeable with her own heroin, Edna. She exists to live and die her own life, which had already happened in real time, but also to live Edna's, as time rewinds and fast-forwards in fictional time. Throughout the play, the novel is both in the process of being written and already completed.

Notes:
by Chiori Miyagawa, Lyrics by Mark Campbell And music by Daniel Sonnenberg

1st Produced:
Performance Space 122    2000

Company:
Crossing Jamaica Avenue

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Songs

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Broken Morning: Stories from the Death Row Factory

Synopsis:
Broken Morning is a fictional play based on interviews with men on death row at the Huntsville prison; a woman on death row in the Gatesville prison, TX. the play takes place in the sewing factory at the Ellis One Unit of the prison where men awaiting execution go to work every weekday. Interwoven with their stories of violence, poverty and demons are the stories of people who surround the business of death row and the sorrow and hopes of the victims' families.

Notes:
written by Chiori Miyagawa. the play contains songs: lyrics by Mark Campbell And music by Daniel Sonnenberg.

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Company:
Crossing Jamaica Avenue

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Songs

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  5 multi-racial actors play multiple roles

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Comet Hunter

Synopsis:
Comet Hunter is based on the life of the first recognized woman astronomer in history, Caroline Herschel. Born in 1750 in Hanover, Germany, Caroline followed her brother William, the celebrated astronomer, to England when she was twenty-two. She was a strange looking woman, her growth stunted at age twelve from typhus. She devoted her life to assisting her brother and never married. the play is a story of about a brother and a sister who share the celestial enchantment. Caroline is guided by a prophet, a woman, who is "Time", who makes hope for the future and healing of memories possible.

Notes:
Alfred P. Sloan Science & Technology commission

1st Produced:
First Light, Ensemble Studio theatre    2002

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Dividing Ashes

Synopsis:
Erica witnesses a man fall through a crack of ice and drawn in Central Park on the coldest day of the winter. Two week later, she falls into a manhole without a scratch, and it occurs to her that now-at age thirty-three-is the right time for her to plan her death. the play revolves around her deciding where her ashes are to be scattered. She chooses multiple locations based on various reasons, historical and hystErical. People both dead and alive visit her during her emotional process of dividing ashes, and through this experience, she realizes something about her life, everyone's life, and everyone's death.

Notes:
Premiere rights Available

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-    -

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Dream Acts

Synopsis:
Imagine that you dont have a country. It doesnt matter if you believe youre American, because no one else believes you - not potential employers, not banks that issue student loans, not the government. there is no way to become legally American. You dont exist. Worse, you are hunted for deportation. You love this country, but the country does not love you back. In Dream Acts, five undocumented teens from Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan face the extraordinary challenge of living ordinary lives under the radar. Each story is moving and urgent; some are funny, others are tragic, and through their experiences, we learn about facts about the DREAM Act and the secret lives lead by undocumented youth.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
written by Mia Chung, Jessica Litwak, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Andrea Thome

1st Produced:
HERE Arts Center - Dorothy B. Williams theater
145 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013    23 Mar 2012

Company:
Dream Act Union

1st Published:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Plays   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
piece

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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I Came to Look for You on Tuesday

Synopsis:
Told in fragments, Chiori Miyagawas emotionally raw new play I Came to Look for You on Tuesday traces the journeys of twenty characters that lose someone following natural disaster or war. For Maia, reunion with her mother, who was swept away by the tsunami, is impossible. She seeks her mothers spirit by swimming across the largest lake in the world.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
La MaMa First Floor theatre
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    26 Sep 2013

Company:
A Re/Union Company Production

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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I Have Been To Hiroshima Mon Amour

Synopsis:
the story revolves around two love stories: one between a Japanese man, who returns from fighting in WWII to Hiroshima, and a Japanese woman who dies instantly at the moment of the detonation of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, played out in memories; and the other between him and a French actress in 1959 in "restored" Hiroshima. the Japanese woman character (or her "ghost") time-travels to 1959 to act in a film about peace that the French actress is shooting and haunts the second love story. the play is about the singular tragedy of atomic war told through personal losses of three characters

Notes:
Rights outside of NYC Available

1st Produced:
Ohio Theatre, NY    2009

Company:
Voice & Vision Theater

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Jamaica Avenue

Synopsis:
Jamaica Avenue is a play that combines realism with magic. It is about three intertwining and transforming lives: a man, a spirit who comes back as a woman, and a woman who becomes ghost. their stories about drug addiction, stealing, hurting, longing, finding, and surviving span fourteen years of love, disappointment, and hope.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
Crossing Jamaica Avenue

1st Published:
in Tokens? the NYC Asian American Experience on Stage, Asian American Writers Workshop, 1999   -

Music:
-

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Leaf

Synopsis:
Leaf takes place in present day Tucson, AZ. Leaf, a forensic anthropologist, comes back to her hometown to find out that her high school friend Sharon has died. She suspects that her friend, who was mentally ill, was murdered by her own family. She contacts a local reporter, David Forster, and together, they set off to discover the true cause of Sharon's death. During this process, a vague portrait of Sharon is constructed based on the memories of others who once knew her. Leaf is a play about memory and identity. Leaf knows her own fate; soon she will lose her memory because of a rare condition of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. the play explores how we all depend on the fragile nature of human memory to give us immortality.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Reading at New Dramatists    2006

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Leaving Eden: A Chekhovian Tragicomedy

Synopsis:
Leaving Eden is a new play inspired by Chekhov's life and stories. Fifteen characters appear and disappear and reappear in Russia over a span of twenty-five years (1880-1905); and then somehow they all end up at a wedding reception in New York City in the present. the characters are at once comic and tragic and their journeys complex in the tradition of Chekhov.

Notes:
Reading, Mondays@3 At New York theatre Workshop (2006); Workshop At Teatro Vista (Chicago), 2007

1st Produced:
the Meadows School of the Arts/ Southern Methodist University,    2006

Company:
Teatro Vista New Play Festival

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Nothing Forever

Synopsis:
One woman's expressionistic voyage through the cluttered terrain of unresolved memories, alienation and uncertain hope.

Notes:
Lyrics by Mark Campbell, music by Fabian Obispo

1st Produced:
New York Theatre Workshop    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
in Positive/Negative: Women of color and HIV/AIDS, Aunt Lute Books, 2002   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Songs

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Private Recital, A

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Red Again

Synopsis:
Red Again, takes place in two places simultaneously - one is the serene underworld where Antigone and her lover Haemon find themselves after their deaths, and the other is the world of the living where Antigone's sister Irene is left alone with the consequences of choosing to live. While the world disintegrates around her, time collapses and Irene experiences World War I, Japanese occupation of Manchuria, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and 9.11 all at the same time, as if caught in a loop of a terrifying movie called modern human history. But in underground, Antigone finds books that correspond to the lives in the world of the living and finds hope in the unfinished stories.

Notes:
the play is part of A full-length play in five parts, written by five writers, called Antigone Project

1st Produced:
Women's Project    2005

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
play Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Resisting Forgetting

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Thousand Years Waiting

Synopsis:
Thousand Years Waiting is a storytelling piece with original music and movement, threading three generations of women's memories through time and space. A woman today, in New York City, is reading a memoir written one thousand years ago by a woman in Japan; the woman writing her memoir in old Japan is reading the Tale of Genji. the history of storytelling is woven like a spider's web, and the woman in present step in and out of real and fictional worlds in the past.

Notes:
Original music by Bruce Odland

1st Produced:
P.S. 122, NY    2006

Company:
Crossing Jamaica Avenue

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Woman Killer

Woman Killer
Adopted from the 1721 Japanese Bunraku puppet play by Chikamatsu, Woman Killer is the story of two ordinary upper-class American families and a terrible tragedy that destroys their lives. A young man strays so far from the life that he was meant to live that in a moment of despair, he kills a neighbor for money. This desperate act erupts at the end of a long personal descent riddled with debt, rage, and jealousy. the play explores the nature of human violence from both perspectives of the trauma, the aggressor's and the victim's; and transcends time, place, and culture to portray a sobering story of a murder, too familiar in the society in which we live today.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
Crossing Jamaica Avenue

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Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Yesterday's Window

Synopsis:
the play stands on its own, however, it is also a companion piece to Nothing Forever and can be performed by the same actors. Yesterday's Window is a play about a woman and her imaginary daughter, and the outside world that intrudes on their loving relationship, full of wonder, joy, and, ultimately, sadness.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York Theatre Workshop    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
in TAKE TEN, Vintage, 1997   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
play Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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