Ed Bok Lee performing Real Karaoke People
Photos above by Charissa Uemura

Walker Art Center, Permanence Collection,
by Edward Bok Lee and Kira Obolensky, Dir. Hayley Finn, 2008
(pictured: Annie Enneking and Kurt Kwan)

EDWARD BOK LEE is the author of History K, Passage, St. Petersburg, Athens County, Leavetaker, and Glow, among other plays.

His plays have been published by Vintage/Random House, Pearson/Longman, Smith and Krauss, Duke University Press,, and have been seen at major regional and national theaters including the Guthrie Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Theater Mu, Taipei Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Walker Art Center.

Playwriting awards include two national Jerome Fellowships, a Weston Fine Arts Prize, as well as fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the New York Theatre Workshop, where he has served as a writer-in-residence. From 2008 - 2009 he was a Core Member at the Playwrights' Center.

Drama Samples and Synopses:



In Seoul in the not-so-distant future, Iri, a clone, comes of age and attempts to have a "natural" child of her own.

NOTE: Premiered for the public at the National Asian American Theater Conference, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN June 2008

Glow was originally commissioned and presented at the New York Theater Workshop, New York, NY October 2004.


El Santo Americano

Clay, a washed up professional wrestler, kidnaps his estranged wife Evalana and their child, and heads for Mexico, where he hopes to reinvent himself as a champion (masked) wrestler. An unexpected stop in the middle of the desert forces new possibilities for all three in this magical vision of a post-American Dream.

NOTE: Premiered at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN 2001

St. Petersburg

It is late-capitalism, and one particular American family will either sink or swim in a metaphysical cesspool surrounded by pink flamingos on the lawn at a time in World History when "Old People" and "Minorities" constitute the majority of the American population, and the greatest threat is over-consumption, that is, until the Enemy arrives to put them to the test.

NOTE: Premiered at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New Work Now Festival, New York, NY, April 2000, starring Paul Giamatti (of Sideways, 12 Years a Slave, etc.)



History K

A Korean prostitute in Seoul prepares for her last night of work before retiring.

NOTE: Premiered at the Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, MN 1998



from Back Pack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (Longman, 2013)


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