Running Time: Two hours

Take any Chinese last name, and there exists a corresponding “family association” with branches in each major American city, from Chinese American men’s clubs formed over 100 years ago. For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association. Until now. Amid a backdrop of crumbling Chinatowns and all-too-lifelike museums, Lauren races through history, space, and the fourth wall to find her father in this joyride through San Francisco’s disappearing past.

Curated by Live Girls! Theater with support from ACT's Associate Artistic Director John Langs and Literary Manager Anita Montgomery, The Construction Zone provides playwrights with opportunities to develop and share new work, while providing audiences with an intimate and meaningful exposure to the process. Plays chosen for the series will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country. Performed by professional artists and followed by discussions. One of the scripts from 2015 will come to the stage in the ACTLab 2016 season.

Part of the series: The Construction Zone

Lauren Yee's plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, Impact Theatre), Crevice (Impact), The Hatmaker's Wife  (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie, AlterTheater), Hookman  (Encore Theatre, Company One), in a word  (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Hangar and Williamstown workshops), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre commission), Samsara  (Victory Gardens, O'Neill Conference), and The Tiger Among Us  (MAP Fund, Mu). Former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women's Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence, and Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright. She is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab and a Playwrights' Center Core Writer. Lauren is under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, and Encore Theatre. She has a B.A. from Yale, and an M.F.A. from UCSD.