Henry Ong

Award Winning Playwright'

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Included in this Website are playwright Henry Ong’s plays, previously produced, as well as works that are in development (see PLAYS).

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Plays

Fabric

Fabric

(5 women, 5 men) On August 2, 1995, in El Monte, California, 72 Thai workers are discovered in a sweatshop apartment complex, ringed with barbed wire and spiked fences. The true story of modern-day slavery in the garment industry. Produced Productions: Company of Angels, Los Angeles, 2010; Singapore Repertory Theatre, 1999;Nomad Theatre, Surrey, England, 2000 Press: Wikipedia MEDIA http://henryong.org/wp-content/uploads/Fabric-Radio-Play.mp4 First 13 minutes of Fabric – The Radio Play < Back to...

Madame Mao’s Memories

Madame Mao’s Memories

(solo performer) Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao Zedong’s widow, languishes in jail with nothing to do but indulge in her memories. Based on the life of the infamous one-time actress who was once the most powerful woman in China. Produced Productions: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1994; Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, 92; Latchmere Theatre, London, 91; TheaterWorks, Singapore, 90, et. al. < Back to...

People Like Me

People Like Me

(solo, duo, or as many performers as there are characters) Based on interviews with gay and lesbian teenagers who participated in a series of writing workshops conducted by the playwright, the play chronicles the true-life stories of youth disenfranchised by their sexuality. Produced Productions: Playwrights’ Arena, 1997; Winner of a DramaLogue award for excellence in writing. Published by Norman Main Publishing, P.O.Box 1400, Tallevast, FL 34270 < Back to...

Odd Birds

Odd Birds

Book written in collaboration with composer Dick Hamilton (music and lyrics), Odd Birds is based on Jeanne Collachia’s movie of the same name. A young Asian girl who dreams of Broadway stardom is befriended by a Catholic brother who is himself going through throes of guilt and self-doubt. Produced Productions: Staged reading, LATC, November 99, produced by Artists Against Oppression. < Back to...