Bird's Nest Soup by Lucy Wang
Cast of Characters
Lucy Wang Is an award-winning, published and produced
writer, in spite of the odds, the pressure and the insanity. Wang began her illustrious
career as a bond trader on Wall Street because her parents often threatened and screamed,
"If we knew you were going to be a starving artist, we could have left you in
China!" When Wang (nicknamed the "Hemingway of Memos") lost her job because
the Mayor of New York lost his, Wang decided it was finally time to pursue her deepest
passion. Everyone thought she was crazy to "waste" her University of Chicago
MBA. Luckily, her biting first play JUNK BONDS won an award from the Kennedy Center and a
new nickname, "the female David Mamet." She has been writing steadily ever
since, surprising audiences with her diverse array of voices and life experiences and
collecting as many awards, accolades and new nicknames along the way. Wang's other awards
include a grant from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, Best New Play from the Katherine and Lee
Chilcote Foundation, etc. Wang was also awarded
a James Irvine Foundation Honorary Fellowship in 2007 for her work done
during her second artistic residency at Djerassi. Wang's plays have been produced all over and her voices span the
gamut, from A to Z. In addition to plays, Wang has written screenplays, short stories,
news articles, essays, and humorous creative nonfiction.
JULIE LIM: Chinese American. Julie is 15 and 17.
MARK LIM: Chinese American, Mark is 12 and 14.
HENRY LIM: Chinese American, early 40s.
DAISY LIM: Chinese American, very beautiful, approaching
ALICE LIM: Chinese American, recent immigrant, classical
beauty, mid 30s to early 40s.
Chinese parents. American children. Should Mom do a TV cooking show or be
Dad’s subservient wife? There’s going to be a fight, and the kids are in the
middle. A fun and sad play about the rites of assimilation.
ACT I: Great Leap Forward
Scene 1 Lim house, middle class suburbia, March 1973, evening.
Scene 2 Lim house, 1 month later.
Scene 3 Lim house, 6 months later.
Scene 4 Lim house, August 8, 1974.
ACT II: Cultural Revolution
Scene 1 Lim house, 4 months later.
Scene 2 Lim house, evening, May 1976.
Scene 3 Lim house, late evening, June.
Scene 4 Lim house (“new” house), September.
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