'The Far Country' by Professor Lloyd Suh premieres at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater
November 21, 2022
Adjunct Assistant Professor Lloyd Suh’s play, The Far Country, will open at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. Previews of the Atlantic-commissioned play began on November 17, and opening night is set for December 5, 2022. The run is scheduled to continue through January 1, 2023. The showis directed by Obie Award-winning director Eric Ting.
The Far Country is described as an intimate epic that follows an unlikely family’s journey from rural Taishan County to the Wild West of California in the wake of the 1882 passage of the explicitly racist Chinese Exclusion Act. Suh explains: “The Far Country is part of a series of plays in which I've been exploring under-examined periods in Asian American history. Set during the Exclusion Era, working on this piece has been meaningful for me as part of our country's current reckoning with its complex history. I'm excited to share it with audiences as part of our accounting on where we've been as a culture, and where we might go from there.”
Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady (recently produced with Ma-Yi at the Public Theater), Bina's Six Apples (produced this season at Alliance Theatre and Children's Theatre Company), Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Franklinland, Jesus in India, and many more, including The Heart Sellers, which will premiere at Milwaukee Rep this spring. His work has been produced at theaters across the country including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Artists Rep, Interact, Geva, Timeline, the Guthrie with Theater Mu, ArtsEmerson, Long Wharf Theatre and others, and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA at the Guerilla Theatre in Seoul, Korea. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Horton Foote Prize, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award. He served from 2005-10 as the Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and from 2011-20 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. He was elected in 2016 to the Dramatists Guild Council.