Zhu Yi '13 Makes her Off-Broadway Debut

November 10, 2017

Theatre poster from A Deal Alumna Zhu Yi '13 will make her Off-Broadway debut with her play A Deal that will also tour China in Mandarin.


Urban Stages Theatre is producing the play's world premiere directed by John Giampietro. According to the theatre website, "Like many new upper-middle-class Chinese families, Mr. and Mrs. Li are proud to give their only daughter a life they could only dream of (an Ivy League degree in art and an apartment in Manhattan), until they realize she’s turning into a dangerous stranger. A Deal is a dark comedy that features a Chinese family’s home buying journey in New York in winter 2015, a time of increased real estate property ownership by overseas Chinese and a sharp decline in the value of the Chinese Yuan against the US dollar. It reveals the ideological conflicts between the East and the West in contemporary society by tracking a little stream of the global cash flow."

The play was developed as part of New Text - New Stage II, an Ibsen in China International project for the development of new writing. It opens on November 15th and will run until  December 10th at the Urban Stages Theatre located at 259 west 30th street.


Zhu Yi is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Shanghai, China. She received the First Prize at 2015 World Sinophone Drama Competition, and Shanghai Drama Valley's 2015 Outstanding Playwright of the Year Award. She is a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a Youngblood alumni at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Royal Court Theatre's International Playwriting Workshop, and Dramatists Guild of America. You can see more about her work here