The Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting: "Paper Dream"

June 26, 2021 /  Lyra Nalan / Source

My play Paper Dream is the winner of the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, chosen from the pool of 150 submissions in 2020. The award is named in honor of Dr. Royer for her dedication to the development of new plays throughout her distinguished career. Dr. Royer is a producer, director and dramaturg with new play development programs sponsored by the NEA, Playwrights Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Theatre Gallery. She established the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival’s playwriting program and is a founding member of ATHE. The Royer Award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced dramatic storytelling, compelling content, and the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre.

"Yang’s play offers a compassionate portrayal of the world of Angel Island in the 1930s, which resonates into our particular political moment. Its focus is the frustrated world of a group of courageous women who tried not only to save their lives but to improve it and their conditions as well. Intricately detailed and exhaustively researched, Paper Dream plays with that elusive idea of the American dream asking if it, too, is made of paper." -- Dr. Hank Willenbrink