- Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
- Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor, Room 372
20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
- Website: View Venue Website
UPDATE: This workshop has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
Hosted by the A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Join the A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group for a discussion with graduate student Hieu Huynh (NYU Steinhardt) about her upcoming play Workshop, which is set to be produced by the Broke People Festival at NYU in December 2023. The play questions the notions and boundaries of creative spaces, prompting audiences to contemplate how one’s self-discovery and cultural identity can be challenged in so-called “safe spaces.” The group will offer feedback and foster discussion on the play’s themes and its resonance with A/P/A communities.
The A/P/A Graduate Student Working Group is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary working group for graduate students interested in and/or working on Asian/Pacific/American Studies broadly defined.
Hieu Huynh, a first-generation Vietnamese American graduate student, is currently pursuing an MA in Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt. Driven by her interest in exploring the connections between food, culture, and media, she focuses on documenting the foodways of immigrant communities. Previously, she was a senior producer at CNN and Disney. She holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and a BA in journalism and creative writing from Emory University. Her debut play, Workshop, marks her entry into the world of theater.
Workshop is an original play written by Hieu Huynh which asks, “What makes a safe space?” After being selected for a prestigious writing workshop, gifted Vietnamese American writer Lisa Nguyễn comes face-to-face with a mysterious colleague whose deception causes her to question herself. This betrayal is the catalyst for the narrative’s exploration of themes such as trust, deception, and the fragile boundaries that define our understanding of ourselves and others. For Lisa, it leads to a reevaluation of her past and her connection to her Vietnamese roots, thrusting her into a journey of self-discovery and cultural reexamination.
The play prompts the audience to contemplate the intricate interplay between identity and heritage, highlighting the unsettling truth that even the most sanctified spaces can unravel the stories we hold dear.
Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.