Chay Yew is a director, playwright and currently the Artistic Director of Chicago’s Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater. His many awards include an Obie, the George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award and Asian Pacific Gays and Friends’ Community Visibility Award, and his play collections The Hyphenated American and Porcelain and A Language of Their Own: Two Plays are available from major booksellers. Recent directing credits with Victory Gardens include Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath and An Issue of Blood by Marcus Gardley, and he joins forces with Gardley once again in their current production of The House that Will Not Stand.
In this episode of The Scene, Yew discusses the value of remembering history and running a theater with a strong commitment to diverse programming. He also weighs in on the 2016 election, bringing Beyoncé’s music to 1813 New Orleans, and the continued under-representation of Asian Americans in the arts. The House That Will Not Stand is receiving glowing reviews and runs through July 10.