PlayCo & Sala Beckett Playwright Residency Exchange

July 1, 2024
July 1-22, 2024 in Barcelona. The residency exchange advances PlayCo's mission of putting U.S. artists in conversation with the global community.
Meet the Artists

Yilong Liu is a playwright in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. His play The Book of Mountains and Seas received the Lambda Literary Award for Drama. His play Good Enemy had its premiere off-Broadway at Minetta Lane Theatre as part of Audible Theater’s 22/23 season. Yilong is a Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and an alumnus of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood. He has developed work with Ojai Playwrights Conference, Kennedy Center, and SPACE on Ryder Farm, among many others. Yilong is currently writing under commission for the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Sloan Initiative. Plays include We Borrowed Brokenness (The Juilliard School, Alliance Theatre/Kendeda Playwriting Award Finalist, O'Neill Finalist), The Book of Mountains and Seas (Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award), June is the First Fall (Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Yangtze Rep, Kumu Kahua Theatre), Joker (Po’okela Award, Kumu Kahua Theatre), Flood in The Valley, a Bilingual Folk Musical (Beijing Tianqiao Theatre Center, Gung Ho Project), PrEP Play (New Conservatory Theatre Center), and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival). Yilong grew up in China and received his MFA from the University of Hawai‘i.

PlayCo & Sala Beckett are delighted to announce that playwright Yilong Liu will be an artist-in-residence at Sala Beckett this summer, as part of the our Playwright Residency Exchange. Liu, who was selected by staff at both institutions through an open application process earlier this year, will spend three weeks in Barcelona working on his own writing and attending Sala Beckett’s esteemed Obrador d’Estiu (Summer Workshop) with other playwrights from around the world.

“I'm deeply honored and thrilled to join the PlayCo/Sala Beckett Residency. Having the time and space to write while immersing in Barcelona's rich cultural landscape and connecting with fellow artists there feels like an incredible gift for a playwright. This residency offers a unique chance to blend global perspectives, ignite meaningful conversations, and develop stories that transcend boundaries of language and culture. I can't wait to start this journey and share the transformative power and joy of theatre with audiences near and far.” ~Yilong Liu

Hosted by PlayCo & Sala Beckett

July 1-22, 2024

Resident Playwright

Yilong Liu

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Adrià Goula