Alvin Eng





Excited to announce two free events:


Monday, MARCH 20 @ 7 pm

Staged Reading and Discussion


A new play by Alvin Eng

Presented by

Queens College/Kupferberg Center for the Arts & CERRU

FIRST ACTS: New Plays in Development series

Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, Queens  

Friday, APRIL 28 @ 6 pm


A reading and talk by Alvin Eng & Muna Tseng

Presented by  “Evening Lecture Series” of

Asian-American/Asian Research Institute,

The City University of New York

25 W. 43rd St, 10th floor /suite 1000,  NYC


Details and RSVP information for both events follow.

If you’re in the NYC area, I hope you will consider joining us.


THE IMPERIAL IMAGE is a dramatic triptych that examines the powerful role of portraits in societal structures and rituals––from the court of Emperor Akbar the Great in Mughal-era India, to Marie Antoinette's and Catherine the Great's court portraitist, Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun, to Shepard Fairey's creation of the ubiquitous “Hope” poster for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.

The Imperial Image is the third work of Alvin Eng's Portrait Plays cycle of historical dramas about artists and portraiture. Three Trees, the first Portrait Play, about the haunting relationship between Alberto Giacometti and Isaku Yanaihara, premiered Off-Broadway with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and was also presented as a workshop reading with Baltimore Center Stage and the Moving Parts Theatre in Paris. 

The second work, 33 & 1/3 Cornelia Street dramatizes the fateful axis that forever bonded the legacies of Joe Gould, proto-Beat poet and oral history urban legend, and Joseph Mitchell, the celebrated writer for The New Yorker Magazine, through the powerful vortex of revered painter Alice Neel's groundbreaking portrait of Gould. This play was presented at the 2016 Howl! Happening art gallery’s “2016 Beat & Beyond Festival” featuring Bowery Poetry founder

Bob Holman as Joe Gould and John Waters legend Mink Stole as Alice Neel.

“First Acts: New Plays in Development” series is presented by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Alvin Eng is a former Visiting Professor and Head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Queens College.


Admission is free, reservations suggested, click to RSVP / 

COMING: Friday, APRIL 28 @ 6 PM


A reading and talk by Alvin Eng & Muna Tseng

Asian-American/Asian Research Institute, The City University of New York

“Evening Lecture Series”


Playwright/performer Alvin Eng and author/choreographer Muna Tseng will read from and discuss their current theatrical/literary projects, OUR LAUNDRY, OUR TOWN and IT’S ALL TRUE: GRANDFATHER.


OUR LAUNDRY, OUR TOWN is Eng’s prose expansion of his memoir monologue, “The Last Emperor of Flushing.” The memoir chronicles his growing up in the shadows of the Cold War in a 1970s Chinese Hand Laundry in Flushing, Queens, NYC, to performing his one-man show, The Last Emperor of Flushing, in a former People’s Hall of the Cultural Revolution in his family’s ancestral Guangdong province.


IT’S ALL TRUE: GRANDFATHER is the third dance-theater chapter of Tseng’s “Family Portrait” series. The piece constructs a portrait of myth, object, and dialogue with real and imagined ancestors. Taking Tseng’s paternal grandfather as a departure point, the work spans over 300 years and examines East-West legacy, gender, personal identity and aspirations, cultural alienation and assimilation. Tseng is developing IT’S ALL TRUE: GRANDFATHER as an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The series also includes the Bessie Award-winning and nominated pieces, STELLA and SLUTFORART.


AAARI’s Evening Lecture Series provides an opportunity for intellectuals and scholars to talk about their current research or activities on topics that are of interest to the Asian American community. All lectures are live webcasted and available afterwards as streaming video on our website. Audio podcasts of lectures are also available on iTunes and the AAARI website.

(Here is a link to the AAARI website and previous talk given by Alvin:


Friday, APRIL 28th  @ 6 pm

Asian-American/Asian Research Institute @ CUNY

25 West 43rd St, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Aves, Manhattan






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