Alvin Eng

Playwright Performer Memoirist Educator

At Wei Hing Theatre, City University of Hong Kong / Photo by Sunny Wong

Fall 2019 Events follow… (full new website soon!)

THE MOURNING AFTER: A Play Reading and Discussion

Tuesday, September 10, 7-8:30pm

City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College

On the Eve of the 18th Anniversary of 9/11, the BMCC Theatre Department presents The Mourning After, a one-act play written and directed by Professor Alvin Eng featuring Dominick Allen and Simone Zalusky. After the play reading, there will be a discussion and open mic: 9/11 themed poems and reflections of 2–3 minutes in length are welcomed!
The Mourning After was written on 9/11/03 aboard the A train as part of the “A Train Plays” 24-hour play festival. The play explores the then two-year aftermath of 9/11 through the prisms of class and perception as two strangers meet aboard a Queens-bound A-train. How far have we come as a country since then? Where do we need to go from here? RSVP to Facebook Event Page

THREE TREES A Staged Reading and Workshop


Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance will present a staged reading and host workshops around THREE TREES, a play that explores the complex relationship between philosopher Isaku Yanaihara and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. THREE TREES is the first work of Alvin Eng’s Portrait Plays, a cycle of historical dramas that examines the parallels between portraiture, history and power as manifested in the convergence of different disciplines, eras and cultures. This play was presented Off-Broadway with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in NYC, as well as in staged readings with Baltimore Center Stage and The Moving Parts Theatre in Paris.

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Here Comes Johnny Yen Again (or How I Kicked Punk) is a new solo performance piece that explores the impact of opium on the Chinese Diaspora as well as NYC’s punk/counterculture world through the dual prisms of William S. Burroughs’ character, “Johnny Yen”––also immortalized in Iggy Pop & David Bowie’s song, ”Lust For Life”––and Alvin’s own Grandfather’s opium overdose on the streets of NYCs Chinatown.

Coming Soon:

THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING: Our Laundry, Our Town, a memoir travelogue through Chinese America. The story begins growing up in a 1970s Chinese Hand Laundry in what was then one of the few immigrant Asian families in Flushing, Queens, to performing his one-man show, “The Last Emperor of Flushing,” in English in a former People’s Hall of the Cultural Revolution in his family’s ancestral Guangdong province.