SOLO PERFORMANCE WORKS

HERE COMES JOHNNY YEN AGAIN

Photo by Ann Yoo, 2020 Shoes Off, Mouth Off Asian American Storytelling Thing, Under St Mark’s Theatre, NYC

Written and Performed by Alvin Eng, in collaboration with Director/Dramaturg, Wendy Wasdahl

HERE COMES JOHNNY YEN AGAIN (or How I Kicked Punk) is an acoustic punk rock raconteur work that explores the impact of opium on the Chinese Diaspora as well as NYC’s punk/counterculture through the dual prisms of William S. Burroughs’ character, “Johnny Yen”––immortalized in Iggy Pop & David Bowie’s ”Lust For Life”––and his own Grandfather’s opium overdose on the streets of NYCs Chinatown.

Please click here to see a work-in-progress performance of this work.

Dixon Place Workshop Residency, NYC, Feb. 8, March 7, April 18, October 24, 2020

Shoes Off, Mouth Off Asian American Storytelling Thing, Under St. Marks Theatre, Caveat Cabaret, NYC, 2020

Moving Body Resources Salon, NYC, 2019

THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING

Photo by Bellamy at the historic World’s Fair Grounds, Flushing Meadows Park, NYC, 2005

Written and Performed by Alvin Eng, in collaboration with Director/Dramaturg, Wendy Wasdahl

This memoir monologue humorously recalls Alvin’s odd odyssey of growing up in one of the few Chinese families in Flushing in the 1970s––that ran a Hand Laundry on Union St, no less!––to later becoming one of its few citizens who could not speak fluent Chinese as Flushing became NYC’s second Chinatown.

Chinatown Arts Week, Chen Dance Center @ 70 Mulberry Street, Chinatown, NYC, 2019

Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore, MD, 2015

Xiazhou People’s Hall, presented by U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou, China, 2011

New York Asian Cultural Festival, Queens Theatre in The Park, Flushing, NYC, 2005

Dixon Place, NYC, 2006

Urban Stages, NYC, 2006

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Two-Night Only Solo Performance Series, NYC, 2005

OUR LAUNDRY, OUR TOWN: Memoir-in-Progress Readings

These readings picked up the thread of The Last Emperor of Flushing––recounting the even odder but rewarding journey of Alvin’s being invited by the U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou, to perform his memoir monologue in his family’s ancestral Guangdong Province…in English. The invitation grew out of co-conceiving and directing a Fulbright Specialist Devised Theatre residency at City University of Hong Kong. There, the students wrote and performed English language plays in response to Thornton Wilder’s classic Americana play, Our Town. As Wilder spent part of his childhood in China when his father was U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Shanghai, Our Town has many Chinese influences. 

Museum of Chinese in America’s  NüVoices of the Diaspora: An Evening of Storytelling, NYC, 2019

CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute, Auto-Ethnography for Stage and Page, NYC, 2017

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NYC, 2016

City Lore Gallery, NYC, 2015

Baltimore Museum of Art, Asian Cultural Festival, Baltimore, MD. 2015

THE FLUSHING CYCLE

Queens Theatre in The Park, NYC, 2000

MORE STORIES FROM THE PAGAN PAGODA

La Mama, E.T.C., NYC, 1992,

Performance Space 122, NYC, 1991

OVER THE COUNTER CULTURE

Franklin Furnace “In Exile” at Judson Memorial Church, NYC, 1991

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