The Song of Summer

November 1 – November 24, 2019
By Lauren Yee | Directed by Addie Gorlin

With catchy tunes and outrageous comedy, Lauren Yee’s THE SONG OF SUMMER – an unrequited romance between a reluctant rock star and his high school BFF – tops the charts.  Named for that inescapable earworm that dominates the summer, THE SONG OF SUMMER is an electrifying romcom about who is behind the song that’s on everyone’s playlist and what happens when the song’s singer runs away from his headlining world tour to return to his hometown.  A play with music, THE SONG OF SUMMER is multi-layered, rich and absorbing, with fascinating, complex, lovable characters who’ll keep you laughing, entertained, and intrigued from the moment the play begins.

World Premiere Produced by Trinity Repertory Company Curt Columbus, Artistic Director; Tom Parrish, Executive Director; Laura Smith, Director of Production, March 18, 2019.

Lauren Yee

Lauren Yee (she/her/hers), a 2019 Doris Duke Artist, is a playwright whose perceptive work often explores family stories, history reimagined through different lenses and the lives of people on the margins of or outside of a dominant culture. Her award-winning play “Cambodian Rock Band,” a comedy infused with music by the band Dengue Fever and classic Cambodian oldies, shadows a young woman on her mission to take down a Khmer Rouge war criminal thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. The play premiered at South Coast Repertory and is running at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, followed by runs at La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Jungle Theatre and Signature Theatre in New York City. Her play “The Great Leap,” a sociopolitical sports tale that centers on a fictitious friendship game between China and America in the late 80s, has been produced by The Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, the Guthrie Theater, Arts Club Theatre Company and InterAct Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Pasadena Playhouse/East West Players, Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama and Cygnet Theatre.

Yee has received the Whiting Award, the Steinberg/ATCA Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize and the Francesca Primus Prize.  She is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, a Princeton University Hodder fellow, a New Dramatists member, a Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member and a Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her work is published by Samuel French, and her plays were in the top two slots of the 2017 Kilroys List. Her current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage and South Coast Rep. She currently writes for the TV adaptation of “Pachinko” for Apple and previously wrote for Netflix’s “Soundtrack.”

Addie Gorlin

Addie Gorlin (she/her/hers) is a director, producer, and educator invested in the regional theater movement, new play development, and theater for all-ages. Recent: Strange Heart Beating (Cloudgate Theater- Chicago), Good Person of Szechwan, Eurydice, Twelfth Night, and Streetcar Named Desire (Brown/ Trinity Rep), Next to Normal (Brown University), Charm and According to Coyote (Mixed Blood Theatre), Laramie Project (Children’s Theatre Company’s T.A.T. program), I and You (Phoenix Theater and Children’s Hospital of Minnesota), and Five Tries (Cutting Ball Theatre- San Francisco). Addie has developed work at The Playwrights Center, The Lark, Mixed Blood, Hudson Stage Company, Riverside Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, and has served as an assistant director at The Public, The Guthrie, Trinity Rep, and A.R.T. among others. She is a recipient of the O’Neill/ NNPN National Directors Fellowship, an NNPN Producer-in-Residence grant at Mixed Blood, and served as the Artistic Management and Directing fellow at Cutting Ball Theater. Addie holds a K-12 English and Drama teaching credential obtained via Teach for America. B.A. Dartmouth College. M.F.A. Brown University/ Trinity Rep. Upcoming: And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Appropriate by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins at Warehouse Theater in Greenville, South Carolina, and Lila Rose Kaplan’s TINK at various public libraries.

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