by Eugenie Chan
Kitchen Table is a haiku of a play. It says much, with very little—a family, a friend, a dinner table. This powerful drama follows the heartbreak of Nicky Wong, a young Corvette-crazy Chinese American man, through the demise of the family’s traditional Chinese before dinner grace. When Nicky’s obsession with his ‘Vette and the white mechanic who helps him fix it gets in the way of the family dinner, a battle between son and father ignites, as Nicky struggles to carve out his version of manhood—in and outside the tradition.
Production and Development History
Staged readings: Playwrights Horizons (2008); Lodestone Theatre (2007); Ma-Yi Theatre (2007).
Workshops: Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2006); Magic Theatre (2005).