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Julia Cho

At Playwrights Horizons: BFE (Long Wharf Theatre co-production).  Her other plays include Office Hour, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. Her work has been produced in New York at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop, and regionally at theaters such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, South Coast Repertory and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Honors include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting. She has also been the recipient of a New York Foundation for The Arts grant, a Van Lier Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop and residences at Hedgebrook, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab and the MacDowell Colony. Julia is an alumna of Amherst College, New York University, The Juilliard School and New Dramatists. 

(as of 08/23/16)

Photo by Zack DeZon


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Aubergine Trailer

In Julia Cho's heartfelt and moving ‘Aubergine,’ a son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that words can’t.


Julia Cho Artist Interview

Julia Cho: I reached a point where I felt, “This is ridiculous that I haven’t written a play in so long.” And what I did on just the most practical level was, I wrote out a contract that said, “I promise I will write every single day until I have a play.” And then I signed it and I dated it. And I kept the promise.


In Process: Julia Cho

Julia Cho shares how food was a back door to writing ‘Aubergine,’ and how her father's passing impacted her life and writing.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: Julia Cho

There are two dishes, above all, that I associate with my father. The first is ramen. And by “ramen” I mean instant ramen, not the artisanal, simmered-for-40-hours kind of Japanese ramen so popular right now. The latter is undoubtedly more delicious but was entirely unavailable to me in my youth.


From the Artistic Director: Aubergine

Aubergine is a beautiful, important play. It has been many years since Playwrights Horizons produced Julia’s earlier play, BFE, which was only her second play produced in New York.


The American Voice: Momentary Grace

When Sah-Jin, the widowed immigrant mother in Julia Cho’s stirring, melancholic ‘99 Histories,’ describes a traumatic parting with the sister she last saw as a teenager in Korea, her story forms around the memory of food.


Backstory: Remembrance of Meals Past

The connection between taste and memory is a well-documented mystery. We’ve all had the experience, whether at some truck-stop diner or otherwise dull dinner party, in which the taste, smell, and texture of food unexpectedly fuse mid-bite to trigger some long-forgotten, surprisingly detailed memory of another time and place in our lives: the quality of the light, the song on the radio, the stain on the carpet, and the sense of well-being (or lack thereof) these created in us.