At Radcliffe, Los Angeles-based playwright Aurorae Khoo will work on her next play, Happy Valley, in which she will explore the personal as well as the macroscopic impact of the Hong Kong handover from Britain to China. Set in the summer of 1997, the play spotlights an adolescent girl searching for identity in a changing Hong Kong.
Khoo recently wrote for the CBS television action-drama Walker, Texas Ranger. Her last play, The Double Auntie Waltz, won the Kennedy Center’s Edgar L. Stevens Award in 2000. This play chronicles the high jinks of two love-starved aunties and their competition for male affection. Some of Khoo’s previous plays have been produced and read at Playwrights Horizons through the National Young Playwrights Festival as well as at the International Young Playwrights Festival, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Brown University, New York University, the Provincetown Playhouse, and the Tenement Museum in New York, among others.
Khoo earned an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University and a BA in East Asian studies from Brown University. She studied theater and language in Taiwan on an International Rotary Fellowship.