Chiori Miyagawa is a Japan-born Asian American playwright who is interested in exploring individual and collective memory and identity in her work. One of her most recent plays, Thousand Years Waiting, is composed of three different layers of time and reality and is a hybrid of radical adaptations and an original plot. Contemporary life in New York City, selections from an actual memoir written by a woman in Japan circa 1000 CE, and episodes from The Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel, coexist and interact in the play. Miyagawa is a New Dramatists Resident Playwright and holds the position of playwright-in-residence at Bard College.
During her Radcliffe fellowship, Miyagawa will work on The True Flower: Deity, Warrior, Madwoman, Ghost, and Demon, a full-length play composed of five to seven short adaptations of Japanese Noh plays from the fifteenth century. The dialogue will be contemporary and entirely original, and after each plot is deconstructed and reconstructed, the end product will be a new play.
Miyagawa’s plays have been produced at renowned off-Broadway performance venues in New York City and elsewhere. Six of her plays have been published in anthologies. She has received many grants and fellowships, including an Asian Cultural Council fellowship, the McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, the Multi-Arts Production Fund Grant (twice), the New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency, and the Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship.