By Kenneth Lin
Originally produced at Arena Stage, Washington, DC
May 5 – June 25, 2023

Synopsis: A reluctant historian is thrown out of her element when her acclaimed book about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 is optioned by a larger-than-life Hollywood mogul with a track record for making smash-hit TV shows. The professional bleeds into the personal when she finds herself weighing the historical facts against her own awakening ambitions. In a hilarious workplace comedy with teeth, tensions rise and deals are made and broken.

Artistic Statement: Kenneth Lin’s bold and incisive work cuts to the core of complex issues to create plays that entertain and provoke. I’m proud that Arena is producing a second world premiere by Kenneth, this time with the incredible support of the Edgerton Foundation. This grant will allow the creative team to hone this hilarious and heartbreaking story into a sharp, entertaining show that audiences are sure to enjoy at Arena and beyond. - Molly Smith, Artistic Director

Grant Statement: The Edgerton Foundation’s dedication to new works has had a profound impact at Arena Stage this season, supporting three world premieres including Exclusion, American Prophet and The High Ground. We are deeply moved by the Foundation’s belief in Arena’s ability to cultivate and produce new works by American artists, especially BIPOC American artists. Thank you for continuing to bolster these important plays and musicals at Arena and across the country. – Edgar Dobie, Executive Director

Additional Funders: Exclusion is sponsored by Beth Newburger Schwartz with additional support provided by Jeffrey M. Busch.