to Brian, writing is...
envisioning a future communing, of ideas and people in shared creation (art, community, etc.)
obliteration of (my)self into something more whole
an opportunity to freeze time as we know it
an acknowledgement of suffering, a breath, a reaching for joy
Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, mentor, and teaching artist based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley.
Their writing includes "a white haunting" (Table Work Press Recommends, Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship Finalist 2021) and "h*llo k*tty syndrome" (Seattle King Street Station Resident Artist). Their writing additionally has been workshopped with Seattle Opera, Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, and Theatre Battery.
Brian was a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow and a 2021 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. They’re grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write.
Their current works in progress include "If only I could give you the sun," an opera with Seattle Opera’s Creation Lab that reimagines Icarus & Daedalus as a nonbinary utopic myth with composer Drew Swatosh; "This time," a sapphic love story about dreams, the death drive of labor, and murder; and "49 words I wish I could write in my family’s language," a poetry/letter collection supported through 4Culture and the 2022 Seattle CityArtist program. They are currently a 2021 Fall Editorial Resident at Seventh Wave Magazine.