Lloyd Suh


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by Lloyd Suh

On his 100th birthday, William Abernathy has a confession to make. His Korean American great-grandson Albert is the only one available to receive it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM ABERNATHY is included in TRW PRESENTS: SHORT PLAYS Volume I. You may apply for rights for this title and any or all of the short plays in the collection by clicking LICENSE.

Production Notes


WILLIAM ABERNATHY: white male, 100 years old today.

ALBERT: his great grandson, Korean American (1/8 Abernathy), mid-twenties.

Setting: A residential bedroom in St. Louis, Missouri. 2004.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM ABERNATHY was originally commissioned and first presented by Ma-Yi Theatre Company (Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director, Jorge Z. Ortoll, Executive Director) as part of PAVILIONS in the Performing Ethnicity Festival at the Ohio Theater in New York, NY in October 2004. It was directed by Christine Simpson Sachs, and featured Kevin Bartlett as William Abernathy and Tim Kang as Albert.


Lloyd Suh

Lloyd Suh is the 2019 winner of the Herb Alpert Award for Theater. His play The Chinese Lady was hailed a New York Times Critics’ Pick during its NY run. Past and upcoming productions include Barrington Stage, Ma-Yi, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Magic Theater, Artists at Play and Artists Rep. Other plays include Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO, Theater Mu), The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (Ma-Yi, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, NEA Arena Stage New Play Development Grant) and American Hwangap (Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi/PlayCo, Tanghalang Pilipino). Named one of “50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild, Lloyd has... [FULL BIO]