Lloyd Suh


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by Lloyd Suh

Full-length Comedy/Drama

Jane and Luna run into each other in the grocery store on Thanksgiving in 1973 and discover they have much in common: they’re both 23, recent Asian immigrants, homesick and lonely with hardworking absentee husbands, and adjusting to a new country surprisingly filled with as much political uncertainty as the places they’ve left. Over a bottle of wine (or two) and a questionable frozen turkey, they dream of Disneyland, learning to drive, and an unknowable future as they share their hopes and fears in making a new home in a new reality.

“Beautiful… Politically astute and filled with subtly devastating lines, THE HEART SELLERS is about intelligent, curious, creative women who find themselves bereft in a new country — where they recognize something in each other, and cheer each other on.”
—The New York Times

“A stunning comedy… I would sign up for a whole season of shows about Luna and Jane… Breathtaking.”
—The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Cast of Characters
LUNA — Luningning Ignacia Mangahas de la Rosario Bustos, 23,
Filipina, female
JANE — Hong Jae Ha, 23, Korean, female

Casting Note
The characters are to be performed by actors of Asian or Pacific Island descent only. Further to this, because language of origin is a critical component of the play, it is essential to cast actors with specific understanding and lived or inherited experience with the respective dialects of the characters.

Luna’s apartment, in a mid-sized U.S. city.

Early evening, Thanksgiving Day.

November 22, 1973


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 received additional grants,awards and fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Lark Play Development Center, SecondGeneration, Pan Asian Repertory and NAATCO.

(Photo by Karin Shook)