Stefani Kuo 郭佳怡

playwright | actor | poet

Architectureof rain

75 Minutes, 4W

Physically housed in a glass home of forgetfulness, Sol, Scy, and Silina rebuild and remember All-Grown-Up in the wake of her death. A girl who died at the age of eight, All-Grown-Up enters as a memory, repairing the house with her presence and taking it down with her when they forget. Architecture of Rainis the story about the secondary death of a loved one with forgetting. From Scy's departure from home to boarding school, to Silina's rebellion against her mother Sol's grief, the narrative follows the three living women as they struggle to reconcile their individual recollections of All-Grown-Up.

delicacy of a puffin heart

90 minutes, 5W

In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990’s, Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while navigating Meryl's bipolar disorder II. In the same apartment two decades later, their daughter, Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn's cancer. In the struggle to take control of their lives, relationships, and illnesses four women unravel the complexity of their Asian, Bulgarian, and outsider to American identities and experience the potential loss of female friendship and sense of self: What does it mean to love someone honestly even when they are incapable of being honest with themselves?

Tongue grafting

90 minutes, 4W, 3M

Tongue Grafting is a play written in three languages, English, French, and Mandarin. Tongue grafting refers to both a horticultural transposing of seeds into a different ground and the forgetting and acquisition of a new language or culture. It follows a young woman, Sylvie, as she begins to discover her own sense of loneliness at home with her single father and ailing grandmother, the sense of cultural displacement in the United States where she attends university, and finally in France where she tries to root herself in a new home, a new tongue, and an unsuccessfully new body. Translation is the act of going from point A to point B, and Sylvie is constantly caught between the two. Sylvie flees to France for the summer to start over, with a completely new language and home, only to find Ninon, her host mother, an eccentric but neglected matriarch of her family. It is in France that Sylvie begins to find the disconnect between her physical desires and lack of physical intimacy with men. Where does loneliness stem from? And how does one begin to heal?