World Premier of 99 Tropes Explores Who Gets to Tell America’s Story
Conversation between two Seattle friends sparked new play with outrageous take on race and representation in Hollywood
SEATTLE, Nov. 2 – Veteran Hollywood writer Andrew Chapman tackles race, gender, culture, and money in today’s entertainment business in his funny new play, 99 Tropes, which premieres on Nov 24th at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill for a four-week run.
Chapman, who lives in Seattle, is co-executive producer and writer on The Resident, which runs on FOX Television Mondays at 8 p.m. His new play, 99 Tropes, tells the story of an Asian American writer who finally gets his big chance at TV writing stardom when his show is picked up by network TV.
However, as the program slowly tanks in the ratings, the ambitious writer, C. Chan, stages a coup in the writer’s room, forcing a veteran show runner to the sidelines. And Chan’s vision for the show is outrageous – a race blind America with a shocking twist.
The play emerged from a real-life dilemma: The playwright’s close friend, local actor E.J. Gong, couldn’t find a good play with an Asian male lead. In 99 Tropes, the lead role goes to an Asian American, who finds himself in a collision at the intersection of race, gender, and Hollywood commercialism.
In the year of Crazy Rich Asians, Chapman’s 99 Tropes explores the timely question of who gets to decide what stories are told in modern America.
Chapman has written numerous movies and TV shows, including Disney’s Pocahontas, Fox’s version of Iron Man and TNT’s show Legends. In addition, Chapman is a novelist (under the name Drew Chapman). His thrillers, The Ascendant, and the follow up, The King of Fear, were published by Simon & Schuster.
Produced by In the Moment Theater, the play is directed by Jeff Woodbridge and features a cast of seven actors with long lists of credits in the Seattle theater projects.