Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese female to step foot in America, THE CHINESE LADY is a tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. In 1834, Afong Moy is brought from China to America and put on display as THE CHINESE LADY for a paying public hungry for the exotic mysteries of the East.
But who is looking at whom?
“Though Afong Moy did not speak English, visitors could communicate with her because she was accompanied by her interpreter—a Chinese man named “Atung.” Since audience members wondered about her life in China, the practice of foot binding… her impressions of New York, Atung fielded such questions and translated them for Afong Moy. Atung also made sure Moy did not remain seated for long; every few minutes, he would say a few words in Chinese, prompting Moy to rise from her chair and hobble with difficulty across the room before returning to her seat.” —An excerpt from, “The Chinese Lady and China for the Ladies Race, Gender, and Public Exhibition in Jacksonian America”. With permission By Prof. John Haddad
Shannon is an actor, singer, writer, and musician based in New York City. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted into her family at three months old. Shannon was raised in Rochester, New York, and attended Syracuse University for Musical Theater. Shannon has been recently seen in NYC productions of Kentucky (EST), Bikeman (Tribeca PAC), and Dear Edwina (DR2),See more at shannon-tyo.comfrom the Barrington Stage Production of THE CHINESE LADY: “Ralph B. Peña’s perfectly paced direction is the narrative of a character based on the country’s first female Chinese immigrant who tours the country hoping to bridge the gap between East and West. What’s really going on, though, is a story of horrific betrayal by her American producers and, in fact, the betrayal of Chinese immigrants by America itself. Suh’s poetic writing and Shannon Tyo’s superlatively subtle acting make the history come to life in a profoundly moving way.” —J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge
Daniel K. Isaac is “Atung”
Daniel’s Off Broadway Credits include, The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon), Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Daniel can be seen in current episodes of Showtime’s “Billions”. Daniel began writing several years ago in order to share conversations he had with his ultra-conservative, uber-Christian, Korean immigrant, single mother: According To My Mother.
at the MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 AT 6:30 PM
Learn more about America’s first female Chinese immigrant, Afong Moy, and her interpreter. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and Ma-Yi Theater Company will present an excerpt from the play, THE CHINESE LADY, which is performing on Theatre Row from November 7 through November 18, 2017. After the reading, there will be a post talk-back discussion with the writer and creatives.
$10 ADMISSION. MOCA MEMBERS FREE. 215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013 855-955-MOCA MOCAnyc.org
October 26 and 27 From our friends at Leviathan Lab, in association with The Tank:
In 2016, Leviathan originally explored the immigration crisis in our Living Room: Immigrant series. In 2018, the crisis has continued to escalate worldwide. Here in the U.S., between 45’s abhorrent zero-tolerance immigration policies that have led to the separation of families and the imprisonment of immigrant children in internment camps; and his racist dog whistles that denigrate black and brown people, there is more to explore and bring to light than ever.All bar proceeds from the event will go toward supporting Immigrant Families Together, a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the ‘zero tolerance’ policy.