Lloyd Suh’s “The Chinese Lady” Opens At Theatre Row
photography by Carol Rosegg
On November 10th, 2018, Ma-Yi Theater Company was proud to present the opening of Ma-Yi Lab Member Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY, at Theater Row. NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE‘s Nishka Jain writes, “I was so invested in Atong and Afong Moy’s journey that I was left wanting to hear more about their lives, as the playwright moved from their journey to the historical events. I found myself wanting Afong Moy’s personal journey through history more than the history itself. I also found a deep connection with Afong’s experience of being an immigrant with my own, perhaps that is what drew me so close to her, and had me wanting to know more about her struggles as someone who is also from outside.
“Perhaps I should hire a fourteen year old white American girl to come with me to China, and display her in a room with a raised bed, shoes on her feet in the home, eating with a fork! Perhaps I can tour her throughout the country and let the Chinese look at her and study her, put her on display for the education and edification of the Chinese curiosity!”
“Both Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac are amazing in their delivery. They steal your heart with their innocence and portrayal of two extra ordinary human beings as Afong Moy and Atung.
The writing is witty, and engaging. Ralph B. Peña‘s direction is superb, and so is the design team. There is a sense of calm while the storm rages in the story, I wonder if that was because of the music, the lighting design or the writing. But everything feels connected in a surreal sort of a way.
Afong Moy, might not have fulfilled her intention of educating, and connecting the world in her life, but The Chinese Lady sure has the promise and potential do so.
If you see only one show this season, watch The Chinese Lady.”
“I am the first Chinese American woman. I am the first Chinese woman you have ever seen. I am the first Chinese from nobility, the first educated Chinese, the first high-born, the first with bound feet, the first the first the first. And so you see, this gives me a great responsibility.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:
Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan, Jr...; American Hwangap; The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!; Jesus in India and others; produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theare, Magic Theatre, Denver Center and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of The Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA, Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, The Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House and NYCT’s Helen Merill Award. He is an alum of EST’s Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, and since 2016 as a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.
RAPLH B. PEÑA
Ralph B. Peña is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company.
Recent directing credits include Among the Dead, House Rules (Ma-Yi) The Orphan of Zhao (Fordham Theatre), Macho Dancer: A Musical (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Livin’ La Vida Imelda (Ma-Yi), Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO! (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Children’s Theater Co. and Ma-Yi, Off Broadway Alliance Award), Julia Specht’s Down Cleghorn, Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Mike Lew’s microcrisis(Youngblood, Ma-Yi), and House/Boy (Dublin and Singapore Theater Festivals). His theater work has been seen at The NYSF/Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Laguna Playhouse, NAATCO, Second Generation, Victory Gardens, and LaMama ETC, among others. He received an Obie Award for his work on The Romance of Magno Rubio. Ralph is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater. This is for Damien, always and forever.
Daniel K. Isaac (Atung) is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”Isaac co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Isaac is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA.
He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane. Select NYC: Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO). DanielKIsaac.com
Shannon Tyo (Afong Moy) Off-Broadway credits include Kentucky, Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Dear Edwina. Favorite regional credits include The White Snake at the Old Globe, San Diego; Miss Saigon at the Pioneer Theatre Co, Music Theatre of Wichita and Cape Fear Regional; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeat Northern Stage, Tuacahn PAC and Pioneer Theatre Co.; and Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage. BFA Syracuse University. shannon-tyo.com
JUNGHYUN GEORGIA LEE (Set and Costume Designer) is a Korean-born, NY-based set and costume designer. She designed for Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, The Play Co., Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Playmakers Rep, The Juilliard School, Dallas Theater Center, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theater, Syracuse Stage, Humana Festival, Center Stage (Baltimore), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and National Theater in Seoul, Korea. She is a member of New Neighborhood. MFA, Yale School of Drama. junghyunleedesign.com
FABIAN OBISPO (Sound Designer/Composer) MaYi: Teenage Dick, House Rules, The Square, No Foreigners Beyond This Point. Off- Broadway: The Public, MTC, MCC, CSC, Atlantic Theatre Company, Vineyard Theatre, The New Group, NYTW, TFANA, Primary Stages among others. Regional: Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, ACT, Goodman, Guthrie, OSF, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company and Cincinnati Playhouse to name a few.
OLIVER WASON (Lighting Designer) Previously with Ma-Yi: Among the Dead, House Rules. Recent work: peerless (Yale Rep, Barrington Stage); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Stones in His Pockets (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center); Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Festival); Dido and Aeneas, Lucia di Lammermoor (Heartbeat Opera); Cosi Fan Tutte (Loft Opera); Empty the House (Curtis). MFA Yale. oliverwason.com
GEOFF BORONDA (THE CHINESE LADY, Production Stage Manager; SESAR, Assistant Stage Manager) Credits include: New York: Ain’t No Mo’, Mobile Unit: Romeo & Juliet, Mobile Unit: The Comedy of Errors, Buzzer, Ping Pong, Under the Radar Festival, The Urban Retreat, The Great Immensity, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater); The Undertaking (The Civilians); generations (Soho Rep). Regional: The Chinese Lady, Typhoid Mary (Barrington Stage Company); Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); A View from the Bridge (Center Theatre Group); Hamlet, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre); Appropriate (Westport Country Playhouse). Education: MFA Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama.
RACHAEL GASS (SESAR – Production Stage Manager; THE CHINESE LADY – Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Cirque Du Soleil Paramour, Motown (2016). Off Broadway credits include Neurosis (DR2), Illyria (The Public), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Tony Kiser Theatre), First Daughter Suite (The Public), Signature Plays (Signature Theatre), A Walk in the Woods (Keen Company). BFA from UNCSA.
ALLISON QUEEN (Production Manager) is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. Most recently she served as Production Manager for the Off-Broadway production The Mad Ones and One Thousand Nights and One Day. She interned with Aurora Productions where she had a chance to assist on many Broadway shows including Anastasia, Six Degrees of Separation, The Present, and Holiday Inn. Allison spent 8 years stage managing professionally before crossing into production management. She would like to thank her family for their never-ending love and support!
ERIN MCCOY (THE CHINESE LADY – Assistant Stage Manager) Ma-Yi Theatre: The Chinese Lady, Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Off-Broadway: (Manhattan Theater Club): Sugar In Our Wounds (The Public Theater): Ain’t No Mo,Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Buzzer, Fidelis, Under the Radar Festival, Public Works Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in the Park The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest (Baltimore Center Stage): Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Westport County Playhouse): Appropriate. Education: Otterbein University.
JULIANNE BOYD (THE CHINESE LADY -Producing Artistic Director, Barrington Stage Company) co-founded Barrington Stage Company in January 1995. She has directed many productions at BSC. Last summer, Ms. Boyd directed the acclaimed production of Company starring Aaron Tveit. In 2016, she directed two world premieres: Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016 by an emerging playwright, and the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Lance Rubin. Other productions include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies, Dancing Lessons and Dr. Ruth, All the Way, and the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies. In 1997, she directed BSC’s smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theater Critics Awards and transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run.Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also coconceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A…My Name Is Still Alice. Over the past thirty-five years she has worked extensively in New York and regional theatres.
JORGE Z. ORTOLL (Former Executive Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, Board Member and Senior Advisor) assumed the position of Executive Director for Ma-Yi in 1991, and up through 2004, produced all of its productions and oversaw its steady growth and respect in the industry and communities it serves. He has served as panelist for the Nancy Quinn Fund of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York, and has represented the United States in the bi-annual conventions of ITI (International Theater Institute of UNESCO) since 2002. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Accounting from Holy Cross College and an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University.
SARAH HANLON (Ma-Yi Theater Production Assistant) is a world traveler performing in shows such as the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, regional productions of Les Miserables, Showboat, Man of La Mancha and her family’s favorite, Pocahontas. Much love to Chris and Mochi. For Mom.
SEAN DALEY (Ma-Yi Theater Production Intern) is a member of LSA (Linguistic Society of America) focusing on South Korean phonetics and phonology and is producing a book on diction in Korean for non-native speakers on stage and in song. He is a performer of Korean contemporary musical theatre. Playwright: Noblesse Oblige (Manhattan Rep), Assistant Director: Family Dynamics (Hudson Guild), Manhattan School of Music, Classical Voice. Current CUNY, B.A. in Linguistics and Theatre.
Production Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY)—Geoff Boronda
Asst. Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY)—Rachael Gass
Asst. Stage Manager (THE CHINESE LADY) —Erin McCoy
Dramaturge (THE CHINESE LADY)—Rebecca Weiss
Production Manager—Allison Queen
Asst. Production Manager—Christy Perez
Asst. Set/Costume Designer—Aram Kim
Asst. Sound Designer—Jorge Olivo
Master Electrician—Stephen Cornelius
Associate Lighting Designer (SESAR)—Alex deNevers
Assistant Lighting Designer (SESAR)—Xander Coleman
Associate Lighting Designer (THE CHINESE LADY)—Keithlyn B Parkman
Sound Board Operator—German Martinez
Light Board Operator—Gianna Rini
Technical Director—Courtney Kupferschmidt
Props Coordinator—Mackenzie Trowbridge
Wardrobe Supervisor—Bill Nguyen
Run Crew—Miranda Thompson
Run Crew (THE CHINESE LADY) —Emily Lin
Production Associate.—Sarah Hanlon
House Manager—Sean Daley
Promotion and Production Videographer—Jon Burkland, Zanni Productions