In repertory with SESAR at Theatre Row

THE CHINESE LADY

a co-production of Ma-Yi Theater Company and Barrington Stage Company

Previews November 7 /  Opens November 10 / Closes November 18

at Theatre Row

410 W. 42nd Street, New York City

STARRING

Daniel K. Isaac — as Atung

Shannon Tyo — as Afong Moy

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?

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production photos by Eloy Garcia

THE CHINESE LADY, written by Lloyd Suh (The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!), directed by Ralph B. Peña (Among The Dead), and starring Shannon Tyo (Bright Half Life), and Daniel K. Isaac (The Gentleman Caller), is inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant.

Scenic/Costume Designer-Junghyun Georgia Lee

Lighting Designer-Oliver Wason

Sound Designer-Fabian Obispo

Production Stage Manager-Geoff Boronda

Your Ticket stub allows you free entry to MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) any time during the month of November.

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Reviews From The Barrington Stage Company Production of THE CHINESE LADY  July 20- August 11, 2018:

“This is one of the finest works presented by Barrington Stage this year.”
Berkshire Bright Focus

“an exceptionally engaging world premiere at Barrington Stage Company…acted with abundant humor and even more compassion….Suh explores Moy’s story in an unusual, intellectually bracing way that explodes theater conventions.” Albany Times Union

“a fascinating piece of theater and history, beautifully and bravely told.”
In the Spotlight

“It will touch your heart, fill your mind and have you remembering this brave woman who learns about life in a world that does not accept her.”
Berkshire On Stage

“A riveting and poetic 90-minute world premiere of historic interest and pointed political observations.”
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SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES

             

11/07/18

Wednesday

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7:30

11/08/18

Thursday

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7:30

11/09/18

Friday

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7:30

11/10/18

Saturday

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2:30

11/10/18

Saturday

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7:30

11/11/18

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11/12/18

Monday

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11/13/18

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7:30

11/14/18

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7:30

11/15/18

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7:30

11/16/18

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7:30

11/17/18

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2:30

11/17/18

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11/18/18

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2:30

 

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The Chinese Lady, written by Lloyd Suh (The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!), directed by Ralph B. Peña (Among The Dead), and starring Shannon Tyo (Bright Half Life), and Daniel K. Isaac (The Gentleman Caller), is inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. A tale of dark poetic whimsy in this piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman; Afong Moy reflects on life in 1834, as she is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.”

 


 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

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LLOYD SUH

Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Play Company, La Mama, Denver Center Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, The Guthrie Theatre with Mu Performing Arts, East West Players, and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, TCG, and Dramatists Guild, and has been a recipient of the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Playhouse, the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of 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 currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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RAPLH B. PEÑA

Ralph B. Peña is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company.

Recent directing credits include Among the DeadHouse 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.

CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

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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).  www.DanielKIsaac.com

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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

Scenic/Costume Designer
Junghyun Georgia Lee

Lighting Designer
Oliver Wason

Sound Designer
Fabian Obispo

Prod. Stage Manager
Geoff Boronda

Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at] ma-yitheatre.org