In repertory with SESAR at Theatre Row
THE CHINESE LADY
by Lloyd Suh directed by Ralph B. Peña
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
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?
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
TICKET PURCHASE PERK: Your Ticket stub allows you free entry to MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) any time during the month of November.
In repertory with SESAR
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.”
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
Theatre Row | 410 W 42nd Street | New York, NY 10036 www.theatrerow.org
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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
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.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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.
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
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
THE DESIGNERS AND MANAGERS
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 STAFF FOR SESAR AND THE CHINESE LADY
for both shows unless noted
Production Stage Manager (SESAR—Rachael Gass
Asst. Stage Manager (SESAR)—Geoff Boronda
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
MA-YI THEATER COMPANY has enjoyed great critical success with the production of Teenage Dick at The Public Theater and with the highly engaging and award winning KPOP last fall by Jason Kim and Woodshed Collective, in addition to Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda, Hansol Jung’s Among The Dead, A. Rey Pamatmat’s House Rules, Nandita Shenoy’s Washer/Dryer, Michi Barall’s Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band, Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table, and Rehana Lew Mirza’s Soldier X. The company won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for its critically acclaimed production of Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids…! Productions include Mike Lew’s Bike America and microcrisis, Qui Nguyen’s The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G and Soul Samuri (with Vampire Cowboys), the revival of Ralph B. Peña’s Flipzoids and The Romance of Magno Rudio by Lonnie Carter. Through successful prgrams such as the Writers Lab, Ma-Yi emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences, while developing a steady stream of quality new works by Asian American playwrights for its own performing repertory. New works developed at the Writers Lab have gone on to successful productions around the country, at such theaters as Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Woolly Mammoth, and the Actors Theater of Louisville, to name a few. Ma-Yi Theater was recently honored with the 2018 Ross Wetzsteon Obie Award and Ma-Yi productions have earned 10 Obie Awards, several Lucille Lortel Awards, numerous Henry Hewes Award nominations, a Drama Desk Award and nomination for Best Play and the Special Drama Desk Award for “more than two decades of excellence and for nurturing Asian-American voices in stylistically varied and engaging theater.” Ma-Yi is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña.
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY (Co Producer – THE CHINESE LADY) (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre. BSC garnered national attention when it premiered The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway and won two Tony Awards. Other world premieres include Freud’s Last Session, Becoming Dr. Ruth, and American Son, which is currently playing on Broadway. BSC’s production of On the Town opened in 2013 and later transferred to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards. barringtonstageco.org
MCCORKLE CASTING LTD; PAT MCCORKLE, KATJA ZAROLINSKI (CASTING) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 15 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard With a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chapelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc.