The Chinese Lady

The Chinese Lady premiered at Barrington Stage Company in July 2018, featuring Daniel K. Isaac (“Billions”) and Shannon Tyo. In a co-production of Ma-Yi Theater Company and Barrington Stage Company, the show premiered in New York in November 2018.

Coming to Long Wharf Theatre – previews begin March 2020. Visit for more information.

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.


Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036

A Preview of "The Chinese Lady" from the Barrington Stage Production

About the Playwright

Lloyd Suh | Playwright

Lloyd Suh is the author of Charles Francis Chan, Jr...; American HwangapThe 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

Ralph B. Peña | Director

Recent Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady, Among The Dead, House/Rules, and Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! Ralph has been Ma-Yi Theater’s Artistic Director since 1996, and has been instrumental in establishing Ma-Yi Theater Company as the country’s leading incubator of new works by Asian American playwrights, reaping numerous Obie and Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical (KPOP), and most recently, the 2018 Ross Wetzsteon Obie Award. Apart from Ma-Yi Theater, his work has been seen on the stages of Ensemble Studio Theater, the Public Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Children’s Theater Company, and La Mama ETC, to name a few. This is for Damien, always and forever.


Design Team

  • Junghyun Georgia Lee | Scenic & Costume Design
  • Oliver Wason | Lighting Design
  • Sound Design | Fabian Obispo
  • Geoff Boronda | Production Stage Manager

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