The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh

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The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh

Presented by Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Theatre

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Directed by Marjorie Chan

Starring Mayko Nguyen & John Ng

WARNING: Audience complicity may also be on display.

Afong Moy is fourteen years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” For the next half-century, she performs for curious white people, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event: how she walks with bound feet. As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Inspired by the true story of Afong Moy’s life, THE CHINESE LADY is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.

PLUS! After the reading, join fu-GEN Theatre Artistic Director, David Yee, in conversation with award-winning playwright Lloyd Suh! Space is limited, first come, first served.