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China Dreams

China Dreams or the Conservation of Parity tells the story of Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu’s work and life story, and how she came to be a part of the first Chinese physicists to win the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, yet excluded in its recognition. Presented in association with Kitchen Theatre Company.

THROUGH APRIL 19 ONLY

Watch at Kitchen Theatre
All Ages | Non-sexual, non-violent

Chien-Shiung Wu is 24-years-old in Shanghai when she boards ocean liner President Hoover for California. As she says goodbye to her family, she promises to return soon, armed with a PhD in physics and an education she will use to better her country. What she does not yet know is how World War II will engulf her family and home, how the Japanese will terrorize Chinese civilians, and the Chinese Civil War and Chairman Mao’s Communist rule prevent her from returning to China for the next 40 years. China Dreams or the Conservation of Parity tells the story of Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu’s work and life story, and how she came to be a part of the first Chinese physicists to win the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, yet excluded in its recognition.

In March 2021, Ma-Yi Theater Company and Kitchen Theatre Company presented scenes from China Dreams or the Conversation of Parity in conjunction of a series of live-streamed conversations. The discussions and scenes are available to watch through April 19 only.

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Cast

Ruibo Qian | Wu Chien-Shiung

Michael Liu | Father

Jason Butler Harner | Robert Oppenheimer

Fang Du | Luke Yuan

Clea Alsip | Ursula

Kristin Hung | Mother/Boss Lady

Will Dao | Victor Yung/Brother

Wai Ching Ho | Grandmother

Creative Team

Stefani Kuo (郭佳怡) | Playwright

Jess McLeod |

Orli Nativ | Costume Design

Joshua Benghiat | Scenic & Lighting Design

Judy Bowman, CSA | Casting Director

Professor Zuoyue Wang | Panelist

Professor Donald Spector | Panelist

Ralph B. Peña | Panelist

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