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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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
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