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The Chinese Lady

Lloyd Suh’s critically-acclaimed play about Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America

All Ages | Non-sexual, non-violent

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.

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. The play was scheduled to open at Long Wharf Theatre in March 2020, but was sadly cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Shannon Tyo | Afong Moy

Daniel K. Isaac | Atung

Creative Team

Lloyd Suh | Playwright

Ralph B. Peña | Director

Junghyun Georgia Lee | Scenic & Costume Design

Oliver Wason | Lighting Design

Fabian Obispo | Sound Design

Geoff Boronda | Production Stage Manager

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