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Golden Shield
Golden Shield Tickets

Golden Shield Tickets

New York
26 Apr 2022 - 12 Jun 2022
Don't miss this world premiere play which questions loyalty, family, and tech.

Golden Shield Information

Anchuli Felicia King's fast-paced play Golden Shield premieres at New York City Center in April with Manhattan Theatre Club. Get Golden Shield tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.

Golden Shield is a play that fuses a family drama with a legal drama. It centers on two sisters: Julie Chen, an American lawyer who files a class-action lawsuit involving the Chinese government and an international tech company; and Eva, who Julie hires as her translator for the legal proceedings. Julie has gotten a Chinese dissident to testify in American court against the tech company and needs Eva's translation skills, but the women don't see eye-to-eye, as they haven't been in each other's lives for a while. As the two work to speak the same language — literally and figuratively — and win the case, they must make compromises and move beyond their past differences.

Golden Shield takes its name from the Chinese government’s internet firewall, and King based her play loosely on a real 2016 class-action lawsuit that Chinese dissenters brought against a U.S. company accused of colluding with China.

May Adrales directs the American premiere of Golden Shield in New York. The show was originally commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company's NEXT STAGE Writers' Program, and it made its world premiere in Australia with Melbourne Theatre Company in August 2019. King's play was a finalist for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, alongside works including Aleshea Harris's What to Send Up When It Goes Down (which has had multiple Off-Broadway runs between 2019 and 2021) and Dominique Morisseau's Confederates, whose world premiere with Signature Theatre in March 2022 coincides with Golden Shield off Broadway.

Get tickets to Golden Shield in New York.

When enterprising American lawyer Julie Chen files a class-action lawsuit involving a multinational technology corporation and the Chinese government, she hires her strong-minded sister Eva as her translator. But what compromises will they make in order to win? And can they put aside their past differences to speak the same language?

Run time

2h 30m (incl. intermission).

Opening date

April 26th, 2022

Closing date

June 12th, 2022


Opening Soon

Previews from

April 26th, 2022


New York City Center

Cast and creative

By: Anchuli Felicia King
Director: Danya Taymor

Our review

Golden Shield

In Act II of Golden Shield, the ambitious new drama by Anchuli Felicia King, the narrator takes us through the English proverb "too many cooks in the kitchen." What that proverb means, says the narrator (played with energetic charm by Fang Du), is "misguided benevolence. Too many people trying to help at once." It's a popular adage, and it can also be used to describe King's play: compelling but overstuffed with ideas.Golden Shield is named after the firewall in China that enables the country to...

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