The Chinese Lady

The Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company have partnered with The Public Theater to produce The Chinese Lady. The Chinese Lady tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

The Chinese Lady is a play by Lloyd Suh about Afong Moy, widely considered the first Chinese woman to come to America. However, she was brought over in 1834 against her will. After being traded in a deal between her family and American importers, she quickly became a public spectacle under the titular name, put on display for audiences fascinated by her appearance.

Surrounded by Chinese trinkets, she was made to perform an exoticized version of the Chinese identity. She gained fame, even meeting then-President Andrew Jackson, but had her words skewed by translation and her culture reduced to a show. The Chinese Lady is a reclamation of Afong's story and culture, which challenges the way global cultures are seen under the white American gaze and lets Afong, or at least the actress playing her, share her story and true culture for herself.

The Chinese Lady had its world premiere in 2018 at Barrington Stage Company, which was followed by its Off-Broadway premiere with Ma-Yi Theatre Company. The play has now become one of the most produced plays of the 2021-2022 theatre season nationwide. Productions have gone up in Portland, Philadelphia, Ithaca, Rochester, and most recently, New Haven. Now, the Public is the latest company to present The Chinese Lady Off-Broadway. Much of the original Off-Broadway creative team is returning, including director Ralph B. Peña, set designer Junghyun Georgia Lee, and sound designer Fabian Obispo. They are joined by lighting designers Jiyoun Chang and Elizabeth Mak and costume designer Linda Cho.

Tickets to The Chinese Lady are available now. Book The Chinese Lady tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.

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About The Chinese Lady:

The Chinese Lady is inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. It is a tale of dark poetic whimsy, a piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman; Afong Moy reflects on life in 1834 and beyond, as she is brought to the United States from China and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.”

Lloyd Suh
Ma-Yi Theater Company
Ralph B. Peña
Jiyoun Chang and Elizabeth Mak
Fabian Obispo
Junghyun Georgia Lee
Linda Cho
Cast list:
Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac; Cindy Im and Jon Norman Schneider at certain performances
Other info:
Original music by Fabian Obispo, Projection design by Shawn Duan
The Chinese Lady Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
February 23, 2022
Opening date: 
March 9, 2022
Booking to: 
April 10, 2022
April 10, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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'The Chinese Lady' sets Off-Broadway cast at The Public Theater
January 18, 2022

The Public Theater has announced casting for The Chinese Lady, the next show in its Off-Broadway season. Lloyd Suh's play begins performances February 23 ahead of a March 8 opening, and will run through March 27. Shannon Tyo will play the titular character, Afong Moy, and Daniel K. Isaac will play the translator Atung. Both are reprising their roles from the last New York production of The Chinese Lady, a 2018 engagement at Theatre Row. In addition, Cindy Im will play Afong Moy and Jon Norman Schneider will play Atung at certain performances.

Our The Chinese Lady Review

A young girl with a vibrant smile, a unique costume, very small feet, a uniquely oriental room, in a shipping box. This is the first image your mind registers when you see the Ma-Yi Theater Company production of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh at Theatre Row.