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.
The Chinese Lady
The Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company have partnered with the Public to present The Chinese Lady. The Chinese Lady tickets will be available soon.
The Chinese Lady is a play by Lloyd Suh about Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to come to America. She quickly became a public spectacle under the titular name, put on display for audiences fascinated by her appearance. The show was performed at Theatre Row in 2018, and the director from that production, Ralph B. Peña, will return to direct the staging at the Public.
The play is set to begin performances in February 2022. Check back for information on tickets to The Chinese Lady in New York.
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.”