THE CHINESE LADY
22 23 Season
By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Marjorie Chan
Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in association with Crow’s Theatre
May 2–21, 2023
Tuesday- Saturday at 8:00 PM; Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
Studio Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest
345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2T1
Afong Moy is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Purportedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Alternatingly dark, poetic, and whimsical, the play is a searing portrait of Western culture seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.
A CANADIAN PREMIERE
Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Marjorie Chan
“It is a beautiful thing to look at something long enough to really understand it. But it is so much more beautiful to be looked at long enough to be understood.”The Chinese Lady, Lloyd Suh
For Studio 180: debut. Previous works includes Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, and Jesus in India. He was a 2020 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
For Studio 180: debut. Marjorie is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, based in Toronto, and currently the artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille. Most recently, she directed a remount of her debut play CHINA DOLL at the Gateway Theatre, in Richmond, BC. Other directing credits include: JOHN & WALEED and ULTRASOUND (Cahoots/TPM), THE ENCHANTED LOOM (Cahoots/Factory), LATE (Obsidian Theatre), I CALL MYSELF PRINCESS (Paper Canoe/Cahoots/Native Earth), FRANKENSTEIN’S BOY (Eldritch Theatre), KNIVES IN HENS and A DOLL’ S HOUSE (Theatre du Pif – Hong Kong). She also assistant directed MARIA STUARDA (Pacific Opera Victoria), A SYNONYM FOR LOVE (Volcano Theatre) and PIRATE WIDOW CHENG (Puppetmongers).
Student Group Discount!
Student Matinées: May 9, 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM
Recommended: Grade 11&12
Curriculum Connections: Drama, English, Writer’s Craft, Canadian History, World Issues and Gender Studies
Major Themes: Anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, misogyny, identity, community and storytelling
Content Warning: Strong language and mature themes including racism and trauma
Contact Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica Greenberg, with questions or to book!
Learn more about our accompanying IN CLASS Workshops here.