Studio 180 READS
Launched in 2016
Step into the role of artistic director and join us for readings of critically acclaimed plays.
We invite you to hear a published play we are considering for production, experience the actors’ first instincts and share your feedback with us on whether you would like to see it produced.
With Studio 180 READS as a part of our Studio Series, we look forward to hearing your responses to the plays that intrigue us, and we welcome the chance for further conversation with you, our audiences.
The Chinese Lady, Contractions
The Chinese Lady
By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Marjorie Chan
Featuring Mayko Nguyen & John Ng
In partnership with fu-GEN Theatre
January 22, 2021
WARNING: Audience complicity may also be on display.
Afong Moy is fourteen years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly 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. Inspired by the true story of Afong Moy’s life, it is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.
Dragon Ladies, China Dolls & Beyond
January 20, 2021
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Sabryn Rock
Featuring Virgilia Griffith & Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Video Editing by Matthew Takatsch
October 23, 2020
WARNING: Extreme compromises, power imbalances and the disconcerting realization that this is in fact what you signed up for.
Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts.
Meet the Team
October 21, 2020