The Chinese Lady
By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph B. Peña
March 18 – April 12, 2020
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: April 3, 2020
Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant and her journey through the 19th century
Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year-old girl purchased by the Carne brothers and later sold to P.T. Barnum to travel the United States. Her “performance?” Educate others about life in her native China. To Afong, she is an ambassador; to her owners, a sideshow. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discoveries in Lloyd Suh’s deeply poetic and subversively comedic tale.