The Chinese Lady

By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph B. Peña
March 18 – April 12, 2020
Support for open captioning provided by The Carol L. Sirot Foundation

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese “immigrant”

Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year-old girl who traveled the United States, first with the Carne Brothers and then with P.T. Barnum. 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.


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Meet the Actors

SHANNON TYO (Afong Moy) (she/her) Long Wharf Theatre debut. Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady, Kentucky, Bikeman, Dear Edwina. Select regional: The Good Book (Berkeley Rep), Fun Home (Baltimore Center Stage), Smart People (Geva Theatre Center), Bright Half Life (Kitchen Theatre Co.), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage), The White Snake (The Old Globe), Miss Saigon (Pioneer Theatre Co., Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage, Tuacahn Center, Pioneer Theatre Co.). TV: “30 Rock,” “Rediscovering Christmas” (Lifetime), “The Last O.G.” BFA, Syracuse University.

JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER (Atung) (he/him) is thrilled to be back at Long Wharf Theatre after last appearing in Julia Cho’s Durango in 2006. Earlier this year, he played the Fool in Northern Stage’s production of King Lear. Select New York credits include the title role in Henry VI (NAATCO), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/The Public), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), A Map of Virtue (13P), among others. London: Paper Dolls (Tricycle). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Barrington Stage Co., Dorset Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Co., Kennedy Center, Magic Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Mosaic Theatre Co. of DC, and The Old Globe. Film: Bitter Melon, Manila Is Full of Men Named Boy, The Normals, and HBO’s Angel Rodriguez. TV: “Succession,” “Jessica Jones,” “Veep,” “30 Rock,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Meet the Creative Team

Set Design: Junghyun Georgia Lee
Costume Design: Linda Cho
Lighting Design: Jiyoun Chang
Composition & Sound Design: Fan Zhang
Production Stage Manager: Alex H. Hajjar
Casting by Calleri Casting

Co-world premiere presented at Barrington Stage
(Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director; Branden Huldeen, Artistic Producer),
Pittsfield, MA June 2017

Commissioned by and co-world premiere presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company
(Ralph B. Peña, Artistic Director)

Developed with support of the Roe Green Award at Cleveland Play House.

“THE CHINESE LADY” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.