Project Description

Sponsored by Hal Kramer

The Chinese Lady

Directed by RALPH B. PEÑA
Co-Production with MA-YI THEATER COMPANY

In 1834, Afong Moy is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.” For many years, she performs in a side show that both defines and challenges her own view of herself. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh spins a tale of dark poetic whimsy in this piercing  portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.

Sponsored in part by Audrey and Ralph Friedner
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“This is one of the finest works presented by Barrington Stage this year.”
Berkshire Bright Focus

an exceptionally engaging world premiere at Barrington Stage Company…acted with abundant humor and even more compassion.”
Albany Times Union

a fascinating piece of theater and history, beautifully and bravely told.”
In the Spotlight

It will touch your heart, fill your mind and have you remembering this brave woman who learns about life in a world that does not accept her.”
Berkshire On Stage

“A riveting and poetic 90-minute world premiere of historic interest and pointed political observations.”

“…multi-layered, filled with dimension, and a show which provides invaluable insight.”
Talkin’ Broadway

The Chinese Lady - 2018

SHANNON TYO as Afong Moy


Lost Stories That Need To Be Told with Lloyd Suh

July 22nd at 1pm