[PAST EVENT] The Asian Centennial presents Lloyd Suh's "The Chinese Lady" starring Rinabeth Apostol

April 3, 2022
2pm - 3:30pm
Williamsburg Regional Library
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Rinabeth Apostol in the title character, THE CHINESE LADY, during the 2019 Magic Theatre production in San Francisco, California.


Also available for pick-up at Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre, Programs Desk.

The Asian Centennial and W&M Theatre proudly present Lloyd Suh's award winning play on the life story of Afong Moy, who at 14 years old was brought to the US from Guangdong Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on US soil, she has been put on display for the American public as "The Chinese Lady." For the next half-century, she performs for curious white people, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event, she walks with bound feet. 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. THE CHINESE LADY is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of the exotified reclaiming their agency.

Free Admission. Check out updates to this page for ticketing information.

Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady (upcoming at Long Wharf Theatre, Barrington Stage, Ma-Yi, and Milwaukee Rep), Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO, Guthrie with Mu, and others), Franklinland (Jackalope), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company, Ma-Yi with La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Cultural Center of the Philippines), American Hwangap (Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Halcyon/A-Squared, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea), Jesus in India (Magic, Ma-Yi), Great Wall Story (Denver Center), and others. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, Dramatists Guild, and the New York Community Trust (Helen Merrill Award). He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

As a SAG-AFTRA & AEA performer, Rinabeth Apostol has worked professionally as an actor, singer, dancer, print/lifestyle/arts model and voiceover actor. While predominantly a theatre actor, she's also appeared in film, television, new media, industrials and commercials and often lends her voice to video games and children's toys. She is a proud company member of Ferocious Lotus and PlayGround, an Emerging Artist with the Kevin Spacey Foundation as well as a Multicultural Artist Leadership Initiative Fellow.

(Co-Produced by W&M Theatre, The Asian Centennial, and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies.)