Jon Norman Schneider and Shannon Tyo Set for Long Wharf Theatre’s Production of THE CHINESE LADY by Lloyd Suh, March 18 – April 12

Shannon Tyo. Photo by Lia Chang

Long Wharf Theatre (Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director; Kit Ingui, Managing Director), the non-profit theatre with a mission to present radically inclusive works that galvanize the community of New Haven, is presenting The Chinese Lady, written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Ralph B. Peña.

Shannon Tyo. Photo by Lia Chang
Shannon Tyo. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for a limited run through April 12, 2020. Opening night is set for Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM on Stage II (222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT). The Chinese Lady exemplifies the theater’s mission by offering audiences the opportunity to explore their collective humanity.

Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese “immigrant,” The Chinese Lady introduces audiences to 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” was to 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. The Chinese Lady is produced in partnership with Yale-China Association.

The cast will feature Jon Norman Schneider (Atung) and Shannon Tyo (Afong Moy).

The creative team includes Junghyun Georgia Lee (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Design), Fan Zhang (Composition & Sound Design), and Alex H. Hajjar (Production Stage Manager). Casting is by Calleri Casting.

Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online at longwharf.org, by calling 203.787.4282, or by visiting the box office located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven. AnyTime Passes may be purchased online starting at $200 for four tickets. $10 student tickets are available for every Thursday and Friday performance (student ID required). For group ticket sales, contact groups@longwharf.org or call 203.772.8259. The Friday, March 27 performance will offer open captioning, making the show accessible to individuals with hearing loss. Post-show conversations will be held after all performances (except opening and closing nights) and we will host a post-show symposium featuring local guest speakers on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please check longwharf.org/the-chinese-lady for updates on additional programming surrounding the show.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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