CSC’s Production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s SNOW IN MIDSUMMER Currently in Previews, Opens June 8

On the 20th day of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I caught the first preview of Classic Stage Company’s production of Snow in Midsummer, written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and directed by Zi Alikhan. Snow in Midsummer officially opens on Wednesday, June 8 for a run through Saturday, July 9, 2022.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Snow in Midsummer is fascinating, a thrilling murder mystery adapted from the classical Chinese drama The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing. When a wealthy businesswoman takes ownership of a factory in a remote drought-devastated town, she learns of a curse placed on the town by a woman executed for a crime she did not commit. Weaving together parallel stories in a community torn apart by injustice and ecological disaster, Snow in Midsummer is a spellbinding ghost story that explores the weight of generational trauma and restorative justice.

Kenneth Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Paul John, Tommy Bo, Dorcas Leung, Julian Leong and John Yi. Photo by Lia Chang

Snow in Midsummer was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, February 23, 2017. The U.S. premiere was produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, August 2018.

The cast of Snow in Midsummer includes Tommy Bo (Boogie, “FBI: Most Wanted”), Wai Ching Ho (Turning Red, Endlings), Paul Juhn (NAATCO’s Henry VI, the Good Person of Szechwan), Kenneth Lee (The Machine, “Search Party”), Julian Leong (Here Lies Love, The Qualms), Dorcas Leung (Miss Saigon, Hamilton), Teresa Avia Lim (Junk, The Alchemist), Fin Moulding (Miss Saigon), Alex Vinh (Kimberly Akimbo, “WeCrashed”) and John Yi (Soft Power, KPOP).

Wai Ching Ho, Julian Leong and Alex Vinh. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team include dots (Scenic Design), Johanna Pan (Costume Design), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design), Fan Zhang (Sound Design), Brittany Hartman (Hair and Makeup Design), Sunny Hitt (Movement Director), Judi Lewis Ockler (Fight and Intimacy Director), Caitlin Murphy (Prop Supervisor), The Telsey Office, Karyn Casl (Casting), Jonathan Castanien (Production Stage Manager), Fatimah Amill (Assistant Stage Manager.)

CSC memberships are available, starting at $25, and include access to purchase discounted tickets to all CSC productions. Single tickets for Snow in Midsummer start at $70, and are now on sale at

Lia Chang, Kenneth Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Paul John, Tommy Bo, Dorcas Leung, Julian Leong and John Yi.
Lia Chang, Kenneth Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Paul John, Tommy Bo, Dorcas Leung, Julian Leong and John Yi.

ABOUT Classic Stage Company
Classic Stage Company (CSC) is committed to reimagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. It is a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today.

In 1967, director Christopher Martin founded CSC Repertory in a 100-seat theater at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on West 73rd Street. Following short stints in small spaces, CSC grew to the point where it needed a permanent home. In 1973, the theater moved to its present premises on 13th Street, an intimate space that was formerly an East Village carriage house.

In the 55 years since, CSC has become a leading Off-Broadway theater that is a home for new and established artists, as well audiences seeking epic stories intimately told. Productions have been cited by all major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

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