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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: S.F.'s Magic Theatre Begins 2019-20 Season with Premiere of "The Chinese Lady"

Oct 04, 2019
Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Kevin Nelson, General Manager) has announced the complete cast and creative team for the Company’s first production of the 2019-2020 season, the Bay Area Premiere of Lloyd Suh’s "The Chinese Lady," directed by Mina Morita, to be performed at Magic Theatre’s Fort Mason location (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor) in San Francisco.

“One of the joys of being a part of Magic is to experience playwrights over time, as their singular lens on the world sharpens,” said Artistic Director Loretta Greco. “There is perhaps no better example of this than the trajectory of Lloyd Suh's work as he has grown from an adventurous emerging playwright (American Hwangap, Jesus in India) into the gravitas of mid-career. We are thrilled to welcome Lloyd and his revelatory "The Chinese Lady" back home, to Magic, where this stirring play began.” 

 

“It's so meaningful to be able to bring this play to the Bay Area,” said playwright Lloyd Suh, “which was essential to the history it aims to excavate. It's even more meaningful to bring it to Magic, which has been a critical artistic community to me for more than a decade. I'm honored and thrilled!”

 

“It is no small thing to consider whose gaze shapes history and therefore our current framing of the world,” said Director Mina Morita. “This conjuring of Afong Moy, a person who really lived in our midst, is a graceful act of purpose -- a reshaping of our understanding.”

 

Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to arrive on American soil, "The Chinese Lady" follows Afong Moy after she is brought from China to America and put on display for an eager public yearning to learn of the exotic East. Leavened with humor and insight, Suh explores the way we consider both ourselves and others. Audiences look at Afong and see whole centuries of American History. She is no longer the Chinese lady. She is us!

 

The cast of "The Chinese Lady" features Rinabeth Apostol as 'Afong Moy' and Will Dao as 'Atung.'

 

In addition to Ms. Morita, the creative team includes Jacquelyn Scott (Set Design / Props Design), Abra Berman (Costume Design), Wen-Ling Liao (Lighting Design), Sara Huddleston (Sound Design), Liz Matos (Stage Manager) and Sonia Fernandez (Dramaturg / Local Casting). The scenery will be engineered and built by Acme Scenery Company.

 

The production personnel for "The Chinese Lady" include Sean Dunnington (Assistant Director), Amanda Marshall (Assistant Stage Manager), Kylie Joerger (Production Assistant), Brittany Price (Assistant Lighting Designer), Lyle Barrere of Desired Effect (Master Electrician), Michael Kelly (Sound Engineer), and Liz Kreter-Killian (Light Board Programmer).  

"The Chinese Lady" runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets range from $15 - $75 and are on-sale now at MagicTheatre.org. or by calling Magic Theatre at (415) 441-8822; or visiting Magic Theatre’s Box Office, Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.


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