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This show closed on November 18, 2018

About The Chinese Lady

In 1834, Afong Moy is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next 45 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.

The Drama Desk, Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company ("KPOP", "Teenage Dick") begins its 2018 - 2019 season featuring all-new plays by Asian American playwrights

Written by Lloyd Suh ("The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!"), directed by Ralph B. Peña ("Among The Dead"), and starring Shannon Tyo ("Bright Half Life"), and Daniel K. Isaac ("Showtime’s Billions").

Run Time

1hr, 30min

Start Date

End Date


10 and older

Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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