The Chinese Lady (Off-Broadway, Public Theater/Shiva Theater, 2022) | Playbill

The Chinese Lady


The Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company Production, Presented by The Public Theater


Afong Moy is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States in 1834 and placed on public display as “The Chinese Lady” — supposedly the first to step foot on U.S. soil. Decade after decade, she performs as a living exhibit, showing curious white people how she eats, what she wears and — the highlight of the event — how she walks with bound feet. Time wears on, and eventually the lines between her performance and her own identity become blurry. Inspired by the true story of Afong Moy’s life, The Chinese Lady is a darkly poetic yet whimsical portrait of our collective past through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.

Directed by Ralph B. Peña

Featuring Cindy Im, Daniel K. Isaac, Jon Norman Schneider, Shannon Tyo

Show Times: Tuesday-Sunday @8PM, Saturday @2PM

Tickets from $60


Drama Desk Award
2022 Outstanding Play Nominee
2022 Outstanding Costume Design for a Play Nominee
2022 Outstanding Projection Design Nominee
Lucille Lortel Award
2022 Outstanding Revival Nominee

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