The Chinese Lady

February 13 — March 24, 2019
Stiemke Studio

Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Recommended Age: 12 and Up

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by:
Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith and Four-Four Foundation

Executive Producers
Mara & Craig Swan

A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production


A NEW PLAY BY A LEADING VOICE IN AMERICAN DRAMA

In 1834, Afong Moy was brought from Beijing to America and put on display as the “Chinese Lady.”

Over the next several decades, she performed in a side show that both defined and challenged her own view of herself as she witnessed stunning transformation in the US. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh unearths hidden history and questions the way we look at ourselves and others.

Artists
Headshot photo of
Lisa Helmi Johanson*
Afong Moy
Headshot photo of
Jon Norman Schneider*
Atung

Headshot photo of
Lloyd Suh
Playwright
Headshot photo of
May Adrales
Director

Collette Pollard
Scenic Designer
Melissa Ng
Costume Designer
Noele Stollmack
Lighting Designer
Andre J. Pluess
Sound Designer
Clare Arena Haden
Voice & Text Coach
Deanie Vallone
Dramaturg
Nancy Davis
Dramaturgical Consultant
Frank Honts
Casting Director
Dale Brown, CSA
Casting
Kimberly Carolus
Stage Manager
Josh Hart
Stage Management Resident
Ismael Lara, Jr.
Assistant Director

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Resources

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Features
Americans Gawked At 'The Chinese Lady,' But She Also Looked At Them

THE CHINESE LADY WITH LISA HELMI JOHANSON AND JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER BEGINS PERFORMANCES IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S STIEMKE STUDIO FEBRUARY 13 – MARCH 24
MEDIA RELEASE

Reviews
"Johanson's vivid portrayal of Moy elicits many laughs in the lighter moments of the play, while underscoring the tragedy of her life."
"It's easy to be drawn into…this production, with humorous exchanges between Moy and her translator Atung on the intricacies of Chinese culture."
"An utterly unforgettable piece of theater… clever, riveting script… magnificently moving."
"Lisa Helmi Johanson delivers a moving performance as Afong Moy."
"Both gifted actors, Lisa Helmi Johanson and Jon Norman Schneider kept their audience transfixed."
"'The Chinese Lady' is the kind of exhilarating theater that grabs our attention at the very start."
"Takes us on a journey…fascinating pearl of a play."
Photos
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Jon Norman Schneider as Atung and Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Jon Norman Schneider as Atung and Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Jon Norman Schneider as Atung and Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Jon Norman Schneider as Atung and Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Lisa Helmi Johanson as Afong Moy and Jon Norman Schneider as Atung. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Chinese Lady in the Stiemke Studio from February 13 – March 24, 2019 featuring Jon Norman Schneider as Atung. Photo by Michael Brosilow.