The Empress of China
New Bilingual drama by Yangtze Rep's Artistic Director Joanna Chan, commissioned by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, had its world premiere in Hong Kong January 15-30, 2011.
American premiere in New York will be
June 3 to 26, 2011
at Theater for the New City.
June 3 to 26
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3 PM.
Additional performance Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM
Theatre for the New City, 155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets), Manhattan (East Village)
Tickets $30/TDF; Students & Seniors: $25;
groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.
Special "pay what you can" performance
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM
Tickets are available at www.theaterforthenewcity.net or 347-759-2937 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Empress of China" is based on the arrival of the first American trading vessel in Canton in 1784. Aboard The Empress of China was the historical figure Samuel Shaw, a Revolutionary War officer, businessman and diplomat. Chan creates a relationship between Shaw and Purple Lotus, a fictional character of great beauty and charm, who captures the American’s heart. Through their relationship the play explores the profound differences in the way the central characters and their two societies viewed the world and their places in it. All this takes place as the Americans, fresh from their own revolution, are desperately trying to establish trade with China. The play offers historical insights into the Chinese ways and American efforts to establish the new country’s place in the world.
The cast is led by Andrei Drooz and Annie Q. as the romantic leads and also features a large multi-ethnic cast that includes William Allgood, Sergio Mauritz Ang, Jason DeShen Cao, Harris Diano, Teresa Du, Bill Engst, Stephan Goldbach, Kwan ShuMei, Arthur Lai, Lin Ying, Joanne Liu, Mike J. McNulty, Katelynn Mory, B J Peterson, Craig Kelton Peterson, Wilson Pok, Gary Sugai, Lantie Tom, Dennis Tsiu and Alan Lei Zhou.
Set design provided by Lauren Rockman; lighting by Joyce Liao and costumes by Xu HaoJian/Edmond Wong. Other creative personnel include: James Gitsham (fencing master), David ChienHui Shen (Martial arts/dance choreography), Yuen Cheuk-Wa (original score), Su Sheng (Musical Consultant), Lin Ying (Production Assistant) and Sheena L. Young (Stage Manager).