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Oct. 18 2023

THE CHINESE LADY visits Everyman Theatre

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on THE CHINESE LADY visits Everyman Theatre

From October 22nd though November 19th, Baltimore’s resident Everyman Theatre is producing Lloyd Suh’s critically acclaimed 2018 play, The Chinese Lady. The historical drama, which tells the seemingly fantastical tale of Afong Moy–thought to have been the first Chinese woman in America when she arrived, at age 14, in 1834–across some 70 years of her life and the life of the nation. Moy became and remained for many years a wildly popular public curiosity, and the play explores both this external history and the more complex, nuanced internal experience of her private self.

Joining me to talk about the play’s impact and exploration, and the implications of this cross-cultural encounter, was the production’s director, Nana Dakin. You can hear our conversation here, if you miss it on the air, and get tickets and more information at www.everymantheatre.org.

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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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