While new productions on New York City stages are few and far between this summer, the Berkshires is brimming with new works, including Barrington Stage Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s co-production of The Chinese Lady.
This powerful new play by Lloyd Suh stars Shannon Tyo (BSC’s Broadway Bounty Hunter) as Afong Moy and Daniel K. Isaac (Showtime’s “Billions”) as Atung. It’s 1834 and Afong is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.” For many years, she performs in a sideshow that both defines and challenges her own view of herself. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, the playwright spins a tale of dark poetic whimsy in a piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.
The Chinese Lady
St. Germain Stage
36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
Through August 11.