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Friday, April 8, 2022

Ma-Yi Theater Production of The Chinese Lady Nominated for 4 Lortel Awards

Shannon Tyo in Ma-Yi Theater Company’s production of The Chinese Lady, written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Ralph B. Peña, at The Public Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Ma-Yi Theater Company production of The Chinese Lady, written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Obie Award-winner Ralph B. Peña, has been nominated for 4 Lortel Awards. They include Outstanding Revival, Shannon Tyo for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play, Fabian Obispo for Outstanding Sound Design, and Shawn Duan for Outstanding Projection Design. The Lortel Awards celebrate outstanding achievement off-Broadway and will be announced on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at NYU Skirball.


The Chinese Lady, which opened on March 8, 2022, is currently enjoying a sold-out run at The Public Theater and must close on April 10, 2022. The production stars Daniel K. Isaac as Atung and Tyo as Afong Moy. Both are reprising their roles from the 2018 Ma-Yi Theater Company production at Beckett Theater (Theater Row).


Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to step foot in America, Lloyd Suh’s critically- acclaimed play, The Chinese Lady, is a tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese girl. In 1834, 16-year-old Afong Moy sailed into New York Harbor and was immediately put on display for a paying public who were mesmerized by her exotic ways and horrified by her tiny bound feet. As audiences follow Moy’s travels through America as a living exhibit for decades, The Chinese Lady shares her impressions of a young country struggling with how to define itself.


Since its founding in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. Please visit for more information. 


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