The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
An Invited Reading of A New Play by Jessica Huang
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Sunday, December 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Loading Dock Theater Company
170 Tillary Street, Brooklyn
Free | By Invitation (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire)
A haunting, poetic journey of secrets, identity, and family.
1939. Follow the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”
Featuring Judy W. Chen, Ariel Estrada, Leslie Fray, Jessica Henwick, Flordelino Lagundino, and Ricardo Vázquez.
ABOUT JESSICA HUANG
Jessica is a multiracial, Minneapolis-based playwright, recipient of a 2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts’ Council’s Next Step Grant and a 2012 Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center.
Her plays, which explore the complex legacy of the Chinese diaspora and the modern chaos of multiracial identity, have been developed and/or produced in the Twin Cities at Mu Performing Arts, History Theatre, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Red Eye Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, and Pillsbury House Theatre; nationally at A-Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago), 2g (NYC), the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (D.C.), and the Source Festival (D.C.); and internationally at Yellow Earth Theatre’s Typhoon Festival (London).
Her play Purple Cloud was nominated as one of the best plays written by female playwrights in the past year by LA-based group The Kilroys.
In 2015, she co-founded Other Tiger Productions with her partner Ricardo Vázquez. Through multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices, Other Tiger Productions brings artists and audiences together to celebrate a global theater experience.
She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and an affiliated writer with The Playwrights’ Center.
She is also a grant proposal writer and consultant with five years of experience that also includes individual donor development, event planning and fundraising.
ABOUT MEI ANN TEO
Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/film maker currently based in New York. Her professional work has toured the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” – New York Times), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” – Scotsman), INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival (Not Here). She is the artistic director of The Wandering Fools, whose inaugural production, Caucasian Chalk Circle, is an official selection at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival (Oct 2013). She has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Theatre of Yugen, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
For seven years, she was the Chair of Drama/Resident Artist at Pacific Union College where she founded a program focused on original ensemble creation and rooted in personal and communal history. She received the Meritorious Service Award for creating Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White, documentary theatre that KQED called “without a doubt a seminal moment in Adventist History”.
Her work, especially in documentary theatre, also extends to China. In Ji’an, the seat of the Cultural Revolution, she made Wo Men Zhe Yang Kai Shi (This is How We Begin), a play about the education system through the eyes of several generations. With factory workers in Shen Zhen, she made Meng Xiang (Dreams), a play about their secret wishes for their lives. With locals in a remote mountain village, she made Fei (Fly), a play dealing with the value of human life. In New York, she has made 19 – a promenade theatrical installation using the essay “19 Days” by Chinese poet Liao Yiwu, published by the Paris Review. She continues her exploration of Liao Yiwu’s life with Go On Living, the stage adaptation of his prison memoir by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig.
As a filmmaker, Teo directed a short documentary entitled Please Listen To Me, about marginalized and at risk youth in Singapore. She co-directed and produced a short film Not Here that received the Singapore Film Commission’s Short Film Grant and was screened internationally. She produced Stop All The Clocks, a feature-length documentary, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University.