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Reversing the Madame Butterfly Effect

Reversing the Madame Butterfly Effect: Asian American Women Reinvent Themselves Onstage

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cornish Playhouse Studio Theatre

Most opera companies present Madame Butterfly because of Puccini’s beautiful melodies. But not everyone can see themselves in this story. As a historically white and European art form, opera has a history of using cultural appropriation to tell stories. Madame Butterfly was one of the first on-stage depictions of Asian women for the Western world and because of its popularity, this opera perpetuated and reinforced many stereotypes of Asian women: subservient geishas who are the epitome of sexuality; historical victims willing to do anything—to the point of killing themselves—because of their love for a man.

"Reversing the Madame Butterfly Effect: Asian American Women Reinvent Themselves Onstage" is an evening of three short plays by Asian American women playwrights who are using the stage to contrast longstanding stereotypes with the reality of their own identities. The plays will be followed by a discussion on reclaiming Asian female representation in art and entertainment. The event is curated by celebrated actor and arts leader Kathy Hsieh and presented in partnership with SIS Productions.

Friday, July 28, 2017 7:30 PM         
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Scene Selections

Haenyeo
Written by Seayoung Yim
Directed by Mimi Katano
Featuring Kayla Sang and Patty Sang

Minji, a city girl who moves to beautiful Jeju Island, looks for the answers to her struggling family’s problems in the pages of an old fairy tale. She meets Haenyeo, a real life mermaid, who shows her the answer to her problems may actually be found in her real life.

 

A Circle of Friends (excerpt)
Written and Directed by Kathy Hsieh
Featuring Kelly Johnson, Anna Klein, Izabel Mar, and Rian Sherper

When long-buried secrets surface from the past, two generations of women discover that the bonds of friendship are thicker than blood.

 

Dragon Lady (excerpt)
Written by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell
Featuring Sara Porkalob

60 Years, 3 Generations, 1 Dragon Lady... Sara Porkalob portrays multiple Filipino gangster family members across three generations in Dragon Lady, a timely new musical about what it means to brown, poor, a woman, and newly American.