Join playwright and director Rick Shiomi for a free workshop production of his stage adaptation of “Message From an Unknown Chinese Mother” on May 30-31 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun, Jun 1 at 2 p.m. at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul MN 55104.
This will be a workshop performance of a new play based upon the book by Xinran about the stories of the women in China who have had to give up their baby girls. Recommendation ages are 16 and up. The play duration is 60 to 75 minutes with no intermission.
Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother is the play written and directed by Rick Shiomi. It is adapted from stories from the perspective of Chinese birth mothers.
Thousands of baby girls have been adopted internationally because of a perfect storm of traditional values and governmental policies that forced Chinese women to give up or do away with their babies. Xinran brings both deep compassion and critical insight to the plight of these women and her work is on the leading edge of change in China today.
The cast will include Sara Ochs, Jeannie Lander, Saikong Yang, Vivian Ngo and Gregory Yang.
Sara Ochs is a longtime performer at Mu Performing Arts, playing lead characters in musicals Into The Woods, Flower Drum Song (David Hwang Revision) and Little Shop of Horrors.
Jeannie Lander has performed in Yellow Fever, Into The Woods and Kung Fu Zombies Versus Cannibals at Mu Performing Arts.
Saikong Yang has performed in WTF by Katie Ka Vang and The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee. He has been in several independent films and has worked on projects in the Hmong American community.
Gregory Yang recently graduated from Polk State College and has relocated to the Twin Cities where he has already performed with the Actors Theatre of Minnesota and Nimbus.
Vivian Ngo just graduated from the BFA program at the University of MN where she performed in a number of productions including The Gods by John Barton, Macbeth and Pericles.
Rick Shiomi is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Make a reservation online at www.dreamlandarts.com/shows/detail.php?eventId=233.