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Presentation: Berkeley Rep Docent Talk on The Far Country

Saturday, 3/16/2024
2:00 - 3:15
Learning Studio - 5th Fl
Main Library
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100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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A docent talk about the play The Far Country, on at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in March and April, will provide context of the play’s production and feature an open audience discussion about Chinese-American history, immigrant experience, identity and memory. Attendees do not need to have seen the play in order to enjoy the talk and discussion.

Following a critically acclaimed debut in New York, Pulitzer Prize finalist Lloyd Suh brings The Far Country back to its roots in a triumphant West Coast premiere. In the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Moon Gyet has arrived at San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island Immigration Station with an invented biography and a new name, both given to him by a man who made the same arduous crossing several years earlier. But passage to San Francisco — and the dream of a better life for future generations — commands a very high price. Spanning two countries and three generations, Lloyd Suh’s breathtaking play has been called “Artful…an act, loving and sorrowful, of reclamation” by The New York Times.

Playwright Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady (upcoming at Long Wharf Theatre, Barrington Stage, Ma-Yi, and Milwaukee Rep), Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO, Guthrie with Mu, and others), Franklinland (Jackalope), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company, Ma-Yi with La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Cultural Center of the Philippines), American Hwangap (Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Halcyon/A-Squared, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea), Jesus in India (Magic, Ma-Yi), Great Wall Story (Denver Center), and others. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, Dramatists Guild, and the New York Community Trust (Helen Merrill Award). He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

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