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

SIS Productions Logo Blk Madame ButterflyFriday, July 28 at 7:30pm

Free! – RSVPs are helpful but not required. All are welcome.

Cornish Playhouse Studio Theatre

(201 Mercer Street – Please note that the Studio is behind the Playhouse, next to the Kobe Bell on the Seattle Center campus)

In partnership with Seattle Opera, SIS Productions presents an evening of three short pieces by Asian American women playwrights who are using the stage to contrast longstanding stereotypes of Asian American women with the reality of our own identities. 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. This evening focuses on reversing the Madame Butterfly Effect and will include a discussion on reclaiming Asian female representation in art and entertainment. The event is curated by actor and arts leader Kathy Hsieh.

Running time: 35 minutes plus 75 minute discussion

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by Seayoung Yim
directed by Mimi Katano
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.
Featuring Kayla Sang & Patty Sang


A Circle of Friends (excerpt)

Written & Directed by Kathy Hsieh
When long-buried secrets surface from the past, two generations of women discover that the bonds of friendship are thicker than blood.
Featuring: Kelly Johnson, Anna Klein, Izabel Mar and Rian Sherper

Dragon Lady (excerpt)

By Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell
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. This selection is just a taste of the full-length production presented by Intiman September 5 – October 1.

Featuring Sara Porkalob

For some background information, please read the International Examiner’s feature article.


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