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Swan Soong | Who comes first the family or the country?

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20 E Maple St

Hinsdale, IL 60521

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Intrigue, love and double crossing abound as these one-time celebrities' stories are woven together to reveal the power of family and the beginnings of modern China. Set in 1940s war torn Shanghai, Mickey (Emily) Hahn is commissioned to write a book on the ruling family elite, the Soong Sisters. Notorious for her cigar smoking brand of feminism and for her love affair with Chinese poet Sinmay Zau, she's a questionable fit for the task. The three sisters, along with their financial wizard brother T.V., seemingly control their husbands and the future of China. Or do they? Look forward to intrigues, love and humor because otherwise history would be boring...

Doors Open: 6pm

Performance of Staged Reading: 6:30pm

Q&A following performance addressing the play and diversity in theater with the primarily Asian cast

Please Note: This is a staged reading so actors will be reading from the script with limited scene blocking and costumes.

The location of the reading at Hinsdale Public Library is an apt setting for the reading of the play due to their mission to “celebrate lifelong learning and foster community connections through innovative educational and cultural experiences.

For Asian-American actors, the dearth of opportunities compounds itself. “An Asian person who is competing against white people, for an audience of white people, has to train for that opportunity like it’s the Olympics,” Ms. Constance Wu said. “An incredibly talented Asian actor might be considered for a leading role maybe once or twice in a lifetime. That’s a highly pressured situation.” ~ New York Times

Directed by Marc Rita and starring Lina Jean Fritz as Ai-ling Soong, Eunice Park as Ching-ling Soong, Flavia Pallozzi as Mickey Hahn, Daniel Ahn as Sinmay Zau & Generalissimo, and Leo Zhu as T.V. Soong & Big Eared Tu.

Jyl Bonaguro, the playwright and sculptor, creates plays that focus on history and women with the desire to create strong female characters that explore the nuances of male and female relationships.

The staged reading of Swan Soong is made possible thru the generous support of Cynthia Dieden, Karen Keefe, Susan Blumberg-Kason, and Cheryl Postrozny. It is dedicated to the memory of Chesley Adler, friend and gifted designer, 1967-2018.

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