Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to step foot in America, The Chinese Lady follows 16-year-old Afong Moy, who sailed into New York Harbor in 1834 and was immediately put on display for a paying public. As Afong Moy travels through America as a living exhibit for decades, the play offers her impressions of a young country struggling with how to define itself.
Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac reprise their roles as Afong Moy and Atung, respectively, having previously starred in the Ma-Yi Theater Company staging Off-Broadway at Theatre Row in 2018. Cindy Im and Jon Norman Schneider served as alternates, performing at select shows during the Public run.
Ralph B. Peña served as director on the production at The Public, which featured scenic design by Junghyun Georgia Lee, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and Elizabeth Mak, sound design and original music by Fabian Obispo, and projection design by Shawn Duan. Maggie Manzano was the production stage manager, and Brody Thrash was the stage manager.