The Chinese lady

The resting PLace

Written by Ashlin Halfnight
Directed by Jessica Holt

World premiere


The Resting Place is a provocative and intense look at an American Family in a cloudburst of crisis—filled with raw humor, piercing darkness and fierce love. Ashlin Halfnight (Magic Virgin Play Festival 2017) addresses familial obligation, guilt, our own complacency and culpability in wrongdoing and asks, how do we reconcile our love for someone with the knowledge of their horrifying transgression?

meet the playwright

Ashlin Halfnight

Ashlin Halfnight is currently a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show, BLOODLINE. His feature films ASTRAEA and DIVING NORMAL can be found on VOD, and his mockumentary feature MAYBE THERE'S A TREE (starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton) is currently in post-production. His teen thriller SURVIVAL BOX is in pre-production, scheduled to shoot in July, 2017 in Toronto. His plays have been performed across North America and Europe and include ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, LAWS OF MOTION, and GOD'S WAITING ROOM. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, in Budapest. Ashlin holds an honors BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.

the Chinese Lady

Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Mina Morita


The Cast

Mina Morita (Director)

   is the Artistic Director of Crowded FireTheater [CFT], a critically acclaimed, intrepid company
dedicated to developing a fierce contemporary theater canon that reflects the plurality of our world. Her directing credits include: Crazy Wisdom by Scoop Nisker at Berkeley Rep, Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda at CenterRep,
By and By
by Lauren Gunderson and The Great Divide by Adam Chanzit at Shotgun Players, and Both Your Houses by Susan Soon He Stanton—a co-commission between ACT and CrowdedFire. CFT directing credits include Church and The Shipment by Young Jean Lee (TBA nominated for best co-direction), Idris Goodwin's Blackademics , Christopher Chen’s A Tale of Autumn, and Banish Darkness
an immersive collaboration between orchestral
Hip-hop,dance, and poetic theater. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associateat Berkeley Rep and in 2016, she was chosen as one of the YBCA100 for “asking questions and making provocations that will shape
the future of culture.”

Oct 9-Nov 3, 2019

Run Time: 90 minutes
(No Intermission)

Laney College performance
November 2nd at 2:30pm
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Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to arrive on American soil, The Chinese Lady, follows Afong Moy, after she is brought from China to America and put on display for an eager public yearning to learn of the exotic East.  Leavened with humor and insight, Suh explores the way we consider both ourselves and others. Featuring Rinabeth Apostol and Will Dao.



Lloyd Suh

is honored to return to Magic,where he premiered his plays American Hwangap in 2009 and Jesus in India in 2012.
He is also the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, Franklinland, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the SpaceChupacabra Go!, Great Wall Story, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Naatco, Play Co, EST, La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Milwaukee Rep, and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA, Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, and the New York CommunityTrust (Helen Merrill Award), and is the proud recipient of the 2019 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. He currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs
at The Lark.

Rinabeth Apostol (AFONG MOY)

(she/her) is happy to return to theMagic where she was last seen in
Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters.
2018-2019 season projects include House of Joy (CalShakes), Vietgone at CapitalStage, King of The Yees
(SF Playhouse), A Thousand Splendid Suns (Seattle Rep,ACT) and the world premieres of
Two Mile Hollow
(Ferocious Lotus); and we, the invisibles (Humana Festival, ATL). Select credits include:
The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga (TheatreWorks); the West Coast premiere of
peerless (Marin Theatre Company; BATCC Award winner, Principal Actress in a Play), The Hard Problem and
Monstress (ACT), Eugenie Chan’s Madame Ho,
(Marin Theatre Company),
Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (B Street Theatre),
The Kite Runner and Of Mice and Men (San Jose Rep),
and Red (TheatreWorks), as well as collaborations with Berkeley Rep, Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire, and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Apostol also appears onscreen in several independent films, commercials and national campaigns. She is a proud member of PlayGround, Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, and SAG/AFTRA. Up next: Groundhog Day at
SF Playhouse.

Will Dao (ATUNG)

(he/him/his) is thrilled to return to the
Magic where he has previously participated in the Asian
Explosion and Virgin Play Festivals!
He spent four seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he played Rocket Wu in Snow in Midsummer, Sam/Juliet in Shakespeare in Love,
Peter Simple inThe Merry Wives of Windsor,
Asian Guy/American Guy/Nhan/Khue in Vietgone,
Cleomenes in The Winter’s Tale, and Demetrius in Antony and Cleopatra. He was recently seen as Actor 3 in San
Francisco Playhouse’s King of the Yees. Additional credits include work with AATC, A.C.T., Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Bindlestiff, Central Works,
Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, Killing My Lobster, LATC, NYMTF, Playground, Playwrights Foundation, Seattle Rep,
Shotgun Players, and Theatreworks. He is a proud company member of Ferocious Lotus. He holds a B.A. in Theater and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. ILYM, MGS.

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