Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Ma-Yi Theater Company Shares Story of Violence Against Performer on Opening Night of THE CHINESE LADY

The company calls this "another incident in a long history of violence against Asian Americans."

The Chinese Lady

Ma-Yi Theater Company took to social media to share a horrific story of hatred and violence that took place just before its opening performance of The Chinese Lady earlier this week.

According to the statement, one of the artists from Yip's Dragon Style Kung Fu and Lion Dance, who performed in The Public's lobby to celebrate the opening, was attacked on his way to the theatre that night.

"His glasses were broken, his eye was bruised, and he was kicked multiple times," the statement reads. He couldn't see well, so he couldn't perform his role as planned, but he still insisted on playing one of the instruments, so the group's performance could go on.

The company calls this "another incident in a long history of violence against Asian Americans."

"This violence and the hatred that fuels it remain disgusting and heartbreaking and have created an environment full of fear where safety seems scarce for our Asian American neighbors."

Read the full statement below:

Last night, our production of The Chinese Lady began performances. To celebrate the moment, a performance from Yip's Dragon Style Kung Fu and Lion Dance was organized in The Public's lobby. They shared a beautiful performance with us, but what many people might not have realized was that one of the incredible artists had just been attacked on his way to The Public.

His glasses were broken, his eye was bruised, and he was kicked multiple times. Because he couldn't see well, he couldn't perform his role but insisted instead on playing one of the instruments, and the group insisted the performance go on as planned.

We are sharing this because the attack on this Asian American artist, which happened near Seward Park not far from where Christina Yuna Lee was tragically murdered, is another incident in a long history of violence against Asian Americans. This violence and the hatred that fuels it remain disgusting and heartbreaking and have created an environment full of fear where safety seems scarce for our Asian American neighbors.

We're sending our love and support to the artist and to the Yip's Dragon Style Kung Fu and Lion Dance team and their families, and to The Chinese Lady company, and we remind ourselves that what we say to each other, what we say about each other, how we show up for our Asian American neighbors, how we respond when they are scared or in danger, and how we show up as allies makes a difference.

Stop the hate. It has no place here.

Wishing you health and safety,
Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater

The Chinese Lady runs through March 27, 2022.

Inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to step foot in America, Lloyd Suh's critically-acclaimed play, The Chinese Lady, is a tale of dark poetic whimsy and a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese girl. In 1834, 16-year-old Afong Moy sailed into New York Harbor and was immediately put on display for a paying public who were mesmerized by her exotic ways and horrified by her tiny bound feet. As audiences follow Moy's travels through America as a living exhibit for decades, The Chinese Lady reveals centuries of America's shameful colonial history.

The Chinese Lady premiered at Barrington Stage Company in July 2018, featuring Daniel K. Isaac ("Billions") and Shannon Tyo. In a co-production of Ma-Yi Theater Company and Barrington Stage Company, the show premiered in New York in November 2018.


BroadwayWorld Shop
Shop BroadwayWorld

Shop this season's new musicals! Get dressed up for a night at the theatre, or just a night at home, with merch from some of Broadway's biggest hits including SOME LIKE IT HOT, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and more!

Start Shopping



Related Stories
Review Roundup: THE CHINESE LADY at the Public Theater Photo
Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting THE CHINESE LADY at The Public Theater. The Chinese Lady is written by Lloyd Suh and Directed by Ralph B. Peña. The Chinese Lady runs through Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Photos: THE CHINESE LADY Opens Off-Broadway at the Public Theater Photo
Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting THE CHINESE LADY, which officially opened last night, March 8, at The Public Theater. The Chinese Lady is written by Lloyd Suh and Directed by Ralph B. Peña.

THE CHINESE LADY Extends Through April 10 at The Public Theatre Photo
Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater will officially open the upcoming presentation of THE CHINESE LADY, written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Obie Award-winning Ralph  B. Peña, on Tuesday, March 8.

Photos: First Look at THE CHINESE LADY at The Public Theater Photo
Ma-Yi Theater Company is presenting THE CHINESE LADY at The Public Theater. THE CHINESE LADY is written by Lloyd Suh and Directed by Ralph B. Peña. THE CHINESE LADY runs through Sunday, March 27 with an official opening on Tuesday, March 8.


More Hot Stories For You


Alyssa Fox to Take Over as Elphaba in WICKED Beginning in MarchAlyssa Fox to Take Over as Elphaba in WICKED Beginning in March
January 27, 2023

Alyssa Fox will take over the role of Elphaba in WICKED at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre beginning Tuesday, March 7th. See how to purchase tickets!

Alan Cumming Returns OBE, Citing 'Toxicity' in the British EmpireAlan Cumming Returns OBE, Citing 'Toxicity' in the British Empire
January 27, 2023

Alan Cumming has taken to Instagram to reveal that he has returned his OBE, due to his feelings about the 'toxicity' of the British Empire.

VIDEO: Bowen Yang Discusses His History With WICKED Ahead of His Role in the FilmVIDEO: Bowen Yang Discusses His History With WICKED Ahead of His Role in the Film
January 27, 2023

Bowen Yang appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night where he discussed his upcoming role as Pfannee in the film adaptation of Wicked! Yang talked about his history with the musical, and how he was 'obsessed' with it when it first opened.

DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY Comes to Stone NestDEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY Comes to Stone Nest
January 27, 2023

Christopher McElroen directs the UK premiere of the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show, Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley - a powerful and thought-provoking verbatim staging of the historic clash between author and activist James Baldwin and conservative, political commentator William F. Buckley Jr.

Video: BAT OUT OF HELL International Tour Cast Performs on Studio 10Video: BAT OUT OF HELL International Tour Cast Performs on Studio 10
January 27, 2023

Glenn Adamson and Kellie Gnauck, who are currently starring in the international tour of Bat Out Of Hell the Musical, stopped by Studio 10 to talk about the show and perform a number. Check out the video here!