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“Madame Ho” – a new bilingual play reading by Eugenie Chan

May 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Courtesy California Historical Society

NEW VENUE: Great Star Theater – 636 Jackson Street

Save the date May 28, 2016 for a new play reading of Madame Ho by renowned playwright Eugenie Chan!

Inspired by the life of the playwright’s great-grandmother, Madame Ho tells the story of a formidable Barbary Coast San Francisco brothel madam, single mother, Chinese immigrant, and ghost.

A tale of of survival and complicity.

In English with a Cantonese narration.






Be the first to give feedback on the play’s English-Cantonese version!

RSVP at: madameho.bpt.me
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

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Download the press release 下載新聞稿:
English | Chinese 中文

Why Eugenie Wrote this Play: For years as a kid, I would hear rumors of my father’s family’s tainted past. That my great-grandmother was a brothel madam. Aunts would shoo away a flamboyant uncle who dared tell such tales at the teen table. My mother who married into the family was straightforward: It was a way to survive. I wondered what it was like for this great-grandmother to raise a family while running this business. And to do so with the highest regard for her children’s future in the segregated world of the late 1800s. Thus, Madame Ho was born.

Development History: New Dramatists (dir. Mark Wing-Davey) 2014, (dir. Kenneth Prestininzi) 2013, (dir. Ken Rus Schmoll) 2012; Great Plains Theater Conference (dir. Elena Araoz) May 31, 2013; Magic Theatre (dir. Wolfgang Wachalovsky) 2013, (dir. Jessica Heidt) 2012: Cutting Ball Theater (dir. Rob Melrose) 2011: Playwrights Foundation (dir. Marissa Wolf) 2011.

Photo: Joe Zygaj

Photo: Joe Zygaj

About Eugenie Chan: Eugenie Chan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced or developed across the United States, including at the Asian American Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Centenary Stage, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, East West Players, Group Theater, Houston Grand Opera: HGOco, Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Perishable, Playwrights Horizons, the Public, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Thick Description.

Her screenplays have been seen at the Asians on Film, Berlin, Big Apple, Cinestory, Dis-Orient, Mill Valley, San Diego Asian, and Toronto Independent Film Festivals.

She teaches at the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts & Social Justice Department, is a resident artist at San Francisco’s School of the Arts, playwright emerita at Cutting Ball Theater, and a New Dramatist alumna.

B.A. Yale University; M.F.A. New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

Visit Eugenie’s website at eugeniechantheater.org

Event sponsored by:
API Cultural Center (APICC) as part of the 19th annual United States of Asian America Festival
Chinese Historical Society of America
Grants for the Arts
Intersection for the Arts
Zellerbach Foundation


May 28, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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