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July 20, 2023, 6:30 pm
July 29, 2023, 7:40 pm

How have you experienced love, loneliness, and dreams in Chinatown? How do you navigate your own identity and find a sense of belonging in a neighborhood like Chinatown? MOCA Performs – Passage: A Walk of Chinatown Stories invites you to have a walk along Mott Street with a selection of intimate, local stories from both MOCA’s oral history archive and performers’ personal experiences shared with you through a series of interactive performances. Along this walk, you’ll get to experience the stories of nostalgia, resilience, loneliness, dreams, and celebration – the cultural tapestry of Chinatown.

Creative Team

Original Concept by Al Límite Collective

Devised by Shan Y. Chuang, Nina Zoie Lam, Philippe Leong,Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Kristi Donna Ng, Charles Pang*, Louis So, Miguel Sutedjo 

Directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, MOCA’s Director of Performance, Storytelling & Community

Co-Directed by Nina Zoie Lam 

Stage Management by Alyssa Bernstein 

Performed by Shan Y. Chuang, Philippe Leong, Kristi Donna Ng, Charles Pang*, Louis So, Miguel Sutedjo 

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Important Notes

  • The performance runs about 70 minutes.
  • The whole performance will begin at the Museum of Chinese in America and will continue outdoors from Hester Street and Mott Street intersection all the way to Kimlau Square, and end at Confucius Plaza.
  • There will not be seating throughout the performance. Audiences are expected to stand and move with the performance. Please make sure to wear something comfortable and bring water to stay hydrated.
  • The coat check will be at the Museum of Chinese in America. When the performance is over, you are welcome to travel back to the museum and retrieve your personal belongings.
  • Please arrive fifteen minutes early for the 6:30 PM start time.
  • What do we do if it rains on the day of the performance?
    We will confirm at noon on the day of the performance whether the performance is canceled due to weather. If we cancel the performance on either July 20, 21, or 22, we will invite the attendees to an additional performance on Sunday, July 23.
    *Please note that if any performance is canceled due to weather, MOCA will not refund tickets.

Artist Bio

ALYSSA BERNSTEIN, Stage Manager Alyssa Bernstein (she/they) is a rising fourth year Playwriting and Screenwriting major with a double minor in Psychology/Theatre and Performance at Purchase College. Purchase directing credits include ORDINARY DAYS (Assistant Director), Refrain (Director), Behind Us Is Noise (Director), and No Longer Human (Director). Upcoming Purchase credits include Room For Growth (Director), and Angels In America Part 1: Millennium Approaches (Assistant Director). She’s grateful to get the opportunity to work with MOCA on this incredible project and would like to thank everyone involved for putting up with all her emails.

SHAN Y. CHUANG, Performer Shan Y. Chuang is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and pianist born and raised in Taiwan. Shan was trained in classical ballet, traditional Chinese dance and various Musical Theatre genres. She is a proud graduate of Circle in the Square’s Musical Theater program and is currently a member of Katharine Pettit Creative and LINKED Dance Theatre. Her work explores the world of LGBTQIA+, social justice, and self-discovery through dance movements. IG @shanychuang

NINA ZOIE LAM, Co-Director Nina Zoie Lam is a former modern dancer with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan turned musical theater performer for 25 years; now a director, dramaturg, educator and co-founder of National Asian Artists Project. Nina made her Broadway debut in the original company of Miss Saigon, danced in national touring companies of King and I, A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, A Chorus Line among other shows. Directing credits include national tours of King and I, Bombay Dream, Miss Saigon, Cinderella at New York City Opera, works at Joe’s Pub, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYU and Berklee College of Music Graduate Musical Theatre program. Nina is a Brown University graduate.

PHILIPPE LEONG, Performer Philippe Leong has worked in OBIE Award-winning production of Benten Kozo and worked with Karen Finley in The Return of The Chocolate Smeared Woman. He has also been privileged to work with the National Playwrights Conference. He was also a founding member of the “Mellow Yellow Theatre Company.” Film and TV credits include Law and Order: SVU, A Wu-Tang clan music video, and an Oscar-winning student film. He has also produced several award-winning films. Works of Art is available on iTunes under short films for download. In addition, Philippe is one of the original cast in MOCA’s immersive production Double Happiness.

DENNIS YUEH-YEH LI, Director Originally from Taiwan, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li works as a director, playwright, and sometimes interpreter/translator for the arts. His works explore sexuality, power structure, and diaspora experiences. Dennis earned his MA in Performance Studies at NYU. He is an alumnus of Drama League’s New York Directing Fellowship, Target Margin Theater’s Institute Fellowship, and also a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. After years working with The Living Theatre, Dennis is one of the founding members of Al Límite Collective with other former The Living Theatre members. www.dennisyuehyehli.com

KRISTI DONNA NG, Performer Kristi Donna Ng is an award-winning screenwriter, actress, producer and hula dancer. Her short films have been screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival, Syracuse International Film Festival (1st Place Winner), The Barrow Group’s 48 Hour Film Festival (Two-time Audience Award Winner) and The Sparrow Film Project where she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award. Select theatre credits: Heartstrings (Atlantic Theater Company), Joker (National Queer Theatre), Same Time Next Week (Joust Theatre Company), Love/Sick (PaperKids Theatre Company). Thanks Dennis, Alyssa and everyone at MOCA!

CHARLES PANG, Performer Charles Pang was born and raised in Hong Kong. Maggie Flanigan Studio & AMDA Alum. Selected theatre credits: Tiananmen Requiem (The Players Theater), Sans Me (The Tank), The Monkey King: A Kung Fu Musical (Queens Theatre), A Christmas Story: The Musical (National Tour), Made in China (Wakka Wakka Productions/59E59), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA! Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Vainglory Theatre Team), The Story of Yu-Huan (Yangtze Rep/Theater for the New City). Film: The 25th Filial ExemplarSouvenirJune Mama. Workshop: American Eclipse. Many thanks to Dennis for this opportunity! www.charlespang.com

LOUIS SO, Performer Louis So is thrilled to be teaming up with MoCA again after playing Eric in its immersive theater piece: Double Happiness, last fall. He completed theater conservatory study last summer at The Atlantic, and after being challenged at an audition to sing on the spot for a non-musical audition, he now finds himself on yet another journey, music. Life is a highway…

MIGUEL SUTEDJO, Performer Born in Jakarta, Miguel Sutedjo is a theatermaker and musician. He aspires to tell international and interdisciplinary stories that move, unite, and inspire. As a playwright and composer, he recently premiered his original jazz musical FLY ME AWAY at the Museum of Chinese in America in April. As an actor, his favorite credits include P.B. Jones in Illegal: A New Musical and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. Last spring, he graduated Fordham University with a BA in Music and International Political Economy. For the upcoming school year, he will teach English in Taiwan on a Fulbright Grant. IG: miguel_sutedjo