Friday, July 28 at 7:30pm
Cornish Playhouse Studio Theatre (201 Mercer Street – Please note that the Studio is behind the Playhouse, next to the Kobe Bell on the Seattle Center campus)
Free! All are welcome. We are however, anticipating a full-house, so if you’d like to get in, please arrive early. Lobby opens at 6:30pm. Seating starts at 7pm.
In partnership with Seattle Opera, SIS Productions presents an evening of three short pieces by Asian American women playwrights who are using the stage to contrast longstanding stereotypes of Asian American women with the reality of our own identities. Madame Butterfly was one of the first on-stage depictions of Asian women for the Western world and because of its popularity, this opera perpetuated and reinforced many stereotypes of Asian women: subservient geishas who are the epitome of sexuality; historical victims willing to do anything—to the point of killing themselves—because of their love for a man. This evening focuses on reversing the Madame Butterfly Effect and will include a discussion on reclaiming Asian female representation in art and entertainment. The event is curated by actor and arts leader Kathy Hsieh.
Running time: 35 minutes plus 75 minute discussion
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