June 8 – July 3, 2022
Watching a play live brings us into direct contact with the emotions being expressed on stage, and this can often be overwhelming or hard to take. Click here for a video with The Bonesetter’s Daughter‘s own Mara Palma and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mylene Eduvala.
Update, June 15, 2022
Both our Wednesday, June 15, shows (matinee and evening) have been cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. If you are currently a ticket holder, our Box Office team is contacting everyone to reschedule or refund, as you wish.
Update June 6, 2022
Our Wednesday, June 8 preview performance has been cancelled. We are sorry for this inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we take our time to work on this World Premiere adaptation. We look forward to sharing this moving family epic with you!
“Full of mystery, suspense, superstition and magic” – BookPage
Ruth wants to be a better daughter to a mother whose mind is quickly sliding into the haze of dementia. If only her mother—who spent Ruth’s childhood talking to ghosts, lamenting a family curse, and refusing to acclimate to life in America—was just a little easier to love. When Ruth rediscovers a stack of papers in the bottom of a drawer, carefully penned in calligraphy, she realizes that it may not be too late to meet a woman she thought had been lost to her long ago. The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a deeply moving chronicle of war and revenge, joy and connection, and the profound love that can exist between mothers and daughters.
Why We Chose This Story: There comes a moment in life when we realize that our parents are people, too, and we can see them as full humans who have experienced their own full lives. Finally being able to recognize that is a gift that also brings insight into oneself. And Amy Tan, one of the world’s greatest authors, is a master at evoking these universal truths from her very specific stories.
For Fans Of: Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Irving’s The Cider House Rules
Content Warning: addiction, dated language, dementia, domestic violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide, child abuse, child-marriage, pedophilia, murder, pre-recorded sounds of gunshots and war, and people carrying and pointing prop guns.
Desirée Mee Jung* LuLing
Khanh Doan* Precious Auntie
Sunam Ellis Ruth/Chang/Ensemble
Coco Justino The Bonesetter’s Daughter/Ensemble
Mona Leach GaoLing
Mara Palma Mother/Ensemble
Nabilah Ahmed Kai Jing/Ensemble
Kathy Hsieh* Old Widow Lau/Sister Yu/Ensemble
Understudies: Mara Palma, Eloisa Cardona, Alanah Pascual
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Darian Clogston Stage Manager
Elizabeth Stasio Assistant Stage Manager
Lindsay Merino Covid Safety Manager & Production Assistant
Andrea Bryn Bush Scenic Designer
Dani Norberg Lighting Designer
Erin Bednarz Sound Designer
Christine Tschirgi+ Costume Designer
Robin Macartney Props Designer
Juniper Shuey Projections Designer
Alyssa Kay Movement Choreographer
Jasmine Lomax Assistant Director/Dramaturg
Andi Villegas Asst. Sound Designer
Kathy Hsieh Dialect Coach
Sam Sanders Visual Gestural Consultant
Natalie Shih Costume Dramaturg
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States
+ Member of United Scenic Artists, local USA 829 of the IATSE, the union representing Costume, Lighting, Projections, Scenic, and Sound Designers
Performed through arrangement with Sandra Djikstra Literary Agency. All rights reserved. © 2001 By Amy Tan
This production is generously supported by 4Culture.