Madame Ho

madame-300WMadame Ho
a new play by Eugenie Chan
Eugenie Chan Theater Projects
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
October 5 - 21, 2017

Inspired by the life of Chan’s great-grandmother, Madame Ho tells the fascinating story of a formidable Barbary Coast, San Francisco brothel madam, single mother, Chinese immigrant…and ghost. It is a tale of of survival and complicity, forming the first installment of a performance trilogy that captures the epic sweep of Chinese in the American West. Chan mines her real family history to unearth how a single mother struggles to raise a family while running a Chinatown brothel in the segregated world of the late 1800s.

Why I 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.

Featuring Bonnie Akimoto, Rinabeth Apostol, Lily Tung Crystal, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Christine Jamlig, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, and Mimu Tsujimura. Jessica Heidt directs! More announcements of other artists to come!

madame-eugenirEugenie Chan (Playwright) 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 (Daphne Does Dim Sum), Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball (Bone to Pick, Diadem), East West Players, Group Theater, Houston Grand Opera: HGOco (Courtside), Magic Theatre, Ma-Yi, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Perishable, Playwrights Horizons, the Public (Novell-aah!), San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Thick Description (Rancho Grande). 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 and Marin Academy, is playwright emerita at Cutting Ball Theater, and a New Dramatists and Playwrights Foundation alumna. ECTP is a member of of Intersection for the Arts. Learn more at
madame-lilyLily Tung Crystal* (Ensemble) is an actor/singer who’s performed in theatres across the country, including Crowded Fire, Magic Theatre, Mountain Play, New World Stages, Portland Center Stage, Ragged Wing, SF Playhouse, and Syracuse Stage. Lily also does on-camera work and appeared in the film Steve Jobs. She made her directorial debut in 2015 helming Chinglish at Palo Alto Players (TBA Award nomination). Lily is the founding artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, an associate artist at Those Women Productions, and a YBCA100 honoree.
Leanna Keyes (Production Manager) is a freelance production manager, theater technician, and Equity stage manager. She has had the good fortune to work with many Bay Area theatre organizations, including The Cutting Ball Theater, Playwrights Foundation, American Conservatory Theater, The Marsh, 42nd Street Moon, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Stanford University, Broadway by the Bay, Andrea Fulton Productions, and Performance Design Acronym.
Hector Zavala (TD/props master) wears many hats as a performer, producer, teacher and designer. His work on set and costumes has been seen throughout the Bay Area including diablo theatre company, city lights, Peninsula Youth theatre, and 42nd street moon. He has traveled with his work to Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. He is currently working as a producer and actor in the feature film
Sara Sparks (Stage Manager) has worked all around the Bay, including TheatreWorks, 42nd Street Moon, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Pear Theatre, Palo Alto Players, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and RE:ACT. She is also a lighting designer, recently designing Uncanny Valley, Major Barbara, and Uncle Vanya at Pear Theatre.
Xingying Peng (Supertitles Translator) is a literary translator based in New York City. Her translation of Dim Sum Warriors, the musical had its world premiere in August, 2017 (Theatre Above, Shanghai). She has translated for organizations and festivals including California Shakespeare Company, Jing Daily, Macau Literary Festival, and Beijing Fringe Festival.
Randy Wong-Westbrooke (Scenic Designer) is a local scenic designer born and raised in the Bay Area. Credits include: The Crucible (Los Altos Stage Company), MacBitch (The Breadbox), Ghost Limb (Brava), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (Shotgun Players), Beneath the Tall Tree (TheatreFIRST), Apocalypse, Please (PianoFight), dark is a different beast (6NewPlays), Taming of the Shrew (ACT M.F.A. Program), Avant GardARAMA! (Cutting Ball). Education: Ithaca College, B.F.A.