Eugenie Chan is artistic director of Eugenie Chan Theater Projects (ECTP), dedicated to telling the untold stories of Chinese in the American West. Recent: Sojourner ZY, an Asian American Sci-Fi Fantasy, a shadow theater collaboration with new music composer Paul Dresher and director Larry Reed and the artists of ShadowLight Productions, Presidio Theatre, San Francisco, March 2-5, 2023. Upcoming: The Truer History of the Chan Family, a digital vaudeville; online and at watch parties at community centers in San Francisco, the Midwest, East Coast, and ArtsEmerson, Boston, Spring 2024. Theaters that have produced or developed her award-winning plays include Radical Evolution/Working Theater/New Ohio Cutting Ball, Magic, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Crowded Fire, Houston Grand Opera: HGOco, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Perishable, the Public, and Playwrights Horizons. Community organizations that have presented her work free-to-the public include: Cameron House, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, San Francisco. Resident Alumna, East-West Playwrights Lab, Crowded Fire R&D Playwrights Lab, New Dramatists, Playwrights Foundation, ACT Writers Lab. www.eugeniechantheater.org
NEW PLAYS BY
Inspired by the life of Eugenie’s great-grandmother Madame Ho tells the story of a formidable Barbary Coast, San Francisco single mother, Chinese immigrant, brothel madam, and ghost. A tale of survival and complicity. The first play in my Gum Saan Trilogy, based on my Chinese American family's 170 years in the American West.
THE TRUER HISTORY OF THE CHAN FAMILY
A new vaudeville presenting an untold social history of the American West, as seen through the intensely personal lens of my Chinese American family in San Francisco, where they began as indentured servants and sex slaves trafficked from China during the Gold Rush, then turned into traffickers themselves. Through the roller coaster ride of a vaudeville, The Truer History of the Chan Family exposes how the trauma of racism transfers from generation to generation. (Later generations actually became vaudevillians!) The second in the Gum Saan Trilogy. Also being made into an indie film.