Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire
Written & Performed by Ada Cheng
Directed by Jonald Reyes
In this solo, Ada uses personal stories, monologues, and characters to explore her journey as an immigrant woman from East Asia. Stories center around the intersection of race, immigration, gender, and sexuality. Ada uses “not quite” to connect three main themes: meanings of home, the fractured yet intersectional nature of Asian American identity, and the perils of living under Trump for immigrant women of color like her. Ada intends for this show to be an intervention and a challenge to current politics. This is one of the ways she resists and protests as an artist-storyteller-scholar.
Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts
This solo show, written by Ada and directed by Jonald Reyes, tackles issues about gender, culture, and feminism. I explore how one learns about womanhood, love, and abuse in different sociopolitical and cultural contexts through personal stories. An intense personal journey, this solo show weaves tales of breaking rules and broken hearts across borders. The subject matters explored in this solo performance are relevant to current debates about gender equality and woman’s status locally and globally.