The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
By Jessica Huang
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
March 18–April 9, 2017
Note: There is adult language in this play, parental discretion advised for children under 16.
A haunting, poetic journey of secrets, identity and family
1939. Follow the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”
Watch previews of "The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin"
- 'Harry Chin' is a cathartic true tale of how borders haunt families for generations (CityPages)
- New play traces a Chinese immigrant's twisty path to Minnesota (Star Tribune)
- History Theatre’s ‘Paper Dreams of Harry Chin’ leaves much unexplored (Pioneer Press)
- The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin at History Theatre (broadwayworld.com)
- It is important to tell your story...and own your story (playoffthepage.com)
- Play comes off as a love letter to her father (cherryandspoon.com)