May 23, 2014

Play Based on Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother

Hi CCI Members, 
Just wanted to pass this info along to you all! More details are below.

- CCI Team


Rick Shiomi has written a stage play adapted from the book Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran, which will be performed in St. Paul Minnesota.  

In his own words: “For the play, I have selected several of the stories in her book and framed them with Greek Chorus like commentaries, imagined scenes and Xinran's own personal story about Little Snow, the baby girl that she tried to become the foster mother for but eventually lost.  Because the stories are so powerful and traumatic, the Greek Chorus commentaries and scenes are often ironic and humorous in looking at the political and systemic forces that have generated the phenomenon of Chinese women having to give up their baby girls or worse.  My play looks at the impact Xinran's work had in reporting these stories, with the conclusion that she was one of the leaders in questioning the validity of Chinese traditions and the One Child Policy in terms of how they have come together to negatively impact the lives of both the birth mothers and baby girls.  There is a social revolution happening in China in terms of the place and treatment of baby girls and Xinran's writing and reporting have played a role in that.”

After working extensively with the Korean Adoptee community, Shiomi is excited to take on this adaptation of Xinran’s novel.  Shiomi is the recipient of the Sally Ordway Irvine award for Vision, The award for Leadership from State Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement in the local Minnesota theater community.

He will be presenting a workshop performance of this new play on May 30th and 31st at 7:30 pm and June 1st at 2 pm at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN. 55104. This event is FREE though seating is limited. To make a reservation to attend, go to the website for  and go to ticketing. Suggested for adoptive parents and older adoptees due to the graphic nature of some of the stories.

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