Upcoming Events

Swan SoongSwan Soong Play

Continuing my playwrighting focus on forgotten female histories… I’m pleased to announce the staged reading of my new full length play Swan Soong at the Chinese American Museum. View the highlights video below or read the Chicago Tribune article

Chinese American Museum
Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:30PM: doors open
2PM: staged reading with a Reception and Q&A following addressing the play and diversity in theater with the primarily Asian cast

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238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616

Intrigue, love and double crossing abound as these one-time celebrities’ stories are woven together to reveal the power of family and the beginnings of modern China. Set in 1940s war torn Shanghai, Mickey (Emily) Hahn is commissioned to write a book on the ruling family elite, the Soong Sisters. Notorious for her cigar smoking brand of feminism and for her love affair with Chinese poet Sinmay Zau, she’s a questionable fit for the task. The three sisters, along with their financial wizard brother T.V., seemingly control their husbands and the future of China. Or do they? Look forward to intrigues, love and humor because otherwise history would be boring…

Directed by Marc Rita and starring Lina Jean Fritz as Ai-ling Soong, Mary Ann De la Cruz as May-ling Soong, Flavia Pallozzi as Mickey Hahn, Daniel Ahn as Sinmay Zau & Generalissimo, and Leo Zhu as T.V. Soong & Big Eared Tu.

Jyl Bonaguro, the playwright and sculptor, creates plays that focus on history and women with the desire to create strong female characters that explore the nuances of male and female relationships.

The staged reading of Swan Soong is made possible thru the generous support of the Chinese American Museum. It is dedicated to the memory of Chesley Adler, friend and gifted designer, 1967-2018.