Special Guests Announcement / The Chinese Cinderella at Chinese American Museum of Chicago

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CHICAGO - April 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Fiery Seahorse Productions proudly presents the 2022 Reading of Chicagoan Marie Yuen's adaptation of "Ye-Xian: The Chinese Cinderella" (working title "C2"), on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, 238 West 23rd Street, in Chicago's Chinatown, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST www.ccamuseum.org .* CAMOC is serving as the generous Venue Underwriter.

The writer has shared that this story is in the public domain and predates the French version of Cinderella by about a thousand years!

Held on the eve of and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Producer ENERI Communications is pleased to announce these Special Guests are now scheduled to appear to give Opening Remarks:

Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah (D-2nd); City of Chicago Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th Ward) and newly-appointed City of Chicago Alderman Nicole Lee (11th Ward).

Opening Remarks are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. CST followed by the Reading. A Light Refreshments/Reception with the artists and crew will immediately follow.

Marie Yuen's adaptation is based on "Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story From China," as retold by Ai-Ling Louie from a story translated from The Miscellaneous Record of Yu Yang as written by Tuan Ch'eng-Shih. Yuen has adapted this magical story for musical theater, serving not only as book writer but as a lyricist on the project. Yuen and Liz Lai of the Greater Los Angeles, California Area worked from the Chinese version of the story, adapted into English by Yuen.

ENERI Communications is serving producer and as agency of record. Rieny G. Cualoping is serving as Executive Producer for the 2022 Reading of C2.

During the event, guests will also have the opportunity to view the current Museum 4th Floor Gallery exhibit, "Laura Lynn Hsieh: Mahjong and Dumplings," featuring ceramics and video by artist Laura Lynn Hsieh.

This spring, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) launched the Spotlight Series, a new initiative to showcase recent and past work by emerging and mid-career artists of Chinese descent locally. Curated by Larry Lee (Molar Productions), the project aims to introduce, promote and celebrate the divergent artistic visions and experiences of being Chinese in America. "Laura Lynn Hsieh: Mahjong and Dumplings," is the inaugural exhibition of the series.

Doors will open to the 4th Floor at 1:10 p.m. CST.
(The Museum's 1st and 2nd Floor Galleries open earlier for viewing at 10 a.m. CST.)


A prolific writer, Marie Yuen has about 18 other pieces in various stages of development, including musicals, one-acts, scenes and shorter pieces. She also has written poetry. (Full profile available upon request.)


Fiery Seahorse Productions and C2 Team's Executive Producer Rieny G. Cualoping previously announced that theatre veteran Ginger Leopoldo of Chicago has been cast as C2's director.

Veteran performer Lawrence Lin of San Diego, formerly of Chicagoland, is serving as C2's Project Consultant, especially in the area of Chinese culture.

Fiery Seahorse Productions and C2 Team's Executive Producer Rieny G. Cualoping previously announced that the cast for Marie Yuen's "Ye-Xian: The Chinese Cinderella," directed by Ginger Leopoldo, includes:

Ada Cheng (Stepmother/Villager); Van Ferro (Jin-Yu (the fish)/Old Sage/Merchant); Edward W. Lai (Reader/Stage Directions); Victoria Li (Ye-Yian: The Chinese Cinderella); Ginger Leopoldo (Stepsister); and Larry Leopoldo (The King of Tuo Han).


Fiery Seahorse Productions is grateful for the generosity of its C2 sponsors, including the Chinese American Museum of Chicago  – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (Venue Underwriter), and Patron Sponsors Edward Jung, Martino and Kartika Tangkar and Darryl Tom.


In addition, Fiery Seahorse Productions previously announced that Writer Marie Yuen was notified last month (March 2022) that she has been named a 2022 recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Agency  - Individual Artist Support grant in the area of Theatre.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


In-person TICKET SALES ARE NOW OPEN via eventbrite.com . Limited capacity; please book now. Tickets are $10 each plus eventbrite fees:


Masks are required to be worn at all times while visiting the Chinese American Museum of Chicago.


Prolific musical composer, performer, filmmaker, educator, and producer Tatsu Aoki (Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest) has served as a Pre-Production Consultant on the project.


The firm Media Impact Group LLC has also served as a Pre-Production Consultant on the project.


For more information about the upcoming planned 2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reading of Marie Yuen 's "Ye-Xian: The Chinese Cinderella," including arts patron opportunities at $250 and Up, $100 and $50; media requests for images, cast and creative team profiles or media interview requests, please contact ENERI Communications at info@enericom.net .

*In-person status is pending State, federal and local including the City of Chicago, health and safety protocols in position at that time.


Writer Interviews, Profiles and Images Available Upon Request

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