The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who...
During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, THE PAPER DREAMS OF HARRY CHIN reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”
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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

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  • Sheila Cowley:
    29 Sep. 2016
    A compelling exploration of the dark side of Chinese immigration. Layered conversations mix memory and present, Chinese mythology, ghosts and the living. Challenging impressionistic sets, props and soundscapes would give designers rich material to grapple with. And it all revolves around delicious Chinese cooking - the script would make a beautiful production.

Development History

  • Reading
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    TimeLine Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    History Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Commission
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    History Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    History Theatre
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Professional
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    History Theatre
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    2017