EXPRESSION OF REGRET

Three Chinese American women wonder if the end of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the U.S. government’s apology for it will make it easier to breathe. (15 minutes.)
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EXPRESSION OF REGRET

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  • Rachael Carnes:
    28 Mar. 2021
    A whip-smart, deeply-felt rail against systemic racism, spanning decades and shining the brightest light on one of America's darkest historical chapters, linking the Chinese Exclusion Act to now, and the future. Toy Johnson's characters pull us in effortlessly, ask for empathy, in this beautifully-crafted triptych. As we reckon with a heartbreaking rise in hate crimes against our AAPI communities, we need a play like this to ring through, a clarion call for justice.
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    18 Mar. 2021
    A powerful look at a piece of political history that isn't talked about as much as it should be. What an important play--especially now. Produce this and produce it often!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    12 Mar. 2020
    Thank you, Judy Chu! And thank you Christine Toy Johnson for writing such a moving play that lets us have an experience of the hatred and racism Chinese-Americans have lived through and shows us the oppression that was (and is) fought (inside and out). Beyond that, it shows the triumph of survival. This play is complex in its structure in three times and places and characters and braids itself together to strengthen each story as a good braid does. Well done! May it have a long and well-produced life!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Putnam Theatre Alliance
    ,
    2021
  • Reading
    ,
    Towne Street Theatre
    ,
    2021
  • Commission
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    365 Women a Year Playwrights Project
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    365 Women A Year Playwriting Project
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    2015