Rebs Chan

Rebs Chan

Rebs (they/them) is a queer, biracial, Chinese-American artist working in Kalamazoo, MI. Across their work, their prime objective is intersectionality: both representing intersectional individuals, relationships, and stories and exploring the intersections between different artistic media. A Theatre Arts and English major at Kalamazoo College, Rebs practices various types of creation from music production to...
Rebs (they/them) is a queer, biracial, Chinese-American artist working in Kalamazoo, MI. Across their work, their prime objective is intersectionality: both representing intersectional individuals, relationships, and stories and exploring the intersections between different artistic media. A Theatre Arts and English major at Kalamazoo College, Rebs practices various types of creation from music production to playwriting, songwriting to dramaturgy, film acting to non-fiction.

Plays

  • Unzipped
    Unzipped, an original one-person show of alternating music and monologues, explores the perception of East Asians in the dominant United States’ culture and Rebs' own coming-of-age as a queer Chinese-American. After growing up in small-town Michigan, they head off to slightly-larger-town Michigan for college. Then, their grandmother's death in 2020 launches a search for belonging and identity,...
    Unzipped, an original one-person show of alternating music and monologues, explores the perception of East Asians in the dominant United States’ culture and Rebs' own coming-of-age as a queer Chinese-American. After growing up in small-town Michigan, they head off to slightly-larger-town Michigan for college. Then, their grandmother's death in 2020 launches a search for belonging and identity, navigating tumultuous friendships and relationships as resurfacing white supremacist violence threatens them and their family.

    The show is best described as a theatre-concert: theatrical storytelling intertwined with dynamic, staged musical performance. The music all exists in the realm of indie folk and indie rock, composed for a band with keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums.

    The title of the show, and the show's main metaphor, are derived from the anti-Asian slur "z*pperhead." To be be seen as a “z*pperhead” or “zipped” is to be seen as an other, someone different and barbaric and an enemy to democracy. To be “unzipped” is to somehow shed that perception, being seen as an individual, not the stereotype. The major dramatic question is, “Is it possible to unzip? And how do you do it?”
  • Pam
    Written for Queer Theatre Kalamazoo's PlaywrightNow: A #StillProud Event, a 24-hour short play event, Pam tells the story of two Pam's, each trying to prove that they are the real Pam hired at the Homeless Housing for Homosexuals.
  • Traitor Joe's
    After discovering a breakup song on Lizzie's Valentine's Day playlist, Jen uses the mysterious motives of a mutual friend, Blaire, to stir the pot while Lizzie attempts to preserve their relationship.
  • Record
    Aly has no memory, except those included in her journals. Gale, a foolhardy stranger, attempts to her her work through her past. The two explore memory, grief, mental health, and forgiveness.
  • WHEN
    Margie, a queer, Asian-American college student, explores her identity through conflicting conversations with her girlfriend and her grandmother. Both her relationship and her grandmother's health are on the decline.
  • Gillian Li
    Gillian Li wishes herself invisible and, as that wish is granted, watches the consequences--both to herself and others--unfold.
  • It's About Time
    Father notices a clock for the first time and launches himself and Mother into a verse exploration of time, debating the existential implications of their son.