march, 2017

18mar(mar 18)7:30 pm09apr(apr 9)10:00 pmThe Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, History Theatre, Saint Paul


Event Details

We are pleased to announce a new exhibition by Minnesota artist Wing Young Huie in conjunction with the important and timely play by Jessica Huang,
The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, at the History Theatre. Wing photographed and collected the stories of families and descendants of those affected by the Chinese Exclusion Act whose parents, grandparents, or great grandparents left China and entered the United States under a false paper name.
They were known as Paper Sons and Daughters. All of the people photographed are holding photographs from their family archives.
The exhibition will consist of larger than life photos on the outside walls of the History Theatre and an interactive display in the lobby, where audience members are invited to add their ancestral photos and stories, transforming the exhibition into a shrine of remembrance.
Those who came before us traversed borders, often hiding their true selves, even to those who loved them most, leaving a legacy of unknowing. What did our ancestors endure? How much are we a product of that endurance? What do we know of their struggle? Maybe they would have told us more if only we had asked. If only we had wanted to know more. Our memories are shaped by the images they left. Precious family photographs are, in essence, paper dreams.

The exhibition & play open this Saturday, March 18 with a 7:30pm curtain and run through April 9, 2017. Tickets: $15 – 40.


Also worth seeing this weekend, Chamindika Wanduragala will be performing her new shadow puppet projection piece about an artist who becomes a mother as part of Puppet Lab at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Wanduragala is a Sri Lankan American artist and DJ (DJ Chamun) based in Minneapolis. She is also the Artistic Director of Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, which nurtures artists of color and Native artists in contemporary puppet theater. Performances Friday March 17 at 7:30pm & Sunday March 19 at 2:30pm. Tickets: $15.


March 18 (Saturday) 7:30 pm - April 9 (Sunday) 10:00 pm


History Theatre

30 E. 10th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101


Wing Young Huie