It is 1938. Hollywood star Anna May Wong has just returned to the US after a discouraging tour in China. Drinking herself into a stupor, Wong’s dreams transport her back to her time on the film set of “Daughter of the Dragon”, grappling with the constrictions placed upon her because of her race and sex. There, memories entwine with imagination, as she relives moments with key figures in her life – her father, her yellow-face costar, her British lover, Marlene Dietrich, and her London buddies, Paul Robeson and Mei-Lan Fang. This dreamscape is an exploration of the tensions and unease of making it big as a Chinatown girl midst a world not made to accommodate her.

The Actress Who Died a Thousand Deaths utilizes ‘live cinema theater’ to both recreate and reimagine moments from Wong’s films and life; to suvert type-casted and Orientalist tropes of the original and offer a ‘re-framing’ on stage.