FemFest Houston: Voices of Asia | The Hatmaker's WifeVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Join Mildred's Umbrella and Asia Society Texas Center in a celebration of women's voices as we stage three readings of Houston premiere plays over two days. Featuring works written by Asian and Asian American women, the series highlights the talents and accomplishments of women playwrights across the globe.
The Hatmaker's Wife
Date: Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Writer: Lauren Yee
Director: Christine Jugueta
Assistant Director: Cybil Saenz
Synopsis: When a young woman moves in with her boyfriend expecting domestic bliss, their new house reveals the magical tale of its previous inhabitants: an old hatmaker and his long-suffering wife, who runs away with his favorite hat. This sweet and surreal story bends time and space to redefine the ideas of family, home, and true love itself.
Featuring: Noel Bowers, Karina Pal-Montano, Calvin Hudson, Lindsay Longacre, Sammi Sicinski, and Cybil Saenz
FemFest Houston: Voices of Asia at a Glance
Per Show: $15 Members, $25 Nonmembers
Three Shows: $40 Members, $65 Nonmembers
About Lauren Yee
Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco currently living in New York City. Her Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. Her play The Great Leap has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama. Her other work includes King of the Yees, Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, In a Word, Samsara, The Song of Summer, and The Tiger Among Us.
Lauren is the winner of the Doris Duke Artist Award, the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the ATCA/Steinberg Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, and the Francesca Primus Prize. Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She has a BA from Yale and a MFA from University of California San Diego.
About Christine Jugueta
Christine Jugueta is an actor, singer, writer, instructor, sacred artist, ceremonialist, community builder and theatre-maker. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory, and a Certificate in Acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Christine spent over 10 years exploring various aspects of spirituality, religion and community service and has also served as an advisor, instructor, music director, sound healer, dancer, ceremonialist and interfaith minister. Deeply committed to honoring her indigenous heritage in the Philippines, Christine is a member of the Center for Babaylan Studies and has served as a director for various cultural events promoting Filipino indigenous wisdom. As an educator, Christine has developed conscious workshops, seminars and coaching techniques that help artists and leaders deepen their self-awareness, effectiveness and sense of vocation, and has taught various classes in movement, voice, acting, speech and music. Christine is also a multi-genre vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, composer and producer, who has scored promotional videos and released recordings with the acclaimed and progressive Crossing community in Boston and in the New Age/World Music genre.
About Mildred's Umbrella
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative, and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in our artistic vision, we strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.
Performing Arts and Culture programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support for Performing Arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, The Hearst Foundation Inc., The Brown Foundation Inc., Mary Lawrence Porter, and the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, The Southmore, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This program is presented in collaboration with the Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company.
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