Monologues of n Women is a new Chinese-American devised theatre work, comprised of eight stories that dissect the ordeals that many women have faced, such as sexual assault, unrealistic body standards, and the rigidity of societal expectations.
An ensemble of seven Chinese-American actresses portrays the devisers who helped bring the show to life, walking through their individual experiences as women who have lived in both China and the West. Together, they realize that these are, in fact, universal experiences shared amongst many women – they are not alone.
Through a combination of theatre, dance, original music, and poetry, Monologues of n Women not only explores the difficulties and hopes that women face in modern-day society, but also provides a platform for open conversation for audiences of all cultural backgrounds.
“A meditation on the pressing problems faced by women who grew up in Chinese society, Monologues of n Women shines the spotlight on the suppressed. Influenced by rom-coms, social media, and patriarchal traditions, many women in China feel unable to voice their true thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, they must conform to often unattainable beauty standards.”Radii China
“Several times, I was faced with anger, sadness, and the overwhelming sensation of relating to the characters’ struggles. The variety of emotions I felt over the course of the play varied from keen interest, deep grief, and much appreciated moments of laughter and joy, too.”
“As a woman, I feel (maybe for the first time in a long time) truly seen. Thank you.”