Adopted from China in 1996 and raised by a single mother, Julia Gay grew up shaped by an interconnected web of maternal guidance, love, and loss. Through poetry, memoir, and movement, she honors the women in her life. Join Julia as she journeys from China to the US and, at last, rediscovers her motherland.
Sound design and score composition by Eric M. C. Gonzalez. Lighting design by Mike Wangen.
Tickets: Pay What You Can, $10-$20 Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 8+. The play touches upon themes of race, trauma and sex. Patron discretion advised. Run time: 75 mins.
Thu, Oct 17 at 7:30p (Preview) Fri, Oct 18 at 7:30p (Opening) Sat, Oct 19 at 2:00p Sat, Oct 19 at 7:30p (ASL) Sun, Oct 20 at 2:00p*
Fri, Oct 25 at 7:30p* Sat, Oct 26 at 2:00p Sat, Oct 26 at 7:30p Sun, Oct 27 at 2:00p
*A brief post-show discussion will follow the performance. With the support of Sun Mee Chomet (director & dramaturg) and Harry Waters Jr. (mentor & advisor), motherlanded premiered at Pangea World Theater in May 2016 as part of their Lake Street Arts! Emerging Artist Showcase. Julia is honored to be remounting her show as a part of Dreamland Arts’ Theaterwalla program, a pilot program that supports the art of solo theater by writer/performers who create their own work.
"Thank you brave Julia Gay, who bares her soul so that all of us can get one step closer to truth, to healing. She tells her story of being adopted from China in the late 1990s with such poetic poignancy that takes me on a journey of love, loss, dream, and understanding. I'm so grateful to be invited to witness, to be vulnerable, and to grow."
– Hui Wilcox, dancer, associate professor”
photo by Laichee Yang
Julia would love to continue sharing her story with adoptee communities both at home and abroad. Interested in bringing "motherlanded" to a stage near you? Contact Julia for more information.