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The daintier the foot, the more marriageable the girl.


Written by Marjorie Chan

Premiered at the Tarragon Extra Space, produced by Nightwood Theatre, Toronto | February 19, 2004

Bound by tradition, Su-Ling’s world is closing in around her. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when she learns to read, Su-Ling’s mind is opened to new possibilities, setting her on a dangerous path to independence.

Gateway Theatre Info

Photos of Jennifer Tong and Manami Hara by Tim Matheson from 2019 Gateway Theatre Production | Directed by Marjorie Chan | Set Design by Heipo Leung | Lighting Design by Chengyan Boon | Projection Design by chimerik collective | October, 2019 – Gateway Theatre, Richmond, Canada

Photos of Marjorie Chan and Jo Chim by John Lauener from 2004 Premiere Production | Directed by Kelly Thornton | Set & Costume Design by Joanne Dente | Associate Designed by Camellia Koo | Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay | February, 2004 – Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, Canada

China Doll first premiered in 2004, produced by Nightwood Theatre, and directed by Kelly Thornton. It was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award. It is available from Scirocco Drama, as well as in Love & RealAsians Anthology from Playwrights Canada Press.

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