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Ada Cheng: Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders

  • National Cambodian Heritage Museum 2831 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States (map)

Ada Cheng's latest show tackles issues about gender, culture, and feminism. Ada Cheng explores how one learns about womanhood, love, and abuse in different sociopolitical and cultural contexts through personal stories. An intense personal journey, this solo weaves tales of breaking rules and broken hearts across borders. This performance is relevant to current debates about gender equality and women's status in American society.

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She is the Bughouse Square Debates 2017 winner. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She debuted her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at Chicago SOLO Festival in January 2017. During the summer of 2017, she toured across the US at various storytelling festivals and shows. She also performed excerpts of her solo for Ripped: A Living Newspaper Festival (produced by American Blues Theater) last May as well as for PEACEBOOK (produced by Collaboraction Theatre) at the Goodman Theatre last September. Her solo has received great reviews from both Washington Post and DC Metro Theater Arts. and will take it across borders to the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2018. She is the host of Pour One Out, a monthly storytelling series at the Volumes Bookcafe. She is also the producer and the host of the new show, Am I Man Enough: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.

Randy Kim will serve as the opener for Ada Cheng's performance. He is a queer Southeast Asian storyteller from the Chicagoland area. He comes from a family whose father survived the Cambodian genocide and mother who survived with her family after the Vietnam War. He has performed at other storytelling shows such as You're Being Ridiculous, Is That A Thing?, TenX9 Chicago, Pour One Out, and PREACH. Randy currently serves as a board member with the National Cambodian Heritaged Museum & Killing Fields Memorial.

The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial (NCHM) is a 501c3 non-profit museum that is dedicated to the history of the Cambodian Killing Fields genocide (1975-79) in which an estimated 2 milllion Cambodian were killed. The museum opened in 2004 as the only museum outside of Cambodia dedicated to the history of the genocide. The museum has provided healing and cultural preservation to many of the survivors and their children through art, music, and dance.

Portions of the proceeds from this event will go towards the museum to support their work for the community and focus on genocide awareness.



Admission -- $10 + fee (online)

--- $12 (door)