A dancer headed to The Public Theater in New York to perform on opening night of The Chinese Lady was attacked and unable to perform, Deadline reports.
“His glasses were broken, his eyes were bruised, and he was kicked multiple times,” said a joint statement from the Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Public Theater. “Because he couldn’t see well, he couldn’t perform his role. He insisted on instead playing one of the instruments and the group insisted the performance go on as planned.”
The dancer who has not been identified is a member of the Yip’s Dragon Style Kung Fu and Lion Dance that entertained in the Public’s lobby, and not part of The Chinese Lady.
The attack in Seward Park happened just blocks from where a man stabbed Christina Yuna Lee earlier this month 40 times in her home and killed her.
“We’re sending our love and support to the artist and to the Yip’s Dragon Style Kung Fu and Lion Dance team and their families, and to The Chinese Lady company, and we remind ourselves that what we say to each other, what we say about each other, how we show up for our Asian American neighbors, how we respond when they are scared or in danger, and how we show up as allies makes a difference. Stop the hate. It has no place here,” the statement concluded.
The Chinese Lady is a play from playwright Lloyd Suh about the first Chinese woman in America.
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