The story is introduced by four "jade pieces" (Jeannie Lander, Kylee Brinkman, Stephanie Bertumen, and Audrey Park) who act as narrators and also play additional characters. A teenage girl (played with much angst, passion, and heart by Meghan Kreidler) is first a witness to her story, and then the teller. We don't learn her name until the end of the play, and her struggle to find an appropriate name mirrors her struggle to find her identity. She tries on a crazy nickname given to her by her peers, and a Chinese name, until she finally comes to terms with her given name and all that it encompasses. (I will awkwardly refer to her as "girl" or "she" so as not to spoil that journey for you.)
|hapa girl (Meghan Kriedler) and her dad (Rich Remedios)
(photo by Keri Pickett)
|the jade pieces (Stephanie Bertumen, Jeannie Lander,
Audrey Park, and Kylee Brinkman, photo by Keri Pickett)
Purple Cloud, a moving story of identity and family well-told by playwright and cast, continues at Mixed Blood Theatre through Decmeber 20.