World Premiere Co-Production with SteppingStone Theatre

When a bully tells 8 year-old Payton she’s nothing more than a dandelion (a weed, ordinary, and yellow on top of that), she turns to her dad for help. Dad share his own experience growing up in the United States as a first generation refugee.  Back in the day–the eighties–Dad taught himself martial arts by watching and practicing Kung Fu. But Payton doesn’t care for Kung Fu and must learn how to face bullies without fists.

MARCH 21 – APRIL 7, 2019

Thursday, March 21 – 10:00AM (preview)

Friday, March 22 – 10:00AM (preview)

Friday, March 22 – 7:00PM (opening)

Saturday, March 23 – 3:00PM

Sunday, March 24 – 3:00PM

Wednesday, March 27 – 10:00AM

Thursday, March 28 – 10:00 AM

Thursday, March 28 – 12:00PM

Friday, March 29 – 7:00PM (audio described)

Saturday, March 30 – 3:00PM

Sunday, March 31 – 3:00PM (ASL interpreted)

Thursday, April 4 – 10:00AM

Thursday, April 4 – 12:00PM

Friday, April 5: 10:00PM

Friday, April 5 – 7:00PM

Saturday, April 6 – 3:00PM

Sunday, April 7 – 3:00PM (closing)


May Lee-Yang is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and performance artist. Born in Ban Vinai, a refugee camp in Thailand following the Secret War in Laos, May moved with her family to Saint Paul, MN where she lives to this day. Her work often explores the lives of Hmong women and living in a bicultural world, and she has been hailed by Twin Cities Metro Magazine as “on her way to becoming one of the most powerful and colorful voices in local theater.” Her theater-based works have been presented at Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Out North Theater, the 2011 National Asian American Theater Festival, the MN Fringe Festival and others. Her works includeConfessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman and Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star.  She has received grants from the Bush Leadership Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwrights’ Center, and the Loft Literary Center.

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