A thrilling new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale.” In eighteenth century China, the prince and the princess of the dynasty embark on a magical competition to learn the wonders of their land.  Will they be distracted by the glitter of royalty and fantastical entertainment or will they learn the lessons of the Nightingale and see the world with compassionate eyes?  A co-production with Theater Mu, the region’s leading theatre celebrating Asian artists and culture, this production is sure to dazzle with music, dance, puppetry, and a heart-felt story of learning to see the world. 


Ensemble of The Princess' Nightingale

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Photos by Rich Ryan

Public Performances May 4th – May 19th

May 4 – 7:00pm (Opening)

May 5 – 7:00pm

May 6 – 3:00pm

May 11 – 7:00pm

May 12 – 3:00pm

May 12 – 7:00pm

May 13 – 3:00pm

May 17 – 7:00pm (Talkback)

May 18 – 7:00pm

May 19 – 7:00pm (Close)

Weekday Matinee Performances

May 02: 10am

May 03: 10am

May 04: 10am

May 09: 10am

May 10: 10am

May 11: 10am

May 15: 10am

May 16: 10am

May 17: 10am

May 18: 10am


This season premiers Theater Mu’s experimental Pay As You Are pricing. Mu strives to voice the stories of the Asian American community, and in order to bring performances to those communities whose stories they tell, Mu is committed to make them as accessible as possible. Pay As You Are pricing asks those who routinely pay $35-$40 for theater tickets to choose to pay that; it is the actual fair market value of the ticket. If an audience member needs to pay less, they can choose to pay less – as little as $5 per ticket. 


Damon Chua is a New York-based playwright, poet, fiction writer and producer. Originally from Singapore, Damon now calls Jackson Heights his home. Damon is a member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater’s Writers Lab in New York. His stint at The Public Theater was supported by a Time Warner Foundation grant. He is the recipient of a 2015 Dramatists Guild Fund #writechange scholarship and a 2014 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and the Proscenium Journal, Damon received an Ovation Award for Best New Play and has obtained support from UNESCO and the Durfee Foundation. Damon’s plays have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and presented in several states. They also have been seen in London, Singapore and Toronto. In 2015, he made his Off-Broadway debut through Pan Asian Repertory Theatre with this full-length noir drama Film Chinois.

Natalie Tran
Princess Hexiao
Kathryn Fumie
Max Perdu
Prince Jia
Eric Sharp*
Minister Wu/Tiger Head
Kelly Huang
Tiger Tail
Nikko Soukup-Raymo
The Emperor/Panda 1
Hope Nordquist
The Empress/Panda 2
Eva Allinder, Mariam Ben Said, Rui Rui Bleifuss, Sabyl Chi, Anja Dengler, August Ho-Chen, Summer Tran, Shina Xiong, Tristan Xiong

* denotes member of Actors Equity
Randy Reyes
Assistant Director
Daisuke Kawachi
Stage Manager
Raul Ramos*
Assistant Stage Manager
Kivan Kirk
Scenic Designer
Mina Kinukawa
Lighting Designer
Karin Olson
Properties Designer
Abbee Warmboe
Costume Designer
Rhiannon Fiskradatz
Sound Designer
Dan Smeiska
Technical Director
Leazah Behrens
Cultural Consultant
Eliza Rasheed
Fight Choreographer
Allen Malicsi
Production Manager
Rachel Ostroot

* denotes member of Actors Equity