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.   
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. 

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    Sold Out


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.