Bald Sisters

Bald Sisters

By Vichet Chum
Original workshop and reading at
 Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
January 25, 2019

Two estranged sisters must figure out how to put their recently deceased mother to rest. Sophea looks like her life is a mess, Him feels like her life is a mess, but they both just want what’s right for their Ma. As they argue over how to say goodbye, their sibling rivalry sends tightly guarded secrets to the surface. The two bald sisters are forced to confront their Cambodian roots, their own personal tragedies, and preconceived notions of the other.

Bald Sisters was included on Steppenwolf’s new play resource The Mix, which highlights plays featuring casts of intersectional and intersecting identities. Vichet Chum is a writer, actor, director & theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at the New Harmony Project, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Florida State University, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater and Amios. His play KNYUM had its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in January 2018, where he also serves as an Associate Artist. Most recently, he was honored with the 2018 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. He's a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) & Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA) and is represented by Beth Blickers at APA Agency.

Artistic Statement: From the Wingfields to the Westons, Steppenwolf has always been drawn to the explosive collisions of the American family. We are proud to present the world premiere of Vichet Chum’s Bald Sisters, a work that is sharp-edged, hilarious and an ultimately poignant exploration of a multigenerational Asian American family finding its way. - Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director

Grant Statement: We are grateful for the Edgerton Foundation’s generous support of our upcoming production of Vichet Chum’s Bald Sisters. This funding will provide additional rehearsal time to bring this new work to life, taking it from SCOUT, Steppenwolf’s new play program, to the stage. - E. Brooke Flanagan, Executive Director

Director: Jenny Koons
Cast: Cliff Chamberlain, Angel Desai, Lydia Gaston, Martin Yousif Zebari, Stephenie Soohyun Park