The holidays: different generations within one family sit at the same table, eat the same food, breathe the same air—all while often holding vastly different worldviews. This collision of perspectives can be uncomfortable, but also energizing.
Vichet Chum’s play, hilarious and wrenching, is partly a contemporary reflection on the phenomenon of generational divide. As winter descends on Chicago, Vichet transports us to Texas to spend time with a remarkable family of Cambodian-American women reconciling their immigrant identity, their spiritual foundation, and their American experience. Bald Sisters asks how one can stay true to their culture’s values while reinventing the way they move through the world with them.
Whether we like it or not, the clock only spins one way. We have only one life to live and part of that life is dancing with who we are, where we're from and how we say hello and goodbye to those who are part of our journey.
This play has been in development here at Steppenwolf for years, and we have all been eagerly anticipating sharing it with audiences. We hope you enjoy spending time with this family, this story... and we hope you find it as hilariously (and painfully) relatable as we do.
Glenn Davis & Audrey Francis