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Lady Buddha (1997-2001)

By Dmae Roberts

Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil

Dmae Roberts, Ping Khaw-Sutherland and Elaine Low presented a series of 40-minute readings from the stage play Lady Buddha at Multnomah County libraries during Asian Heritage month in May 2001.Those who enjoyed the MediaRites production in June 1997 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center featuring stories of Kuan Yin, the Asian Goddess of compassion and mercy now have a chance to see the new version of the play.

The staged readings are available for private and public performances. There are no set or lighting requirements. Lady Buddha can be performed in a large living room or conference rooms and is suitable for all ages and groups.

Lady Buddha is an original multi-media theatre piece with slides, original music, Chinese opera, movement, and storytelling about Kuan Yin, the Asian goddess of compassion and mercy. Kuan Yin has an ancient history through all of Asia, but is little known here in America.

This world premiere theatre piece was performed June 1997 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center theatre under the direction of Carmela Lanza-Weil and featured veteran actress Elaine Low, Chinese opera actress Yuquin Wang, Ping Khaw-Sutherland, Giang Pham, Phil Duong and Yogi Hall.

Also check out MediaRites’ hour-long audio documentary, The Journey of Lady Buddha