Book & Lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson
Music & Lyrics by Jason Ma
A young girl named Xue Lan takes an unexpected journey to womanhood.
Guided by the beloved spirits of departed family, the desires of her heart,
and a goddess or two, she finds her purpose and true destiny.
Broken Ground is currently in development and was commissioned by Village Theater
(Robb Hunt, Executive Producer; Jerry Dixon, Artistic Director; Brandon Ivie, Associate Artistic Director).
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The Goddess of Compassion, sung here by Ali Ewoldt, comforts Xue Lan.
We filmed this excerpt from the show for New York Theatre Barn's New Works
Series in November. ( Our first sharing of the material since we completed the
The Dragon King of the Eastern Sea, sung by Jonny Lee Jr., shares his view of the world with the young Princess Nu Wa before unveiling his true self. Also filmed for New York Theatre Barn.
The entire live-streamed episode of the New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series on 11/18, including the performances above and discussion with Christine and Jason.
The Kennedy Center gathered a diverse group of artists from across the country for their "Winter Traditions" series. Stories of my immigrant family's holiday traditions, followed by an excerpt from "Broken Ground" was our contribution to this programming, highlighting an inclusive array of American artists.
Demo Recordings for Xue Lan's world...
1911 - A new China.
As the rule of emperors ends, a young girl dreams of a new world
of possibilities, while navigating through the obstacles of the old ways.
To her dismay, Xue Lan (sung by Diana Huey) learns that her father has already arranged a marriage for her.
Twin siblings dream of a better world as they reminisce about their childhood when brother Jun Bao (sung by Brian Kim) went away to school, leaving his sister behind (Xue Lan sung by Diana Huey). But now, he is leaving her to go off to war.
Xue Lan (sung by Diana Huey) meets her prospective future in-laws for the first time, including the formidable matriarch, Madam Ma (sung by Cindy Cheung).
Demo Recordings for Nu Wa's world
A world of ancient Chinese myth, out of time.
Immortals and deities battle for supremacy in a mythical world of ideas, metaphor, and masculine/feminine struggle.
Princess Nu Wa (sung by Jaygee Macapugay) yearns to explore beyond the confines of her kingdom and venture to the Eastern Sea, the realm of the Dragon King.
The Dragon King of the Eastern Sea (sung by Kennedy Kanagawa) explains his privilege to Princess Nu Wa, who has trespassed on his kingdom.
The Goddess of Determination, “Jing Wei,” a bird, (sung by Ali Ewoldt) is the resurrected and transformed spirit of the drowned Princess Nu Wa, and has come to stop the Dragon King.
The Goddess of Compassion, “Guan Yin” (sung by Ali Ewoldt) provides comfort to the struggling Xue Lan.
Ma Jian Gen (sung by Kevin Schuering) breaks off the engagement on the day before the wedding, believing that it would be unfair to Xue Lan (sung by Diana Huey) to enter into their arranged marriage, not knowing that he had decided on a very different future than both families had in mind.