November 30 – December 2, 2023
7:30 – 8:45PM

DEAR JOHN is a solo show inspired by real life events.

In 2011, an estranged father, “John,” reaches out to a long lost daughter for the first time… on Facebook. When he begins writing her letters, she begins a journey of reckoning with a previously unknown past.

DEAR JOHN is the story of what it means to be a father or daughter, expectations on one another, and the ways people fall short. Spanning three continents and four decades, DEAR JOHN weaves together excerpts from John’s letters, a recorded interview with a woman who left a changing China in the 80s, and stories of growing up undocumented in New York City.

Dates: Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30PM, Friday, December 1 @ 7:30PM, Saturday, December 2 @ 3:00PM* & 7:30PM.

  • there will be a talkback following December 2nd’s 3:00PM performance with Razeen Zaman (AALDEF) and April Xu (Documented)

Run time: 70 Min, no intermission



Creator & Performer: Rachel Lin*

Director: Nana Dakin

Producer: Kelly Letourneau

Set Designer: Cate McCrea

Projection Designer: Cinthia Chen

Lighting Designer: Jonathan Cottle

Sound Designer: Caroline Eng

Stage Manager: Juni Li

Dramaturg: Kalina Ko

Poster art by: Rich Soto

DEAR JOHN is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

A free presentation of the show will take place at the Bay Ridge branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Dec 5th @ 6PM presented by the Museum of Chinese in America and CulturePass. More information HERE.

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