When you’re hapa, you know deep down you’re greater than the sum of your many parts. In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the multifacets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces – they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minnesota and back again.

Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family acculturates: Grandpa Lee emigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through the search for her true name.


“Huang’s play merges drama and comedy, fantasy and reality into a thoroughly entertaining and moving work” – Ed Huyck, City Pages

“A thoughtful and ultimately universal exploration of what it means to belong.” – Lisa Brock, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“This ‘hapa’ girl’s search for identity, family, and a place in the world is something everyone can relate to in some way, and told in an innovative, imaginative, fantastical yet grounded way by playwright Jessica Huang.” – Cherry and Spoon

“[The final scene] was one of the most powerful and moving scenes I’ve witnessed in theater, and it pulled together the various threads of the play in the ways that only true art can. By the play’s end, I realized I had just witnessed something unprecedented… The birth of a hapa tradition.” – David Mura, poet and activist


Nominee: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2016

Finalist: Cultural DC’s Source Festival, 2014

Nominee: Kilroy’s List, 2014


Full Productions
June 1-3, 2017: Asian American Theatre Project (Stanford, CA)
October 1-8, 2016: Mu Performing Arts (@ Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists’s ConFest)
December 4-20, 2015: Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis)

Staged Readings
March 2016: Yellow Earth Theatre’s Typhoon International Playreading Festival (London)
September 2015: Workhouse Theatre’s Greenhouse Reading (Minneapolis)
October 2014: Partner Production, Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (Philadelphia)
December 2013: Mu Performing Arts’ New Eyes Festival (Minneapolis)





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