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Chinese American Youth in Civil Service Presents A STAGE READING OF ILLEGAL: A NEW MUSICAL
August 28, 2022, at 2:00 pmFree
Created by Skyler Chin
Book, music by Skyler Chin & Sita Sunil
Named a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 National Music Theater Conference at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Illegal is a rap-rock musical dramedy about America’s first illegal immigrants. It’s 1923. The United States is enforcing the Chinese Exclusion Act by systematically separating families and imprisoning them on Angel Island. Kee Lin, a budding Hong Kong martial artist, is wrongly blamed for her brother’s death and must flee to America with a good-for-nothing imposter “paper” brother, Slim Chin, in her dead brother’s place. If they can survive detention and convince interrogators that they’re siblings, they may get a shot at a new life. They cross paths with Chinese-American interpreter, Carter Lee, who must choose between success for himself and justice for immigrants. Inspired by family secrets and detainee poetry, Illegal asks the timely and timeless question, “What does it take to be(come) American?”