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1943 Figure Figure Miss Yong's Repertory Includes: A New Monodrama Of Chinese Life Occidental Impressions And Impersonations Authentic Ancient Chinese Costume Plays Gorgeously Costumed HAROLD R. PEAT Presents SOO YONG The Distinguished Actress Of Stage And Screen In Her Delightful Programs Of Entertainment BLENDING THE BEST OF EAST AND WEST SOO YOUNG Presents Her New And Original Monodrama Depicting The Emancipation Of Chinese Women Clark Gable and Soo Yong SOO YONG'S Career A true cosmopolite, Soo Yong was born of pure Chinese parentage on the Island of Maui; graduated from the University of Hawaii; and completed her education in New York where she received her Master's Degree from Columbia University. Soo Yong made her Broadway debut with Katherine Cornell in The Letter, after which she endeared herself to American audiences from coast-to-coast as the distinguished Mistress of Ceremonies for China's greatest actor, Mei Lan-fang. When Hollywood beckoned, Miss Yong played with Greta Garbo in The Painted Veil, with Clark Gable in China Seas; with Shirley Temple in Stowaway; and with Mae West, Wallace Beery, Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Rosalind Russell and other film notables. She played the lead in MGM's The Rainbow Pass; and in The Good Earth, with dozens of distinguished actresses competing for two of the most exacting character roles, the Ancient One and The Aunt—both went to Soo Yong. In the past few years Soo Yong has delighted audiences all over the country with her original programs. She is the only Chinese woman monologist. As lovely as a priceless piece of jade is the way one critic has described her. Out From The Inner Apartments In this playlet Soo Yong portrays the gradual emergence of the women of China from their enforced confinement within private domestic quarters to their present-day active participation in public life. In successive scenes we observe ancient China becoming new and facing the future boldly, bravely. Out of five separate episodes Soo Yong weaves an artistic sequence such as village story-tellers love to construct day after day in the tea-houses. There is comedy and poignant pathos, entertainment and instruction in this program. SCENE I. Summer of 1911, Just Before The Republican Revolution. The Tang Home in Canton. CHING JOY, eldest daughter of Tang Family SCENE II. May 1919. The home into which Ching Joy has married. PERSONAL SERVING WOMAN to Ching Joy SCENE III. December 1927. The Tang home in Canton. ALICE CHING MEI, youngest daughter of Tang family. SCENE IV. Few Minutes After Scene III. The Tang Home in Canton. GREAT GRANDMOTHER TANG, or PO-PO SCENE V. Today. The Woo Home in Chungking. MRS. ALBERT WOO (Nee Alice Ching Mei Tang) Soo Yong as The Ancient One in The Good Earth Soo Yong in The Rainbow Pass Greta Garbo and Soo Yong SOO YONG'S Repertory Soo Yong's programs embrace both Oriental and Occidental selections. Her costume dramas, adapted from old Chinese classics, are mainly serious in tone, yet often flashing with humor. In lighter vein are her costume character studies, her impersonations of Broadway and Hollywood stars, and her modern humorous monologues. Each of these selections are about a half-hour in length and any two comprise a program. Famous Women of China Portrayals of four famous-and infamous-women of China. The flower-like favorite concubine of an 8th century Emperor; the Mother of Meng Tzu (Mencius, the great philosopher); the Empress Dowager of the last dynasty; and Madame Chiang-Kai-Schek. Western Whirligig Miss Yong displays her versatility by combining character sketches, monologues, poems, parodies into a sparkling and witty commentary on life in the Western World. For laughter only! The Rainbow Pass A modernized version of an historical drama of the 8th century, depicting the treacherous slaying of the warrior-husband and the wife's heroic vengeance on the villain. All Splendidly Costumed ACCLAIM FOR SOO YONG From The Critics The Columbus Enquirer A woman of beauty and grace, Miss Yong captivated her audience with her charm as well as her clever interpretations. Her costumes were exquisite, her voice eloquent and fluid, her every movement a delight and she learned her hands in a fairytale. One of the most delightful programs the Woman's Club has given. The Richmond News Leader The best China has in the way of civilization plus the best this country has in vitality and education have combined to make the remarkable Soo Yong. Her sketches are small silk tapestries which she embroiders on the stage with the subtle skill of the Oriental. Asheville Citizen Capitalizing on generous endowments of charm and personality which quickly won her the attention and approbation of an appreciative audience, Miss Soo Yong, talented Chinese actress, drew hearty outbursts of applause for her varied, well-rounded program. Dayton (Ohio) Daily News In the most ravishing costumes ever seen in Dayton, this diminutive artist gives an amazing vitality to each character she plays. She completely captivated her audience. Detroit News Soo Yong packed 'em in at the Cass Town Hall opening, boosting business at nearby parking lots and giving traffic policemen a bit of a headache. Atlanta Journal Blending the freshness and sparkle of America with the dignity and fragrance of the Far East. Quincy (Illinois) Herald-Whig As lovely as a priceless piece of jade and as picturesque as a fine porcelain lady … a mind as brilliant as the magnificent costumes in which she graced the stage. Her audience continued to marvel and thrill through her entire performance. Victoria (B. C.) Press Her costuming was magnificent, her voice a joy and her acting most real. From Leading organizations Nellie Peck Saunders (Manager Detroit Town Hall Series) Everyone was most enthusiastic about Soo Yong. She gives a brilliant performance. Her artistry is fascinating; her humor is irresistible. Her voice is like music; her appearance is a delight to the eye. President San Diego (California) State College Soo Yong's appearance was most enthusiastically received by our students. Dr. Lin Yutang (Commenting on The Good Earth) Next to Luise Rainer, for sheer fidelity, I would place Soo Yong. Avis B. Boutell (Program Chairman Santa Barbara, Cal., Women's Club) We were all charmed by her personality, and her performance was exquisite. Flora Ward Hineline (Manager Toledo Town Hall Series) You have a find in Soo Yong. She simply delighted my audience. At luncheon she was just as captivating as in her stage performance. K. I. Hatzell (Program Chairman Redlands, California, Women's Club) Your program was a wonderful success. On all sides I heard the loveliest compliments. A successful opening of the Club year means a great deal to the Program Chairman, so I feel most grateful to you. For Terms and Dates, Address HAROLD R. PEAT, Inc. 2 WEST 45th STREET, NEW YORK CITY Mid-West Agency: H. M. McFADDEN Bismarck Hotel, Chicago, Ill. Pacific Coast Agency: A. R. DAYTON South Terrace, Altadena, Calif.
|Title||Soo Yong: "Blending the Best of East and West"|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||Yong, Soo|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Number of Pages||3|
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