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A World Premiere Play


April 22 – May 30, 2016

Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted by Damon Chua
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
Recommended for All Ages


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King.




Meet the Cast of The Emperor's Nightingale

Linda Bard

Mikey Cafarelli

Bryan Eng

Chema Pineda-Fernández

Jonathan Frye

Brett Messiora

Andrew Quilpa

Nadine Rousseau


Su Jin Song


Production Team of The Emperor's Nightingale


Natsu Onoda Power

Design by Deb Sivigny


Damon Chua


Stella Choi

Costume Designer

Deb Sivigny

Set/Projections Designer

Hana Sooyeon Kim

Lighting Designer

Marie Yokoyama

Sound Designer

Kenny Neal

Props Designer

Dre Moore

Stage Manager

Britany Truske

Asst. Stage Manager

Khaiya Darnell

Scenic Charge

Amy Kelley

Scenic Artist

Laura Genson

Designed by Hana Sooyeon Kim




The Emperor's Nightingale in the Press


Broadway World

Adventure Theatre's The Emperor's Nightingale is a perfect entertainment for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, created and performed by Asian-Americans with all audiences in mind.

DC Theatre Scene

The Emperor’s Nightingale is yet another example of the soaring vision at Adventure Stage MTC and the designers’ ability to make their dream come true.

My Asian Kid DC

This is a chance for adoptive parents to let our children see Asian faces up on stage in a production made for children. I think the whole family will really enjoy it.

MD Theatre Guide

The Emperor’s Nightingale is part of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebration, and it is a wonderful peek into Chinese history and culture.


Kids will like the many songs that punctuate this play, the goofy Chinese lion dancers who play Tiger, and a cool bit at the end when the two brothers engage in a kind of rap battle, showing off to their father what they know of their country.

DC Metro Theater Arts

The Emperor’s Nightingale is a magnificent show and cultural experience, just in time for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, in May.





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