She Lights Up Well
Directed by Joyce Wu
Joyce Wu (WITHHOLDING, SCREAMING IN ASIAN) returns to CAAMFest with her quirky debut feature, SHE LIGHTS UP WELL, about Sophie, a struggling New York actress with big dreams and few job prospects. Sick of playing stereotypical bit parts—“Can you scream a little more Asian?” — and with a dwindling bank account, Sophie returns indefinitely to her family’s home in suburban Detroit, a city with economic and cultural declines that seem to mirror her own.
She quickly becomes enmeshed in the drama surrounding the local theater company, the Greenwood Players, facing closure due to city budget cuts. Sophie takes on the insurmountable task of directing a ragtag group of senior citizens and misfits in an updated version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” With a charming performance by Tsai Chin as Sophie’s grandmother, SHE LIGHT’S UP WELL is about finding success and a raison d’etre in familiar yet unexpected places.
– Sierra Lee
Expected Guest in Attendance: Joyce Wu (Director/Writer/Cast)
Co-Presenter: Asian American Women Artists Association
Writer: Joyce Wu
Cast: Joyce Wu, Tsai Chin, Sean Kleier