Knock Off Balance

Institute History

  • 1995 Playwrights Lab


Doris Eng, a Chinese-American talent agent in Hollywood whose celebrity look-alike business is on the skids, is visited by Dorris Ango from Hong Kong, a long lost relative from China, who claims to be looking for actors for a very important project. Is Dorris Ango seeking movie talent for a Hong Kong film or picture grooms to marry women who want to leave before Hong Kong is handed over to the People’s Republic of China? This play explores expectation, image, role-reversals, and reconciliation as capitalistic Hong Kong approaches its 1997 reunification with the “awakening dragon” of Communist China.


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