Adapted By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Based On Play By Guan Hanquing “The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth” Producer/Director/Researcher: Lillyanna Lopez

Faculty Mentor: Donatella Galella


A ghost story, murder mystery involving an injustice done to a woman who refuses to allow a town any peace until a young woman and her daughter decide to right the wrong.


Widow Dou Yi is selling her palm weavings in the town of New Harmony when a terrifying misfortune occurs and she is framed for murder. Three years after her unjust execution, there is a terrible drought plaguing the town, marking just the beginning of Dou Yi’s revenge. It is now Ghost Month and a new family of a mother and daughter move to town and little Fei Fei has made a new ‘friend’ in the shadows. Her mother, Tianyun, tries to save her daughter and the town from the curse of Dou Yi by discovering her story and setting things right.


This production is a University Honors Capstone Project led by researcher and director Lillyanna Lopez featuring a UCR Asian undergraduate and graduate student cast. The UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production are involved in this piece and support this project in association with their 2022-2023 season. This project is supported by GOFUNDME donors, the Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, the Chancellor’s Performance Award, and the LGBT Resource Center with the Highlander Empowerment Referendum. There will be two performances of this production occurring March 10th and March 11th in the Studio Theatre.


Doors open for seating at 7:30PM.

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