Film Chinois

by  Damon Chua

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"This first U.S. production of Singaporean playwright Damon Chua's work reveals an imaginative voice ... admirable." – Los Angeles Times

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Film Chinois

by  Damon Chua

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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WINNER - 2007 Ovation Award, Best World Premiere Play 

The place: Peking, China. The year: 1947, an uneasy time between WWII and the Communist takeover two years later. Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the Raymond Chandler-esque Imperial City with an important mission. He makes progress, but soon chances into a staunch Maoist named Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. A cat-and-mouse game ensues. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness of what was once the most beautiful city in the world, he soon finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film, and the whereabouts of a beautiful woman who seems to have vanished into thin air.
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"This first U.S. production of Singaporean playwright Damon Chua's work reveals an imaginative voice ... admirable."
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Espionage & Intrigue: The Haunting Tale of FILM CHINOIS
By Ben Coleman
May 4, 2015


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Beijing, 1947


3m, 2f
CHINADOLL - Early thirties, a Maoist/communist spy. She is the Chinese equivalent of the classic femme fatale.
RANDOLPH - Early thirties, an American operative. Smart, cool and collected, but in many ways, an innocent abroad.
SIMONE - Twenties, a Chinese songstress with a few tricks up her sleeve. Willful, emotional and a little silly.
AMBASSADOR - Fifties or older, from Belgium. Seedy, amoral and dryly funny, he is a steadfast admirer of Asian women.
THE MAN, who plays:
WAITER (Scenes 1 & 13)
SERVER (Scene 3)
CHINESE MAN (Scenes 7, 11 & 15)
HOTEL CLERK (Scene 14)
WOMAN (Scene 17)
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)




Damon Chua

A member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab, Damon Chua is the recipient of an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for FILM CHINOIS, which made its Off-Broadway debut with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. Other plays include THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE and INCI ...

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Film Chinois premiered at Grove Theater Center in Burbank, CA, in July of 2007 under the direction of Kevin Cochran. 

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