Motherlanded: a Conversation with Julia Gay
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Motherlanded: a Conversation with Julia Gay

Sacred Window Studies Presents: Motherlanded

Julia Gay shared a viewing of her amazing performance, Motherlanded,  and an artist talk back for our community.  Her work is an inspiration and her caregiving is inspired by her experience as an adoptee.  We are grateful for Julia in our community!

Adopted from China in 1996 and raised by a single mother, Julia Gay grew up shaped by an interconnected web of maternal guidance, love, and loss. Through poetry, memoir, and movement, the performance honors the women in her life, from her adoptive mother and birth mother, to the older woman who owned the Chinese restaurant she frequented as a child. Join Julia as she journeys from China to the US and, at last, rediscovers her motherland.


Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, playwright, stand-up comedian and teaching artist. She completed her BA at Macalester College, studying American studies, urban studies, and theatre. Julia was the recipient of the Playwrights’ Center’s (PWC) 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and is currently a PWC Affiliated Writer. This is her fourth season with St. Paul-based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre, training, performing, and touring nationally and internationally in the contemporary Indian dance form of Yorchha. As an actor, Julia has worked with the CornerHouse, the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Pillsbury House + Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and Transatlantic Love Affair, among others. Learn more at www.juliagay.com.


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