July 21, 2021

Three Women of Swatow

Three Women of Swatow

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Three Women of Swatow by Chloe Hung

This ferocious comedy is about three generations of women who are dealing with a dark history, a legacy of abuse, and a whole lot of blood. Chloe Hung is a Chinese-Canadian writer/director and graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Three Women of Swatow (Part 1)

Grandmother is drinking gin naked while reading the Bible when she hears an anxious voicemail from Mother. The message says she wants to know how to make drunken chicken, which is odd because she is a vegetarian. Only her abusive husband eats meat at their home. Grandma keeps her worries to herself when Daughter comes home and the two quarrel over alcohol, weight, and life in general. Grandmother decides to go to Mother’s apartment. There she makes a grim discovery.


Three Women of Swatow (Part 2)

After arriving at Mother’s home, Grandmother is confronted with a grisly mess in the bathtub that she must help clean up. The two generations of women argue over tea, emojis, and who is responsible for the bloody crime scene that has unfolded. They try to scrub the bathroom of evidence when the Daughter unexpectedly arrives. Dark family secrets are revealed.


Three Women of Swatow (Part 3)

The women flash back through a history of abuse. Grandmother has had to watch Mother repeat her mistakes and is determined to keep Daughter from following in the same footsteps. Three generations of Swatow women discover they are bound by more than blood.


Three Women of Swatow (Interview with Chloe Hung)

Chris talks to Chloe Hung who is currently living and working in LA. The Three Women of Swatow playwright shares why her relationship with her two grandmothers inspired her to write about family lore, how she likes to subvert people’s expectations about demure Asian women, and the differences she has learned between writing for the stage versus the screen.