THE STORY: Ama and Popo, two elderly and devoutly Christian Chinese sisters, escaped with their family from China just before the Communist revolution. Their younger brother, Di-Gou, however, believed in the revolution, and returned to China. The two curmudgeonly sisters now live in Bel Air, California, with their daughters, Joanne and Hannah, and their daughters’ prosperous husbands, Wilbur and Robert. The married couples have completely embraced some of the worst aspects of being American, waste and total self-involvement. Their children, however, Jenny and Chester, are not this way and are preparing their own escapes by one going to college and the other taking a job with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The whole family eagerly awaits a visit from Di-Gou, whom the sisters have not seen in over thirty years. When he arrives it is clear he is not the man his sisters remember: a religious young man who went out on a tour of China with a Christian evangelist and who had converted the family. Now Di-Gou does not believe in God, and when his sisters go so far as to tie him up and beat him to try and remove the “demon spirit” from his body, he reveals that the evangelist they have revered for so long was a fake with an illegitimate child. They refuse to believe this, but Di-Gou pursues the matter and even asks them to return to China and Chinese ways. But this request, along with the shock of the religious revelation, kills the elderly women. As their daughters react in horror, Di-Gou slips away and Jenny and Chester also begin to make their exits.
A biting, probing play which centers on the conflict between a Christianized Chinese-American family and a pagan Chinese relative who comes to visit them in their lush California home.