Performance | Virginia Grise: rasgos asiáticos - sobremesa

Fri, Nov 19, 2021 - Sun, Nov 21, 2021

SITE Gallery
1502 Sawyer Street

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San Antonio-raised and Austin-based artist Virginia Grise’s site-specific, multisensory performance installation, rasgos asiaticos – sobremesa, examines migration and displacement and aims to re-present a history of Chinese settlement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands that’s been (imperfectly) erased. 

rasgos asiaticos – sobremesa is created by Virginia Grise in collaboration with designer Tanya Orellana.



Virginia Grise (b. 1976, USA) is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Yale Drama Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, among other awards. Her published works include Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), and The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press). Her work has been performed at Bihl Haus Arts, Company of Angels, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. Grise has taught writing for performance at universities, public schools, community centers, women’s prisons, and the juvenile detention system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from CalArts and a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives and works in Austin, TX.

Virginia Grise: rasgos asiaticos is presented by DiverseWorks in collaboration with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts CounterCurrent20, a free festival of performance, installation, and ideas. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is part of the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

rasgos asiaticos is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by DiverseWorks in partnership with MECA, Houston; CalArts Center for New Performance, Valencia; Performance in the Borderlands, Phoenix; Fulcrum Theater, New York and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). More information at

rasgos asiaticos also received generous support for development by the MAP Fund, Soho Rep Theater’s Writer/Director Lab, and Pregones Theater’s Asuncion Award for Queer Playwrighting.


Photo: Digital transfer of archival image; Virginia Grise family photograph. Courtesy of the artist.