Friday, Apr. 17, 2020 – Saturday, Apr. 18, 2020

06:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

San Antonio-raised and Austin-based artist Virginia Grise’s site-specific, multisensory performance installation, rasgos asiaticos, 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 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 www.npnweb.org.

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.


Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18, 6 - 10 pm

Visitors may come and go as they please and should plan on spending 30 minutes with the installation. Live activations every hour, on the half-hour, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, April 19, 5 - 8 pm

Performance and Community Dinner; Reservations required



(free tickets are reserved through CounterCurrent; sign-up to be notified when tickets are available.)


The Train Shed at Sawyer Yards and SITE Gallery

Main Yard Parking:
2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX  77007

North Yard Parking:
1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX  77007


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  • Exhibitions and public programs are free; ticketed performances are pay-what-you-wish.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • MetroRail: The MetroRail makes a stop a half-block south of the MATCH at the Ensemble/HCC Station. Mid-Main: Close to the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage (directly to the south at the corner of Holman and Travis). This garage is accessible through Holman or Travis Street and is open 24 hours. Parking can be paid by credit card or cash at the designated pay machines. And lastly, Street Parking: Metered street parking is available in Midtown. Please read all parking signs carefully, as available street parking changes depending on the time of day.

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