‘Word Search’ is a captivating ONE-WOMAN-SHOW that takes you on a heartfelt journey as a kid growing up and navigating English as her second language. Having Chinese speaking parents, she navigates the challenges of not always having the right English words to express herself, a struggle that’s compounded by her mother’s refusal to hear her when it mattered most. As she grapples with this language barrier, she turns to beloved shows like Sesame Street to learn English, attempting to put her newfound knowledge to use in the real world but often failing, leading to humorous and relatable moments of communication mishaps.
Throughout the show, you’ll witness her desperate desire to be perfect, driven by the fear of being ridiculed and embarrassed. As a teenager, she explores the ups and downs of boy-craziness, facing both the excitement of young love and the painful consequences of those who don’t listen or respect her boundaries. However, the heartwarming core of “Word Search” lies in her journey toward self-discovery and empowerment. As the story unfolds, she gradually learns how to use words to speak up for herself, finding her voice and overcoming the damages inflicted by those who failed to listen, ultimately delivering a powerful and inspiring message of resilience and growth.