I Dream of Chang and Eng. Titular characters Chang and Eng were actual brothers and conjoined twins born in early nineteenth century Siam (now known as Thailand). Spotted by a Scottish merchant, the brothers were placed on display as a freakshow exhibit on the carnival circuit across the United States. But the brothers' charismatic ways and business savvy eventually led them to buy their own contracts and tour the world, falling in with English nobles and advising the king of Siam. This production dramatizes their ascent to fame and power despite the myriad obstacles thrown their way, illuminating a forgotten case study of human perseverance.
One of the unlikeliest success stories to ever happen in America is the subject of Phillip Kan Gotanda's play