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THE CONTEMPORARY CHINESE
A vital component of David Henry Hwang’s residency at Signature and an extension of Hwang’s many international collaborations at the Lark Play Development Center, the Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series is aimed at exposing U.S. audiences to the diverse, dynamic world of contemporary Chinese playwriting while fostering a conversation between Chinese and U.S. artists.
Signature and The Lark will host a group of distinguished artists who will engage in a cross-cultural dialogue through the development and presentation of English-language versions of four contemporary Chinese plays. The play translations will be presented starting March 15 in the Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
To launch this series, the Asia Society will be hosting a panel discussion on March 11 at 6:30pm with David Henry Hwang and all four playwrights. Visit the Asia Society’s website for tickets and more information.
The readings at Signature are free to the general public and each presentation will be followed by a moderated talkback. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The four contemporary Chinese plays include:
PLAYING THE VIOLIN
by Wei-Jan Chi, literal translation by Cheng-Han Wu, adaptation by Madeleine George, directed by Daniel Jaquez
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The death of Liu San's best friend starts him on a wild ride through hidden memories and alternate realities.
by Nick Yu, literal translation and adaptation by Zhao Binghao, directed by Josh Hecht
Saturday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Sixty years after being rescued from drowning by the captain of a fishing vessel, a fisherman living with Alzheimer's receives a mysterious visitor from the sea.
by Meng Jinghui, literal translation by Nick Frisch, adaptation by Lloyd Suh, directed by Victor Maog
Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
A gritty exploration of Beijing's underground punk scene, complete with songs and slapstick.
by Candace Chong, literal translation by Joanna Lee and Ken Smith, Adaptation by David Henry Hwang, directed by Lisa Peterson
Sunday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m.
In a thinly disguised Hong Kong, an editor investigates the disappearance of a socially-conscious historian, and unwittingly lands a role in creating the Perfect City.
The Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council.
Signature Theatre Company is a participant in the Global Connections-ON the ROAD program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.