From Page to Stage: A Dream of Red Pavilions Special Preview Sharing
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This program is FREE. RSVP here.
Regarded as one of the ‘Four Great’ novels of China, A Dream of Red Pavilions (紅樓夢) is the love story between Bao Yu (Precious Jade) and Dai Yu (Dark Jade) in 18th century China.
This Lunar New Year, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will premiere this work that is little-known outside of Asia in New York City. Please join the co-directors Tisa Chang and Lu Yu, and the playwright Jeremy Tiang for a moderated discussion on the process of creating and producing this celebrated Chinese classic, from adapting it for an American audience to designing costumes that incorporate elements of traditional 18th century details as well as modern fashion styles. Moderated by MOCA president Nancy Yao Maasbach.
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Tisa Chang (Co-director and Artistic Producing Director) has been a theatre professional for over 40 years as performer, director and producer. She is a former Executive Board member of SDC and directing highlights include: 2015’s Sayonara masterpiece The Joy Luck Club, original musicals at Pan Asian Rep: Cambodia Agonistes which toured extensively, Shanghai Lil’s (also to San Francisco) and intercultural epics: Kwatz! The Tibetan Project (..given vibrant immediacy…under the direction of the ever-inventive Tisa Chang”- NYTimes), Rashomon which was invited to Havana Theatre Festival in 2003 (“Under the taut direction of Tisa Chang, the Pan Asian Repertory has mounted a commendable revival that is all the more striking for its simplicity” - NYTimes). She pioneered bilingual premieres of Return of the Phoenix and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ellen Stewart’s La Mama Chinese Theatre Group.
Playwright Jeremy Tiang's previous work includes Butterfly and The Last Days of Limehouse (Yellow Earth, London) and Floating Bones (Arts House, Singapore); development readings at New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Soho Theatre. He was a finalist for the NYTW 2050, Playwrights Center Many Voices and David TK Wong fellowships; and received honorable mentions for Alameda, East West Players 2042 See Change Award and Theatre503 Playwriting Award. Jeremy is also a fiction writer (his short story collections It Never Rain on National Day was published by Epigram Books in 2015, and he is a recipient of Singapore's Golden Point Award, Singapore) and translator from Chinese (of more than ten books, including work by best-selling writers Zhang Yueran and Yan Geling; he is the recipient of a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellowship and a PEN/Heim Grant).
Lu Yu (Co-director) is a child star on national radio shows in Taiwan, who after graduating with honors from the National Academy of Arts, signed a 6 year movie contract with Cathay Organization's Movie Co. in Hong Kong, and acted in more than 30 Movies. He was the host of the National Hour Variety Show on Redifusion T.V and the producer and anchor for 3 weekly programs in Mandarin Chinese and Amoy for The Voice of America. As an original member of La MaMa Chinatown, he directed, acted in and choreographed numerous plays and musicals, and toured with the company to Italy and Taiwan. Other directing credits include for Yangtze Rep. Theater Co. (also Co- Founder); Pan Asian Repertory Theater’s Legend of White Snake; and Butterfly Lovers, a musical in Mandarin and English performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Film credits include: Hollywood Ending directed by Woody Allen, and Saving Face, Children of Invention, and Tomorrow Comes Today. T.V. an EMMY nomination for his role in the Chinatown episode on the CBS series Due South; Voice Over work includes: more than 100 episodes for Sesame Street for Shanghai T.V. and hundreds of other voice over clients. He has been a teaching artist for City Lore Inc for more than a decade.