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566 LaGuardia PlNew York, NY 10012
Running Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
Members and Partners: $20Non-Members: $25 + fees
Tickets to this performance are currently only available to Public Theater Members and Partners.
Performed in Chinese with English supertitles
Photo by Wang Chong
Cao Yu's early 20th-century drama Thunderstorm, regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese theater, is dismantled and reassembled in this new interpretation helmed by internationally acclaimed director Wang Chong. Using real-time video editing and sound mixing from action occurring on stage, a hypnotic, near-silent movie unfolds to tell the explicit story of two female characters discovering that they have been cheated on by the same womanizing playboy.
Updating the story to a Beijing official's home in the 1990s, Wang and his company of Beijing performers reinvent the classic play to reflect the complexities of contemporary capitalist-communist society, the ubiquity of technology and the sex-obsessed global landscape. Chong incorporates live pingtan players, a centuries-old form of traditional Chinese musical storytelling, to create the dialogue and soundtrack onstage.
Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental and Wang Chong
Founded in 2008, Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental has become a leading force of Chinese experimental theatre. It is dedicated to refresh the stagnant theatre scene in Beijing. The group of artists intends to develop experimental theatre in several different directions, such as political, physical, documentary, multi-media, and cross-cultural theatre. In 2012 Wang Chong launched the Chinese New Wave Theater Movement by presenting a series of new performances with innovative use of live video and sound creation and live editing.
Co-presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and NYU Skirball. This tour is supported by Beijing Culture and Arts Fund.
THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.
Text by Cao YuScript by Wang Chong / Yang Fan / Liang AnzhengDirected by Wang Chong
Performed by Gong Zhe, Wang Xiaohuan, Li Jialong, Yu Tianjian, Yu Shixue, Cheng Zhen, Gu Qianwen, Wang Yuzhi, and Lu SichengPingtan Musicians Jiang Xiaobo and Xie Yan
Video Direction by Yang FanSet Design by Li YiAssistant Set Design by Yang ChengCostume Design by Jin RanLighting Design by Liu ShuchangSound Technician Yan YasongStage Manager Li JialongProducers Gao He / Li Yi / Wang QingyangTouring Producers Alison M. Friedman and Guan Mengtong International Touring and Management Ping Pong Productions
Post-Show Discussions - Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.