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Drama of famed comedian to debut in Guangzhou

2022-Sep-16       Source: newsgd.com

The name of the drama A Startling Dream is taken from a scene in The Peony Pavilion, a romantic tragedy play written by dramatist Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and a well-known Kunqu Opera piece.

Directed by and starring famed comedian Chen Peisi, the drama A Startling Dream will be staged in Guangzhou on September 22-25, forming part of the 2022 Guangzhou Art Season. It depicts how a Kunqu Opera troupe got caught up in a complicated situation in the 1940s.

A stage photo of the drama A Startling Dream (Photo/Guangzhou Opera House)

A Startling Dream is a collaboration between playwright Yu Yue and veteran actor-director Chen Peisi. A comedian and a household name in China, Chen has worked with playwright Yu since 2015 on a Chinese play, The Stage, which is also a story about a drama ensemble in troubled times, but with some comedy.

A stage photo of the drama A Startling Dream (Photo/Guangzhou Opera House)

The name of the drama A Startling Dream is taken from a scene in The Peony Pavilion, a romantic tragedy play written by dramatist Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and a well-known Kunqu Opera piece.

The drama centers on a Kunqu Opera troupe during the civil war in the country. A play within a play, it depicts the troupe of the traditional art form going through the ups and downs of wartime. Chen plays the role of the head of the troupe. 

A poster of the drama A Startling Dream (Photo/Guangzhou Opera House)

Time: 7:30pm, September 22-25, 2022

Venue: Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House (广州大剧院 歌剧厅)

Tickets: RMB 280, 480, 680, 780, 880VIP

Duration: 150 minutes (without intermission)

*Performed in Chinese without subtitles

Address: No.1 Zhujiang Xi Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区珠江西路1号)

Nearest metro station: Take Metro Line 3 or 5 and get off at the Zhujiang New Town Station, and then use the GT Land Plaza Exit

Related news: Guangzhou Art Season, an audio-visual treat for culture & art lovers

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