Shanghai’s Theatre Fest Features International Drama

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Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival is halfway through its two-month mission of presenting a global range of modern drama.

A scene from “Du Fu”

The large-scale annual celebration over the next month will present 18 plays produced by theatre companies from China, the U.S., England, Australia, Finland, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada. The fest opened Oct. 5, and final curtain will fall Dec. 9.

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Formerly named Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival, the vast gathering is organized and promoted by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre “to present world modern dramas to the domestic and foreign audience every year.” But the centre also sees the event as “a communication and platform…to understand modern theatres worldwide,” according to the festival’s website.

The festival offers activities besides the stage performances, including workshops, post-show talks, international forums, and new script readings.

This week’s dramas will consist of:

–“The Sun is Not for Us” performed by the UK’s University of Leeds public theatre. The play explores love, hatred, adultery, incest, hope, frustration and struggle from a Chinese woman’s perspective.

–“Feng Ru” performed by Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Center, Guangzhou, China: a story of China’s first aircraft and the first group of Chinese youth engaged in flights a century ago.

–“All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s classic drama performed by US’s The University of Kansas Theatre.

–“Du Fu,” musical theatre performed by National Theatre Company of China (Beijing), based on the writings of the legendary poet of the Tang Dynasty.

For more information on the festival, see the event’s website here.