Sci-fi ‘Three-Body’ book takes to the stage

“Three Body”

Based on the first book of Liu Cixin’s best-selling “Three-Body” trilogy, a stage drama, directed by Liu Fangqi, will debut this month.

The series, which is about how human beings respond to alien invasions, was published in China between 2006 and 2010, and sold more than 1 million copies. The first book in the trilogy was awarded the Chinese Science Fiction Galaxy Award in 2006.

In 2014, an English translation of the first book, titled “The Three-Body Problem,” by Chinese-American author Ken Liu was published. A year later, Liu Cixin became the first Asian author to win the Hugo Award for best novel for the book, which is seen as the highest honor bestowed in science fiction and fantasy writing.

According to Liu Fangqi, a Shanghai native, who graduated from the Shanghai Theater Academy and majored in directing, his team was approached by Yoozoo Pictures to do the drama last year. The Shanghai-based film-production company has adapted the novel into a sci-fi movie.

The first round of performances of the drama has brought in nearly 10 million yuan (US$1.52 million) from the box office and other spin-offs. “The success of the series has opened a new chapter for China’s sci-fi. It is also offering inspiration for those who want to do adaptations,” says Liu Fangqi, whose team adapted the online novel “The Lost Tomb” — a tale of grave robbers — into a stage drama three years ago.

“Unlike other sci-fi books I’ve read, ‘The Three-Body’ trilogy contains not just elements of mystery, high technology and imagination but also depicts roles vividly. These expand the dimensions for stage drama, which is both exciting and challenging for us.”

The team employs various technologies, including projection technology and 3-D mapping. Additionally, a huge pyramid has been placed in the center of the stage with each facet displaying images of battle scenes between humans and aliens.

Time: 8 p.m., Aug. 18-20

Tickets: 280-880 yuan

Venue: Shenzhen Grand Theater, 5018 Shennan Road East, Luohu District (罗湖区深南东路5018号深圳大剧院)

Metro: Luobao or Shekou Line, Grand Theater Station (大剧院站), Exit B(SD News)


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