Classic Chinese play ‘Thunderstorm’ to be staged in Shenzhen

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A scene from “Thunderstorm.”

Beijing People’s Art Theater will present drama master Cao Yu’s classic play “Thunderstorm” at Shenzhen Poly Theater.

Written by Cao (1910-1996) in 1933, the play is one of the most popular Chinese dramas. It was first published in the literary magazine Literary Quarterly. Shortly after its publication, a production of the play was mounted in Jinan, and later, in 1935, in Shanghai and in Tokyo, both of which were well received.

In 1936, “Thunderstorm” was staged in Nanjing, with Cao himself acting was the lead role. The subject matter of “Thunderstorm” is the disastrous effects of rigid traditionalism and hypocrisy on the wealthy, modern and somewhat Westernized Zhou family. Specifically, the plot of “Thunderstorm” centers on the Zhou family’s psychological and physical destruction as a result of incest and oppression caused by their morally-depraved and corrupt patriarch, Zhou Puyuan, a wealthy businessman.

Cao is often regarded as China’s most important playwright of the 20th century. His other best-known works are “Sunrise” (1936) and “Peking Man” (1940). In 1952, he founded Beijing People’s Art Theater. Since its founding, the company has produced nearly 300 dramas of different styles, from classic Chinese themes, such as in “Tea House,” to adaptations of Western works, such as in “Death of a Salesman.”

Time: 8 p.m., March 22-23

Tickets: 180-1,080 yuan

Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)

Metro: Line 2 or 11 to Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E

(SD News)

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