Collectively created by Paul Thompson, Janet Lo, Samantha Wan and Severn Thompson (Azure River). This play looks at the story of Jiang Qing, wife of Chairman Mao, and her role in China’s Cultural Revolution. Previews from Jun 2, opens Jun 4 and runs to Jun 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $32, stu/srs $26, Sun pwyc. In the Tarragon ExtraSpace.
Jaing Qing (Janet Lo) married Chairman Mao Zedong and became a leader of the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976. In a Beijing prison in 1991, Qing reflects on her life while being pressured by a sergeant (Samantha Wan) to admit guilt for her role during that catastrophic time. Despite some inconsistent acting, there are many powerful scenes, in particular the monologues and reenactments from Qings plays. Director Severn Thompson unites the visually striking technical elements, including Jenna McCutchens set that includes projection screens. Heidi Chans powerful music, especially the drumming, underscores Jeffery Chans elegant choreography.
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