400 Years of Legacy: Tang Xianzu Meets William Shakespeare in Kunqu

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7 p.m. & Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2 p.m.

Free (Donations Suggested)

The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of two prominent playwrights in two separate cultural spheres: Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) in China and William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in England. To commemorate this momentous occasion and to promote intercultural understanding and exchange, the Shanghai Kunqu Theatre Troupe, an internationally renowned theatre company from Shanghai, China, at the invitation of Kunqu Society in New York, will present a free program of two different performances dedicated to Tang and Shakespeare that showcase the troupe’s artistic excellence.

The program of two different performances will be presented at Hunter’s Kaye Playhouse on the following two dates:

• Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7 p.m.: The Peony Pavilion

• Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2 p.m.: Kunqu Classics and Macbeth

The first performance will present Tang’s Peony Pavilion, a play that is often compared to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In Peony Pavilion, however, the star-crossed lovers eventually overcome death by their devotion to each other.

The second performance will consist of a selection of artistically demanding and popular scenes from the troupe’s extensive repertoire, including two scenes from their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

For this program, 25 top-ranked kunqu artists, including performers, musicians, costumers, and make-up artists, will be invited from the Shanghai Kunqu Theatre Troupe.

By presenting this program and making connections between Tang and Shakespeare, the Shanghai Kunqu Theatre Troupe aims to share their accomplishments in both preserving the classic kunqu repertoire and exploring new directions for kunqu, a major form of traditional Chinese theatre that has been proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization as a masterpiece of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

To promote intercultural understanding and exchange, the program will be free of charge and open to the Hunter community and general public.

Tickets, however, are needed. For tickets, please contact:

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College: 212-772-4448 (M-F 12-7 p.m.)

(The Peony Pavilion): https://kayeplayhouse.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=442

(Kunqu Classics & Macbeth): https://kayeplayhouse.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=443

The Kunqu Society: 718-460-6322; tickets@kunqusociety.org

For patrons who are interested in supporting this free program through donations and joining the society’s “Friends of Kunqu” circle, please contact the Kunqu Society (tickets@kunqusociety.org) for further information.

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