Red Sky (1998)



Produced by National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, the Beijing production of Red Sky collaborated with actors such as Lin Liankun (68), Bao Zhanyuan (73), Han Jingru (60s), Meng Qingliang (70), Tang Jichen (70s), Yan Fanfan, Qin Yan, Li Mei etc. This production toured Taiwan, the U.S., and Hong Kong. The main difference between this production and Taiwan production is that the roles are portrayed by actors with the very same age as their character. This theatrical collaboration with China has brought closer cross-straits cultural relations.  The Christmas performance in Beijing in 1998 was the very first production directed by a Taiwanese director with mainland Chinese actors. After its tour in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and other cities, the production came to Taiwan and participated in the Taipei Arts Festival 1999. It has been reported on by CNN, BBC, and other worldwide media.

Script: Collective creation led by Stan Lai

Creative Process Participated by Jin Shijie, Chen Limei, Ismene Ting, Lin Liqing, Deng Chenghui, Feng Yigang, Tao Chuanzheng, Lee Li-chun, Chen Li-hua

Directed by Stan Lai

Cast: Lin Liankun, Tang Jichen, Bao Zhanyuan, Meng Qingliang, Yan Fanfan, Qin Yan, Zhang Zhitong, Han Jingru, Li Mei, Lai Fanyun, Feng Yigang, Jin Shijie, Tao Chuanzheng

Scenic and Costume Design: Mao Jingang

Taipei Arts Festival Performance

Scenic and Lighting Design: Liu Pei-neng

Lighting Design: Samuel Wang

Costume and Makeup Design: Mao Jingang

Produced by Nai-chu Ding

Toured Cities: Beijing, Haidian, Shanghai, Tianjin, Taipei

Twilight trip filled with liveliness, music, and humor

Red Sky is the representative work of Performance Workshop's tenth anniversary. Depiction of the elderly and various situations before our time is up is shown through the young bodies of actors. Based on the Amsterdam Werkteater's Avenrood (Twilight), the play was constructed more on the principles of poetry or music than that of conventional theatre. The action takes place in a home for the old near Taipei, and the characters weave in and out of the poetic work, each character leaving deep impressions as they embark on the final journey of old age and death. When the production toured to the U.S., Los Angeles Times commented, "[The actors'] skills were obvious, their ensemble work exemplary" with the title of "Taiwanese Troup Shares Its Global Vision."

Script: Collective creation led by Stan Lai

Creative Process Participated by Jin Shijie, Chen Limei, Ismene Ting, Lin Liqing, Deng Chenghui, Feng Yigang, Tao Chuanzheng, Lee Li-chun, Chen Li-hua

Directed by Stan Lai

Cast: Jin Shijie, Chen Limei, Lee Li-chun, Tao Chuanzheng, Ismene Ting, Feng Yigang, Lin Liqing, Deng Chenghui, Yang Liyin, Chen Li-hua, Lai Fanyun

Scenic and Lighting Design: Samuel Wang

Costume and Makeup Design: Pamela Chin

Produced by Nai-chu Ding

World Premier: 9/7/1994 National Theater, Taipei

Toured Cities: Chungli, Tainan, Taichung, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Kaohsiung

 

 
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