Sand and a Distant Star

A Story of Abandonement, Dreams, Reality and a Trip to Outerspace

This is the first time Stan Lai used aliens and UFOs as the theme of a sci-fi theatrical work. It is also the first time Zhang Xiaoyan was asked to be back on the stage. This production was performed during the outbreak of SARS, yet the audience supported the performance making it a miraculously touching cultural event. A farcical comedy about alien abductions and visits by UFOs, the plot mainly surrounds a street vendor who firmly believes that her husband’s disappearance 20 years ago had something to do with visiting aliens who took him to their planet for research purposes.  Believing her mother's rather farfetched fantasies and interest in things alien to be a sure sign of madness, her daughter sets out to cure her mother of her illusions by staging a fake UFO landing which is when the fun and theater magic begins in earnest.

Written and Directed by Stan Lai

Cast: Zhang Xiaoyan, Chin Shih-chieh, Bu Xueliang, Liu Hanya, Li Jianchang, Ismene Ting, Lai Fanyun

Scenic and Lighting Design: Alan kuang-yan Nieh

Costume and Makeup Design: Liu Long, Pan Daili

Sound Design: Du Duzhi

Music: "The Same Moonlight," "Yes or No," "Please Follow Me" by Julie Su - provided by Forward Music

Co-produced by Nai-chu Ding

Produced by Hsieh Ming-chang

World Premier: 5/9/2003 National Theater, Taipei

Toured Cities: Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung

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