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 Post subject: Korean-lead theater company premieres drama by Chinese Nobel
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:25 am 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Ron Lasko at 212-505-1700 x. 11,

Banned Play by Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Makes Long-Awaited NYC Premiere
Limited Engagement runs March 26 - April 19

Theatre HAN, under the artistic direction of Korean-American actress Alice
Oh, will present the New York Premiere of THE BUS STOP, the ground-breaking
1983 comedy by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian. Condemned as "spiritual
pollution" by Chinese Communist Party officials and banned from production,
the controversial play, which recalls Beckett's Waiting for Godot, earned
Gao a reputation as an avant-garde writer to watch. Interpreted as an
analogy for ineffective Communist government, the play was described by one
eminent member of the party as “the most pernicious piece of writing since
the foundation of the People's Republic." Translated by Shiao-Ling Yu and
directed by Samantha Shechtman, previews begin March 26 at Sanford Meisner
Theater. Opening night is slated for April 1.

In THE BUS STOP, the thoughts and behaviors of eight characters—representing
a cross-section of society—are rendered as they wait and watch buses pass
without stopping. Characters include an old man on his way to a chess game,
a girl on her way to a blind date, and a bureaucrat who has been involved in
dirty dealings.

The cast includes Joe Albert Lima, Ray Chao, Hank H. Kim, Adam Bedri, Betsy
Sanders, Alice Oh, Gabe Belyeu and Jamie Grayson with set by Samantha
Shechtman, lighting by Al Roundtree, sound by Gabe Belyeu+Samantha
Shechtman, costume designer TBA, and stage management by Debra Stunich.

Writer of prose, translator, dramatist, director, critic and artist from
eastern China, Gao Xingjian grew up during the aftermath of the Japanese
invasion. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) he was sent to a
re-education camp and felt it necessary to burn a suitcase full of
manuscripts. Not until 1979 could he publish his work and travel abroad.
>From 1980-87 he published short stories, essays and dramas in literary
magazines in China and also four books. His experimental and pioneering
plays, which often mix avant-garde elements inspired by Brecht, Artaud and
Beckett with techniques of traditional Chinese theater include: Signal Alarm
(1982), The Bus Stop (1983), Wild Man (1985), Between Life and Death (1991),
Dialogue and Rebuttal (1992), Nocturnal Wanderer (1993), and Weekend Quartet
(1995). Since 1986, none of his work has been performed in China. In 1988 he
moved to Paris as a political refugee, where he still lives today. After the
massacre on the Square of Heavenly Peace in 1989, he officially left the
Chinese Communist Party. His novels include Soul Mountain, One Man’s Bible
and The Sonambulist. His awards include the 2000 Nobel Prize in
Literature, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 1992; Prix
Communauté française de Belgique 1994, and Prix du Nouvel An chinois 1997.
He has translated plays by both Beckett and Ionesco into Chinese. Gao
Xingjian also paints in ink and has had some thirty international
exhibitions. Widely considered one of the most important Chinese dramatists
of the second half of the 20th century, Gao made his American debut 1997
when Yangtze Repertory presented Between Life and Death at Theater for The
New City, directed by Gao himself.

THE BUS STOP is the inaugural production from Theatre HAN, under the
artistic direction of Alice Oh. It is the primary mission of Theatre HAN to
be the bridge that connects diverse cultures on the stage. In Korean, “HAN”
means “one”, “wide and all-encompassing”, and “sorrow.” Theatre HAN sees
theatre as a place where strangers can meet and commiserate. Theatre HAN
will present rarely seen foreign plays and re-examine Western classics from
a multicultural perspective. For more information visit

THE BUS STOP runs March 26 - April 19, Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at
7pm, and matinees on Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. Sanford Meisner Theatre is located
at 164 Eleventh Avenue (between 22nd & 23rd Streets). Tickets are $15,
available at 212-352-3101 or


digital photos available by request

Ron Lasko
Spin Cycle PR
114 E. First St #8
New York NY 10009
212-505-1700 x. 11

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