Un­earthing dark fam­ily se­crets

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK | CULTURE -

Date: July 15 - 23 Venue: Hong Kong City Hall The­atre 5 Ed­in­burgh Pl, Cen­tral http://www.hkrep.com/en/ events/17-3/ Hong Kong Reper­tory The­atre stages a Can­tonese adap­ta­tion of Sam Shep­ard’s a play that won a Pulitzer in 1979. The New York Times hailed it as “an Amer­i­can Gothic mas­ter­work”. Based on the idea of the shat­ter­ing of the Amer­i­can Dream and the col­lapse of tra­di­tional fam­ily struc­tures and val­ues, Shep­ard’s play be­gins with a baby dy­ing in a peas­ant fam­ily. Only the grand­fa­ther knows where the baby was buried. As the rest of the fam­ily mem­bers try to lo­cate the baby’s mor­tal re­mains, the skele­tons in their cup­boards tum­ble out. Al­though the Hong Kong ver­sion is set within the frame­work of re­al­is­tic story-telling, artis­tic di­rec­tor An­thony Chan and di­rec­tor Travis Pre­ston have in­cor­po­rated one or two ex­per­i­men­tal el­e­ments as well.

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