Beijingers will have a chance to see All Beijingers, a new play presented by China Youth Arts Theatre from Nov.6-16.
Founded in 1941, China Youth Arts Theatre is one of the three leading national theatres, boasting more than 300 employees and about 100 senior artists. They are famous for staging large-scale historical and foreign plays. But this time their style has changed a little bit. Directed by Mr. Wang Gui, All Beijingers is a realistic drama revealing the frustration of modern life.
The story happens in a quadrangle, the typical Beijing's old-style architecture. Mr. di Jiuru, the protagonist, is an expert of ancient architecture who is in his sixties. He has two treasures, the quadrangle and an antique stick engraved with nine dragons, all passed down from generation to generation. His daughter is a manager of a state company, and his son, being an unscrupulous merchant, is a manager of the son's own private company. It is so happened that in one business, the son unknowingly cheated his own sister and both the sister and the brother face to be sentenced, one for swindling, the other for dereliction of duty. The father, Mr. di, faces the dilemma of selling his two treasures to cover the debts or let them to be sent to jail. Written by Mr. Liu Jinyan, the play tries to arouse deep thoughts on the social morality at the time when China begins to enter market economy.
All Beijingers stars Mr.Du Peng and Mr. Sun Honglei. The cast includes Mr. Chu Eryong, Ms. Zhao Qian and Ms. Wang Huiyuan.
All Beijingers runs 7:15pm at The cultural Palace of Nationalities,49 Fuwai Dajie, Xicheng District. For tickets call 86- 010- 66022770
--by Wang Ling