Continuing its efforts to bring together artists from all over Asia, Yantze Repertory Theatre Of America will present a double-bill of one acts at New York's Theatre For The New City, Nov. 21-24. The evening will feature Wang Wei-zhong's The Eternal Game and David Henry Hwang's classic, The Sound Of A Voice. Game, published in 1987, follows the relationship of warrior General Han-xin with King Liu-bang, first emperor of the Han Dynasty in 196 BC. This story of a general's obediance to his king was also told in the recent film, "Farewell My Concubine."
Artistic director Joanna Chan directs the drama for Yangtze Rep, staging it Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Steven Zhang, a 40-year veteran of the Peking Opera, plays the King.
Voice is a mystical play about the relationship between a middle-aged woman and a traveling samurai. This piece, also directed by Chan, will be performed in English, with Chinese subtitles. Philip Baltazar of the Philippines appears as the man, Jolie Hatsuko Madigan, of Japan, is the woman.
Sets for the evening are by Christopher Thomas; lighting is by Woohyung Lee and costumes by Gina Lee, both Koreans.
Joanna Chan has adapted and directed over forty productions since 1970. Her own plays include Before The Dawn-wind Rises and The Soongs. Previous Yangtze Rep shows have included The Story of Dou-E at La MaMa (1994) and the dance concert, "Among Us" at Pace University.
For tickets and information on The Eternal Game / The Sound Of A Voice, which plays at the Johnson mainstage space, call (212) 254-1109.
-- By David Lefkowitz