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Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental & Wang Chong (China)


NYU Skirball

Saturday, January 6 - Sunday, January 7

566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Running Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes

Members and Partners: $20
Non-Members: $25 + fees

Tickets to this performance are currently only available to Public Theater Members and Partners.

Performed in Chinese with English supertitles

Photo by Wang Chong

Cao Yu's early 20th-century drama Thunderstorm, regarded as a masterpiece in Chinese theater, is dismantled and reassembled in this new interpretation helmed by internationally acclaimed director Wang Chong. Using real-time video editing and sound mixing from action occurring on stage, a hypnotic, near-silent movie unfolds to tell the explicit story of two female characters discovering that they have been cheated on by the same womanizing playboy.

Updating the story to a Beijing official's home in the 1990s, Wang and his company of Beijing performers reinvent the classic play to reflect the complexities of contemporary capitalist-communist society, the ubiquity of technology and the sex-obsessed global landscape. Chong incorporates live pingtan players, a centuries-old form of traditional Chinese musical storytelling, to create the dialogue and soundtrack onstage. 

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Co-presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and NYU Skirball. This tour is supported by Beijing Culture and Arts Fund.

THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.

Text by Cao Yu
Script by Wang Chong / Yang Fan / Liang Anzheng
Directed by Wang Chong


Performed by Gong Zhe, Wang Xiaohuan, Li Jialong, Yu Tianjian, Yu Shixue, Cheng Zhen, Gu Qianwen, Wang Yuzhi, and Lu Sicheng
Pingtan Musicians Jiang Xiaobo and Xie Yan


Video Direction by Yang Fan
Set Design by Li Yi
Assistant Set Design by Yang Cheng
Costume Design by Jin Ran
Lighting Design by Liu Shuchang
Sound Technician Yan Yasong
Stage Manager Li Jialong
Producers Gao He / Li Yi / Wang Qingyang
Touring Producers Alison M. Friedman and Guan Mengtong
International Touring and Management Ping Pong Productions

 Post-Show Discussions - Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process