Specially Invited Plays
 Sun and Temple


Meng Jinghui Theatre Studio

Directed by Meng Jinghui

Written by Bertolt Brecht


26th Oct. 2019, 20:30

27th Nov. 2019, 16:00

27th Nov. 2019, 20:30

28th Nov. 2019, 14:00

WHERE: Poetry Square

Duration: 130 minutes (without intermission)

Performed in Chinese, with Chinese and English subtitles

About Sun and Temple

How does a billionaire treat his personal assistant?

How does a handsome subordinate reject the boss's daughter?

How does a rock and sultry girl sell her tenderness in bed?

How can a boring gentleman swallow a bunch of keys to life?

The story tells a shameless and pure businessman. Alcohol can make him kind. He is full of love for the whole world, all people, and even willing to give up everything. After waking up, he will become sharp, violent, ruthless, short-sighted, and unscrupulous. Angel or demon, saint or bastard, temptation and redemption, arrogance and reason, this is a crazy comedy, the live band is accompanied by rough shouts. The sun on which everyone depends and the temples that are related to the vitality. Ending? There is no ending.


Original Work: Bertolt Brecht (Germany)

Director: Meng Jinghui

Stage Designer:  Zhang Wu

Lighting Designer: Wang Qi


  Lv Jing – Pandila

  Zhang Yicheng – Maddi

  Luo Huan – Eva

  Li Zhihao – the counselor

  Liu Shuang – Fenna / one of the four women / servant

  Yang Zuofu – one of the four women / servant

  Zhang Gongchang – the chest

  Guo Bingkun – Sulkana / one of the four women

  Zhang Yaqian – Lina / one of the four women/ servant

  Chen Yuxin – the judge / uncle

Musician: Zhang Longqing

About Meng Jinghui

Meng Jinghui is the most influential stage director in contemporary Chinese theater.

His productions have transformed the theater scene in China with their sharp wit and social critique. Their diversity and creativity have become a cultural phenomenon, with more than 40 works staged since the 1990s, all eliciting strong reactions.

His most popular productions are Rhinoceros in Love and Two Dogs’ Opinions on Life, each performed more than 2,500 times. Other well known works include Amber, Soft, Head Without Tail, I Love XXX, the rock musical The Hanging Garden Murder Case, and his original immersive theater piece Deadwater Mermaid. His radical adaptations of world classics include The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Good Person of Sichuan, and The Bedbug.

Meng’s works have been performed at several international festivals and have toured in countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, and Japan.

He is dedicated to fostering a thriving environment for the development of new theater and young artists. In recent years, he has founded and served as the artistic director of several major Chinese and international theater festivals such as the Beijing International Youth Theatre Festival, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Hangzhou International Theatre Festival, and Contemporary Drama Biennale. Meng is the author of three books in Chinese—Avant-garde Theater Archive and New Avant-Garde Theater Archives—and one book in English: I Love XXX and Other Plays (edited by Claire Conceison).

About Meng Jinghui Theatre Studio

Meng Theatre Studio was established in 1997. Its creative foundation has always been the principal of diversification and the spirit of the avant-garde. On this basis, the Meng Theatre Studio has presented more than 40 pieces of contemporary theatre work—works which have been at the forefront of Chinese theatre art. Among them, Rhinoceros in Love is known as "the bible of contemporary love," and has been played more than 2,500 times.

At the same time, Meng Theatre Studio has organized hundreds of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, workshops and more to support young artists. The Meng Theatre Studio is not only focused on creating theatre works, but also aims to bring the Chinese theatre art to a new level, to a new age.