The Central Academy of Drama
Directed by Cao Yan
Written by William Shakespeare
2nd Nov. 2019, 14:00/20:30
3rd Nov. 2019, 17:00
WHERE: Ancient Courtyard Theatre
Duration: 70 minutes (without intermission)
Performed in Chinese, with Chinese and English subtitles
About The Taming of the Shrew
This play is a contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew.
A wealthy girl who was labeled "shrew" because of her shrewd personality was betrothed with a generous dowry by her father to a self-confident young man who claimed to have "seen the roar of a desert lion". One side used means to subdue the other, while the other side was unrestrained and resisted. After several battles, the girl lost. With confusion about gender identity, her eyes turned to the East, where a Chinese shrew trained her husband to be very docile and obedient. However, can this young Oriental woman be a model for defending women's rights? What kind of fate will they encounter?
Producer: Hao Rong
Artistic Director: Xu Yongsheng
Director: Cao Yan
Literary Consultant: Ma Wenqi
Dramaturgy: Zhao Zhiyong, Yin Yunhui
Stage Designer: Liu Xinglin
Assistant Stage Designer: Wu Lei
Lighting Designer: Hu Yaohui
Assistant Lighting Designers: Wang Yuqi, Zhang Bowen
Character Modeling Designer: Tian Dan
Makeup Assistant: Guo Rongnan, Huang Yujie
Costume Assistant: Zhang Yifan
Choreography and Movement Designer: Yang Qi, Zhang Yinwen
Music Designer: Chen Xiaoman
Poster Designer: Wu Lei
Subtitle Operator: Yin Yunhui
Video Designer: Li Peize
Assistant Director: Chen Jin
Stage Manage: Deng Rui
Deputy Stage Manager: Wang Qi
Assistant Stage Manager: Yin Yunhui
Audio Operator: Xue Zimo
Project Coordinator: Sun Liang
Propagandist: Shen Qi
Lei Fengrui – Katherina/Petruchio
Xiong Jiaxingzi – Petruchio/Katherina
Liu Bochun – Liu Shi/Chen Sheng
Wang Yaqing – Chen Sheng / Liu Shi
Chen Jin – The Rapper
Kang Jiahuan – Female Stage Supervisor
Zhang Yan – Male Stage Supervisor
Director of Band Accompaniment: Li Nan
Band: Zhang Zhao, An Junzhou, Guo Mingxuan, Zhao Hongfei, Xie Yifan
About Cao Yan
Cao Yan is Professor, Master's Supervisor and Dean of the Peking Opera Department, the Central Academy of Drama. Cao Yan is also the visiting scholar of Yale University and New York University.
Cao Yan's works involve Drama, Peking Opera, Huai Opera, Yi Opera, Zhuang Opera and Shanghai Opera, etc., whose works won Excellent Play Award of China Theatre Festival, Gold Award of National Minority Performance and Best Play Award of GATS. Cao Yan won Excellent Director Award of China Theatre Festival and Famous Young Teacher Award of Beijing Municipality and so on.
Cao Yan has visited France, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Russia, South Korea and other countries. She has participated in Italian VIE Theatre Festival, Russian BRICS Theatre Festival and the Graduates Art Festival of Korea National University of Arts with her works.
About The Central Academy of Drama
The Central Academy of Drama is the first higher educational institution of theatre in the People's Republic of China and is now affiliated with China's Ministry of Education. It is ranked among the top Theatre, Film & Television arts institutions in China and has been selected for the country’s dedication to fostering world-class disciplines. The Central Academy of Drama is the headquarters of the China Alliance of Higher
Educational Institutes for Theatre, Asia Theatre Education Centre (ATEC) and World Theatre Education Alliance (WTEA). Indeed, it is world famous as a higher educational institute of the arts.
Since its reopening in the year 2017, the Experimental theater troupe of the Central Academy of Drama has served as an effective
platform for artistic creation, performance and academic research. With a dedicated team consisting of both renowned and young artists from the Academy, the theatre has established and followed guidelines for creating artistic, classical, experimental and international productions. That is, it advocates theatre experimentation, explores the rules for the creation of classical repertoires, and integrates the dramatic art with research, striving to push China's outstanding theatre onto the world stage.