The Village: Weaving Local Stories into Theater Epics with Stan Lai

Stan Lai’s The Village is one of the most celebrated plays of the recent Chinese theater. Lai—cocurator of this season of Arts + Design Thursdays—will discuss the unique process he used to create this work, weaving together personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool. He will also consider the role of theater, film, and other cultural forms as vehicles for preserving fragile collective memories in a changing national and cultural context. Born in the United States and based in Taiwan, Lai is lauded by many as the father of modern Taiwanese theater. His works include more than thirty original plays, among them the epic A Dream Like a Dream and Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land; two feature films; and four operas.

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