KSU Production‚ “Monkey King‚” to be Presented in China

By special invitation from Shanghai Theatre Academy‚ one of China’s two top theatre education…

Georgia (Oct 21, 2005) — KSU Production‚ “Monkey King‚” to be Presented in China

Cheryl Brown

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Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

By special invitation from Shanghai Theatre Academy‚ one of China’s two top theatre education programs‚ Kennesaw State University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies has been offered a unique and exciting opportunity to promote global education and cultural exchange. The department’s production‚ “Monkey King‚” directed by Karen Robinson and performed by KSU students‚ will be presented at the Shanghai Arts Festival in December. The play‚ a Chinese classic retold by playwright and professor Margaret Baldwin‚ also will be performed on campus November 15−20 in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater.

“Monkey King” is being produced for Kennesaw State’s celebration of “The Year of China.” “Monkey King” incorporates Chinese legends and folk tales to re−tell the story of a monk who walks on foot from China to India to bring Buddhism to China. The tale focuses on Monkey‚ a little trickster‚ on his search for immortality and powers. It is a mix of satire‚ fantasy‚ adventure‚ action and religious allegory.

According to Ming Chen‚ the project director for the travel team and the production’s costume and scenic designer‚ “Monkey King” is much more than just a play itself; it is a performance art piece in which the process of making the play is as important as the end product. She says it has been and will be a great cultural exchange experience for both the artists and the audience who are involved in “Monkey King.” According to Chen‚ an ancient Chinese saying‚ “Jing Di Zhi Wa‚” means a frog trapped in a well sees the sky only as big as the opening of the well. Chen hopes that people of all cultures will be willing to jump out of the well they are trapped in and make an effort to reach to a better understanding of other cultures.

This will be the first overseas performance by KSU students. During the visit to China‚ students also will have the chance to experience China’s culture. Faculty members of the team will give seminars and workshops at the academy and participate in post−show discussions. This cultural exchange program is made possible‚ in part‚ by a generous grant from the Coca−Cola Foundation and by a gracious offer from the host institution‚ Shanghai Theatre Academy‚ which will provide room‚ board and local transportation for the team during its stay in Shanghai.

Tickets for the Nov. 15−20 performances at Kennesaw State are $15. Call the KSU Box Office at 770−423−6650 for information and reservations.

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The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four public institutions in Georgia to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.


 

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