Launched in 2003, Producing Partnerships advance the work of PF alumni from development to full production through partnerships with Bay Area new play producers.
The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen
Produced in Partnership with Crowded Fire Theater
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Two years in the making, Chris Chen's The Hundred Flowers Project was a co-commission with Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. After its various developmental workshops in SF at our Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire's Matchbox Series, PF's Resident Playwrights Initiative, and in New York at
Read the SF Chronicle Review here!
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About the Play
It’s a politically charged election year in the U.S. and a collective of “Generation D” multicultural American actors are collaborating on a new play about one of the most defining socio-political phenomena of the 20th Century: Mao Tse Tung and the birth of modern China. In an effort to connect the power of today’s media to the propaganda employed throughout China’s Cultural Revolution, they expertly exploit 21st Century multimedia tools of the masses. As The Hundred Flowers Project becomes a world-wide high-tech spectacle, events from the actors’ real lives mysteriously infiltrate the story - blurring the lines between reality and theater. As the play spins out of control, this earnest troupe of players unexpectedly finds itself in extreme danger. The question is: who -- or rather, what -- has taken control of the narrative?
About the Playwright
Christopher Chen’s plays include Into the Numbers, The Window Age and Anomienaulis. His work has been produced and developed by Central Works Theatre Ensemble, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beijing Fringe Festival, American Conservatory Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, hotINK Festival, Theatre Mu, Silk Road Theatre Project, Fluid Motion, Asian American Theater Company, Crowded Fire and Playwrights Foundation. Having received his MFA in playwriting from San Francisco State University, Chris has already garnered national recognition for his work and broken ground in Chinese-American cultural exchange with Chris’ Into the Numbers which was produced by the Beijing International Fringe Festival, as one of the first public stagings in China about the Nanking Massacre. Into the Numbers also won 2nd place in Belarus Free Theater’s international playwriting competition, in addition to being translated into Russian and Chinese.
Many thanks to Adriana Baer, and the actors who participated in workshops: Rebecca Hirota, Daniel Isaac, Sophia Skiles, Moses Villarama, Tiffany Villarin, Brent YoshikamiRead Chris' blog about the process here.
Dogsbody by Erik Ehn
Part of the Soulographie Cycle
Ehn takes us deep into a meditation on war through the eyes of child soldiers as they grow up. Set in Uganda and in an imaginary future war in Texas, Dogsbody asks us to undertake a "revolution of the heart" and reach for understanding and healing.Friday, November 16 & Sunday, November 18, 2012
7:00 PM Performance - Friday | 7:30 PM Performance - Sunday
La MaMa E.T.C.
74A East 4th Street (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003
Friday - Sunday, September 21-23, 2012
6:30 PM Pre-show potluck and dialogue | 8:00 PM Performance
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street (@ 5th), San Francisco, CA 94103 Performed by Catherine Castellanos*, Rami Margron* and Reggie D. White
*A Member of the Actors' Equity Association
Supported by: CA$H, Fleishhacker Foundation, RHE Charitable Foundation and Zellerbach Family Foundation. Part of the national Soulographie project
For more information visit www.soulographie.org