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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018: Wei Yu-Chia – A FABLE FOR NOW

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Apr 21, 2018
Apr 21, 2018


Wei Yu-Chia’s #, directed by Lee Ming-Chen, presented by Creative Society.                  Photo by Chen Yi-Tang



Saturday, April 21
Segal Theatre

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

2:00pm A Fable For Now (Taiwan)
Written by Wei Yu-Chia.
Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Translated by Jeremy Tiang.
Discussion moderated by Melissa Wansin Wong.

Tales of war, the environment, and personal regret collide as mankind hurtles towards a surreal apocalypse in the company of a belligerent duck, bears of at least three different varieties, and a truly extraordinary chicken.


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Wei Yu-Chia (Taiwan) studied playwriting at the Taiwan University’s Drama Department. She won the 2014 Taiwanese Literature Award for Playwriting with A Fable for Now. Other plays include Mama/Popstar (nominated for the 2015 Taipei Literature Award for Playwriting) and A Child from Nankoku (nominated for the 2017 New Taipei Award for Playwriting).



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Mei Ann Teo is a Chinese Singaporean/Asian American theatre and film maker. She makes work across genres, including reimagining classics, experimental participatory work, multi-media music theatre, and documentary theatre. Her work tours internationally, including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (The Shape of a Bird, “Superb staging” – Straits Times), Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News). She recently directed the world premiere of Dim Sum Warriors by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun in Shanghai, which will go on a China wide tour in 2018. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, and is the assistant professor of directing and dramaturgy at Hampshire College.


Photo by Oliver Rockwell

Jeremy Tiang has translated plays by Xu Nuo, Han Lao Da, Quah Sy Ren etc. and novels by Zhang Yueran, Yeng Pway Ngon, Chan Ho-Kei, Tianxia Bachang etc. He is the recipient of a PEN/ Heim Grant, an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, and a People’s Literature Prize Mao-Tai Cup. Jeremy is also a novelist and playwright; most recently, his play A Dream of Red Pavilions (adapted from the novel by Cao Xueqin) was performed off-Broadway by Pan Asian Repertory Theater, and his novel State of Emergency was published by Epigram Books in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.


Melissa Wansin Wong is an adjunct assistant professor at the City University of New York and a faculty member at The School of Visual Arts. Her teaching and research explore the intersections between human rights, social justice, and performance. Her reviews and peer-reviewed articles on Asian performance practices could be found in Theatre Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Asian Theatre Journal, and Palgrave, with forthcoming articles to be published by Routledge and Cambridge University Press.



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