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Renowned author joins Renyi for new work

08-04-2011 09:35 BJT

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The stage drama "Wotou Compound" was the cooperation of the prestigious Beijing People's Art Theater and the historic author Liu Heng. Now, after the huge box office success of the piece, more Chinese writers have shown interest to be a guest playwright.

This summer, another modern Chinese author, Mo Yan, has joined hands with the theater, also known as Renyi, to put on a historic drama adapted from an assassin's story.

The cast and crew of "Our Jing Ke" gave its first exposure to the media at the theater on Tuesday.

Jing Ke was renowned for his failed assassination attempt of Ying Zheng, King of the Qin State, who later became China's first emperor. His story is told in the chapter entitled Biographies of the Assassins in Sima Qian's "Records of the Grand Historian".

According to playwright Mo Yan, he wants to reinterpret the history through a modern human's perspective, and to give bold presumption to the motivation of the issue.

Mo Yan, author

Mo Yan, author, said, "Basically I keep to the original story line, but I put in my understanding of the motivation. Sima Qian, the author of the "Records of the Grand Historian", didn't tell the assassin's psychology either. I hope the audience members will ponder over the circumstances they are in and the choices they make after watching the drama."

Director Ren Ming echoes Mo Yan's idea that the audience should reflect on their own life through the play.

Ren Ming, director, said, "Though it's a historic drama, it's like a mirror to today's society. I regard it a very in-depth work of Mo Yan's which links the past and present together."

The play stars Wang Ban and Song Yi, and will be premiered at the Capital Theater on August 31st.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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