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THE stage play “One One Zero Eight” premiered at the Theater Above in Xuhui District over the weekend.

It is set in two different times in a building near Hongkou Park. In 1943, the former armaments factory was the secret headquarters of Communist Party members under the cover of a sculpture studio owned by artist Bai Shi. In the present day, the place now houses the loft where popular novelist Shu Tong lives.

In a place full of stories, a cross-time conversation between Shu and Bai takes place.

Written and directed by Stan Lai, “One One Zero Eight” is based on the premise that we are merely transient guests who never truly own a space.

Staying temporarily somewhere, we don’t know who once left their tracks there.

“Just like the shopping mall Metro City where the Theater Above is located. Most people don’t know that the site was a theater which was demolished. We also don’t know what it will become in the future. These thoughts fueled my desire to write this script,” said Lai.

The old buildings from the early 20th century, the lush plane trees and the overall sense of a bygone era have been an important source of inspiration for Lai since 2015. The stage is also designed by himself.

The play stars Ni Ni and Fan Kuang-yao. Both play dual roles.

“This is the beginning of my theater career,” said Ni, who is known for her role as Yu Mo in the 2011 film “The Flowers of War,” directed by Zhang Yimou.


Date: June 15-30, 2:30pm, 7:30pm

Tickets: 280-1,108 yuan

Tel: 6050-7009

Venue: Theater Above

Address: 5/F, 1111 Zhaojiabang Rd


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