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Theater festival offers eclectic mix of shows

AN interesting mix of plays from around the world will be featured at the 2011 Shanghai International Contemporary Theater Festival.

The one-month festival, which begins on November 11, includes everything from local productions like "Xiu Mi" and "Run! Tough Girl, Run!" to "The Unholy Trinity" from the United Kingdom and "Red Red Shoes," a German show which is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story "The Red Shoes."

"Xiu Mi" is adapted from renowned Chinese author Ge Fei's novel, which won the Communications Award for Literature in Chinese. The story is set in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and details the life of a young woman from a well-off family.

The original drama "Run! Tough Girl, Run!" is a romance comedy set in the office. The story follows the inspiring struggles of an office woman.

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center will collaborate with Theatre Smith-Gilmour from Canada for "Lu Xun Blossoms." The play combines several works by the famous Chinese author Lu Xun.

Other international acts during the festival will include TongueTied Theatre from the UK. It will present the "The Unholy Trinity," a one-hour show about the absurdity of life in a British nursing home.

Theatrical Docudrama "Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers," produced by L.A. Theater Works from the United States, is an inside look at The Washington Post's decision to publish a top secret study that later became known as The Pentagon Papers.

The play dramatizes a legal battle that goes to the heart of the debate about the nature of democracy in America.

German Consol Theater's "Red Red Shoes" is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes." The drama will be in German with Chinese and English subtitles.

Other international groups also include Nansen Hokuba from Japan, Adam Paolozza and Coleen MacPherson from Canada, Kulunka Theatre Company from Spain and Seminar Hakibutzim group from Israel.

Musical lovers will be happy to find Theatre Noir's "With Love, William Shakespeare."

The musical centers on the eternal theme of love. Shakespeare will join hands with lost lovers in a journey embellished with witty jokes and original music, to explore the many possibilities of modern romance.

Theatre Noir is one of the leading professional theater companies in Hong Kong. The musical will be performed in English.

"Rising Sun" is a musical presented by Spring-Time Experimental Theatre from Hong Kong.

With Cantonese dialogue, the story revolves around young Dr Sun Yat-sen's immersion in matters of great importance, along with his revolutionary comrades.

Two shows from Taiwan will take place as well - Puppet & Its Double Theater's Contemporary Puppet Performance "The Happy Prince" and Van Body Theatre's "The Path of Abandoning."

Some may recall the hit Chinese TV series "Cherish Our Love Forever" from earlier this decade. It has been adapted into a play by Beijing-based Jalent.

All performances will be staged at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre on Anfu Road. The program and schedules can be checked at the site


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