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Touching story of a blind pianist

STAN Lai's drama "Just Play It" about the touching story between an American pianist and a Taiwanese blind student will be staged for the second time. It had a successful debut at Shanghai Oriental Art Center last year.

The story is about American pianist John Vaughan, who meets a blind boy named Xu Zhecheng. Xu is a talented piano player and his performance captivates Vaughan. They talk through music from blues and classical to pop and old Taiwanese songs.

The play is a nice combination of drama and music.

Ding Nai-chu, producer of the play, says it's a simple concept.

"With just two pianos on the stage, a piano teacher and his student will present life philosophies through the classic works of Mozart and Bach," she says. "It's like the blind student Xu says in the play, 'life is the color between black and white'."

Lai is regarded as the most celebrated Chinese-language playwright and director.

He is renowned for creating some of the most memorable contemporary works on the Chinese stage while also inventing bold new genres and stage innovations.

"The secret to winning the market is not considering it. I definitely hope my work will be accepted by audiences, but a great theme does mean a great job. Different themes will attract different audiences," Lai says.

His latest play, "The Village," will be staged at Shanghai Oriental Art Center at the beginning of December.

Date: December 24-25, 7:15pm

Venue: Opera Hall of Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 180-880 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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