This July, Meridian joins forces with Nadading, a young and dynamic theatrical troupe based in Beijing, to bring you "Stories From The Crowd" — a series of theatrical plays based on true stories… including your own. (see this post for more details)

Each play is centered on real stories based on a theme. We will collect these stories (anonymously) from you, o friends. Some of your bits of human experience will be handpicked by our partner thespians from Nadading, seamlessly woven into a play, and then reenacted before your very eyes!

Here are some examples of the stories we've collected from our friends and loved ones (sorry, they're mostly in Chinese for now, but we'll try to translate them in English soon. Maybe. In any case, feel free to write us in English!)...

 

THEME: "TIME / TRAVEL - AS I LAY JET-LAGGED"

Travel speed keeps increasing, but so does the time we spend in planes, trains and automobiles. As biology struggles to keep pace with technology, long-distance travel occasionally brings about the most bizarre situations…
你年轻时爱过的毛头小子们,突然在你月经失调的时候变成懂酒玩表会调情的所谓精英男人出现在你身后,兜里还揣着当年你们一起买的莲花牌打火机。这种神奇的旅游体验只有时间才组得起团。
“失眠的北京的春晓" 偶尔,尤其是当我知道有很多事情还没做完,我很容易睡不着,感觉百爪挠心。那些时候,不知道为什么,我只好等天亮了才能睡着。这么做,有一个坏处:一旦这样,以后可能有好几天我都只能等上午8、9点才能睡着……而回到原来更“健康”的睡眠节律,就像坐长途飞机以后“倒时差”一样难!因此我经常不得不按照西欧时间去睡,虽然我已经长住北京(莫非是一种思乡不成?),所以会给我的职业生活添乱。但这个失眠的情况其实也有好处:至少我去睡之前可以跑到我家附近一个很地道的餐厅,品尝老北京传统早餐的美味……而且春天的时候,如果天气好,北京早上的胡同充满着轻松快乐的感觉。阳光温暖而不烈,空气清新,人们友好。幸亏这个北京的春晓,我能轻松下来,一回到家就睡得很香。
 

THEME: "THE GOLDEN AGE (OR SO THEY CALL IT)"

As we reminisce about our magical, carefree childhood years, we may shed a tear of nostalgia… Or do we? At times, growing up is more a bed of thorns than one of rosy petals.
“疯子和春天”。小时候的我住在一集体大工厂,工厂外就是农村,有连绵不断的田野还有几匹长满了橙子树的小山坡。我们的大院里有七八个孩子,父母都是双职工没时间管孩子。放学后所有时间都一起疯跑疯玩。工厂里有个疯子,每年到了春天就开始犯病满地乱跑。而我们拿一群孩子最常见的游戏之一就是背着父母追疯子跑。有一天下午,好像已经是初夏,太阳特别烈。孩子们又去追疯子,追着追着跑进了橙子林,疯子一边兴奋地哈哈大笑一边在前面跑,后面跟了一串尖叫追逐全都兴奋得红着脸,流着汗的小孩儿,10几个吧。跑着跑着,疯子突然把衣服脱了。小孩儿“哇”一下全尖叫着炸开了窝,可是没有人觉得邪恶,有点害羞、刺激,但更多的是自由。树林里没有人,比起外面明晃晃的世界又阴凉又安静,只有风吹过树叶,橙子的清香,虫叫,枝头沉甸甸好像快要砸向我们的橙子。孩子们跑着跑着也散开了,但都在林子里,“逮住他逮住他”,有大一点的孩子在叫着。疯子像是自由世界里的国王,或是潜逃的英雄,被一帮狂热的崇拜者在追逐着。我现在还能想起那橙树林的气味,风,阴凉;以及那年夏天因为和疯子疯跑,锻炼得不错。一个病人给了我健康的夏天。
“离家出走”。因为那年代太保守,父母不肯跟我详细解释到底“我是从哪里来的?”都说“捡来的”,每次还在不一样的地方。以至于我强烈怀疑自己的身世,随时准备离家出走。有了这个思想后,每次我妈给满头都掰下一角藏起来,厕所手纸啦,饼干啦,手绢啦,一切可视为“必备物资”之类都藏在席子下,更不用说硬币等等。直到有一天我妈换床单……掀开来一床的破烂和干粮末儿……我妈伤心地大哭,我在旁边很郁闷地觉得,大人很幼稚……
藏宝贝”。第二个藏宝贝故事。有一天好奇去掀爸妈床单,居然震惊地发现,席子下压了好几大本!西方经典油画及雕塑画册!重点是,上面的男女全是裸体的!!惊住了好几秒。但最为震惊的是,原来大人和小孩儿一样宝贝都藏床单底啊……原以为他们会更高级的。
小时候学钢琴,因为喜欢所以刚开始兴趣很大,可学过一阵就会感觉枯燥。 毕竟那时候太小,不愿意用功,总想着偷懒。 有一次因为我的精神不集中,所以一首曲子死活学不会。再加上懒洋洋的状态,我爸就看不过去了。 于是他狠狠的在我后肩膀给了我一巴掌,打的还挺重!当时就起了一个红红的大手印! 我就是这样在痛哭当中弹会了那首曲子。 在这前后两个小时的时间里,我背上的大红手印都没有散去。 就在这时候,酷爱摄影的老爸非常开心的拿出了自己的相机,给我前后左右各种角度照了好几张。 我就在那委屈的哭,他就在那开心的照。 过了几天,老爸把相片洗了出来,对我说:“留着!等你长大了给你看。”
还有一次,我爸给我开家长会。 当所有的家长都特别严肃的和老师讨论自家孩子学习问题的时候。 我爸又拿出了相机,在后面给活跃的家长与老师拍照。 时而离近时而离远,一会照学生一会照家长。绝对是一专业记者的样子。 当我在一旁看乐儿的时候,我爸居然回头跟我说: “去!把你们班最好看的女孩叫出来,我给她来一张。” 当时我就凌乱了……
 

THEME: "BEIJING CABBIES - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLIES"

Do they serve the people or do they gouge the people? Of course, they perform daily the astonishing feat of navigating an ever-changing city. But have you ever been taken on a city tour, unknown to you until you see the fare? They are often an inexhaustible source of wisdom and humor — just don’t catch them on an bad day…
One day last summer, Beijing was hit by heavy rainfall. Lots of people were blocked in the flooded streets, and some even drowned in their cars. The following morning, on my way to work, I managed to flag a cab. As I got into the car, I saw the driver wipe away his tears while listening to reports of the catastrophe over the radio.I asked him: "Shifu, are you OK?" He replied: "Yesterday afternoon, I heard there was going to be heavy rain, on the weather forecast. So as soon as the first few drops started to fall, I drove home immediately. People tried to flag me down, but I didn't stop. At home, I had a drink, enjoying the fresh air, and went to sleep early. Huh… If I had known it was going to rain that hard, I would have stopped to take a few passengers – this way, at least a few people would have got home earlier..."
 

THEME: "OK COMPUTER - HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE MACHINE"

For better or worse, our lives are shaped by “electric brains,” as they call them here. Sure, laptop computers, tablets, mobile phones and infrared coffee-making lawnmowers come in handy — but when a Windows crash causes you to lose a whole afternoon of work, doesn’t it just feel like the Luddites had a point?
错拿了老公的电脑到闺蜜家聊天,无意启动居然发现无线WIFI自动连上了……(——被电脑背叛了)
恨那些开会时,还不停手机回邮件的同事;更恨的是,边和我开会,居然(!)还敢在邮件里抄送了我;最恨是自己,居然忍不住边开会边回了那个邮件!!!(——被手机绑架了)

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