Next Saturday (July 26th), Meridian Space invites you to attend China’s first-ever rendition of “The Leftover Monologues”
The Leftover Monologues is directed by Roseann Lake, a Beijing-based journalist and the author of a forthcoming book about love and Chinese leftover women, which will be released in the US and in China in 2015.
After spending two years interviewing 100+ Chinese “leftover” women, Lake decided to stage the Leftover Monologues as a way of passing the microphone back to the voices that had inspired her book. She wanted to let a live audience experience the candid, visceral and fervently bubbling cauldron of emotions that inevitably surfaced whenever she spoke of dating, love, sex and marriage with young Chinese women.
All of the monologues in the play are written by the actors who interpret them. The cast is entirely comprised of women – and a handful of bold men – from all walks of life, many who have never before set foot on stage in a theatrical capacity. The messages they choose to deliver are their own – and in many instances, though native Chinese speakers, they have chosen to deliver their monologues in English so as to have a bit of distance with the text, which might otherwise seem scandalously personal.
It is Lake’s small hope that these monologues will spark dialogs; dialogs that force a hearty reappraisal of how women are assessed in Chinese society; dialogs that drive to the core of Chinese women’s’ battles with duty and desire, and dialogs that lend new importance to the basic human right to live authentically, and to love.
Join us for an evening of sparkling entertainment that unites a dozen brazen Chinese (and foreign) in rousing adaptation of the Vagina Monologues; a play which provides stirring new insight into the complexities of love, sex, marriage and relationships in China.
When? Saturday, July 26th, 7:30PM.
Where? Meridian Space
Seating is limited to 70 people. Admission is free, but please RSVP so as to ensure a spot!