Monday May 22, 2017
A free performance of the first three hours of Playwright Henry Ong’s epic six-hour adaptation of the famed Chinese classic, “Dream of the Red Chamber.” The play will be performed outdoors in the Inglewood Amphitheater in Ed Vincent Park. It is funded, in part, by The City of Inglewood, through an Inglewood Growing Artists Performed Project (IGAPP) Creative Services contract.
Co-Directors Kila Kitu and Henry Ong have assembled a diverse, core group of professional actors who, interacting with area residents, will portray more than 70 roles, drawn from the novel’s 30 main characters and more than 400 minor ones.
This epic play, based on Ts’ao Hsueh Ch’in’s romance novel —a blend of realism and the supernatural—centers around the love story of the protagonist Pao-yu and his cousin, Black Jade, and details the decline of the Chia family during the early Ching Dynasty (1644 – 1912). It is once classic and modern, a traditional yet universal story of the human heart.