Event Information
Theater for the New City, in association with Yangtze Repertory Theatre, presents the Yangtze Repertory Theater Company in
The Empress Dowager
Friday, May 31, 2013 through Sunday, June 23, 2013


Length: 2 hrs 15 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre's 20th anniversary production is "The Empress Dowager," a three-act epic examining 40 years of the reign of the Manchu empress who ruled China from behind the throne. It recounts the perilous journey of an ancient kingdom seeking a place in the modern world. The play is written and directed by Joanna Chan, Artistic Director, and will be performed by a cast of 25 in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Theater for the New City, in association with Yangtze Repertory Theatre, will present the piece May 31 to June 23.

This play depicts the life of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), who reigned, directly and indirectly, through the twilight of the Manchu Dynasty. The Manchu emperors until the end of the 18th century, unlike those of the Ming dynasty, were conscientious and hardworking men of great vision and learning. The long reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1654-1722) and Qian Long (1736-1795) not only brought relative stability to the land, but also brought the regions of Manchuria, Mongolia, Xin Jiang, Tibet and Taiwan under the rule of the central government, making China four times as large as that of the previous dynasty. However, the world of the 18th century no longer allowed the Chinese Empire to reign supreme. In America, democracy found its embodiment in the Declaration of Independence. In Europe, the Industrial Revolution and the concept of Human Rights were born. The 19th century further saw the birth of new ideologies and social structures and the invention of telecommunications, the X-ray, typewriter and phonograph. In 1867, on the doorstep of China, Japan made its miraculous transformation from a feudal state to a democratic monarchy. China was thus forced to embark on a perilous journey in search of its new identity.

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