Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 2-5pm
Tickets available January 11
For two months in 1983, two of the world’s great artists struggled to bridge the abyss between two of the world’s great cultures. UNSCRIPTED: Salesman in China is a border-crossing time-travelling community event that unearths their incredible story.
When Arthur Miller went to Beijing to direct his masterpiece, Death of a Salesman (starring the renowned Ying Ruocheng), the world’s media buzzed with excitement and doubt. Could the Chinese possibly connect with this quintessentially American tragedy? Could an American truly understand China?
Now, Gateway Theatre’s Jovanni Sy (A Taste of Empire, Nine Dragons) and playwright/ translator Leanna Brodie (Schoolhouse, The Book of Esther, You Are Happy, Après moi/After Me) are writing a new play, Salesman in China, inspired by this ground-breaking international collaboration which has so much to say to the Vancouver of today.
During an afternoon at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, we invite you to experience an excerpt from Death of a Salesman performed in both Mandarin and English, explore the amazing story of Miller and Ying’s production with Dr. Claire Conceison (MIT, Duke University) and dig into the fascinating world of Chinese-English cross-cultural work with veteran translator Fang Zhang. Enjoy some immersive experiences that will bring you into the world of the play – Beijing in 1983 – including the Memory Booth, historical displays and a selection of Beijing-style snacks.
(Photo l to r: Jovanni Sy, Leanna Brodie, Kathleen Flaherty)