New York Theatre Highlights


Date: OCT. 5, 6, 7
Curators: Antje Oegel, Tom Sellar, Frank Hentschker
Producer: Nina Center

The PRELUDE Festival is a presentation of The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY


Shanghai Theatre Highlights

Peony Pavilion

Playwright: Tang Xianzu
Company: The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe
Actors: Li An, Xu Bin, Luo Chenxue, Shen Yili
Date: 7/29/2016, 7/30/2016
Location: Shanghai City Theater
Price: 80, 120,180,280,380

In an utterly refined and languidly poetic style, the play reveals romantic yearnings and afflictions of love endured by the young in the feudalistic society of China. Its central theme proclaims the significance of an ultimate triumph of ‘love’ over ‘reason’. This daring and avant-garde subject, which is an outcry against the suppressive tradition, together with the moving poetics of the language, makes the poet’s endorsement of freedom of love between the two young protagonists a lasting force in the history of Chinese literature and theater.



4.48 Psychosis

Playwright: Sarah Kane
Director: Dmitry Troyanovsky
Translator: Hu Kaiqi
Location: Shanghai Drama Arts Center
Price: 50/ 180

4.48 Psychosis was written throughout the autumn and winter of 1998-99 as Kane battled with one of her recurrent bouts of depression. In this production, there is no characters are named, and even their number is unspecified. It could be a journey through one person’s mind, or an interview between a doctor and his patient.


The Marvin Carlson Theatre Center, Shanghai Theatre Academy

The Marvin Carlson Theatre Center was officially opened on the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) campus in 2015; its mission dedicated to developing academic connections between the Chinese and American academic communities through the exchange of students and faculty, the offering of courses, and other activities.

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Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Calloway Prize.  He is the founding editor of the journals Western European Stages (now European Stages), and Arab Stages; and the author of over two hundred and fifty scholarly articles in the areas of theatre history, theatre theory and dramatic literature. He is the director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  Among his books are The Theatre of the French Revolution (1966), Goethe and the Weimar Theatre (1978), Theories of the Theatre (1984), Places of Performance (1989), Performance: A Critical Introduction (1996), The Haunted Stage (2001), Speaking in Tongues (2006), Theatre is More Beautiful than War (2009), The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia (with Khalid Amine, 2012) and Hamlet’s Shattered Mirror (2016).  His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

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