ROMANTIC MISADVENTURES OF AH Q Is Opening Off-Broadway at Theatre Row
A Chinese language musical about the iconic character of self-deception in modern Chinese literature -- Ah Q -- is opening on off-Broadway at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) on November 20, 2019 for a limited engagement run.
Produced and presented by Shanghai Theatre Academy and created by William Huizhu Sun, Romantic Misadventures of Ah Q is inspired by the episodic novella The True Story of Ah Q, a Chinese classic written by Lu Xun (1881-1936), China's foremost modern writer. The musical premiered in Shanghai, China on November 13th, 2019 and is making its North America debut here in New York City.
Ah Q is a man from the rural peasant class with little education. He is a poor vagrant who suffers perpetual poverty and humiliation but carries on with his daily life while persuading himself mentally that he is spiritually "superior" to his oppressors. Many -- Lu Xun himself included -- have identified the similarity between Ah Q and another well known character who is also famous for "spiritual victories" -- Don Quixote.
Set in rural China around the 1911 revolution, the musical's original songs fuse with the rhythmic clowning techniques of Chinese Gaojia Opera. Its simplicity, directness in style, and poignant theme makes it easy for all audiences to laugh with, to contemplate, and to understand the plight of Ah Q.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity," said William Sun, creator of the musical. "Ah Q, along with his fellow characters that many readers worldwide are familiar with -- Maid Wu, Lord Zhao and the revolutionaries are ready for a battle, full of laughter and tears, on the stage of New York City."
Tickets are available at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Romantic-Misadventures-of-Ah-Q/Overview