Item description for City Stage: Hong Kong Playwriting in English by Xu Xi...
City Stage is an anthology of recent Hong Kong English-language drama containing full-length shorter plays and excerpts of longer plays that have been written for Hong Kong performers and audiences, as well as in some cases international audiences. Although the anthology includes some pieces for which there is also a Chinese-language text, all of the texts were written as English-language versions for performance rather than being literary translations.
The collection reflects the fast-developing multiculturalism of the Hong Kong scene. All of the plays are contemporary in that they were written in the last ten years. This may seem a somewhat paradoxical phenomenon in view of the 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. The richness and diversity of the subject matter, the wide range of theatre styles from the naturalistic to the highly stylized, and quite simply the engaging quality of the dramatic writing, all make this anthology both an essential adjunct to the 2001 prose fiction and poetry collection City Voices and at the same time a ground-breaking, independent record of an incredibly fertile period in Hong Kongs recent creative life history.
The anthology is important in that it epitomizes the increasing interconnectedness of previously segregated facets of Hong Kong culture, indicating the tendency towards more open dialogue between Chinese and non-Chinese practitioners and audiences a tendency that many of us consider to be worthy of at least modest celebration.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.2" Height: 1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2005
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9622097472 ISBN13 9789622097476
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More About Xu Xi
Xi is on the MFA fiction faculty at Vermont College in Montpelier.