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The Sunrise: A live performance of a classic Chinese drama

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
4:00 AM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Michigan League

The Sunrise is a masterpiece of Cao Yu, who is often referred to as the “Chinese Shakespeare”. It addresses about the pathetic social value during the 1930s in China through miscellaneous coincidences encountered by a courtesan. Drifting in the mad whirl of Shanghai, once-innocent Bailu became infatuated with money, cabarets, and liquor. The play depicts all walks of life of the society of Shanghai in the 1930s, which is a fast growing capitalist city with enormous inequality and unfairness. The style of the play is very realistic, showing the life events and interactions of the characters from various social classes. However, Sunrise goes well beyond a critic on the societal status quo. It shows a theme very common in traditional Chinese arts and literature: Individuals' inevitable tragedy under the grand historical trend.

Thus Spoke Ann Arbor is the only Chinese drama club under the University of Michigan. With great passion and initiatives, TSAA is convinced that Chinese dramas are of irreplaceable value to theatre plays, and to University of Michigan as well. Through practicing and performing onstage theatre plays, the club provides a thorough trace of Chinese culture and thus enriches University of Michigan society. The club has performed in two Chinese New Year Gala and held a drama performance Sifan in 2014 Spring.

Ticket Options

Pre-sale for all students and UM faculty: $5

Tickets on the day of the show: $8

No children under 5.

Buying tickets

  1. Online: Venmo “Thus Spoke Ann Arbor” and please list your ticket option, amount, your name, and your email address in the note section under the payment page. Once you have done, TSAA will send you a confirmation email that encloses your e-ticket. UM discount is offered starting 02/10 to 03/08.
  2. Ticket tables: TSAA will set up tables in both Duder and Ugli starting 02/21 to 03/10. Cash Only.
  3. You may also buy tickets immediately before the show.

For more information.

This event is sponsored in part by the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies