LRCCS Distinguished Visitor | Playwright and Director Stan Lai

Week of  March 25-29

Playwright and director Stan Lai, touted as being “the best Chinese language playwright and director in the world” (BBC), will be a LRCCS Distinguished Visitor in March 2019.  Lai’s 35 original plays to date have greatly influenced theatre in the Chinese language theatre and have helped create a large base for young theatre audiences in China. Lai recently has been doing more work in the West, in English, including directing Dream of the Red Chamber for the San Francisco Opera (2016) in collaboration with LRCCS faculty associate, composer Bright Sheng, who wrote the music.  Dr. Lai holds a Ph.D in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught extensively at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and at Berkeley and Stanford. His book on creative theory (Stan Lai on Creativity, in Chinese, 赖声川的创意学) is a best seller in China and Taiwan. An edition of 10 of his plays in English is to be published by Cambria Press in early 2019. While at University of Michigan in March 2019, Lai will give workshops and lectures to students, faculty and the broader U-M community.  Stay tuned for listing of public events.