A contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas by acclaimed playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, which breathes new life into this ancient story haunted by centuries of retelling.
Guan Hanqing (c. 1241-1320) was one of the most famous Chinese playwrights and poets in the Yuan Dynasty. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's play Lidless received the Yale Drama Series Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize. Her plays have been produced by Trafalgar Studios 2 in the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia and the Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia. Cowhig was born in Philadelphia, and was raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.
Cowhig speaks bitterness and makes us sit up and listen. -- Lyn
Gardner * Guardian on Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "The World of Extreme
Fearless, zippily-paced, and satirical . . . Cowhig forces us down the long hard look path. * Independent on Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "The World of Extreme Happiness" *
Fiercely intelligent . . . powerful stuff * Guardian on Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "Lidless" *
An excellent new play . . . a very strong script . . . The story grips and the characters are well drawn, demonstrating the complexities of human nature and the ability people have to put morals to one side. * Daily Telegraph on Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "Lidless" *
Vital new writing from a talented new voice * Independent on Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's "Lidless" *