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“Will you trust the play to treat you well? Respect you? Provide comfort and surprise in the time you spend together? You want everything from the play. You are very demanding. But in the end, you want to believe in the play; believe you can forge a relationship with it. You are rooting for it to seduce you.” –The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen.
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Christopher Chen’s The Late Wedding is a shadowy exploration into themes of distance, dislocation, and transience in internet-age relationships. Lauren Spencer and Kathryn Zdan are part of a fluid six person ensemble performing in Crowded Fire Theater’s world premiere production this fall.
Lauren Spencer and Kathryn Zdan are two of the six actors performing in Crowded Fire Theater’s world premiere of Christopher Chen’s The Late Wedding inspired by the works of Italian fabulist novelist Italo Calvino.
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by Christopher Chen
It’s a politically charged election year in the U.S. and a collective of “Generation D” actors are collaborating on a new play about one of the most defining socio-political phenomena of the 20th Century: Mao Tse Tung and the birth of modern China. In an effort to connect the power of today’s media to the propaganda employed throughout China’s Cultural Revolution, they expertly exploit 21st Century multimedia tools of the masses. As The Hundred Flowers Project becomes a world-wide high-tech spectacle, events from the actors’ real lives mysteriously infiltrate the story. And when the play spins out of control, this earnest troupe of players unexpectedly finds itself in dangerous territory. Just who—or what—has taken over their narrative?
We would like to thank the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Tournesol Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/ Hotel Tax Fund, and individual donors for their support in the development of this piece and the world premier production. A special thanks to Carol and Burton Goldfield, individual producers on this production.