written and directed by Stan Lai
assistant direction and dramaturgy by Nia Witherspoon
Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University
Two theater groups are mistakenly booked into the same theater for rehearsal. One is performing Secret Love, a serious contemporary drama; the other is performing the farce In Peach Blossom Land. The two groups fight for the stage, and eventually resign to sharing it. In between, madness ensues, and a mysterious woman roams about the theater searching for a man who may or may not exist…What happens in a methatheatrical collage, a structured chaos, a meeting point of modern Chinese politics, ancient visions, tragedy, and rollicking comedy.
Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land is arguably the most famous play in the modern Chinese language theater. Created in 1986 by Stan Lai and his Taipei-based theater group Performance Workshop, this landmark play has touched the heartstrings of Chinese audiences everywhere, and has now been adapted for Stanford audiences.