Chinese Shakespeares: Old Man Sha in the Middle Kingdom

September 24, 2010

Written by Peter S. Donaldson, MIT

Research Penn State interviews Alexa Huang, author of Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange which received two prestigious awards.

Excerpt:

How Shakespeare Changed Chinese Theater and Vice Versa

Something’s rotten in the state of Jiabo. The king has died mysteriously, his brother Kulo-ngam has inherited the throne and married the widowed queen, and Prince Lhamoklodan has gone off the deep end and is contemplating suicide. Sound familiar? William Shakespeare surely could never have envisioned this high-altitude Hamlet, set in the shadow of the Himalayas, with characters draped in snow leopard skins. Yet in 2006 the Bard’s famous prince of Denmark found himself transported to ancient Tibet in Shanghai director Sherwood Hu’s film and stage adaptations of Hamlet with a Buddhist twist.  Read full article »

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