A call out to Chinese Americans to come to Ashland to see SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND by Stan Lai

Something interesting is afoot down south in Ashland, Oregon. Then again, something usually is in this major US and world theatre center.

But this time it involves a reworking of one of the most popular plays in modern China, which includes the legend of a “Peach Blossom Land”. What does that entail? Aha. We’d tell you but – we’re in the drama business. Actually, the real answer is, we don’t know ourselves yet! But tomorrow starting at 1:30 PM more will be revealed…

The play is SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND by Stan Lai.

It’s a big moment for Chinese culture in the US, and a very smart move by OSF to bring a world theatre piece like this to our shores.

To learn more, here’s a series of interviews about the production.

No translation needed for that point.  Director Stan Lai.
No translation needed for that point. Director Stan Lai.

SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND by Stan Lai opens today at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Show number six of the 2015 season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens today down in Ashland.

How big of a deal is SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND by Stan Lai in modern Chinese drama?

Big enough that there are multiple news crews from China and Taiwan in Ashland covering the American premiere.

Sounds like if you have yet to point the chariot southwards this season it’s now officially time.

Coming next – the outdoor stage opens June 12-14. Ze piece de resistance there? It’s gotta be Jeff Whitty’s world premiere HEAD OVER HEELS, featuring music by the Go-Go’s.

Master Yuan (Paul Juhn, center) and Blossom (Leah Anderson) have some fun behind the blanket, unbeknownst to Blossom's husband Tao (Eugene Ma, left). Photo: Jenny Graham.
Master Yuan (Paul Juhn, center) and Blossom (Leah Anderson) have some fun behind the blanket, unbeknownst to Blossom’s husband Tao (Eugene Ma, left). Photo: Jenny Graham.
Outside, blossom season in Ashland is already past.  But inside it's just getting started.
Outside, blossom season in Ashland is already past. But inside it’s just getting started.