The Hundred Flowers Project


October 16 - November 23, 2014

Written by Christopher Chen
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St., Chicago

Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.

The Hundred Flowers Project is an experiential play; it represents, in our minds, the best of experimental, avant garde theatre. It is not intended for solely intellectual or passive consumption. As an audience member, we hope you experience a glimpse into the emotional arc endured by the Chinese people during Mao Zedong's reign—the optimism, idealism, confusion, manipulation, brutality, and horror of Mao's “Cultural Revolution."

"Silk Road Rising is one of the few Chicago theater companies that doesn't shy away from provocative, boundary-pushing material." -Francis Sadac, From the Ledge


Critically Acclaimed!

"Undeniably smart and thoughtful" -Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

"Cautionary stage and video thriller." -Larry Bommer, Stage and Cinema

"A crafty, circular interplay of 'play' and 'staging of play'." -Raymond Rehayem, Newcity

"A fascinating spectacle" -Jacob Davis, ChicagoCritic.com

"Immerses audiences in the creation of a play" -Phil Potempa, The Times

"Beautifully stylized and graceful." -Lawrence Riordan, Around the Town Chicago

"Wildly ambitious piece of work" -Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

"A challenging and exciting work" -Kelly Kleiman, Dueling Critics

"By staging The Hundred Flowers Project, Silk Road Rising shows us again that it is out to re-invent the theater experience. Bravo!" -Amy Munice, Splash Magazines

Performance Schedule
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm

The play is 100 minutes with one intermission.

Click HERE to watch a video introducing the play.

Click HERE to watch director Joanie Schultz describe the themes & the world of the play.

Click HERE to download a flyer about the production.

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Adults: $25 Previews / $35 Regular Run
Students: $12.50 Previews / $15.00 Regular Run
Groups: 25% discount for groups of 10 or more

We will be performing The Hundred Flowers Project at our permanent theatre venue at Pierce Hall in The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago.

$8 parking at Self Park, 230 W Washington St (3 blocks west of the theatre; building with Cosi restaurant). Ask box office to provide you with a discount coupon.

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