Sand on a Distant Star: Dramaturgy Note

The 2003 premiere of Stan Lai’s 在那遙遠的星球,一粒砂 (Sand on a Distant Star) coincided, quite unfortunately, with the height of the SARS outbreak in Taipei, Taiwan. Fear of the disease’s spread had caused numerous businesses across the city to close; yet 1,500 people still donned protective face masks and showed up at the theater every night for a week. As they say, the show must go on — especially for the artist the BBC has hailed as “the best Chinese-language playwright and director in the world.”

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Brent Eickhoff