The Orphan of Zhao


Traditional Chinese folktale adapted by Mia Chung

March 27 – April 6, 2008
Mainstage Theater
Directed by Eric Hill and Naya Chang, M.F.A. ‘08
Original music composed by Yu-Hui Chang, faculty member
Performed by Jiebing Chen, erhu and Yangqin Zhao, hammered dulcimer
and members of Brandeis University’s Lydian String Quartet
Presented in partnership with MusicUnitesUS, Judith Eissenberg, director

As her son reaches the threshold of manhood, Cheng Ying relates the history of the Orphan of Zhao.  The streets of Jin are awash in the blood of the noble Zhao Clan.  The vicious slaughter ignites a succession of individual acts of virtue and sacrifice—as the hope for retribution and a return to a humane social order is pinned to the survival of a baby boy.  Her tale of how manic, vicious evil ignited a succession of individual acts of courage and sacrifice prepares her son to take his place in history. The timeless swing of the pendulum of justice—powered by the momentum of personal humanity—resounds in this new adaptation of a stirring and resonant Chinese classic.

Special added event: Jiebing Chen, erhu and Yangqin Zhao, hammered dulcimer and members of Brandeis University’s Lydian String Quartet will perform live in concert as part of the World Music Series on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.

Made possible through generous support from the Jaffe Foundation, the Herbert and Kim Marie Beigel New Play Fund, the Ann ’56 and Clive Cummis Family Foundation and the Poses Fund.

Take a Second Look!
Thursday, April 3

The Second Look Series program for 'The Orphan of Zhao' will he held immediately following the Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m. performance. Playwright Mia Chung and composer Yu-Hui Chang will talk about the process of creating this new script and score for this production.  The cast and crew will also join us; as always, your questions and observations will be welcome.

Backstage Broadcast

Click here for the Backstage Broadcast at the Brandeis Theater Company, a short interview with directors Eric Hill and Naya Chang.

Performance Schedule and Prices

Thursday Preview at 8 p.m. - $16
Friday Opening at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday at 8 pm.. - $20
Thursday School Matinee* (School Groups only) at 10 a.m. - $10
2nd Thursday at 8 p.m. - $18
2nd Friday at 8 p.m. - $20
2nd Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $18
2nd Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $20

 * A study guide for The Orphan of Zhao has been created; to download it, click here.