Culture Connect Featured Event

"Peony Pavilion" by Tang Xianzu
Ticket Price: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students

"Love is of source unknown, yet it grows ever deeper. The living may die of it, by its power the dead live again. Love is not love at its fullest if one who lives, is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has so died.  And must the love that comes in dream necessarily be unreal? For there is no lack of dream lovers in this world."

—Preface to “The Peony Pavilion,” translated by Cyril Birch


Jeffrey Sichel, stage director, professor and scholar from the Shanghai Theatre Academy, has created an original, spoken English-language adaptation of Tang Xianzu's 1598 Chinese Opera masterpiece “Peony Pavilion.” Students and faculty of the Wesleyan Theater Department will mix traditional Kunqu opera music, dance and stylization with contemporary American performance practice to capture the essence of this epic masterpiece of the Chinese Stage—a drama of love and death, reality and illusion.

Performances begin at 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and at both 2pm and 8pm on Saturday.

Venue Information
CFA Theater
271 Washington Terrace
, CT
1 860-685-3355
Presenting Organization
Wesleyan Center for the Arts
1 860-685-3355