31 Mar '15, 3am

Why Kuo Pao Kun's Descendants Of The Eunuch Admiral matters

Why Kuo Pao Kun's Descendants Of The Eunuch Admiral matters

Play: Descendants Of The Eunuch Admiral (staged in June 1995 in English and in August 1995 in Mandarin) Playwright: Kuo Pao Kun What it is about: At first glance, the play examines the origins of the historical figure of the Chinese admiral Zheng He, who was sent in the 15th century by the Ming emperor to explore the globe, from India to Arabia. There are scenes detailing the great wonders that he sees, the painful act of losing his manhood and a great loneliness of being cast adrift. But the lyrical piece is also a meditation on rootlessness, displacement and being a cultural orphan. Director Jeff Chen is staging a revival of Descendants Of The Eunuch Admiral next month as part of the Esplanade's Studios season of 50 Singapore plays. And he is feeling more than just regular nervousness.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/theatre-dance/story...

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