The Emperor’s Nightingale is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Nightingale, set in 18th-century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. He befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, now celebrating its 42nd Milestone Season in 2018-19, is launching its new educational initiative with the New York Premiere of The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua, directed by Chongren Fan. This production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne.

Cast Members:

Leanne Cabrera, Ya Han Chang, Dinh James Doan, Jonathan Frye, Brian Kim, Roger Yeh

Creative Team:

Author: Damon Chua
Director: Chongren Fan
Producer: Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Press Agent: Richard Hillman PR

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Playwright, Damon Chua

Damon is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2014–15 and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab, and is the recipient of an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for Film Chinois, which made its Off-Broadway debut with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 2015 and Incident at Hidden Temple in 2017. His TYA play, The Emperor’s Nightingale recently made its world premiere at Adventure Theatre MTC. A National Endowment for the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund, UNESCO and Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon’s plays are published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Plays for Young Audiences, and the Proscenium Journal. He is also a published poet and short story writer.

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Director, Chongren Fan

Chongren is a New York-based stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai. Directing credits: Romulus the Great by Friedrich Durrenmatt (Yangtze Rep), Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Yangtze Rep), Lost in Shanghai by Angel Lam (Pan Asian Rep), and The Final Kiss by Maurice Level (The Flea). He was a Resident Artist at Mabou Mines and Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club. He is the Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America and Production Supervisor for China Arts and Entertainment Group’s ‘Image China’ Series.