ABOUT THE CLASS: Classical and contemporary text, monologues and scene work for actors, and original pieces developed by lab process for writers. Students will come prepared to class with a piece in mind to work/idea on. Previous students have gone on to perform their works nationally and internationally, and in NYC at various festivals and in Pan Asian showcases and other venues.
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.