The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed - Hong Kong Repertory Theatre 2013-14 Season

2014-01-04 19:45 - 2014-01-07 21:45

The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed - Hong Kong Repertory Theatre 2013-14 Season

When: 4-7 Jan 2014 19:45; 5 Jan Sun 14:45
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

 By Dreams Betrayed Poster

Three legends intertwined in an extraordinary era, caught in the vast torrent of history. Before Somosa Gacia of Nicaragua, the Shah of Iran, the Marcoses of Philippines, there were the Soongs…

 By Dreams Betrayed

Ben Tang@Photobyben, Henry Wong

The Soong family was the most powerful and prominent in recent Chinese history - the three Soong daughters - Ai-ling, Ching-ling and May-ling were brought up in the most prestigious of institutions, and heavily influenced by Western culture. They married three of the most important men in China of their time - H. H. Kung, Sun Yet-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. In this tumultuous era, each sister's fate is a legend in its own right, their glamour and allure captivated the public's imagination in ways unmatched by their peers.

 By Dreams Betrayed

Ben Tang@Photobyben, Henry Wong

Cast & Production Team
Playwright / Director: Joanna Chan
Leading Cast: Michelle Ye, Lui Si Lan, Poon Pik Wan, Sun Wai Keung, Ko Hon Man, Au Ga Man, Wang Wei

Lui Si Lan

Lui Si Lan

Lui Si Lan is a veteran actress who has played a wide variety of roles. Formerly a professional singer in the Guangzhou Song and Dance Troupe, Lui joined the HKREP in 1983 and since then has appeared in more than 170 stage productions. She is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and has played leading roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, which is the HKREP's first Putonghua production, as well as King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Other People's Money, and Yan Xijiao.

In the past decades, Lui has played a wide range of stage characters that have enthralled the audience, from Empress Dowager Ci Xi (De Ling and Empress Dowager Ci Xi, Cantonese version), Ming Zhen (Forever and Ever), Ethel (Moon Over Buffalo), Gigi (Communicating Doors) as well as Papa Mama, Thy Wind Blows Ever, a HKREP Black Box production based on her personal experience. Lui was nominated Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) and Best Supporting Actress (Comedy/Farce) for Forever and Ever and Moon Over Buffalo respectively at the Hong Kong Drama Awards. In 2012, she was awarded Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama) for The Last Supper at both the Hong Kong Drama Awards and the 4th Hong Kong Theatre Libre..

 Sun Wai Keung

Sun Wai Keung

A distinguished local actor, Sun Wai Keung joined the HKREP in 1994. An expert at portraying the common man with the use of body gestures and tonal inflections, he has starred in such productions as Art, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, A Flea in Her Ear,  Dr. Tim Ding's Factory, Shed Skin and Noises Off, bringing joy and laughter to the audience. Sun's portrayals of the internal struggles of tragic characters are also remarkable: his performances in The Crucible, Zheng He and The Emperor, Caligula, Reverie on an Empire and Dessert the Dangling Cat fully display his artistry and appeal.

Having been nominated nine times at the Hong Kong Drama Awards for productions including Before the Rain Stops, The Native Son of Beijing, An Absolute Turkey, Blindness and A Flea in Her Ear, Sun was awarded four times as: Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for A Dream Like a Dream in 2003, Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 2006, and Best Actor (Comedy/Farce) twice for Art in 2008 and Shed Skin in 2012.

 Ko Hon Man

Ko Hon Man

Since Ko Hon Man joining the HKREP in 1986, he has created more than a hundred roles representing different age groups, encompassing figures East and West, historical and modern. Ko's acting credits include Love à la Zen, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oedipus Rex, The Crucible, A Dream Like a Dream, A Small Family Business, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and Le Dieu du carnage, A Bowlful of Kindness. His recent portrayals of the young and old Zhong Yi-Dong in Communicating Doors, the youthful revolutionary martyr Luo Kun in Boundless Movement as well as Mark Rothko in Red have demonstrated his versatility.

Apart from appearing on the stage, Ko has participated as voice artist for numerous motion pictures, and is the designated voice artist for several animated characters such as Prince Charming (Shrek III), the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), and in Thomas & Friends and The Polar Express. He also recorded the character of the Bear in Disney Channel's Bear in the Big Blue House as well as over a hundred children's songs.

Wang Wei

Wang Wei

A National Second Class actor, Wang Wei has been cast numerous times as the leading man since joining the HKREP in 1998. Whether as the "pretty boy" in Haunted Haunted Little Star, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, the weather reporter in Moon Over Buffalo, the corrupt officer in Boundless Movement, Garry Lejeune in Noises Off, Wang is a master in creating diverse character roles.

In addition to writing theatre reviews for print and online media, Wang has also been involved as director, playwright and actor in Do You Still Remember (part of the HKREP 2 series). He also directed the original drama Childhood (outside the HKREP), both of these productions have received much critical acclaim.

Wang is a Mandarin instructor and a voice-over artist, recording and instructing in such organizations as Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. He was also invited by Oxford University Press and the Longman Company to record Mandarin and Cantonese, part of Chinese-language teaching materials intended for primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

 
Tips
For aged 6 or above;
Presented in Cantonese with Chinese & English surtitles.

 

Enquiries
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Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

Price: $360/$290/$250/$200/$160 Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
Tel: 852-27342009
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