2014 NTCH New Creation: Crystal Boys - 2014 Taiwan International Festival of Arts

2014-02-07 19:30 - 2014-02-16 17:30

2014 NTCH New Creation: Crystal Boys - 2014 Taiwan International Festival of Arts

When: 7 - 8 Feb 2014 Fri - Sat / 12 - 15 Feb 19:30, 9 / 16 Feb 2014 Sun 14:30
Where: National Theater Concert Hall

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2014 NTCH New Creation Crystal Boys, PAI Hsien-yung's gay classic to be presented on the stage. For the kids who have nowhere to go but wander alone in the darkest nights.

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Crystal Boys, PAI Hsien-yung's classic novel depicting the marginalized status of gay community in Taiwan in the 1970s, is now adapted for the stage in Chinese for the first time. The story surrounds the passionate love affair between a gay couple, the most entangling father-and-son relations in the Chinese society. By the stream of consciousness, the director ingeniously interweaves the present and the past the reality and the imagination for the stage, presenting the love and lust, life and death, and repentance and redemption from the original novel. The audiences will be led to the never-dawning Kingdom of Darkness with the joys and sorrows of those outcasts renounced by their families and expelled from the society.

The cast features intergeneration actors and actresses outstanding in the theaters but also the television and the films, including Golden Bell Award winners as well as promising youth actors and actresses. The music, the theme song, and choreography all are created by the outstanding artist in the Chinese society.

PAI Hsien-yung

PAI Hsien-yung ©HSU PEI-HUNG

PAI Hsien-yung
PAI Hsien-yung is one of the leading figures in Taiwan's modern literature and is famous for his portrait of characters struggling between old and new generations as well as between different cultures. His works have been adapted by many directors for TV dramas and films, which have won acclamation from both critics and audiences, and have far-reaching influence. Director TSAO Jui-yuan, who has won the Golden Bell Award for his adaption of Crystal Boys for TV miniseries, is no doubt the best candidate to adapt the novel for stage. This time, he collaborates with veteran scriptwriter SHIH Ju-fang, who is praised as the best interpreter of modern Taiwanese opera, to create a stage crossing the borders of different performing styles for Crystal Boys.


Tips: Aapprox. 180 minutes with an intermission. The performance contains smoking scenes. Viewer discretion is advised. Warning: Smoking is hazardous to your health. Post-talk:9 /16 Feb 2014 (Sun) at the Lobby of National Theater.


Price: NTD 600 / 1000 / 1500 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 3800
Tel: 886-2-33939888
Add: 21-1 Chung-Shan S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Official Website: Crystal Boys


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