Drama The Face of Chiang Kai-shek
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Beijing Comedy Theatre
Dates: March 14-18, 2018
WEN Fangyi, a student of Department of Drama, Film & Television of School of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University，was guided to write her term paper by professor LÜ Xiaoping in 2012. Prof. LÜ Xiaoping assigned WEN Fangyi to write a comedy titled The Face of Chiang Kai-shek based on the legend of Chiang Kai-shek, the president of National Central University, who invited professors of Department of Chinese Language and Literature to dinner.
In May, 2012, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Nanjing University, the Troupe of Master of Fine Arts of Nanjing University rehearsed the drama which was written by WEN Fangyi for the School Anniversary. LÜ Xiaoping directed this drama.
This is a fictitious story written by a student of younger generation based on the school history about the senior teacher and the president.
In 1943, Chiang Kai-she, who was the president of National Central University (renamed Nanjing University in 1950) invited three famous professors of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature to dinner. It made the three professors feel embarrassed: to go or not to go is an awkward matter. whether or not should they accept this invitation?
In 1967, in the former capital, Nanjing, the three professors were invesgated because of this matter. Each of them had different memories of whether they had been invited by Chiang Kai-shek and whether they had attended to Chiang Kai-shek’s dinner.
Troupe of Master of Fine Arts of Nanjing University
Troupe of Master of Fine Arts of Nanjing University was founded in September, 2007. It is a theatre art group under the guidance of Drama, Film &Television Institute and Department of Dram, Film & Television of School of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University. Master of Fine Arts of Nanjing University Troupe integrates teaching with creation of literature and theatre, with members of the past, present and future MFA students.
In the 1980s, Mr. CHEN Baichen, a famous dramatist, served as the director of Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Nanjing University and head of Drama, Film & Television Institute of Nanjing University. On his advocation, students of Nanjing University successively performed a series of drama works such as The Lower Depths（original work by Gorky), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) as well as original or adapted dramas such as Choice, Far Away Singing, Romeo, or Othello，The Enemies of the People’ Event and so on.
Since the foundation of the drama association, students has performed many original dramas such as Learn from Pigeons (adapted from the American drama Butterflies are Free), The Paint is Wet ([France] René Fauchois), The Sea Gull ([Russia] Chekhov), Leon and Lena ([Germany] Karl Georg Büchner), Goodnight Mommy ([America] Marsha Norman), Crimes of the Heart ([America] Beth Henley) and original dramas such as peach blossom, Experimental Drama: September, 2019, I’m the Moon and so on.
In February, 2013,the Troupe was registered in Xixia District, Nanjing. It has become a local and social young troupe and would devoted itself to contributing to the modern society with more professional drama works.