Serving as the kick-off event for Shanghai Repertory Theater’s June Extravaganza, Friday night’s Creative Collaborators Competition began as an easygoing play-reading affair, and ended as a rollicking standing-room only theater party.
Held at the streetwear boutique-cum-performance space The Source in the French concession, the event was host to an evening of 8 one-act plays in English by playwrights based in Shanghai. The best three plays will be formally staged later on as part of SRT’s June Extravaganza, with the overall winner getting to share the stage with Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe and Paul Johnson’s Would You Kill a Man? at the Ke Center in June.
The variety of the evening’s fare was impressive, featuring emotional conflict-resolving dialogues, fairy-tale deconstructions, theater of the absurd and even a little theater of the pretentious.
For our kuai, the best three plays of the evening were Ferry Transfer by Jason Lasky, following a widower who pleads for help from a sentimental hooker, Line by Barbara Anderlič, a logorrheic stream-of-consciousness internal monologue with echoes of Beckett’s Not I, and The Terrorist and the Protocol Guide by Fernanda Jaber, a bureaucracy farce reminiscent of Vaclav Havel.
Please stay tuned to Shanghaiist, as we’ll be providing more coverage for the June Extravaganza in the weeks ahead, including schedules, photographs, reviews and features.
Photos and story by Fan Huang