THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT
The World Premiere
by Christopher Chen
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It’s a politically charged election year. In a nameless American city, a collective of actors is developing a play about one of the defining sociopolitical phenomena of the 20th century: the birth of modern China under Mao Tse Tung. As the actors use 21st century digital media tools to explore the propaganda mechanisms of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, their play, The Hundred Flowers Project, becomes a successful, high-tech, worldwide spectacle. As the play shifts, seemingly outside events begin to surface inside the story – or were they part of the play the whole time? Does reality outside of the play still exist? Or are they trapped inside a dangerously accelerating machine that twists reality for its own purposes?
In The Hundred Flowers Project, nothing is certain…including who controls it.
We would like to thank the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Bernard Osher Foundation, Tournesol Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/ Hotel Tax Fund, and individual donors for their support in the development of this piece and the world premiere production. A special thanks to Carol and Burton Goldfield, Brad Rubenstein, and Luis Tamayo and David Thompson individual producers on this production.