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Cathay: 3 Tales of China

September 10 - October 9, 2005

Leo K. Theater

Innovative theatre artist and master storyteller Ping Chong returns to Seattle Rep with his newest creation, Cathay: Three Tales of China. Like the delicately evocative Obon: Tales of Rain and MoonlightCathay is a theatrical triptych that weaves together tales from far-flung eras of China’s past and present, mixing puppetry and actors. With a little magic, hints at reincarnation and the promise of Karma, Chong’s Chinese stories take us from fabled ancient times through the tumult of the 20th century to its economically powerful present. The three tales, of an emperor and his consort, World War Two’s consequences in a country village, and a contemporary “grand hotel” collage of international tourists and business people, converge in a resolution of forgiveness and hope.


This original work was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the 2005 Festival of China and developed in partnership with Shaanxi Folk Art Theater, one of China’s premier puppet theater companies.

Performers and Production

Shaanxi Folk Art Theater

Liang Jun

Liang Yunru

Feng Mei

Song Dongqing

Wang Bo

Yang Qing

Carter Family Puppet Theater

Dmitri Carter

Heather Carter

Xie Zheng Yang


Assistant Director and Dramaturg

Liang Jun

Puppet Designer

Stephen Kaplin

Puppet Co-Designer

Wang Bo

Set and Lighting Designer

Randy Ward

Costume Designer

Stefani Mar

Projections Designer

Ruppert Bohle

Sound Designer

Christopher Walker

Project Manager/China

Lu Xianglin

Additional Text

Michael Rohd

Stage Manager

Clair Zawa

Production Assistant

Lori Amondson Flint