Festival/Tokyo theater event to give Asia a starring roleBy NOBUKO TANAKA
...Meanwhile, Taiwanese EAP participant Huang Sze-nung, founder of the Against Again Troupe, will bring "American Dream Factory" to F/T. It's a play he wrote, directed and premiered to great acclaim in Taipei in 2010.
"Many young people stepped into a theater for their first time to see this play," Huang says. "Also, some came to see it again and again ... because this show poses questions concerning the situation of the new generation born after 1980. It encapsulates how the dreams of a whole generation of youth are being simplified and co-opted by homogeneous materialist values.
"I suppose it resonates with the life experience of many of them, so it achieved a rare feat in Taiwan by selling out 13 performances in two weeks."
And again reflecting F/T's bridge-building aim, Huang (who was born in Hong Kong but raised in Taiwan) says he believes the questions raised in the play, which includes an underlying theme of antiglobalization, will be as relevant in Japan as in many other parts of Asia.
Indeed it is remarkable how many of F/T's programs from other Asian countries deal with daily social issues related to the economically prosperous, yet still troubled, new generation referenced by Huang.....
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