Director saves play by replacing actor in COVID-19 quarantine
As shows and performances continue to be canceled or delayed under the impact of COVID-19, a stage drama about China’s reform and opening up was presented to an audience in Beijing on Saturday in a way unusual.
The drama Spring tide was scheduled for two days of performances at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing starting Saturday. However, during the final rehearsal on the eve of the first performance, Wang Weiguo, a well-known Chinese actor who plays the lead role in the show, was asked to stay home after coming into contact with a COVID-positive individual. 19.
The show’s director decided to step in and fill the vacant role, ending the performance by reading the script directly.
“It was a one-of-a-kind performance under special and extraordinary circumstances. This could not have been foreseen. Please enjoy the spectacle of this ‘pandemic prevention and control’ version of Spring tide“Wang Jiannan, one of the show’s directors, explained to the audience.
“It’s an extremely difficult role and it’s also very important. So I invited Wang Jiannan, the show’s young director who also has a deep understanding of the material, to fill in the role,” Wang Xiaoying explained. , another director of the show.
The decision was met with a round of applause from the audience inside the theatre.
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, theatrical performances have been canceled or postponed. Yet this one was different as the director stood up and saved the show,” an audience member told media.
The play tells the story of a girl living abroad who learns of her father’s sudden death. While cleaning up her father’s belongings, she accidentally discovers a diary of him, but quickly discovers that the person he describes is completely different from the image of him she remembers.
The story takes businessmen from Zhejiang province in eastern China in the 1980s as its background, telling an engaging story about how many people there created their own wealth. from scratch and how some later became commercial legends.
Zhejiang entrepreneur farmer Ye Qingshan’s start-up story has been described in detail, from the discrimination he faced to the success he achieved after years of effort. The story is also a reflection of true stories that happened to Chinese entrepreneurs during China’s reform and opening up.
“I know it’s not perfect, but it’s still a very special performance, telling us that there are endless possibilities that can happen in theaters in the face of the difficulties of this time,” Wang said. Jiannan after his emergency stage debut.