Actresses from Emerson College getting ready for the premiere of "Secret Love for Peach Blossom Land" on April 9, 2022. (Photo by Maggie Wen/BU News Service)
By Maggie Wen Boston University News Service
Chuang Stage, founded by Alison Qu, a 2020 graduate from Emerson College, is the first nonprofit Asian American theater company in Greater Boston. Chuang Lab, associated with Chuang Stage, is a Mandarin Chinese student theater group at Emerson College with a team of 32 members.
The productions “A Deal” by Chuang Stage and “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land” by Chuang Lab both took place on April 9, 2022.
“A Deal” is created by Zhu Yi, an award-winning New York City-based playwright born and raised in Shanghai. The play is about a young actress from China who brands herself as an orphan and human rights victim to enter the mainstream theater in America. Her parents smuggle 1 million dollars in cash from Shanghai to buy her an apartment in Manhattan.
“Secret Love for Peach Blossom Land ” is created by Stan Lai, an American-born Taiwanese playwright. The original play focuses on the conflict that happens during the rehearsal of two theatrical troupes. Chuang Lab’s adaptation of the play retains most of the story structure and dialogues while changing the setting to a Boston-based Chinese community.