Letters to a Student Revolutionary


Elizabeth Wong

Published by Dramatic Publishing

3 Male 3 Female

This powerful and disarmingly funny play is about friendship and political awakening

Bibi Lee is a typically jaded American rebel reluctantly on a "back to your roots" family vacation in China

Desperately, Bibi sets out to find fast food and familiar faces

Instead, she finds Karen, a young, idealistic Chinese girl who wants to practice a little English

From this seemingly innocent chance encounter, these two young women - one Chinese, the other Chinese-American - embark on a charming, poignant 10-year correspondence, cut abruptly and tragically short by the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

This bittersweet tale seeks to make sense of history, how we participate in it and how we are overwhelmed by it

By focusing on the loves and losses, desires and disappointments of Bibi and Karen, the play explores ideas of capitalism and communism, and ultimately becomes a clarion call to remember the price of democracy

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