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Snow in Midsummer

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Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Published by Methuen

1 Male 3 Female

"Men in this town were born with mouths that can right wrongs with a few words. Why are you too timid to speak?"

As she is about to be executed for a murder she didn't commit, young widow Dou Yi predicts that - if she is innocent - snow will fall in midsummer and a catastrophic drought will strike

Three years later, a businesswoman visits the parched, locust-plagued town to take over an ailing factory

When her young daughter is tormented by an angry ghost, the new factory owner must expose the injustices Dou Yi suffered before the curse destroys every living thing

This contemporary re-imagining by acclaimed playwright Frances-Ya Chu Cowhig of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas, breathes new life into this ancient story, haunted by centuries of retelling

The world premiere in February 2017 at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, launched the Royal Shakespeare Company's Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a contemporary Western audience

This edition has been republished for the American premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in June 2018 and includes a brand new afterword by Joshua Chambers-Letson

REVIEWS

"Gripping and affecting graceful and impassioned" ~ Times

"A classical epic ... An expansive, ambitious play about trauma and passion" ~ The Stage

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