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International Play Reading Festival: May 35th
October 16, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This festival brings the works of three living international playwrights to the Lenfest Center for the Arts, giving New Yorkers access to theatre from across the globe translated into English. This year’s festival will be held via podcast, sharing these readings as audio-plays and allowing truly international engagement with playwrights and translators.
Friday, October 16, 8:00 pm ET
Podcast Release and Listening Party
To hear the reading of May 35th, subscribe to the International Play Reading Festival podcast wherever you get your podcasts, or join us for a listening party on Friday, October 16 at 8:00pm ET to hear from festival co-founders Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang, listen along with others, and chat questions and comments to the playwright which may be discussed in the Playwrights Panel on Sunday, October 25, 10:00 am ET
Written by Candace Chong Mui Ngam (Hong Kong)
Translated from Cantonese by Anonymous
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Clem Cheung as Ah Ping
Fang Du as Young Man 1 and Young Man 2
Wai Ching Ho as Siu Lum
Francis Jue as Ah Dai
Johnny Wu as The Stranger
with Anna Weng reading Stage Directions
This podcast was recorded under a SAG-AFTRA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Thirty years later, the Tiananmen Square massacre remains censored and repressed. Sui Lum and Ah Dai grapple with a date so volatile that the government won’t let them say it aloud. May 35th explores the indelible human aspiration for freedom alongside the complexities of personal and political history.
The Cantonese-language version of May 35th was deemed an “Excellent Production of the Year” and won Best Script, Best Production, and Best Lighting Design at the 2020 Hong Kong Drama Awards.
Candace Chong Mui Ngam will discuss May 35th in the festival’s Playwright Panel Discussion linked below.