Spring 2019

Past Events

May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019
May 10, 2019


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129th St.
New York, NY 10027


May 10th & 11th, 2019


by Ruoxin Xu

Directed by Miriam Grill


A thousand years ago, Madame Huarui was the Chinese version of Helen of Troy, with her life beyond her control. In 2019, Kiki, a New York-based stage manager, is hired to work on a new Beijing Opera featuring Madame Huarui, while her professional and personal life is deeply affected by her uncertain Visa status. Chinese Opera and A Modern Drama explores patriarchy in both historical times and nowadays, as well as new immigrants living under the current political climate between the US and China.



May 10 - 8:00pm

May 11 - 2:00pm

May 11 - 8:00pm


Tickets are FREE - reservation recommended


Production Team:

Dramaturg Annie Jin Wang

Lighting Designer Kelley Shih

Projection Designer Cinthia Chen

Composer Jin Zixuan

Vocal Coach Andy Liu

Graphic Designer Cece Jiao.

Production Stage Manager Ada Zhang

General Manager Andreas Huang


About the Playwright:

Ruoxin Xu is a bilingual playwright from Nanjing, China. She holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from Central Academy of Drama, China. Selected plays: Speaking As Then (Silk Road Rising Theatre, New China Festival, Chicago; Schapiro Theatre, Columbia University School of the Arts, 2018), Variations (Drum Tower West Theatre, Beijing, 2017), The Hat Trick (Poly Theatre, Beijing, 2015), The Great Scott (Nine Theatre, Beijing, 2014). Her film script Present and Then is a finalist of New Work Support Project of State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University.


Meet The Playwrights: Ruoxin Xu '19

Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama by Ruoxin Xu ’19 (Playwrighting) and directed by Miriam Grill ’19 (Directing) will be the fifth play presented as part of the New Plays Festival 2019 featuring seven new plays by the graduating MFA playwriting class.