Beijing Opera

Date: August 25, 2002 
Time: 19:30 
Place: Chang'an Theatre
Transportation: Provided by the CICCST. Buses start in front of the BICC.

Ticket Categories:

First Category US $ 24,
Second Category US $ 16,
Third Category US $ 13,
Fourth Category US $ 10.
If tickets in the desired category are sold out, tickets in another category will be reserved.
Following is a description of the three selections of the Opera.

1. The Crossroads:

Jiao Zan, a senior officer of the Song Dynasty, is being exiled under guard to Shamen Island because he has killed a treacherous court official. Marshel Yang orders Ren Tanghui to protect Jia in secret.
Ren and Jiao put up for the night at the Crossroad Inn. The inn-keeper Liu Lihua believes that Ren intended to murder Jiao, so he steals into Ren's room and fight with him in the dark. Only when the inn-keeper's wife comes in with a candle do the threerealize in the end that all has been the result of misunderstanding.

2. Stealing Magic Herbs:

This is an episode of The Romance of the White Snake. On the day of Dragon Boat Festival, Xu Xian advises his wife, Bai Suzhen, for a drink of medicated wine. At her dead drunkenness, Bai shows herself in her true colors - a white snake. At the sight of this, Xu is scared to death. To save her husband, Bai goes to the forbidden mountains to steal magic herbs. There she fights with the guards - crane boys and deer boys, and gets the right herbs she wants.

3. Farewell My Concubine (The Death of Yu Ji):

Liu Bang and Xiang Yu have agreed to a truce and drawn a demarcation line at Honggou. Liu's general makes a feign surrender to Xiang and then successfully lures Xiang and his troops into an ambush. Xiang and his troops are surrounded and cannot break through. When his soldiers hear their folk songs sung from the enemy, they take it for granted that their fellow soldiers have given up fighting, and their morale goes down. Xiang realizes that the game is as good as lost and indulges in his drinks in despair. He bids farewell to his lover, Yu Ji, who dances her last before killing herself with a sword.

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