UH Hilo is proud to welcome back alumnus Alston Albarado, who will be performing in Fights and Delights. Come celebrate Chinese New Year with this delightful comedy.
There is also another Hawai‘i Island performance on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m., at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.
Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies is co-directed by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and Mark Branner. Highlighting the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, the three plays celebrate the chou, or comic character, who continually reveals the laughter in life. The shows will be performed in English.
UH Hilo is proud to welcome back alumnus Alston Albarado (Instagram), who will be performing in Fights and Delights. He is currently pursuing his master of fine arts in theatre for young audiences (acting) at UH Mānoa.
Albarado and the cast of the show were trained by four master artists from China who have been in residence with the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance since August 2017 teaching xiqu voice and movement as well as training the actors in their roles. The masters are Lu Genzhang, Xu Mingchi, Zhang Ling and Zhang Xigui.
The three Chinese comedies featured in Fights & Delights are the chuanju; “Pi Jin Rolls the Lamp,” and the two jingju, “Treasure in the Chest” and “Where Three Roads Meet.”
- “Treasure in the Chest” tells the story of a young woman who hides a young scholar in her family’s chest to protect him from two officers hot on his trail while her family is out trying to arrange a marriage for her.
- “Pi Jin Rolls the Lamp” recounts the tale of a wife punishing her husband for his gambling problem by making him perform spectacular acrobatics while balancing a candle on his head.
- “Where Three Roads Meet” relates a story about the famous Chinese general, Jiao Zan, as he escapes capture by two officers at an inn where mistaken identities lead to a virtuoso fight in the dark between an inn keeper and a young warrior trying to protect Jiao Zan.
Suggested donation of $10 Adult, $5 Students/Youth. Cash donations will be accepted one hour prior to the performance at each location.
-Feb. 20, 2018: This post has been edited to correct Alston Albarado’s degree program at UH Mānoa and to clarify that the master artists will not be acting in these performances.