Written by Sally Dawidoff From the Central Works Writers Workshop World Premiere #43
Based on the acclaimed novel by Ha Jin
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2014
From the Central Works Writers Workshop
World Premiere #43
A new play by Sally Dawidoff based on the acclaimed novel by National Book Award winner Ha Jin, about a young scholar coming of age in Communist China on the eve of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
When the venerable Professor Yang suffers a stroke his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. But when the professor begins to rave like a madman, the student is thrown into a quandary: are these the outpourings of a crazed mind, or is Yang speaking the truth – about his past, about art, about how to live a meaningful life?
This spring marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tiananmen Square. The Crazed joins commemorations around the globe.
“A work of enormous intelligence. Piercing, critical, but leavened by Jin’s understated prose, The Crazed is a substantial addition to the corpus of a great author.”—San Francisco Chronicle
O sacred public square, belonging to us all—
You are vast and wide open, like the future.
—by Sally Dawidoff, The Crazed
This production is made possible with the support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
5 Stars! “…with The Crazed the company has happened on a compelling combination of script, cast, direction and content that makes for a memorable and inspiring performance.” C. Kruger, TheatreStorm
Watch the trailer:
A brief film about the events at Tiananmen Square in the Spring of 1989: Tiananmen Square Massacre
“The Tank Man” – CNN footage from June 5, 1989: Man vs. Chinese Tanks at Tiananmen Square
From the Frontline documentary, “The Tank Man:” Introduction to PBS Frontline The Tank Man
Op Ed by Ha Jin in the New York Time: Exiled to English
NPR article, Feb. 2, 2014: Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter