China semester play opens season

Dr. James Lile, assistant theatre professor director of Snow in Midwinter.

Dr. James Lile, assistant theatre professor director of Snow in Midwinter.

Julie I. Lybarger

Get ready because the theatre department is up and ready to yell action. To start off the season Southern Theatre has chosen a play that fits in with the China semester, Snow In Midsummer. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and runs through the Sept. 15.

A 13th century classical play from the Yuan Dynasty, it was written by Kuan Han-ch’ing and translated by Liu Jung-en. Dr. James Lile, assistant theatre professor, will direct the play.

“It is a play that has weathered centuries of government changes, and has stayed popular with the Chinese people,” Lile said.

The play tells the story a young, virtuous woman, Tou Graceful, executed for a murder she did not commit. After her death she sends her spirit back to see that justice is done.

Since none of the cast members are Chinese, all the characters will wear masks, and the actors will use body and hand gestures to convey their emotions.

Although the play has some violent elements it is rated for general audiences. Tickets go on sale through the box office Sept. 4. Prices are $3 for general admission and $1 for seniors. Missouri Southern students, faculty and staff can get free ticket with their new ID card.