About The Orphan of Zhao

Running time:
2 hours and 25 minutes with a 15 minute intermission

"A juicy revenge tale! A heartfelt performance by San Francisco native and Tony-winner BD Wong"
San Francisco Chronicle

“Epic and engrossing. . . the show grabbed me, shook me and left me thinking about what I had experienced for a long time after the final fade.”
Bay Area News Group

4.5 stars out of 5! “Grips the audience from beginning to end thanks to a brilliant cast, thoughtful scenic and costume design, and haunting melodies performed on stage.”StarkInsider.com

“A revenge drama from 13th century China that’s one part "House of Cards," one part "Game of Thrones" and one part Yuan Opera.”Edge San Francisco

“Stylish and absorbing. . . the cast, headed by BD Wong in a strong and moving performance as Doctor Cheng Ying, is excellent”Piedmont Post

"Haunting . . . [a] drama hewn out of a myth that speaks across the centuries"—The Guardian

"An emotionally piercing marvel"—The Times of London

The season expands to global dimensions with The Orphan of Zhao, James Fenton's beautiful reinvention of a classic Chinese legend that has its roots back in the fourth century BCE. The inimitable stage and film star BD Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order: Special Victim Unit) will make his A.C.T. debut in this luminous production. In the aftermath of a violent coup, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge plays out as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his origins. Often described as the Chinese Hamlet, this gripping tale was the first Chinese play to be translated in the West and has inspired countless operas, plays, and movies.

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