Full Length Play
Adventure, Period, Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Shanghai, 1931
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Physical Comedy
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Drugs, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Shanghai, 1931. Lady Sylvia Allington is the beautiful, young American born wife of an aged British diplomat. She and her husband travel to Shanghai to persuade a notorious Chinese warlord, General Gong Fei, to donate a priceless antique jade bust to the British Museum. Lady Sylvia, a former carnival cooch dancer from Chicago, falls headlong into a fatal love affair with the mysterious Gong Fei, getting hooked on opium and antagonizing the General’s chief adviser, the elderly Doctor Wu and his enigmatic mistress, Mah Li. A scandal involving a local bordello madame, Mrs. Carroll and a cockney drug runner named Pug Talbot, leads to tragedy. Gong Fei blames Sylvia for his troubles and in a mad fit, brands her on the buttocks. She shoots him and finds herself on trial for his murder. She is acquitted but still imprisoned in her loveless marriage, knowingly sniffs a poisoned chrysanthemum and dies. Shanghai Moon is an homage to movie and stage melodramas such as The Bitter Tea of General Yen, The Letter, The Green Hat, The Cheat, and Shanghai Express.
"Happy, cockeyed new melodrama... [that] distills the essence of every bono fide broad who roamed the silver screen... Evokes the racy, gritty sensibility of Hollywood movies... before censorship clamped down on the studios... Packs more twists in ninety minutes than a year's worth of All My Children." - The New York Times
"An engaging, often hilarious spoof... Highly entertaining." - New York Daily News
Shanghai Moon opened on January 20, 1999 at Theater For The New City in New York City.