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Film Chinois - Full Length Play, Drama

Film Chinois

Damon Chua

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573663307

"This first U.S. production of Singaporean playwright Damon Chua's work reveals an imaginative voice ... admirable." – Los Angeles Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Beijing, 1947

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

WINNER - 2007 Ovation Award, Best World Premiere Play 

The place: Peking, China. The year: 1947, an uneasy time between WWII and the Communist takeover two years later. Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the Raymond Chandler-esque Imperial City with an important mission. He makes progress, but soon chances into a staunch Maoist named Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. A cat-and-mouse game ensues. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness of what was once the most beautiful city in the world, he soon finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film, and the whereabouts of a beautiful woman who seems to have vanished into thin air.


REVIEWS:

"This first U.S. production of Singaporean playwright Damon Chua's work reveals an imaginative voice ... admirable."
Los Angeles Times, Read More


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Film Chinois premiered at Grove Theater Center in Burbank, CA, in July of 2007 under the direction of Kevin Cochran. 
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)

CHINADOLL - Early thirties, a Maoist/communist spy. She is the Chinese equivalent of the classic femme fatale.
RANDOLPH - Early thirties, an American operative. Smart, cool and collected, but in many ways, an innocent abroad.
SIMONE - Twenties, a Chinese songstress with a few tricks up her sleeve. Willful, emotional and a little silly.
AMBASSADOR - Fifties or older, from Belgium. Seedy, amoral and dryly funny, he is a steadfast admirer of Asian women.
THE MAN, who plays:
WAITER (Scenes 1 & 13)
CHINESE BUSINESSMAN (Scenes 2 & 16)
SERVER (Scene 3)
CHINESE MAN (Scenes 7, 11 & 15)
HOTEL CLERK (Scene 14)
WOMAN (Scene 17)
Author

Damon Chua

Damon Chua received an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for his full-length work Film Chinois, a noir mystery set in 1947 China and published by Samuel French. His short play Stuffed Grape Leaves was picked as one of the Best 10-Minute Plays of 2009 and is published by Smith & Kraus. His other plays include 1969: A Fantastical Odyssey Through the American Mindscape; A Book By Its ... view full profile

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