No Foreigners Beyond This Point

by  Warren Leight

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

Paula and Andrew, two twenty-something Americans, arrive in China right after the Cultural Revolution, when the country is just starting to open up to foreigners. Paula has come to teach English and Andrew has come to spend a semester close to Paula. Their naiveté is astound…

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No Foreigners Beyond This Point

by  Warren Leight

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Paula and Andrew, two twenty-something Americans, arrive in China right after the Cultural Revolution, when the country is just starting to open up to foreigners. Paula has come to teach English and Andrew has come to spend a semester close to Paula. Their naiveté is astounding as they blunder into the heavily socialist and guarded community of the school. They are spied on by everyone, obliquely threatened, mystified by local customs, and generally fish out of water. Ultimately, Andrew returns to the States, but Paula decides to stay, despite her seeming distaste for their surroundings.
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"No Foreigners makes the most of its possibilities both as a romantic exploit and as a perceptive vision of people who are as reluctant to express their true feelings..." - Curtain Up, Read More 

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Primarily Da Lang Institute of foreign Trade, Canton (Guangdong), China

Casting

4m, 4f
WIDOW WAN - probably in her 70’s. Well fed, long term survivor, few words (all in Cantonese, usually commands), much power.
VICE PRINCIPAL HUANG - late 20’s, Northern Chinese, educated, vital but guarded. An outsider in Canton.
TEACHER CHEN - 30’s but worn for her years, Cantonese, anxious, kind.
ANDREW BAKER (bai ke) - 20’s, New Yorker, very urban, glib. Wears glasses, no fashion sense.
PAULA WHEATON (wei tan) - 20’s Waspy New Yorker, striking.
PRINCIPAL WANG - 40’s, Cantonese, formal, nervous. The bureaucrat who lives in fear.
LAO WAN - older long-term survivor; few words, much power.
XIAO WAN - 19, but acts younger; assigned to be the American teachers’ maid.
SHERMAN - 20’s, smart-ass student; city kid, privileged, General’s son (can be doubled by Principal Wang).
LINCOLN - student, late teens/20’s, Sherman’s sidekick, cynic (doubled by Vice Principal Huang).
XIAO DA - 20’s, Northern (Hubei) student, female. Studious, serious: a believer (can be doubled by Xiao Wan.)
PEARL - Straight, initially shy student, female, Cantonese (doubled by Teacher Chen).
TEACHER MING - old lady, long hard life; nominal chair of language department (doubled by Widow Wan, her opposite).
YING - late 30’s, peasant; school maintenance man/worker/electrician (doubled by Principal Wang).
CUSTOMS MAN - Young, modern (doubled by Vice Principal Huang).
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  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
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Authors

Warren Leight

Warren Leight's Side Man won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. His other plays include No Foreigners Beyond This Point (Baltimore Center Stage p ...

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No Foreigners Beyond This Point premiered at Center Stage in Baltimore, MD in November 2002 under the direction of Tim Vasen.

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