Free ACT event with Chinese performer

You can’t argue with the price, and the event promises to be pretty interesting.

Recognized for his unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, in which he plays all ten roles himself, Wu Hsing-Kuo will give a multimedia presentation at the American Conservatory Theater at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13 as part of ACT’s collaboration with the Koret Foundation on the Koret Visiting Artists Series.

Wu’s presentation will focus on Chinese opera styles, Buddhist chanting, contemporary music and electronics, Western performance styles and traditional theater.

Wu Hsing-Kuo began his training at age 11 with the Fu-Hsing Chinese Opera School, subsequently entering the Chinese Culture University and studying Shakespeare and other Western classics. After graduation, he performed leading roles for the Cloud Gate Dance Theater. Wu and a group of friends founded the Contemporary Legend Theatre to revitalize the art form of Chinese Opera by adapting classical Western plays to the style and technique of Peking Opera. Wu has also acted in films, playing the leading roles in Ho Ping’s Eighteen and Tsui Hark’s Green Snake.

In 2005, he was commissioned by the Asian Cultural Council to reconstruct traditional theater in Cambodia. In 2007, he directed and performed A Taoist’s Dream with Kunqu actress Qian Yi.

Again, the show is at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 13, directly after the 2 p.m. performance of The Government Inspector.

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