Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pig of Power!

One of the first monsters encountered by the Monk and Monkey in the classic novel Journey to the West is a chimera, part pig and part human, who cannot survive without eating ravenously — and indulging his other fleshly desires … Continue reading

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Adapted From…

Since its 16th-century publication, Journey to the West has been a massively popular cultural phenomenon in China, spawning approximately a quadrillion retellings and adaptations (it’s true – I got that number from the dramaturg). A popular TV version was produced … Continue reading

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King (Sun Wu)Kong

Of all the Pilgrims on the Journey to the West, the most unforgettable is the Monkey, Sun Wukong, also known as the Handsome Monkey King, Great Sage Equaling Heaven, and other somewhat less admiring epithets. As we saw in a … Continue reading

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The story’s getting around!

A few days ago, I discovered that Gamut Theatre’s Popcorn Hat Young Acting Company will be presenting an adaptation of our favorite Chinese classic, Journey to the West, this weekend at the Sunoco Performance Theater in the Whitaker Center for … Continue reading

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Pilgrims on a Journey

I’ve been thinking about the many ways we use the word “journey” today. Once it meant a day’s work or a day’s travel (it comes from journée in French, which in turn came from the Latin diurnus, meaning “daily.”) In the craft-guild system … Continue reading

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East Journeys to West

Part of our new play Journey from the East was inspired by the 423-year-old saga Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature, and attributed to Wu Cheng’en, a novelist and poet of the … Continue reading

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