Category Archives: Journey to the West

First reviews!

This morning, the website A Valley and Beyond posted a review of the opening performance of Journey from the East last Saturday afternoon: Out of everything I have experienced and covered in 44 years, Journey from the East is one of … Continue reading

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Victor H. Mair will lecture at Touchstone after “Journey” opening

Victor H. Mair, the eminent scholar in Chinese Literature, will deliver a lecture at Touchstone Theatre after the opening performance of Journey from the East, 6 pm, April 18. His topic will be Chinese Literature and The Journey to the … Continue reading

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Great article in the “Call”

Last week, the Morning Call visited the Greenway during rehearsal to talk with us about the play, and Kathy Lauer wrote it up in a wonderful piece called “Touchstone completes its ‘Journey’ with audacious street theater joining the American Wild … Continue reading

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Horsey and Sandy Join the Pilgrimage

To complete the roll call of Pilgrims in the classic Chinese Journey to the West, we need to introduce Sandy and Horsey, as they are called in English versions of legend. Today’s post will start with Horsey, (Yulong in Chinese, … Continue reading

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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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