Mengbang Drama Samadhi
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Beijing Comedy Theatre
Dates: April 21-22, 2018
Samadhi tells stories of life that have taken place in Beijing. The stories came one after another in a period of 80 years from the Republic of China to the eight-year-long war of resistance against the Japanese invaders, the founding of new China, the ten-year-long great calamity, the beginning of the reform and opening-up until the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The stories, old or new, short or long, are about people having an emotional entanglement with a theatre building, for which they have either love or hate.
Samadhi is nothing but three diaries of life, feeling sorrowful or pleasurable, tasting bitter or sweet.
Eldest Brother WANG Yongqing: KANG Dapeng, ZHU Guanlin
Second Eldest Brother TONG Xiaowu: CHEN Xi, LI Yinfei
Young Sister ZHA Ruyi: CHI Cheng
Live Music: XIE Liang
Mengbang (Beijing) Cultural Development Co., Ltd.
Mengbang (Beijing) Cultural Development Co., Ltd. was founded in the first month of Bingxu year according to the Chinese lunar calendar (2007).
Its first stage play I Am Not LI Bai made a great hit. In the following decade, the company, following the concept “Chinese original works with international perspectives,” produced a sincere play every year, which could reflect the contemporary life, promote social civilization and lead social conduct. So far, its plays have been staged in over 50 cities nationwide. In other words, it gives more than 100 performances annually on average. Meanwhile, it provides an art practice platform for graduates from over ten art colleges in the country. Its scripts have been taken as textbooks by drama clubs of over 60 colleges and universities worldwide.
At the end of Chinese Renchen year (2012), its plays were honoured by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China and Ministry of Culture with the “Golden Lion Awards” (awards for management and director respectively), top government award for Chinese dramas. The company has also acceded to the Chinese Drama Art Society.
As a private company with business competitiveness in stage plays, Mengbang has launched a number of classic works winning high box office and tremendous acclaim, including I Am Not LI Bai, Son-in-law Arrives, If, I Were Not Me, To My Deskmate, Meeting, Living Your Own Life, Street Angel, Faith in Spring and Samadhi.