Azure River presents Madam Mao

Produced by Azure River
by Janet Lo, with Paul Thompson, Severn Thompson, Samantha Wan
directed by Severn Thompson
Jun 2, 2016 – Jun 19, 2016 in the Rental Space
Opened Saturday, June 4, 2016

Madam Mao
presented by Azure River

June 2 – 19, 2016

In a Bejing jail cell, a young official is drawn into the telling of Jiang Qing’s story. Known in the West as Madam Mao, the widow of Chairman Mao was once the most powerful and feared woman in the world. Now a political prisoner, she relives her life, replete with idealism and contradictions.

Born into poverty, Jiang Qing rose to power and then used propaganda art as the means of controlling a nation. With her sights set on becoming the next ruler of China, her quest for power led her to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of her real and perceived enemies. Was she driven by revenge and ambition? Has she been vilified by historic perspectives?

Incorporating Revolutionary choreography, and underscored by a live musician, Madam Mao exposes the life of a woman who the Chinese are eager to forget and who North Americans never really knew.

 NNNN from Now Magazine: “stunning theatricality and psychological complexity” -Glenn Sumi

Cast and Crew

  • Severn Thompson
  • Janet Lo, Samantha Wan & Amanda Zhou
  • Heidi Chan
  • Janet Lo, with Paul Thompson, Severn Thompson & Samantha Wan