Shanghai, 1931. Lady Sylvia Allington is the beautiful, young American born wife of an aged British diplomat. She and her husband travel to Shanghai to persuade a notorious Chinese warlord, General Gong Fei, to donate a priceless antique jade bust to the British Museum. Lady Sylvia, a former carnival cooch dancer from Chicago, falls headlong into a fatal love affair with the mysterious Gong Fei, getting hooked on opium and antagonizing the General’s chief adviser, the elderly Doctor Wu and his enigmatic mistress, Mah Li. A scandal involving a local bordello madame, Mrs. Carroll and a cockney drug runner named Pug Talbot, leads to tragedy. Gong Fei blames Sylvia for his troubles and in a mad fit, brands her on the buttocks. She shoots him and finds herself on trial for his murder. She is acquitted but still imprisoned in her loveless marriage, knowingly sniffs a poisoned chrysanthemum and dies. “Shanghai Moon” is an homage to movie and stage melodramas such as “The Bitter Tea of General Yen”, “The Letter”, “The Green Hat”, “The Cheat” and “Shanghai Express.”
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Charles Busch; directed by Carl Andress; sets by B. T. Whitehill; costumes by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case; lighting by Kirk Bookman; sound by Laura Grace Brown; wig design by E. Katherine Carr; Mr. Busch's wig and hair design, Paul Huntley; fight director, Rick Sordelet. Presented by the Drama Dept., in association with Sondra Lee. At the Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village.
(Lady Sylvia Allington)
A brilliant photographer named
Jim Cox has shot an extraordinary photo essay of our 2003 production of
Shanghai Moon. These are but a few of his beautiful images.
|CB as Lady Sylvia Allington||B.D. Wong as General Gong Fei||Marcy McGuigan as Dr. Wu||Becky Ann Baker as Mrs. Carroll|
New York Times
Shanghai Moon 1999 Production
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