Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - Page 12 News List

‘Crystal Boys’ to tread the boards

Kenneth Pai’s seminal novel about life as a homosexual in the conservative world of 1960s Taipei will be adapted for the stage

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff Reporter

Cao said the challenge of adapting the novel to the stage was that of compression. “With the TV series, you have much more time to develop plotlines and characters,” Cao said. “With a stage play of around two hours, you have to get the central issues in focus and prune away the rest.”

Cao said that he read the novel as a university student and it had a profound impact on him, adding that he hoped that in making his second adaptation of the novel, he could let the work continue to resonate in society. “It was about a very specific period in Taiwanese history,” he said. “It was a situation which may have been unique, but at the same time the themes are universal.”

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