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The Party Theater Group celebrates ten years with 2012 An Obituary Written by Everybody
同黨劇團《二0一二大家一起寫訃文》 慶祝建團十年

Members of The Party Theater Group pose for a group photo.
同黨劇團團員合影。

Photo courtesy of The Party Theater Group
照片由同黨劇團提供

After a grandmother passes away one summer evening, the father, in an effort to bring the family together, tries to get all members of the family to write an obituary for her. The eldest brother in the family decides to write a script telling the family’s story. In the ensuing comedy about the passing of the family’s grandmother, the father is burning incense as an offering to his deceased mother and grumbling about how no one is cooperating with him when suddenly the grandmother comes back from the dead and returns to the world of the living.

The original script for 2012 An Obituary Written by Everybody won first prize for scriptwriting in the 2007 Taiwan Literary Awards. The scriptwriter, Cheng Yen-wei, wrote a total of four different versions of the second act. For their upcoming performance, The Party Theater Group has invited Hsieh Tung-ning to direct the play, which looks at the core values of Taiwanese families.

Hsieh says that the script seems ordinary and banal on the surface and even a bit farcical, but points out that Cheng uses various literary techniques, including absurdism, symbolism, romanticism, and surrealism to deconstruct the mental state of each family member and the existing social structures outside the family, as well as the flow of time, making for a Taiwanese-style work of magic realism that is rarely seen in typical Taiwanese theater.

There will be seven performances of 2012 An Obituary Written by Everybody at Taipei’s Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre from Oct. 24 to 28. Tickets are available through NTHC ticketing.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

某個夏天傍晚,奶奶過世,父親為了展現他一家之主的風範,為了鼓舞大家對於家庭的向心力,希望大家一起來替奶奶寫訃文。哥哥決定把這個家庭故事寫成劇本,想像奶奶過世場景,想像一齣爸爸燒香埋怨大家不配合的時候,奶奶突然復活的喜劇。結果,奶奶出現了!

TODAY’S WORDS今日單字

1. grumble v.

埋怨 (mai2 yuan4)

例: Grumbling will not change the situation. We must come up with a solution.

(埋怨無濟於事,一定要找解決方法才行。)

2. surrealism n.

超現實主義 (chao1 xian4 shi2 zhu3 yi4)

例: Max Ernst and Salvador Dali are two of the most famous artists of surrealism.

(馬克斯‧恩斯特與薩爾瓦多‧達利是最有名的兩位超現實主義畫家。)

3. structure n.

結構 (jie2 gou4)

例: The structure of the building was damaged during the earthquake.

(大廈的結構因地震而受創。)


《二0一二大家一起寫訃文》原始文本曾獲二00七台灣文學獎劇本創作首獎,編劇鄭衍偉還寫過四個完全不同版本的第二幕,這次演出該劇本,同黨劇團邀請謝東寧執導,探討台灣家庭的內在核心。

謝東寧說,這個劇本看似平凡普通,甚至帶點笑鬧,但劇作家鄭衍偉運用各種文學上的技法,荒謬、象徵、浪漫、超現實,解剖一個家庭內成員的內心、外在社會結構的存在及關於時間的流逝,是一個台灣劇場難得一見的台式魔幻寫實作品。

《二0一二大家一起寫訃文》將於十月二十四日至二十八日演出,地點在台北市牯嶺街小劇場演出七場。售票請洽兩廳院售票系統。

(自由時報記者趙靜瑜)

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