Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts recently announced that it has canceled Crystal Boys, a classic gay-themed stage play by Creative Society. The two shows were originally rescheduled from March 21 and 22 to April 25 and 26, but in the end anticipation turned to disappointment.
The stage play is an adaptation of writer Kenneth Pai’s famous novel Crystal Boys. The story about Taipei’s gay community was serialized in the late 1970s and published in the early 1980s. The book is one of the earliest literary works dealing with LGBT issues in Taiwan, and it was adapted into a movie, a TV drama and, in 2014, a stage play.
The remake of the stage play was to celebrate the novel’s 40th anniversary. Pai, a 2003 winner of the National Award for Arts, said during an interview in February that bringing the story back to the stage would hold an even greater significance after Taiwan finally legalized same-sex marriage last year.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. rescheduled v. 改期 (gai3 qi2)
2. anticipation / n. 期待 (qi2 dai4)
3. serialize v. 連載、連續 (lian2 zai4, lian2 xu4)
4. adapt v. 改編 (gai3 bian1)
5. significance n. 意義 (yi4 yi4)
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