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An old film becomes a new play

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-10-13 12:58
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Performers rehearse for the upcoming play, Crossroads, which will premiere at the National Center for the Performing Arts from Oct 17 to 25 and will feature music performed by the NCPA Drama Ensemble.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Theater director Huang Ying, who used to have a neatly shaved head, was asked about his shoulder-length hair when he appeared at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Sept 27.

"I stayed at home for about seven months amid the coronavirus outbreak and didn't cut my hair," Huang recalls.

"But now it seems like a good decision."

Huang is director of the play, Crossroads, which is adapted from the eponymous 1937 Chinese movie. The work was commissioned by the NCPA.

The director of the movie, Shen Xiling, also had shoulder-length hair when it was filmed.

"I guess I could take inspiration from his long hair," Huang jokes.

The play will premiere at the NCPA from Oct 17 to 25 and will feature music performed by the NCPA Drama Ensemble.

The movie revolves around the experiences of four unemployed youth in Shanghai, who've just graduated from university.

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