Yesterday was the first meeting of the East West Theater Committee for 2011 and it was held at the lovely little pub known as Cottons on Anting Lu. Cotton’s has long been a supporter of the arts in Shanghai and is always eager to help out the community.
I am one of the members of the 2011 committee for EWT and involved in producing shows and doing some of the PR and marketing functions for the troupe. EWT is the longest running English-language theater group in Shanghai and pioneered expatriates acting on the stage in Shanghai. They have been producing quality local theater with an expanding base of theater goers.
Building on the success of last years’ season finale, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, which was based on a Chinese tale, an exciting agenda for this year is to expand our efforts to involve and interact with more local Chinese and increase out cultural exchange. Part of the equation is adding more proficiency in Chinese to our marketing and PR team.
Another way we are looking to do that is by performing English-translation of some relevant Chinese plays. This will help to bring cultural exchange by helping the foreign audience to experience Chinese drama tradition. EWT has already found great success bringing German and French plays to the Shanghai stage in their English translations and the Chinese adds to their cultural mission in China.