Archive for March, 2011

Open Mike Night

Including music, comedy, improv and an original short film.Special guests include members the A.P.E. acting workshops and cast of the East West Theatre production of Rosencrantz and Gulidenstern Are Dead.

A fun way to spend a Tuesday evening.
Organizer Michael Jones           13788980311          michaelmousejones@gmail.com
Shanging Loft 739-1 Dingxi Lu,定西路739号甲21:30-11:30


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Two One-Act Comedies — With an Interactive Improv Interlude

I personally know that this promises to be a very spirited night of theater since I know all of the folks involved and best of all — it is FREE. Therefore, please accept the satisfaction money-back guarantee. However, if you are pleased by the performance then please donate something to support the venue and cast in providing community-based art.

– Richard Trombly

The details

A vibrant, international group of actors and directors presents two classic short comedies and some exciting interactive improv theatre. With each segment at a leisurely 30 minutes, the night will be sure to delight those looking to enjoy a relaxing night of theatre…

…not only that, but entrance is FREE! (Of course, tips are much appreciated.)

The Bear by Anton Chekov: A young widow is still shedding tears for her husband when a stranger desperate for money barges in and demands she pay her debts immediately — and their heated argument soon turns explosive. A comedy with an ending you’ll never guess.

An Absurd Improv Interlude
: If Monty Python and Saturday Night Live had a baby that was adopted by Dave Chappelle and raised among a collection of funny foreigners living in Shanghai, this performance would be exactly that.

Flushed With Wine by Ding Xilin: A young married couple explore the boundaries of love as the husband dares his wife to kiss a guest who has passed out on the couch. They discover how little they know each other — and themselves — in this thoughtful, compelling tale. One of the very first “Hua Ju” performed in China.

Dates: March 25th, Friday & March 27th, Sunday
Time: 7.30 PM – 9.00 PM
Language: English, no Chinese subtitles.
Address: Downstream Garage (Mecooon Space) 

3rd Floor, No.100, Lane 200 Longcao Lu, near Longwu Lu. Metro Line 1 Caobao Lu Station (Exit 4) or Metro Line 3 Longcao Lu Station (Exit 1)

A word about the location:

Downstream Garage (Mecooon Space) is hard to find, but don’t worry, there will be posters at the important points, in additions, ushers will be stationed to kindly guide you towards the right place.

Lane 200 is a wide lane that branches off the main Longcao road, and Downstream Garage is near the very end of the long lane. An industrial-like building partially obscured by some residential flats, you can still spy a big yellow sign that says “Downstream Garage – Mecooon Space”

For more information, including an alternative map in English, please emailShanghai.Short.Plays@gmail.com

Downstream garage is hard to find but well worth it.  Google map and description on the following site:


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Shanghai’s East West Theatre presents Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Shanghai’s historic Xinguang Theater.

poster for the play

Location: XinGuang Theatre, 586 Ningbo Lu (cross street  North Guangxi Lu.)  close to Metro lines 2,1, and 8 – People’s Square Station.

Dates:  April 8th, 9th, 10th & April 15th, 16th, 17th.

Friday & Saturday shows at 20:00, Sunday Shows at 19:00.

Tickets are priced at 150 RMB in advance and 180 RMB at the door. We are also offering a reduced price show on our closing night, Sunday April 17th. All tickets on the last night are only 120 RMB in advance or at the door. Advance tickets available at: Cotton’s Bar or at the Bulldog Pub.

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I ride Shanghai’s extensive metro system every day. It is a safe, clean, cheap and environmentally friendly way to move a good portion of Shanghai’s population. Over 7 million riders per day get on at one of the more than 270 stations along the over 420 km of track,  according to the Metro Authority.

the extensive Shanghai metro system

A ride on the metro starts at 3 Yuan or just under USD $0.5o. The longest ride will only cost about USD $1.

But on most days I do not tend to think about any of that because I am so freaked out by this poster that greets me everyday.

but makes me think of another set of twins.

The scary twins for Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining

I feel that the twins will be there in some station late at night ans will call out to me. “Come, Richard and ride the Metro with us … Fovever and ever and ever….”


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in cooperation with Shanghai’s East West Theatre –

A.P.E Workshops Begin Again
This Tuesday 8 March 2011

Tuesdays 7-9pm at Childrens theatre studios   643 Huashan Lu
Near Wulumiqi Lu, close to Haushan hospital
Nearest Metro Line 2 Jing’an Temple or Line 1 Changshu Lu

A.P.E  (Actors, Players, Etc)
Liberate your Primate with these Acting & Improv workshops.
16 weeks of workshops to liberate your primate! Held every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm, these workshops are a place to develop your skills – no matter what your level. Each one is fast paced around the world for actors, with warm-ups,  games, concentration work, co-operation,  characterization & improvisation…. each month we will also have a main theme plus at least one guest instructor each month. Coming up: Chen Kai, choreographer & modern dancer who will lead a movement workshop, and Alex Fergnani will lead one in stage fighting and sword play.

Requirements: an above-basic level of English, 14 yrs or older, a sense of adventure and creativity, clothes and shoes comfortable enough for a game of tag…

For more details, email: ape.escaped@gmail.com

This month we are please to have two guest workshop master hosts
1- Chen Kai- Choreographer/dancer 11 years experience
and holds a masters degree from Hong Kong Academy of Fine Arts
He shall be leading a workshop on Movement for Actors

and Finishing the month with
2- Alexi Fergnani- Stunt man and fight choreographer, 3 years on the Italian National Wushu Team
and leading a workshop on Stage Fighting and sword play

Enclosed is the break down and workshop information   PLEASE PASS ALONG

also please note Further emails regarding A.P.E and and questions shall be sent by and answered from


More updates and news coming soon!!!

Thank you
Kind Regards
Michael Jones

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China Mars probe set for November launch

by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 21, 2011
China’s first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, two years later than originally planned, state media reported Monday.

China’s Mars explorer, Yinghuo-1, marks the country’s first attempt at deep space exploration after sending a probe to the moon, the state-run China Daily reported, citing comments from a China Academy of Space Technology official.

The 110-kilogram (240-pound) micro-satellite was originally due to blast off in October 2009 with Russia’s “Phobos Explorer” from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, according to previous reports.

The orbiter is due to probe the Martian space environment with a special focus on what happened to the water that appears to have once been abundant on the planet’s surface, previous reports said.

China is aiming to build a space exploration programme on par with those of the United States and Russia.

It currently has a probe — the Chang’e 2 — orbiting the moon and carrying out various tests in preparation for the expected 2013 launch of the Chang’e-3, which it hopes will be its first unmanned lunar landing.

It became the world’s third nation to put a man in space independently — after the Soviet Union and the United States — when Yang Liwei piloted the one-man Shenzhou-5 space mission in 2003.

China’s Wang Yue is currently participating in a simulation of a mission to Mars in Russia, where astronauts have spent eight months in a space capsule cut off from the world.


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