Behind Bars and Backstage in China: The Extraordinary Life of Ying Ruocheng

Claire Conceison, Professor, Theater Studies, Duke University

Renowned Chinese actor Ying Ruocheng (1929-2003) partnered with Arthur Miller to stage Death of a Salesman in Beijing and was featured in Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor. Often called China’s “cultural ambassador” between China and the West, he rose to Vice Minister of Culture in the years leading up to and during events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. These experiences, along with his Manchu Catholic family background and his imprisonment during the Cultural Revolution, afforded him a unique perspective on Chinese culture and politics. Claire Conceison collaborated with Ying on his autobiography before his death, and presents a narrative and visual account of his unusual story.

Claire Conceison is Professor of Theatre Studies at Duke University, where she is also on the faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She has conducted research in China’s theatre community since 1990 and is an active translator and director of contemporary Chinese plays in English. Her current project is on the French-language plays of 2000 Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies