Directing Proposal 霸王别姬 陈凯歌

“Farewell, My Concubine” Proposal 


The story begins with a street crowd watching a troupe of boys performing Peking opera. An onlooking mother (who is a prostitute) later brings her son to the troupe to be trained. Using a cleaver to amputate her child’s objectionable superfluous finger, she marks the contract for his training with her thumbprint stained in the boy’s blood. Shitou (little stone), a boy in the existing troupe welcomes the newcomer “Douzi” (little bean), and the two boys become friends.

Douzi practices the monologue “Dreaming of the World Outside the Nunnery” but messes up the line “I am by nature a girl, not a boy” and instead says “I am by nature a boy…”. He repeats this mistake and “Shitou” viciously jams their master’s brass tobacco pipe in Douzi’s mouth as punishment so hard he bleeds. Douzi looks dazed, but whispers, “I am by nature a girl… not a boy.” Continue reading Directing Proposal 霸王别姬 陈凯歌


Book Response to Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares

When In Doubt, When You Are Lost, Don’t Stop

Art serves us best precisely at that point where it can shift our sense of what is possible, when we know more than we knew before, when we feel we have – by some manner of a leap – encountered the truth. That, by the logic of art, is always worth the pain.

— T.S. Eliot  Continue reading Book Response to Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares