How many unsaid words in your past and wrong things to be corrected? If there is such a regret in your memory? When did you say “goodbye” the last time? If it is possible or impossible……to adjust the emotions hiding in the heart? Life moves forward, how should we say goodbye again? These stories have happened on our performers. Maybe you have the same experiences, too. In the different phases of your life, there are many regrets—you were seeing people leaving without saying goodbye. This play will bring you to your memory, and say the unsaid goodbye in your past.
To Bring People to Theater and to Bring Theater to Communities.
Open Theater Group was established in Taichung, Taiwan in 1998. The founder, Mimi Liu came back to her hometown after obtaining her master degree of Educational Theater of New York University. She founded Open Theater in the hope of opening up opportunities for people in central Taiwan to know and enjoy theater and to create and share collective memories. She hopes to make Open Theater open for all and bring all on stage. The name of the theater came from the Bible which says “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it” as we hope that it can be a place where people are treated with grace and can be surrounded by grace. Open Theatre was operated as a community theater in the early stage of its establishment, recruiting local people who were interested in drama to run workshops and to do performances. We expect to bring people to theater and to bring theater to communities, to make theater a life experience shared and participated by all people.
Fostering Local Theater Talents and Providing Professional Training Programs.
The artistic director Tan-Wei Chang joined Open Theater in 2002 and brought in professional theater management. We have gradually developed into a diverse theater group since we have focused on fostering local theater talents, conducting theater in education in communities and continuously producing children’s plays and contemporary plays and touring them in communities, schools and theaters every year. Such dedication has brought us the National Award for the best Theater Group from the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) and a grant from the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) and other founding bodies.
Combining Life and Drama.
Many plays that we have produced are related to our actor training programs. Plays are inspired by daily life experience so that drama and life are closely intertwined. Early productions like “Tiger Club” and “The Daisy Apartment” aim to enhance performers’ abilities required in musicals. In 2004, we cooperated with director Hung-Chang Chu and successfully produced “The Show Book” and “The Mother’s Wedding Gown” through the Stanislavsky-acting-training process. Moreover, plays like “Say Goodbye Again” and “Fantasy Party Invitation” were created through improvising sessions with director Ming-Tse Li who also worked with us on making a series of children musicals, “The Haojiu-Tea Mystery”. Those musicals are often adapted from traditional Taiwanese legends. In recent years, our group members have collaborated frequently with actors from north Taiwan so that we can enrich acting abilities through exchanging ideas and inspiring each other.
Originating from the Locals and Starting off from Hearts.
After 16 years of development, Open Theater Group has become a professional contemporary theater troupe as well as a theater/drama in education team which also provides professional theater training programs in central Taiwan. We hope to open up the theater market through drama education and have touched every person who walks into the theater. We would like to invite you to come with your mind open and let us fill your soul.
Producer: Liu Zhonglun
Director: Li Mingze
Executive Producer: Zhang Danwei
Screenwriter: Li Mingze and other members of the Group
Costume Designer: Zeng Gengyi
Stage Designer: Liao Yinqiao
Stage Manager: Yu Shenxin
Lighting Designer: Xiang Renhao
Actor and Actress: Wu Bingwei, Lin Shengjia, Xiao Liwei, Cai Yiling, Song Yixun, Chen Huian, Fan Yibai