Solo Date (U.S. Premiere)
Date and Time: Thursday, May 31, 8:30pm; Friday, June 1, 7:00pm; Saturday, June 2, 3:00pm
Duration: 60 min, without intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25
Festival PassIf you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $75.00
Artist InfoFunded in part by: The National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF (Western Arts Federation), Taiwan Ministry of Culture. Co-Presented by the Queer Cultural Center.
Ho-Nien endeavors to reconstruct his deceased lover through artificial intelligence and social media. Innovative, elegant and moving, Solo Date uses new media to explore loneliness and longing, desire, death, human loss and need. It also asks profound questions about amorality and ethics of the interactive technologies humankind increasingly relies on. Co-presented by the Queer Cultural Center.
Founded in 1987 as Hwa Deng Theatre Troupe, Tainaner Ensemble made significant contributions to the development of the performing arts in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Having built a reputation for producing plays reflecting a local perspective, it began to look more outwardly while still using Holo dialect, or Taiwanese (as well as Mandarin and other languages) in adaptations of Western drama. In early 2012 Tainaner Ensemble moved to Taipei City, signalling a new phase in its evolution. As the company has grown, so have the opportunities it provides for cultivating new acting and playwriting talent. It is now a leading light in Taiwan’s theatrical vanguard.
Pao-Chang graduated from the department of drama and theatre, National Taiwan University and had his master in music theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is currently the co- artistic director at Tainaner Ensemble. Learning has always been at the top of Pao-Chang’s priority when it comes to his career, exposing himself to various practitioners and companies with diverse views on theatre. But with learning also comes teaching, as Pao-Chang has spent time teaching youth theatre and also universities, where he puts to practice all that he has learnt.Pao-Chang Tsai is frequently seen as a creator equipped with three talentsplaywrighting, directing and acting, and has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group, Creative Society, Horse Dance Theatre and If Kids Theatre. Since 2009, Pao-Chang has been invited as coartistic director to collaborate with Po-Shen Lu at Tainaner Ensemble.