Ping Chong

47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
T: 212 529 1557 F: 212 529 1703
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Cathay: Three Tales of China, 2005


Cathay: Three Tales of China is an original puppet theatre work about China's ancient past, its tumultuous recent history, and its 21st century reemergence as a global economic force. Cathay was composed of three separate tales with characters and storylines crossing centuries and distances to converge in the final story. The production includes over 150 puppets, combining traditional and contemporary puppetry, an elaborate recorded soundtrack and video projections.


Director: Ping Chong
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Liang Jun
Producer: Ping Chong + Company and the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater
Writer: Ping Chong
Additional Text: Michael Rohd
Lighting & Set Design: Randy Ward
Sound Design: Christopher Walker
Puppetry: Stephen Kaplin and Wang Bo
Costume Design: Stefani Mar
Projection Design: Ruppert Bohle
Voiceover recordings: Brian Hallas
Tour Manager: Deirdre Valente – Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Stage Manager: Claire Zawa
Production Manager/China: Lu Xianglin
Technical Director: Dana Perrault

Feng Mei, Liang Yunru, Liang Jun, Song Dongqing, Wang Bo, Yang Qing, Dmitri Carter, Heather Carter, Yang Xie Zheng


Seattle Repertory Theatre (September 2005)

The Kennedy Center, Festival of China, Washington, DC (October 2005)
The New Victory Theatre in New York City (October 2005)
The Vienna Festival, Vienna, Austria (June 2006)
The People’s Theatre, Xi'an, China (October 2010 and May 2012)
The Chengdu International Puppet Festival, Chengdu, PRC (May 2012)
Grand Theatre, Nanchong, PRC (June 2012)

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Puppets Help Evoke China's History, New York times, Nov. 1, 2009
Three Tales of China, Theater Mania, Sep. 20, 2005
Cathay: Three Tales of China,TimeOut New York, Nov.10, 2005
Cathay: Three Tales of China, NYTheater Review, Oct. 30, 2005
Cathay: 3 Tales Of China, Backstage, Oct. 31, 2005
Dynasties, Boston Phoenix, Nov. 4, 2005
Magical Puppets and More, Danceviewtimes, Oct. 24, 2005
A Master Puppeteer's Deft Tales of China, Washington Post, Oct. 24, 2005
Cathay: Three Tales of China, Seattle Gay News, Sep. 23, 2005
Puppets triumph in 'Cathay', SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, Sep. 20, 2005 "Cathay": Allegories of past, present in puppetry, Seattle Times, Sep. 16 2005 Shadows and Light, Seattle Weekly, Sep. 21, 2005
Three tales set in China: ancient, World War II and contemporary, Tacoma Weekly, Sep 2005 Cathay: 3 Tales From China, Variety Review, Sep. 21, 2005


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Video Clips:
Cathay: Three Tales of China, Vimeo


Made in collaboration with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre (Xi’an, PRC) and the Carter Family Puppet Theater of Seattle, WA.

Produced in association with the Seattle Repertory Theatre


Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for the Festival of China in 2005.

Cathay was made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative; Asian Corporate Cultural Council; Leon Levy Foundation; and a Theatre Communications Group/MetLife Foundation Extended Collaboration Grant.

Corporate sponsor: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Special Thanks: Alicia Adams, Ralph Samuelson, Sachiko Willis