Helping a Chinese legend come to life

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 22, 2009

Who:     University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Asian Theatre Program and Shanghai Tang, a locally owned boutique located at Ala Moana Center. Shanghai Tang has been supportive of several charitable organizations in Hawaiʻi.

The Asian Theatre Program dates from 1923 and is the largest and most respected center for the study of Asian performance outside of Asia itself. The curricular centerpiece of its degrees is a yearly, 6-month-long intensive training residency taught by master artists from an Asian culture and theatre form. An Asian theatre faculty member produces each residency and the experience culminates in an English-language production.

What:     Shanghai Tang is donating 10% of sales profits generated from July 16 to July 22 to support the Chinese Theatre component of the Asian Theatre Program.

The Chinese Theatre is part of the Asian Theatre Program. Under the leadership of Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, the Chinese Theatre has produced six Jingjui resident training programs and featured numerous productions that toured internationally.

The 2009-10 Jingju Training Residency will culminate with the production of The White Snake. In this Jingju (Beijing/Peking "opera") retelling of the 1,500 year-old Chinese legend, two snake spirits take the form of two beautiful women and descend to earth in order to experience human love.

Contact:     For more information on the upcoming 2010 performance please visit Or call (808) 956-7677.