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"Crossing the Bridge of Magpies - Journeys into China"

TITLE:  "Crossing the Bridge of Magpies - Journeys into China"

WHAT: This one-woman play, written and performed by Kathleen Worley, professor of theatre at Reed College, explores part of the legacy left by Christian mission work in China. based in part on documents left by Worley's own grandparents, who did medical and educational mission work in South China beginning in 1903, and in part on her own recent visit to the mission church while studying Chinese opera in Thailand and China. 

Performance techniques from the opera indigenous to the area in which the mission was founded are incorporated in the play.  This is a staged performance of the script in progress. The audience is invited to remain for a brief discussion with the writer/performer and the director after the production.

WHO: Written and performed by Kathleen Worley
Directed by Megan Evans
Costumes by Cara Carr
Set and lighting design by Max Muller
Music by John Vergin.

WHEN:  8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 16, 17, 18

WHERE:  Mainstage Theatre, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland

COST:  Free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website or call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

"Crossing the Bridge of Magpies - Journeys into China" is presented by Reed College's theatre department.

Kathleen Worley is a professor of theatre at Reed College. She spent part of 2003 in Thailand and China, studying the form of Chinese opera indigenous to the area where her grandparents were missionaries. Director Megan Evans, visiting assistant professor of theatre, is also trained in Chinese opera, having studied in Shanghai and recently completing her PhD. dissertation on Chinese theatre at the University of Hawaii. Cara Carr, Max Muller, and John Vergin are members of Reed's theatre and music staff.

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