The Village losing nostalgic value, says playwright Stan Lai

The Village (above) is set in a village in Chiayi, Taiwan, and charts the trials and tribulations of three families over 50 years.
The Village (above) is set in a village in Chiayi, Taiwan, and charts the trials and tribulations of three families over 50 years.PHOTO: ESPLANADE
The Village (above) is set in a village in Chiayi, Taiwan, and charts the trials and tribulations of three families over 50 years.
Director Stan Lai.

The villages in Taiwan on which the epic play is based no longer exist and the work has to stand on its own merits, says its playwright Stan Lai

One of the most celebrated Chinese-language plays will return to Singapore for the third time this week.

The Village (2008), a three-hour epic by playwright and director Stan Lai, set in a village in Chiayi, Taiwan, charts the trials and tribulations of three families over 50 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'The Village losing nostalgia value'. Print Edition | Subscribe