Animation & Film Editing by H. Chia & D. Lambing. Music "I Remember," composed by Sheng Lei and performed by Man Lee.
Book & Lyrics by Lin Meng-Huan; Music by Sheng Lei; Directed by David Thomas Cronin; Music-Directed by Sobina Chi Kanter; Video Edited by Cédric Jouarie (Kamomé International).
With Lin Meng-Huan (book & lyricist), Sheng Lei (composer), David Thomas Cronin (director), Sobina Chi Kanter (music director), Emily Chiu (lyric translator), Yang Yen-Su (script translator), Mu-Hsi Kao (dramaturg), Gaby Greenwald (cast), Mei Ann Teo (Artistic Director, Musical Theatre Factory). Moderated by David Thomas Cronin.
Adapted from National Award for Arts recipient Chen Qian-Wu (陳千武)’s autobiographical novel, "Coming Back Alive" (活著回來), "Tropical Angels" follows a difficult conversation between a surviving soldier of the Pacific War and his granddaughter in 1970 Taiwan. Emotions run high as his suppressed memories of 1940 on a southern pacific island, Timor play out before him.
"Tropical Angels" is a musical developed into Chinese and English versions concurrently with the intention to explore different possibilities to devise translated theatre. This English language premiere is presented by Taipei Cultural Center in New York in collaboration with Musical Theatre Factory and HowlRound TV with support from Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Produced by Hui-Chun Chang. Co-curated by Yu Chien Liu and Chi-Ping Yen.
The Mandarin production of "Tropical Angels" is a 2019 - 2020 Artist-in-Residence project of the National Taichung Theater, Taiwan, which will premiere in July 2021.
"In 1940" by Writer, Lin, Salin, Yasuko, Matsunaga, Ensemble
"History Will Never Change My Name" by Lin
"I Remember" by Salin, "Salty and Sweet" by Lin, Salin
"Kamikaze" by Matsunaga
"Hunter or the Hunted" by Lin, Kuru, Yoshimoto
"Woman Tree" by Yasuko, Chitsuru, Sook-Hee
"I Don’t Mind At All" by Lin, Salin
"Southern Cross" by Lin, Matsunaga
SETTING: Taiwan, 1970; Timor - a Southern Pacific Island, 1940
All songs are composed by Sheng Lei with lyrics written by Lin Meng-Huan, Sheng Lei, and MC JJ, translated by Emily Chiu. This reading features the excerpt of Act I of "Tropical Angels"
Joyce Chiu, General and Artistic Director, Leda Lin, National Taichung Theater, Taiwan; Ching (Hui) Chen and Project Zero; Taipei Performing Arts Center; Kyuen Kim; Michael Leibenluft; The National Captioning Institute.