October 7, 2006

backstage pt.4


Yingtai, completely heartbroken, prepares for her wedding day. Suddenly, Sijiu, Shangbo's manservant, arrives at her door only to tell her that Shangbo has coughed himself to death. Yingtai faints and awakes to sing of how cruelly they have been parted and blames her father and Ma Wenchai for her misfortune. She tells Sijiu to wait by Shangbo's grave. He leaves.

Then her father enters. Yingtai demands to visit Shangbo's grave as a condition to marrying Ma. She also demands that the wedding sedan be decorated with funeral offerings. He reluctantly agrees. The marriage with the Ma family, to him, is far more important.

This is me, as Ma Wenchai. In every production of Butterfly Lovers, Ma never appears and is only mentioned. The role was created for me and I'm a ghost character who narrates the story of these foolish lovers. My character is only revealed much later as a twist to the formula.

- to be continued

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merci pour l'histoire et pour la photo, ce portait n&b est superbe

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o m gosh, that stare! can not tahan! excellent portrait!

hey your eyeliner is much straighter than the earlier one..

can hardly wait for the twist!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Very nice! It is excellent actually.
Your red robe is only a slight trace of strong colour.

2:16 PM  
Blogger wmw said...

So that's how you look like in that costume close up! Ha Ha ha.... Your shot is So-so-so nice! ;o) During the encore number which you joined in, (you mentioned it earlier in "Tonight Is Forever", so, I take it I'm not leaking any part of the story out)I can see you singing it so happily and proudly!

Great job with the photos and the drama!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Zsolt72 said...

your site is like a behind the scene documentary. I like it very much!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Ame said...

If looks could KILL! I think the caption for this shot should be, "You toucha my Yingtai, I breaka you FACE!" Great shot Edwin...who took it? :-)

6:25 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

You are amazing. I miss your blog for a few days, come back, and find this amazing series of posts. Great job! You are maagnificent!

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent, beautiful...

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice fotos!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

WOW!

11:11 PM  
Blogger twistedzero said...

hehehehehe! nice portrait, edwin!

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that stare! Amazing portrait!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Curly said...

Edwin these portraits of your thespian friends are absolutely wonderful.

Curly's Photoshop

3:42 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Wow! Thanks for the wonderful comments!

the picture was taken by Siau Suan (the previous picture)

Ben, you noticed the colour of my robe! ;)

Kris, my eyeliner is much straighter because I sit still :p

10:32 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

This series of posts is truly amazing !!!! The portraits are intense, and the whole cultural background fascinating. Thanks !!!

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah. suddenly you got hair! can see your sideburn now. LOL...

2:50 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Kala has to behold fermly.

Who is the cutest ????

Duke or Ma Wenchai ?

héhéhéhéhéhé :-)

12:05 AM  

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