German translation by Heinz Schwarzinger, arranged for the DT stage by Christa Müller
"Where were you in May, 1989?"
All her life Madeleine has been socially and politically active. Now she’s returned home from an outreach project in Canada’s Far North, feeling burnt out and empty. While unpacking her moving boxes, she stumbles upon a newspaper article about Yu Dongyue, the Chinese journalist who threw paint-filled eggs at a portrait of Chairman Mao during the demonstrations at Tiananmen Square in May of 1989. The article says that Yu has been released, though he’s a physically and mentally broken man after spending 17 years in jail for his act of defiance in Beijing. Madeleine can’t stop thinking about what she’s read and throws herself into learning more about Yu Dongyue’s case. At first, her young language student Lin – a recent Chinese immigrant -- and her neighbour Jérémie are simply bothersome distractions. However, increasing Yu Dongyue comes to occupy a central place in their encounters and discussions. Where does the responsibility of the individual begin? Is political activism really worth it? Does it make sense to be socially active in areas beyond your own horizon? This clever and insightful play by French-Canadian writer Carole Fréchette revisits the political ideals of the 1970s in a thought-provoking way.
The DT’s production is timely, following the publication of a book about Tiananmen Square by Chinese writer and dissident Liao Yiwu, winner of the 2012 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Called “Die Kugel und das Opium” (“Bullets and Opium”), the book documents the events leading up to the egg-throwing incident, how it was carried out, and the terrible repercussions of the protests at Tiananmen Square two decades ago.
On January 11th & 12th, ‘Thinking of You’ will also be presented as part of a special series entitled, ‘Crossing Borders: New Plays from Québec’
Premiere January 11, 2013
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