Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals

Jingju (Beijing Opera); performed in English Lady Mu

Original Performance Text: Master Mei Lanfang

Overall Artistic Supervision: Madam Shen Xiaomei

Adaptation and Training: Lu Genzhang & Zhang Ling (actors)

Adaptation and Training: Zhang Xigui (musicians)

Translation: Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak & Chang Hui-Mei

Director & Producer: Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

Martial Performance Director: Nicolas Logue

Musical Director: Frederick Lau

Renowned Jingju master Mei Lanfang's crowning artistic achievement explores issues such as personal ethics versus familial and national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance versus the wisdom of age, in a splendidly-costumed theatrical spectacle of acting, combat, dance, music, and song.

Like Kennedy Theatre, Jingju at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa is celebrating its 50th anniversary, brought to life by UHM students, faculty, and guest artists. This is also the 30th year that Madame Shen Xiaomei and UHM Theatre Professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak have collaborated to produce long-term, intensive training residencies taught by major Jingju artists from China and culminating in lavishly-staged English-language productions. There is no other university outside of China that is able to produce Jingju as regularly or as often or on this scale of spectacle and authenticity as UHM. Come celebrate with us!


Tickets and Showtimes

Feb 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, March 1 at 8pm; Feb 23 and March 2 at 2pm

$25 Regular
$22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$16 UHAA Members
$13 Students
$5 UH Mānoa Students with valid ID

Tickets are available at the door only, beginning one hour before the show begins.


Special Events

UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One Free Night: Thurs Feb 27 and Fri Feb 28
Free Pre-show Chats:
·Sat Feb 22 at 7pm Meg Hanna talks about the scenic design process for Lady Mu
·Sat March 1 at 7pm: Costume Coordinator Hannah Schauer Galli talks about the challenges of costuming, hair, and make-up for this spectacular production.



Made possible through generous support from: the Cooke Foundation, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Chun Ku and Soo Yong Huang Foundation, National Resource Center for East Asia, UH Foundation Chinese Theatre Endowment and Ing Family Endowment for Asian Theatre; and the UHM Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, Student Activity and Program Fee Board, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, and Confucius Institute.



Press Release
Press Advisory
50 Years of Jingju at UHM
Interview with Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak
Educational Guide for Lady Mu
Publicity Photos
Video Teaser
Article in World Journal, 2/21/14
John Berger Review
Ka Leo Review