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The Kindness of Strangers: Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire on the Chinese Stage

Abstract

This article is a study of Chinese (re)interpretations of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire on the stage, more particularly, the 1988 production by Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, the 2002 production by Shanghai Theatre Academy, and the 2016 (reproduced 2017-2019) production by Shanghai Dramatic Art Center. These three productions, set against the backdrop of three decades of dramatic changes in China’s socioeconomic and cultural life and mores, show a trajectory of deepening kindness in the form of understanding and overcoming sociocultural and moral barriers to empathize and identify with strangers as ourselves.

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.

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