Shudan and zain are both elegant ways to describe chess playing. Different kinds of chess match take place in different time and place. Two stories from the first person perspective construct a non-interference dialectical thinking. The social and political reality of small town are being probed through it.
Playwright: Miki To Production Manager/ Performer: Leo Fong Performer: Sami Lei, Chu Kin Pan Sound Designer: Chan Ming Kin Makeup Designer: Cheung Ka Man Stage Manager: Mak Chi Fai
I learned about the master of the game of GO Mr. Wu Qingyuan’s story from a friend while studying in school. Though I know nothing about the game of GO, I remember his dramatic life very well. Therefore, when I was invited by BOK Festival to write a play, I used the Go game as a metaphor for a social movement story. The master match between Mr. Wu Qingyuan and Meijin Honinbō Shūsai naturally is my top choice. This, is the beginning of this creation.
After one year, we now have chance to represent Moderation. The story is the same yet the life isn’t. What would be the point to tell an old story again now? However, when we read the script over and over again in rehearsal room, the persistence and the longing to get beyond the boundaries and be free appear. If the meaning is the must to ask, I guess the answer would be like what they say: Remember where you came from. Moderation won’t be able to grow and develop into a relatively complete work without the support from BOK Festival. I appreciate all the help given by so many people, especially the production team as well as everyone in this performance. It’s your hard work to make this performance possible. I also would like to thank my mentors and friends. Thank you for your selfless support and encouragement. Words fail to convey my gratitude.
Profile of the Main Cast
Miki To Playwright/ Director
Miki To graduated from Department of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Macau. She has been doing playwriting in recent years. Her film script Crash in 2016 was nominated the Best Short Film in many important film awards and won in some film festivals.
Sami Lei Performer (Plays: I)
Sami Lei graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, majored in acting. Her works extends from theatre, musical, dubbing, theatre teaching to master of ceremony. Lei is an active performer in both Taiwan and Macau now.
Chu Kin Pan Performer (Plays: Mr. Quingyuan Wu)
Chu Kin Pan is a licensed practical nurse now. He has been actively working as performer with various performing groups.
Leo Fong Performer (Plays: Honinbō Shūsai)
Leo Fong is amateur 3 dan of the game of GO. He is one of the founding members of Associação de Irmandade de Teatro Criativo (ARTE).
KA MAN CHEONG Makeup Designer
Ka Man Cheong has 8 years working experience in makeup business. Her work varies from bridal makeup, fashion makeup and catwalk makeup. Her innovative ideas make her stand out in business. Wechat : kamen621 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kamen621/
Chan Ming Kin Sound Designer
Chang Min Kin had received grant to proceed academic visits to Japan and Beijing. After graduating from the acoustic design and music recording in The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, he engages in many sound design and audio production work. He won the Best Acoustic Designer at 16th Hong Kong Drama Award by Empty. Chang is based in Macau now. Recent works: Departures, The Nether, and Metamorphosis under Starry Night.
Mak Chi Fai Stage Manager Mak Chi Fai starts his theatre career fortuitously and now is a full time technicial crew in theatre. With his love towards theatre, he welcomes every challenges in the future.