TSF puts visiting actors in spotlight tonight

Chinese thespians stage 'Fabulous' in free show at 7:30 p.m.

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Kilgore's Texas Shakespeare Festival is once again hosting a group of young thespians visiting from China, and they'll take the Van Cliburn Auditorium stage tonight for an admission-free performance of an original production.

University students and instructors from Chongqing and Shanghai have been visiting TSF since 2009.

“Each year we celebrate their work and get a glimpse into their artistic process with an original piece premiered at the Texas Shakespeare Festival,” according to TexasShakespeare.com.

For 2017, the play is “The Fabulous,” says TSF Artistic Associate Meaghan Simpson, with more than a dozen Chinese actors – and a festival intern – taking the spotlight at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.

“It's about the fashion industry,” Simpson added, noting “It is in English, as it always is.

“It will be a sort of a mixture of things ... three stories about the bad influence and the side effects of the fashion industry.”

Running about 70 minutes, the show will be followed by the annual Chinese Theatre Night reception in the lobby of the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center.

While tickets are free, audience members are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by calling the festival box office at 903-983-8601 or online at TexasShakespeare.com.

TSF Founder and Artistic Director Raymond Caldwell is assisting with the production, Simpson said, and she's eager to see, just like any audience member, what the visiting actors have put together.

“I think it's a cautionary tale about obsession and fashion … commentary on beauty and that industry.”

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