An American president dreams that he is a sheriff of a derelict Western town. A Chinese diplomat dreams that he is a seventh century monk on a holy journey. What happens when two stories from opposite sides of the world converge and their mythologies collide? This April, join us for the culmination of Touchstone Theatre’s latest community-based project, as Eastern pilgrimage meets Western showdown on the South Bethlehem Greenway. Produced in collaboration with the Moravian College Theater Company.
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April 18 @ 6pm, Touchstone Theatre
Guest Lecture by Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language & Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, titled “Bridging Epic Traditions: the Cross-cultural Significance of the Chinese Journey to the West”. Sponsored by Lehigh University’s Religion Studies Department.
April 25 @ 6pm, Touchstone Theatre
Panel Discussion on the American Western as Cultural Mythology with Prof. Christopher Shorr (Moravian College) and Dr. Bob Kilker (Lehigh University Alumni) and moderated by Bill Bly (Journey from the East dramaturg).
April 26 @ 6pm, Chinese Harmony Pavilion
Celebrate closing night with us on the South Bethlehem Greenway, with food, music, cultural exchange, and a close-proximity pyrotechnic display by Celebration Fireworks!
In addition to these auxiliary events, there will be a new exhibit on display in the Touchstone Gallery by Deng Dafei and He Hai of the Utopia Group of China. The artwork displayed includes paintings created as promotional pieces for the show, such as the full size poster and postcard image, and “mash up” imagery of Journey to the West’s Monkey King as an American Cowboy. It will also include works of art created by Utopia Group with community members during workshops held throughout the Lehigh Valley. The gallery exhibit is free. Doors are open during the performance weekends (April 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2015) and Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm; call ahead for an appointment.