Ed Friedman: Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie is a verbal decoration for four characters who are playing Mah Jong and Talking. Mah Jong is a Chinese game that is played with tiles. Players call out the names of the tiles they are discarding, and call out "pung," "chow," or "kong," when they can complete a set by taking one of the tiles discarded by another player. The call of "ready," by a player means that she is one tile from completing a winning hand. The first player to complete a perfect hand calls "Mah Jong," wins the hand, and is then paid by the other players on the basis of how many "points" are awarded to the winning hand.

Written and directed by Ed Friedman, starring Ed Bowes as Swan's Flesh, Ellie Karanauskas as Violet Shade, Rochelle Kraut as Black Jade, Robert Kushner as Lingering Snow.
The music is by Peter Gordon. It was performed by Robert Sheff and Dave Van Tieghem.
The decor is by Beth Cannon.
Technical Design by Rhys Chatham
Tea by Ellen Saltonstall

The performance will last 2.25 hours. There will be no intermission. Feel free to get up and quietly move around if you need to. Tea will be served mid-way through the performance. 

May 5-6, 1977

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Special thanks to Tom Rowes, Karen Cuiler, Rob Holman, and The Kitchen.

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