A Dream Under the Southern Bough


Walt Disney Modular Theater

24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355

About this event

  • 1 hour 45 minutes

CalArts School of Theater presents

A Dream Under the Southern Bough

Written by: Tang Xianzu

Translated by: Zhang Guangqian

Directed by: Zoë (Duoyi) Wang

Set in a fantastical world, this classical Chinese play often draws comparisons to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Retelling its timeless story in a cross-cultural, multimedia environment, this adaptation explores intertwined themes of life and love through a poetic lens of Buddhist philosophy. A Dream Under the Southern Bough delves deep into the lush inner worlds of all beings and challenges human perceptions of reality.



Thursday, November 9, 8:00 pm

Friday, November 10, 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 11, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 14, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 16, 8:00 pm

Friday, November 17, 8:00 pm



Walt Disney Modular Theater, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA, 91355


RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes




PLEASE NOTE: This production contains the use of flashing images, water-based haze, and strobe lights.



Master Qixuan/Commander Zhou: Ashwath Ram

Chunyu: Jack Goldwait

Princess/Maid/Soldier: Romy Kim

King/Partridge: Matthew Goodrich

Queen/Old Maid: Rachel Edelstein

Prime Minister/ Monk/Ambassador: Justin Henriksen

Duchess: Shireen Rose Heidari

Lady Truffle: Lucy Ma 马千卉

Priestess Itty: Melody Tay Xi Ching 郑晞晴

Tian/Ambassador/King & Prince of Rattan Sandalwood: Austin Peyton



Director: Zoë (Duoyi) Wang

Scenic Designer: Yueyi Zhang

Lightning Designer: Jackson Funke

Sound Designer and Composer: Clare Marie Nemanich

Costume Designer: Nuoyan Guan

Video Designer: Weifang Chang


Choreographer: Giada Jiang

Intimacy Coordinator: Emily Barasch

Movement Consultant: Austin Peyton

Producer: Joyce Qian

Production Manager: Bill Ballou

Stage Manager: Cassy Sottile

Technical Director: Sophia Prothero

Technical Director: Ethan Geisness


Assistant Scenic Designer: Jamieh Wang

Assistant Lightning Designer: Lauren Dixon

Costume Supervisor: Ashley Snyder

Assistant Costume Designer: Ruijun Zou

Assistant Video Designer: James Raymond

Associate Producer: Grisis Yu

Associate Production Supervisor: Sam Millette

Assistant Stage Manager: Darby Huffaker

Assistant Stage Manager: Jacob Padilla