Annual awards to honor outstanding theater performers

Taiwan writer and theater artist Pai Hsien-yung will receive the Special Contribution Award for his efforts in passing on traditional Chinese culture.
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Pai Hsien-yung, Special Contribution Award winner at this year's Shanghai Magnolia Stage Performance Awards

The 28th Shanghai Magnolia Stage Performance Awards will be held on April 30 at the Shanghai Grand Theater to honor excellence in theatrical performance.

This year, a total of 30 nominees from all over the country are vying for awards in five categories, including best lead actor, best supporting actor, best new talent in a leading role, best new talent in a supporting role and best group.

Taiwan writer and theater artist Pai Hsien-yung will receive the Special Contribution Award for his efforts in passing on traditional Chinese culture.

Pai’s youthful adaptations of Kunqu Opera classics “The Peony Pavilion” and “The Story of the Jade Hairpin” were highly hailed. 

He is also devoted to promoting Kunqu Opera among the younger generation. With his endeavors, Kunqu courses have been set up at domestic colleges such as Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In the following months, award winners will present performances for local citizens, college students and village theater enthusiasts across the country.

Launched in 1989, the annual awards cover almost all types of theater, including traditional Chinese opera, dance drama, musical and children’s drama.

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