The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Stages Contemporary Family Drama ‘Auspicious Day’
Why We Recommend it
Combining realism with absurdist characteristics, Auspicious Day is a play about the purpose of marriage and the family problems related to it.
Penned by acclaimed Hong Kong playwright Matthew Cheng, Auspicious Day is the third instalment of his ‘family in crisis series’, which includes hit plays The Last Supper (2011), which has received more than 100 performances, and The Sin Family (2015).
Magnifying familial issues that are often overlooked, Cheng’s latest drama stars three women who are in different phases of their lives, all running away from their problems: a mother who has settled into a long-term marriage, her eldest daughter who is starting her own family, and her youngest daughter who is about to get married.
Auspicious Day starts the evening before the wedding of the youngest daughter, who spends an intimate evening sharing her thoughts with her elder sister and mother. But on this night, a shocking secret that might change everything comes to light. When an auspicious day is upon us, does it always mean a new life will begin?
The play, produced by the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and directed by Fong Chun Kit, will be performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.