Fu Sheng works

31 AUGUST 2016– 03 SEPTEMBER 2016

The First Emperor of Qin has harsh law implemented, ordering Prime Minister Li Si to repress the opposition of Confucian scholars who advocate benevolent governance. Great scholar Fu Sheng pretends to be drunk and cleverly saves the lives of his peer Confucians.

The emperor decrees the burning of books, asking Li Si to oversee the burning. While other scholars are at a loss, Fu Sheng sets fire to the books in his collection, which makes him a target of abuse.  

Zibo, Fu Sheng's son, openly recites the classics together with other scholars. The emperor, proclaiming them rebels, orders them be arrested. Zibo flees home. Under Li's threat, Fu Sheng makes a false confession, which leads to the death of his son, the ensuing suicide of his wife and the departure of his daughter who has deeply admired her father.

The family tragedy drives Fu Sheng mad. Li Si is pleased at seeing Fu’s defeat.

After the emperor dies, Li Si is also arrested on the false charge of insurrection. At the execution ground, Fu Sheng bids him farewell, and tells Li the true reason for what he has done—the unbelievable personal sacrifice for the sake of preserving the classics of Confucianism, which will be revived some day.


Cast


Characters   Performers


Fu Sheng......Zhang Jianguo


Li Si......Wei Jijun


Min Jiang......Zhang Lan


Zi Bo......Zhang Bing

     ......Hao Shipeng


Xi E......Fu Jia


Yin Xi......Lu Kunshan


Drummer:  Li Jinping


Musicians:  Li Yang

 

Stage Director: Tian Yonggang


Stage Managers: Han Yu  


Stage Personnel: Li Bonan


Scrip Supervisor: Guo Yizhu


Accompanied by: Orchestra of the Third Troupe of China National Peking Opera Company


Choreography: Choreography Center of China National Peking Opera Company