KUMARAJIVA 鸠摩罗什 (Mandarin with English surtitles) is a faithful re-telling of the journey and life of one of the most revered monks in Buddhist history. Kumarajiva is widely-regarded as an illustrious Buddhist monk and scholar who was instrumental in the propagation of Buddhism in China through his unsurpassed concise translations of teachings from key Sanskrit scriptures to the Chinese language.
Of noble parentage, Kumarajiva forsake his marriage to a Kucha princess and entered monkhood in pursuit of enlightenment. Through certain trials and tribulations, Kumarajiva eventually settled in Chang’an where he interpreted many profound sutras to Chinese with the help of his disciples and followers. His legacy became the principal readings of many followers and is till this day, still widely-regarded as both literary and Buddhist treasures.
Written by well-regarded Chinese playwright and director Ma Hui Tian and directed by award-winning Chief Artistic Director Goh Boon Teck, this moving production features a consummate cast including rising thespian Timothy Wan in the lead role as well as Audrey Luo, Qin Zhan Bao, Sugie Phua and Jodi Chan among others.
This production is a collaboration between Toy Factory and Foo Han Ch’an Monastery, who hopes this enduring tale will motivate Buddhists to seek greater learnings, as well as share its themes of perseverance, endurance and filial piety with a greater audience outside the Buddhism community.
Venue: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556
Ticket Prices: $60, $70, $90
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (inclusive of intermission)
Language: Mandarin, with English surtitles
When: 28 - 29 May 2016, 3pm and 8pm