Flower Drum Song
Jan 20 – Feb 19, 2017
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by David Henry Hwang; Directed by Randy Reyes
Co-Production with Mu Performing Arts
Musical on the PROSCENIUM STAGE
“To create something new, we must first love what is old.”
Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to be an American and touches the history of every person whose forbearers once arrived as strangers to these shores. The new, fully revised version includes David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-nominated text.
*B valid for matinee performance
*C valid for evening performance
B: Bargain Preview 99¢ – $7.99
D: Post-show Discussion
O: Opening Night
ASL: American Sign Language
AD: Audio Description
C: Open Captioning
FLOWER DRUM SONG Content Analysis
Park Square wants your theatergoing experience to be as enjoyable as possible. Following is a list of content within Flower Drum Song that may be of concern to some members of our audience. Please understand that some information may give away surprises within the story. The information is provided to help you make informed decisions. Keep in mind that the language and themes outlined below, taken out of context, may seem more offensive than they would be within the context of the actual play. If you have any questions about the play’s content, please contact Michael-jon Pease, executive director, at 651.767.8497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flower Drum Song is suitable for teenagers and adults.
Set in the late 1950s, Flower Drum Song centers on naive immigrant, Mei-Li, who arrives in San Francisco’s Chinatown, after fleeing communist China. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son’s determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin’ Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera traditions creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry. The wonderful score, by turns lushly romantic and showbiz-brassy, retains all of its luster in this lovely new version of an American classic. Mei-Li’s gradual assimilation is informed by her realization that the old and new can coexist when there is respect for both.
There is mild alcohol consumption.
The play includes strippers but no nudity.
Other Mature Themes
The play concerns issues of immigration and cultural assimilation.
Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.