Wild Swans
A.R.T. Season
February 11, 2012 through March 11, 2012
“An extraordinary memoir and a harrowing narrative that rivals anything in The Last Emperor.”
The Wall Street Journal

Check out this segment on Wild Swans from WGBH:

China, at the heart of the 20th Century, became a nation transformed beyond recognition. Through the eyes of one fiercely courageous family, Wild Swans takes us on a journey from the early days of Communist hope and struggle, through the chaos and confusion of Mao's Cultural Revolution, to the birth of a superpower. An astonishing human story, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages. This first ever stage version brings together author Jung Chang with playwright Alexandra Wood, director Sacha Wares, designer Miriam Buether and Beijing video artist Wang Gongxin.

2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award recipient
An A.R.T./ Young Vic/ Actors Touring Company co-production.

Click here to explore the Wild Swans Community Memoir

Read the features on Wild Swans in the A.R.T. Spring 2011-2012 Guide.

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Read Wild Swans Educational Toolkit

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Creative team
Written by Jung Chang
Adapted by Alexandra Wood
Directed by Sacha Wares
Scenic Design Miriam Buether
Costume Design Tom Rand
Lighting Design D M Wood
Sound Design Gareth Fry
Video Design Wang GongXin
Movement Direction Leon Baugh
Projection Design Tim Reid
Music Direction Joanna Zenghui Qiu
Puppet Design Michael Fowkes
Associate Director Ramin Gray
US Casting Zoe Rotter
UK Casting Julia Horan CDG
Hair and Wigs Campbell Young Associates
Sound Associate Dominic Bilkey
Movement Associate Joanne Fong
Research & Promotion Assistant Hong Yane Wang
Assistant Director Kate Hewitt
Stage Managers Vicky Berry
  Chris De Camillis
Yu-Fang Julyana Soelistyo
De-Hong Ka-Ling Cheung
Shou-Yu Orion Lee
Ting Celeste Den
Bolin Jon Kit Lee
Heng Victor Chi
Zhen Joanna Zenghui Qiu
Huifen Joanne Fong
Dr Wan Eric Chan
Governor Lin Ron Nakahara
Team Leader Chi Les J.N. Mau
Teacher Shu Jennifer Lim Ai Hua
Er-Hong (child) Emme Fuzhen Ricci
Niu Nekhebet Kum Juch
Dai Annie Chang
Weimin Oliver Biles
Er-hong Katie Leung
All other named and ensemble roles are played by members of the company.
Community Chorus Members:
Kevin Lin (Chorus Leader), Christine An, Christina Chan, LinAnn Ching, DeAnna Choi, HyoJeong Choi, Kenneth Chung, Lily Hong, Mariko Kanto, Lester Kim, Steven Lee, Michelle Merry, Roxanne Morse, Katherine Sao, Jeff Song, Yi-Jun Tan, Michael Tow, Andrew Tung, Giselle Ty, Paul Sung Ventresca, Jie Wang
Annie Chang, Eric Chan, Ka-Ling Cheung, Victor Chi, Chris De Camillis, Celeste Den, Jon Kit Lee, Les J.N. Mau, Ron Nakahara, Terri K. Kohler, and Julyana Soelistyo are members of Actors’ Equity Association.
Tamara Albachari, Vicky Berry, Oliver Biles, Joanne Fong, Orion Lee, Katie Leung, and Jennifer Lim (UK) are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.
The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association and UK Equity for their assistance on this production.
Kate Hewitt is supported through the Young Vic/Jerwood Assistant Director Programme.
Production Staff  
Deputy Stage Manager Tamara Albachari
Assistant Stage Manager Terri K. Kohler
Production Supervisor Diane Willmott
Deputy Production Supervisor Lloyd Thomas
Assistant Production Supervisor Mike Ager
Dialect Coach Majella Hurley
Costume Supervisor Fizz Jones
Chinese Costume Advisor Dai Guijiang
Assistant Costume Supervisor Rose Love
Assistant Set Designer Lucy Sierra
Props Buyer (China) Chen Fengyan
Wang Gongxin's video team Zhou Chen, Zhijun, Yao Yu, Yuguang, Young Fu
  Shaun Wang, Guoer Lin, Alice and Yao Wang
For the A.R.T.  
Chorus Coordinator Allegra Libonati
Production Intern Kevin Lin
Props Craftsperson Chris Fields
Costume Crafts Eric Propp, Jeffrey Burrows
Dressers Brian Choinski, Robin Rittenour
Wigs Runner Emily Damron
Swing Dresser Amber Voner
Light Board Operator Kirk Miller
Video Operator Matthew Houstle
Carpenters Nathaniel Drake, Dan Lincoln, Paul Mayer, Garrett McEntee,
  Heather Morris, Jon Seiler, Matthew Sebastian, Bartley Stevens, Ben St. Louis
Paint Intern Benji Boudreau
Stage Crew Brian Melcher
Harvard Office of Career Services Art Fellow Bryan Kauder, Jiayi Li
For the Young Vic  
Props Construction Supervisor Emma Hayward
Props Buyers Nafeesah Butt, Ian Andlaw
Props Makers Anna Bruder, Penny Spedding, Bella Lagnado, 
  Natasha Piper, Ed Wirtz, Bob Weatherhead,
  Fiona Ryan, Nick Benjamin, Anna Tang
Puppet Makers Jan Zalud, Julia Jeulin, Michael Fowkes
Puppet Workshop Assistants Amber Donovan, Fiona Gourlay, Elizabether Peck
Rehearsal Carpenter Dario Fusco
Rehearsal Crew Jack Harding, Stuart Farnell
Stage Management Assistant Tamykha Patterson
Production Assistant Ben Brown
Dyeing Nicola Killeen Textiles
Bound feet shoes Lewis Jones
Trainee Directors supported by the Boris Karloff Foundation Meline Danielewicz, Ola Ince
Wild Swans plays at the Young Vic in April 2012 as part of the World Stages London, a season of exceptional new shows celebrating the cosmopolitan diversity of London. It is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between 8 leading London theatres and 12 UK and international co-producers, including the A.R.T. and the Young Vic.
Wild Swans is part of the Young Vic's International Programme and is supported by Bloomberg.


"Extraordinary...a masterpiece."
Sunday Telegraph
“An unfailingly gripping tale.”
Washington Post Book World

Final performances of 'Wild Swans' "a visually stunning spectacle that gets more intriguing every time you revisit the experience." More


The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) will be holding an information/audition session for Non-Equity Local Ensemble roles in the upcoming production of Wild Swans.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 PM. More

In 1978 the Chinese author Jung Chang left Communist China to study in Britain. Ten years later, inspired by a visit from her mother, she began writing about her life in her homeland. The resulting book, Wild Swans – which is still banned in mainland China – went on to smash bestseller records worldwide. Now Chang's story is set to make history again, with an international collaboration to perform it on stage for the first time. More

"The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), under the artistic direction of Diane Paulus, is pleased to announce the productions that will be part of the A.R.T.'s 2011/12 Season." - BroadwayWorld.com More

"The American Repertory Theater has announced its full 2011-2012 season, which will launch with the previously announced production of Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. Also planned are world premieres of Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps and a play based on Jung Chang's Wild Swans." - Playbill.com More

"...the ART's 2011-12 season, Paulus's third as artistic director, shows another way in which she's setting the company apart: The lineup features a bounty of female playwrights and directors." - Boston.com More

"American Repertory Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season for the Loeb Drama Center, which, as previously announced, will open with The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, running August 17 - October 2. Diane Paulus will direct the production that will star Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald in the title roles." - TheaterMania More

Press Releases

For Immediate Release January 11, 2012Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@Harvard.edu The World Premiere of Wild SwansWritten by Jung Chang • Adapted by Alexandra Wood • directed by Sacha...

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Need to know

Recommended for ages 12+

Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

ASL perfomances:

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 PM

Audio-described performances:

Wednesday, February 29 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 PM 


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

To accompany Wild Swans, the A.R.T. has organized a discussion series in collaboration with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. For more information about the series, please click here.

The upcoming dates are:

Wednesday, March 7, following the 2:00 p.m. performance. Discussion with the cast of Wild Swans.

Saturday, March 10, following the 2:00 p.m. performance. Discussion with the cast of Wild Swans.

Also presented in conjunction with Wild Swans: