A woman in every man (2)

09:36, December 14, 2010      

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Mystic hermaphrodites

"Transsexuals are only a symbol in the play. There is another person living in every one's heart, we want to talk about the changes and difference between man and women by such kind of plot, and seeing the ego from different perspective," Meng added.

"I am interested in the quest of love, sex, and life itself. Have you thought about where you are from, and who decide that you are male or female? Apart from your gender, have you thought about how your life attitude, morals, and definitions of happiness came into being in the first place? Maybe all these questions we usually take for granted have never really been answered," Liao said. She added that she wants to examine all these questions through the discussions between her protagonists, although it is difficult and painful to face all these problems.

Hard endings

Apart from the two heroines, the play also features a third character, a male designer who dresses up as a girl to perform in the nightclubs every night, a character based on the late Chinesedesigner Fan Qihui, who committed suicide in October.

"I think everybody should face yourself honestly, face your soul and show it," said Liao, "I admire Fan who lived his life unfeigned, even though life is a tragedy sometimes."

Liao is famous for her witty lines and ability to portray the inner feelings of modern people. The play also showcases her talent with dialogue such as "Everybody is lonely. It is not rare to find love and sex in our life, but it is difficult to find understanding" and "There is no choice in life, I have two hours to be myself each week, so I'm much luckier than you."

Tendernessis the last work of Liao's "pessimistic trilogy" of the past 11 years, after Rhinoceros in Loveand Amber. According to her, all three works are part of her quest, about her own doubt, wildness, panic and problems, and each has a quite different focus.

"For Rhinoceros in Love, I believed human being can create magic, and you need to insist on being yourself when clashing with the world. When writing Amber, I found life is full of impurity, and every kind of feeling is not pure," said Liao, "and when it comes to Tenderness, I began to think about how to live honestly."

Source: Global Times(By Yue Hongyan)
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