Zhao Chuan and Grass Stage Celebrate the Lives of Those not Beautiful Enough

Unlike most arts troupe directors, Zhao Chuan, founder of underground theater troupe Grass Stage, the name borrowed from China’s ancient wandering troubadours, has never bothered recruiting beautiful actresses. Instead, he wants average-looking people (or even ugly people) to play parts in Shanghai’s burgeoning grass roots theater scene. The theater scene in …

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