The Song of the Nightingale
Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Directed by Christina Lazo
Choreography by Christina Lazo & Deedra Wong
World Premiere: October 11, 2013 at Altarena Playhouse
Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale tells the story of an Emperor of China who is unaware of the beautiful Nightingale who sings in his land. The only palace worker who knows of the Bird is Mei Lin, a lowly kitchen-maid who is looking to move up inthe palace. When the Emperor requests that Mei Lin help him locate theNightingale in exchange for a lofty promotion, Mei Lin is only too happy to oblige. However, this transaction brings about tragic consequences as the Emperor and others in the palace fail to see the Nightingale's true beauty, judging her only by her plain and brown outer appearance.
A newly revised production of The Song of the Nightingale will be produced by Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette in Fall 2017!
"Composer-playwright Min Kahng has created an exquisite musical stage version of Hans Christian Andersen's story." -- Contra Costa Times
"...a very entertaining piece of theater that imparts its positive message in a charming and compelling way." -- San Jose Mercury News
Photography by Patrick Tracy
World Premiere: Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, CA - Altarena Playhouse, Oct-Nov 2013
Developmental Reading: Diablo Theatre Company in Walnut Creek, CA - Diablo Theatre Company, June 2011
Staged Reading: Little Theatre in Alameda, CA - Altarena Playhouse, Nov 2010
AWARDS & HONORS
Nominated for a SF Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award for Original Musical