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2008.0104

Award Winning Author Invites Taiwanese Talents to Help Him Tell the World How Amazing Taiwan Is

<p><font face="Arial">By Sabrina Lin <br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">With a long-term click with Taiwan, award winning author Dr. Edward F. EmanuEl returned to the soil and tried to find his favorite Taiwanese talents for his latest music play &ndash; <em>Amazing Taiwan</em>, while he is teaching on the campus today and tomorrow.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">EmanuEl said that he was deeply impressed and moved by Taiwanese people&rsquo;s tough spirit and loving each other after a major disaster, when he came to Taiwan in 2000, shortly after the 921 Earthquake.&nbsp; He then began to work on<em> Amazing Taiwan</em>, of which, he would deliver the message and the spirit for the world to know.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;I saw it myself that Taiwanese people have recovered from the disaster within the past eight years.&nbsp; I would love to tell the world that Taiwan is a place of love and hope through this music play,&rdquo; EmanuEl said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">He mentioned that <em>Amazing Taiwan</em> is a story of a mother and her child who were buried in the debris for 40&nbsp;hours after the shock.&nbsp; To comfort her child, the mother began to tell a story about Taiwan in the past 400 years.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;The relationship between the mother and the child is like a country and its people.&nbsp; Everything must be connected by love and it is also the most amazing part of all,&rdquo; he said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">EmanuEl said that he needs at least more than a hundred of talents for this music play.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;Since it is a story about Taiwan, I hope that most of my actors would be Taiwanese natives,&rdquo; EmanuEl said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In addition to auditioning Taiwanese talents, EmanuEl, who just arrived in town on Jan. 3, also conducted two 30-minute seminars and shared his experience with students at NTNU on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 during his tight 72-hour visit to the country.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;I would love to show more Taiwanese students how American music play talents would present on stage,&rdquo; EmanuEl said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">EmanuEl is a professor of Theatre Arts at California State University, Fresno.&nbsp; He is the author of 36 plays and films including <em>Guys Like</em> <em>Me and Bogey</em>, winner of the Edinburgh International Festival of the Arts Fringe First Place Award; <em>Conquest of My Brother</em>, also an Edinburgh Fringe First Place Award winner and nominated for an Emmy Award as a docudrama.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Meanwhile, his <em>Liberty Dance of Henry Sparrow</em> also made him a National Festival Award winner of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the recipient of the Laureate Production Award by the American College Theatre Festival.&nbsp; His <em>Sun Yat-sen in the Mouth of the Dragon</em> was nominated by the <em>World Journal</em> newspaper for a Pulitzer Prize in drama and winner of the Mark David Cohen National Playwriting Award.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">EmanuEl also received the John F Kennedy Gold Medal for Theatre Excellence, presented by the American College Theatre Festival and received the Distinguished Professor Award from the California State University, Fresno.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>