In the cramped kitchen of an Asian restaurant, four cooks pull the tooth of a young Chinese co-worker. His tooth ends up in the Thai soup of a flight attendant—who overhears the fight of a young couple who live above the restaurant, whose fighting disturbs the shopkeeper of the dry goods store next door to the restaurant, who is more connected to the young Chinese man than anyone suspects.
A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes. Five actors cross age, race, and gender to play fifteen characters in this vicious, poetic, and surprisingly moving investigation of how intertwined our lives really are.
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Set in and around a “Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese fast food restaurant,” Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play, The Golden Dragon explores the effects of globalization on a personal level. Written by a German playwright, set in an unnamed Western city, and centered around a dining establishment that serves the food of various Asian cultures, this play allows us to see how food influences culture and how culture modifies food.Read More
Roland Schimmelpfennig is Germany’s most produced writer. Known for his surprising juxtapositions of lyricism and violence, as well as his breadth of storytelling techniques, Schimmelpfennig’s work shares recurrent themes of alienation and connection, desire and regret, along with the peculiar ways his language unfolds. Marked by a direct and almost clipped diction, his language can be both brutal and near-mythic by turns. His characters are frequently isolated from one another, but share a set of images and experiences that suggest a connection they rarely recognize, even when they’re literally sharing dreams.Read More
Spreading from the cramped kitchen of a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, the action of The Golden Dragon is at once global and unnervingly intimate. Intrigued by a conversation with a friend and immigration lawyer, Roland Schimmelpfennig began to research the lives of undocumented workers in Berlin, where he lives, interested in crafting a play that could explore, in his words, “the increasing globalization and interconnectedness of the world.”Read More