"The Fisherman Ming Cho Yee and the Princess under the Sea" at CSUMB
- When: Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: CSUMB University Center, Seaside
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: 12+
- Categories: Art (opening), Performance art, Children, Community, Theater
Will Shephard, a music and performing arts faculty at California State University Monterey Bay, (CSUMB) premiere’s his new play “The Fisherman Ming Cho Yee and the Princess under the Sea” in the University Center at CSUMB. The play is based on history and classic folk tale from the Monterey and Pacific Grove area. The play begins in the year 1894 in a Chinese village by the sea at Point Alones near Pacific Grove. The lead character, Ming Cho Yee, saves a leather-back sea turtle from being abused by boys on the beach. While fishing for squid at night Ming Cho Yee is visited by the turtle, that speaks to him, and invites him to Amovar, the palace under the sea, ruled by an Empress and her daughter, the Princess. Ming Cho Yee later married the Princess in the magical realm of Amovar, but soon realizes that wants to go back to Point Alones to see his parents. Upon his return with a magical box finds himself on Point Alones in present day Pacific Grove during the feast of Lanterns that celebrates the Chinese squid fisherman of his time. Ming Cho Yee realizes that this world isn’t as racist as it was in the past, but finds tourists and townspeople celebrating Chinese cultures being celebrated as fact. Seeing protesters fight against racial stereotyping Ming Cho Yee begins to miss life undersea and his princess. The audience learns if the present discrimination and racial stereotypes continue or will society gradually learn to respect different cultures and social customs. This play is recommended for children over the age of 12 and adults. [BH]
2pm Sat Nov. 10, 7:30pm Fri Nov. 9 & Sat Nov. 10. University Center, Sixth Avenue and B Street, Seaside. Free. 582-4511.