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September 25, 2008

Beijing Today: Cheeky Monkey Theater opens its new hutong office

(08/09/19 16:57) http://bjtoday.ynet.com/article.jsp?oid=43387305   By Gan Tian   The Cheeky Monkey Theater opened its new offices at Lumicang Hutong in Beijing with a blast last Saturday. More than 50 of its staff, friends and supporters went out to join the housewarming party for beer, wine and mooncakes.   The new office is in a courtyard with green trees [...]

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August 10, 2008

I’m on the Olympics home page for CNN.com !!! :)

check it out! (and leave a comment, pretty please!)

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March 13, 2008

顽皮猴子戏剧社月末成都上演《风险英语》

http://ent.sina.com.cn/j/2008-03-13/11481946628.shtml   新浪娱乐讯 在各种娱乐元素充斥银屏的时代,在各种艺术概念泛滥不羁的今天,话剧作为一种舞台艺术似乎变得不再受大众追捧。但是,顽皮猴子戏剧社,这个崭新的生 命在中国的大地上以其顽强的奋斗力茁壮成长。许多人或许不解,或许疑惑,或许好奇,顽皮猴子到底来自哪里,他们在做什么?顽皮猴子戏剧社的老板,当然她就是导演叫 Elyse Ribbons,一位来自美国的女孩子。她的中文名字叫柳素英。   柳素英给人的第一印象,是个典型的西方美女,金黄的头发,白皙的皮肤,高耸的鼻梁,绿翡翠般的眼睛,和令人羡慕的的魔鬼身材,多些接触,你会惊讶于她对中国的无比热爱和对艺术的火样热情。柳素英在美国北卡大学所学的专业是中国历史文化。从那时她就开始了解中国,继而喜欢中国。为了更深入的了解中国, 她还选学了中医。2002年农历正月十五,柳素英踏上了中国的土地。她结束了留学生活后,先后在美国大使馆,中央电视台等单位工作。她还喜欢写作,在一些报纸上你经常能看见她的文字。出生在表演世家的她天生对演戏,写剧本有着独特的喜好。她的母亲是美国百老汇的演员。受家族的影响,柳素英在自己的职业生涯中表现出了她在舞台剧表 演创作上的天分。   2007年,柳素英的顽皮猴子戏剧社在北京成立。单从名字上或许也能够感受到她对中国的理解与喜爱。由柳素英创作,导演的第一部话剧叫 《我爱北京》,这部舞台剧以轻喜剧的形势展现了一个美国女孩和她中国同屋云雾缭绕的性感都市北京的生活。讲述这两个女孩子和她们的朋友一连串妙趣横生的故事。其语言融合中英文化的特点,轻松幽默。并且中英对照的演出形式让大家更容易接受。《我爱北京》这部戏剧满足了观众对都市娱乐的种种渴求,包括:欢笑,悬念,Chinglish(中式英语)的双关语,调情,性,火辣的亚洲姑 娘,可爱的ABC(美国出生的华人),耐人寻味的多语学舌,相互调侃,典型的老外等等,同时,多元文化的冲突成为这部戏最大的看点。   《我爱北京》演出的火爆场面似乎在柳素英的意料之中,又似乎在她的意料之外。也就是这次成功,坚定了她要把顽皮猴子做大,做好。让这只小猴子在中国健康的成长,并带着中国文化走向世界。通过这次成功的演出,顽皮猴子全体工作人员对自己的受众作了深层次的分析。由于话剧在内容上带有中西合璧的特点,在形式上中英双文,所以受众定位于留在中国的外国朋友,中国的英语学习者,使用者,对舞台剧的喜爱者。《我爱北京》在各地展看循环演出的同时,导演柳素英开始了她的第二部剧的创作。在2007年底,这部戏在大山子的798工厂“仁”艺术中心和大家见面时,演出11点结束,凌晨2点观众和演职人员还在集体狂欢。   08年新的一年开始了,春天来了。在和煦的春风中,顽皮猴子又给观众带来了新的礼物。《风险英语》经过严格的审核彩排,即将于3月19-23号在成都和大家见面。顽皮猴子的创作动力源于导演Elyse对中国深深的喜爱,就像第一部话剧里所说——我爱北京!顽皮猴子的创作灵感来自于导演Elyse在舞台剧上的创作激情与表演才华。柳素英表示,在艺术稍显浮躁,观众审美疲劳的今天,她希望通过自己对中国文化的理解,对艺术的感悟,能够挖掘出中国深邃,古老的灵魂;能够用自己的肢体语言,用自己对艺术的挚爱,来演绎来自中国的 艺术。 柳素英,一位美国女孩,一位喜爱中国文化,热爱现代艺术的美国女孩。当我们了解她之后,我们会被她和她的话剧所深深吸引。 Technorati Profile

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January 7, 2008

Love, Language, the City in 10 Minutes

article from Beijing Today about the ShiFen Theater Festival, click on the image above to download the pdf and read the misquotes for yourself PS: Its a pretty big file, so just wait a moment and it should load fine.

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August 28, 2007

Sweets take center stage

from Beijing Weekend By Viva Goldner(China Daily) Updated: 2007-06-01 06:32 What does a busy playwright, producer and girl-about-town do in her rare downtime? Gorge herself on chocolate, of course! But Elyse Ribbons has come out of the closet with her sweet tooth’s addiction and turned it into something far more social. The vivacious American – [...]

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August 26, 2007

“I Heart Beijing”Shows Expats Lives in China

Creaders.NET Like many expats who came to Beijing to explore the charm of this ancient and modern city, 26-year-old American blonde Elyse Ribbons began work in Beijing after her graduation. However, she has brought her real life onto the stage just as Chinese filmmakers tackled the subject of Chinese struggling to adapt to western culture [...]

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June 20, 2007

final curtains

well, the final curtains have closed… on the 2007 Beijing run of I Heart Beijing (hopefully we’ll be in Shanghai, maybe even Hong Kong, by the end of the year) It was a great show, and I’m saying that from a creator’s perspective, I probably had the highest demands of the theater, the cast, and [...]

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June 8, 2007

The Playwright

so it turns out that this whole time I’ve been mispelling it as playwrite. rather than feel foolish or get upset, I’ve decided that they’re just going to have to change the dictionary. in the meanwhile, here is an article “day in the life of” from City Weekend. Elyse Ribbons, producer, director and writer of [...]

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June 4, 2007

South China Morning Post !

Great divide Play can help bridge cultural gap David Eimer Updated on Jun 04, 2007 As officials focus on building economic links, it’s largely been left to a host of internet sites and blogs to explore the cultural differences between the mainland and the west. Most are  flip commentaries by foreigners detailing the frustrations of [...]

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June 1, 2007

rehearsals, part 2

As you can see from the picture above, poor Johnny Angel has been acting his skinny white ass off during rehearsals (being a sleazy laowai is a lot of hard work!). However, I realized today that we have nary 7 days left before opening night.  Am I nervous?  No.  Am I scared that something awful/tragic/horrid [...]

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