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Madam Mao ()

Produced by

Azure River

Creators: Paul Thompson and Janet Lo and Samantha Wan and Severn Thompson
Director: Severn Thompson


Tarragon Theatre – Extra Space


June 2 & 3, 2016


June 2nd, 2016 – June 19th, 2016


In a Bejing jail cell, a young official is drawn into the telling of Jiang Qing’s story. Known in the West as Madam Mao, the widow of Chairman Mao was once the most powerful and feared woman in the world. Now a political prisoner, she relives her life, replete with idealism and contradictions.

Born into poverty, Jiang Qing rose to power and then used propaganda art as the means of controlling a nation. With her sights set on becoming the next ruler of China, her quest for power led her to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of her real and perceived enemies. Was she driven by revenge and ambition? Has she been vilified by historic perspectives?

Incorporating Revolutionary choreography, and underscored by a live musician, Madam Mao exposes the life of a woman who the Chinese are eager to forget and who North Americans never really knew.



Amanda Zhou Red Guard
Samantha Wan Sergeant/Trickster
Heidi Chan Musician
Janet Lo Jiang Qing

Creative Team

Paul Thompson Creator
Janet Lo Creator
Samantha Wan Creator
Severn Thompson Creator
Severn Thompson Director
Jeffrey Chan Choreographer
Jenna McCutchen Set Designer
Jenna McCutchen Costume Designer
Heidi Chan Composer
Heidi Chan Sound Designer
Rebecca Vandevelde Lighting Designer
Rebecca Vandevelde Video Designer


Kyra Ritchie Stage Manager
Sally Roberts Production Manager