Music + Lyrics by Drew Fornarola
Book by Scott Elmegreen
Conceived by + creative consultation by Wu’er Kaixi
This world premiere epic musical is inspired by the protests that defined a generation – and stands as testament to the human cost of the pursuit of democracy.
At the edge of memory, who defines truth? Beginning with a candle and Fan Xilan’s memory of her sister, Tiananmen unfolds to follow student leader Fan Xirui and her classmates who coordinated the self-liberation of millions across China. This fictional account of a moment in history tells a story of young, star-crossed love and the steadfast passion and self-determination that can change the world – and divide a family. Conceived by Tiananmen Square protest leader Wu’er Kaixi, this new musical is a vital reminder of the importance of bravery in the face of totalitarianism and a powerful illustration of the students who not only defined history but what the promise of tomorrow can hold.
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