Leaping forward since 1893
To celebrate the legacy of Chairman Mao and his triumph of free expression, as epitomized by his firm commitment to “let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend,” Second Stage will be… oh shit, that didn’t happen? Well, in that case,
Mao: The Musical illustrates the fictional story of Mei, a poor woman who lives alone and two men who each fight for her affections. Just as Mei begins to finally fall in love, her life is interrupted and forever changed by the arrival of Mao Zedong. Both a farce and a tragedy, the piece explores the nature of Mao’s cult following and the propaganda of the time period, concealing the horrific reality of the Great Leap Forward and the deaths of more than 18 million individuals.