This play is a product of an unsettled time and of unsettled souls, and is also a contemplation of that unsettledness. It looks at what it means to live in a society under the rule of law, where the notions of safety/ danger/ security/ freedom are all meshed together. Where media wears masks to entertain their audience and the monopoly of power gets passed on to successive generations of the privileged elite. Unease has led to further unease and we all live in varying levels of panic and fear. In these times of powerless and impotence, can one turn to stones for hope?
In 2005, Zhao Chuan and a group of colleagues established the Grass Stage Theatre, devoted to the promotion of China's new social theatre movement, the creation of non-profit public space, and the formation of a new theatrical aesthetic. Under his direction, the collective aimed to stimulate theatrical capabilities among common people through workshops and training, to create new theatrical pieces, to organize cultural events and theatrical productions, and to encourage cooperative interaction with similarly-minded groups in China and abroad. The group has focused on deepening the connection between theatre and society, and has made use of a wide range of venues and situations for performances and discussions. Grass Stage events are not only spaces for bringing together diverse elements of society, but also provide, in a country with a political environment relatively lacking in opportunities for public participation, a fluid and varied range of public social spaces. Their works included the Unsettling Stones (2012), Republican Notes(2012), The Little Society volume I and II (2009-2011), Unbearable Dreams series (2009-2011), Lu Xun 2008 (2008), Squat (2008), A Madman's Stories (2006-2007),38th Parallel Still Play (2005), among others, have been performed in more than ten Chinese cities, as well as in Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India and Germany.