Taipei Shorts II 台北戲劇表演

September: 27th, 28th, and 29th and October : 4th, 5th, and 6th

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Comedy Shows are a rarity in Taiwan. Whether you are looking for classical Standup Comedy or English theater productions in general, the range of offers is quite limited.

Especially in Taipei – the place to be for most expats settling in Taiwan – the demand for English language performances arises more and more. On the other side, trained actors, writers and directors, both Taiwanese and local expats, lack the opportunity to present their talent. Although there is certainly enough capability and interest, showcases in Taiwan have remained very little in the past few years.

Foreign actors do not only have to deal with legal issues and unstable incomes, but also the whole set up for foreign theater productions is aggravated by governmental barriers. In addition, English Theater is often less accessible for the local community since most actors and directors are of foreign residency.

John Brownlie has experienced this huge gap in Taiwan at first hand. He is an actor himself and was involved in several English theater productions at the LAB space, produced and directed by Brook Hall. Taipei Shorts is his first own production and this second time will take place at two weekends in the row, last weekend of September (27th to 29th) and first weekend of October (4th to 6th) . Given the challenging circumstances, John has dedicated his work to push for a new lobby for local English language theater.

‘Your Country Needs You’ finds a politician, secret service agent and a person of an impossible age, wrestling with the question, “Who are you?” – Your Country Needs You, written and directed by Shashwati Talukdar

Taipei Shorts consists of ten different short plays covering a variety of themes and genres from comedic mystery. John’s main purpose on choosing this format was to engage as many talents as possible. The production has local expats or Taiwanese actors,  writers and  directors, willing to reach out to foreign and local communities likewise. Being involved in Taipei Shorts “gives both actors and directors a real chance to breathe life into English Theater in Taiwan”, says John.

TAIPEI SHORTS II – Ten Plays Taipei

Entry passes can be purchased online on https:
for $500NTD or you can go directly buy it either from Red Room (Taipei, Jianguo S. Rd. Sec. 1 #177, 1st building on the left, 2F) or from the theater

The short plays will be performed on

27th from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
28th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
29th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

4th from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
5th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
6th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

輔仁大學理圖劇場 地址:新北市新莊區中正路510號 舒德樓理圖劇場 CFL Theater 242, New Taipei City, Xinzhuang District, Zhongzheng Road, 510號, 舒德樓1樓