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This show is not recommended for audience members under the age of 9 due to the mature level of content. There are some graphic images of war, adult situations and language.

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Cathay: Three Tales of China Tickets & Information

New Victory Theater

209 West 42nd Street

(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

New York NY 10036 View on map

Cathay: Three Tales of China Summary

Long ago in an opulent palace, a powerful Tang dynasty emperor is forced to choose between his one true love and his people’s fate. During World War II, a young boy struggles to survive during the Japanese occupation. In this gripping production that moves back and forth through time, these two stories supernaturally converge in the sleek lobby of a modern day luxury hotel where Chinese rap stars, curious tourists and business tycoons mingle. In Cathay: Three Tales Of China, the country’s tumultuous history and bright future are brought head-to-head by master visual storyteller Ping Chong (Kwaidan, 2000) and the extraordinary puppeteers of the Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre. Featuring over sixty characters, rod, shadow and large-scale puppets are integrated with live actors and special effects in this triumphant triptych commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Cathay: Three Tales of China Special Information

Family workshops are now available only to members. Call (646) 223-3020 for information.

Talk Back Performances: At select performances, company members will stick around and answer your questions.

For Cathay: Three Tales of China, talk backs are scheduled for:

Saturday, November 5 at 7pm
Thursday, November 10 at 7pm

Sunday, November 6, 2005 at 12pm – Behind The Curtain performance: VicTeens is a program for teens only (ages 13-18). This Behind The Curtain event begins with the VicTeens sitting in a teen section of the Theater. (Parents or younger siblings are allowed only in other sections of the Theater and cannot attend the pre- or post-show activities.) A private Q&A follows the performance with the cast and theater professionals. The event is $10.00. A 15% discount is available to those who purchase 2 or more VicTeens events at one time. For more information or to place a VicTeens order, contact Darren Molovinsky by phone (646-223-3065) or email (

Cathay: Three Tales of China Cast Members:

Ping Chong & Company with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre

Cathay: Three Tales of China Quick Facts

Running Time:

100 minutes, with no intermission

Price Range

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Audience :

Appropriate 9+. We suggest children attending the production be at least 9 years old because the show’s length and style require a certain amount of concentration and attention. This show is not recommended for audience members under the age of 9 due to the mature level of content. There are some graphic images of war, adult situations and language.  Moving at a quiet, zen-like pace, Ping Chong’s work is absolutely enchanting – filled with rich imagery, Asian music and clever wit. Originally created for adults, this is a show adults could attend with or without kids. Parents should keep in mind that while this production incorporates the use of puppets, it is a serious piece of theater not to be confused with “puppet shows.”


First Preview Date
October 28, 2005

Box Office Hours

Sunday & Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 7pm

Mail Order

Cathay: Three Tales of China
The New Victory Theater
c/o New 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street - 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036-7201

Coat Room

None available. There are approximately 48 lockers available. The cost of these lockers is 50 cents.