HONG KONG – Every woman can pursue happiness with no regret. That’s the premise of quintuple Hong Kong Drama Award-winning play Marriage, by celebrated Japanese playwright Hashida Sugako, who other works have moved audiences all around the world.
Marriage, originally a 1982 television drama before being adapted for the stage the following year, traces the path of women’s self-determination and how they overcome fate. In the Hanada family, a mother and her four daughters lead a simple but contented life, with the eldest daughter having started work to support the family, while the second daughter remains at home to care for the family on the domestic front. All of them pin their hopes on the two younger daughters to enter university and to better their lives. But when the eldest daughter comes home one day to reveal the discrimination she faces at work as an unmarried woman, the topic of marriage stirs up a storm, as each woman decides how to face love and handle it in their lives, unravelling the complex layers in each of their hearts.
When HKRep premiered the play back in 2015, the production received 11 nominations at the Hong Kong Drama Awards, winning Best Actress (Tragedy/Drama), Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and was one of the Top Ten Popular Productions. Translated by Yu Daiqin and directed by Fong Chun Kit, this production features Mercy Wong, Man Shui Hing, Kiki Cheung, ManMan Kwok, Ip Ka Yan, Chris Sun, Leung Tin Chak, Yuen Wai Sun, Chow Chi Fai and Eddy Au Yeung.
Sats Director Fong Chun Kit, to which Marriage depicts the many ways women strive to attain happiness, each making her own choices: “Marriage is the symbol of blissful joy for every character in the play, not because they can get married. Along the way, they forge a path to live life fully for themselves, to be true to their hearts rather than living for others. What bliss it is to be able to live for oneself.”
How will these five women face adversity together as they reflect on the nature and love, and free themselves from societal expectations to find happiness with no regret? If you’re in Hong Kong this March, catch HKRep’s award-winning production of Marriage, and find out for yourself.
Marriage plays from 7th to 10th March 2019 at the Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium, Hong Kong. For tickets, visit their website here Marriage will then tour to China, with stops at Guangzhou Opera House, Zhuhai Huafa & CPAA Grand Theatre, Foshan Grand Theatre and more.