Still, growing numbers of Chinese independent impresarios are emerging to find increasing interest from young Chinese, Huang said.
But censorship hovers overhead, said Wang Chong.
“(Chinese authorities) want theater to become an industry like Broadway, to make money like movies do and contribute to national GDP,” he said, but they also want it “pure and strictly controllable”.
Wang, who regularly stages his edgier performances overseas, will perform a new one-man play in Australia next year starring himself. The theme: censorship.
“It’s my long-term dream that China’s theater censorship system will collapse one day. If so, the (forthcoming) play will have accomplished its mission.”