June 3, 2019
2:30 & 9:10 ONLY
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ASH MAYFAIR
Born and raised in Vietnam, Ash Mayfair has drawn upon her familial history (both grandmother and great-grandmother were in arranged marriages at a young age) to create the fictitious 19th century drama of 14-year-old May, who becomes the third wife of an older man. With a largely female cast and crew, THE THIRD WIFE portrays the strictures of patriarchy, the rules by which a woman can gain some degree of prestige and power (as the mother of a son), and the consequences any deviance will engender. But most of all, this is a story of emotional bonding among three generations of women, in a setting that is both exquisitely beautiful and painfully repressive. As with the lives of Chinese concubines in RAISE THE RED LANTERN, the ostensible comfort and elegance of this world of women is both richly seductive and fearfully poisonous.
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