Empress Wu Zetian


Wu Zetian (624-705AD) was the first and only empress in Chinese history. She ruled Tang Dynasty to its prosperity which included expanding territory, constructing no longer survived buildings and bronze castings, placing Buddhism over Taoism as the state religion, drawing talented people into her reign, developing agriculture. Although Wu was a competent monarch in terms of her achievements, she was extremely cruel and merciless murdering her relatives who had intention to take over her position or fatally eliminating those who opposed her. Wu was commented pro and con by honoring her historical contributions and by repelling her ruthless performance.
This stage play is a new production featuring famous actress Liu Xiaoqin and Tianjin People's Art Theater and will tour US for overseas premier in 2016.