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Founded in the summer of 1995, Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group owes its name to the fictional character in Virginia Woolf’s novel A Room of One’s Own, meaning to liberate women’s talents from the oppression of patriarchy. Limiting itself to no specific issues or conventional aesthetics, SWSG takes materials from all arts inspiring to create original theatrical works, which have been brought to participate in many theater festivals in Taiwan as well as overseas for years.

Most of the SWSG’s members started their partnership of staging theatrical productions in college years, who were then members from the Drama Club of National Taiwan University (NTU) and the Linear Theater Group, comprised of the students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature of the Night School of NTU. Such partnership continued strongly after their graduation, and led to the birth of the SWSG in 1995 with its debut production A Boring Life, written and directed by its chief creative artist Wei Ying-chuan.

With vigorous productivity, every year SWSG stages two or more new productions since its genesis. To name some, in 1997 SWSG was invited to stage A Room of One’s Own in Hong Kong Art Center, followed by another well-received new production 666─Limbo, staged in August in Tiny Alice Theater, Tokyo. As the artistic reputation of Director Wei and of the other performers was gradually recognized, invitations from theater festivals in Taiwan and overseas have begun to multiply yearly since. In addition to the study of movements,these years Wei incorporated modern literature interpreted into her works as inspirational resources, especially from the legacy by female artists and writers. In 2003, our new production Emily Dickinson just toured from [Girl Play Festival](Hong Kong); Six Memos for the Next Millennium─Movements will head for Kobe (Japan) and Peking (China) in Dec 2003 and Paris in May 2004.

On the other hand, Wang Chia-ming, the other full-fledged director of SWSG, directed Ebola: A Pure Rational Critique of the Ethics of Virus in December, 2000 in Taipei, enriching SWSG’s creative energy with new perspective. His 2002 production Zodiac II was highly recognized and proudly nominated by Taishin Arts Awards. This year Andronicus Titus, adapted from Shakespeare’s same title classic, strode on the stage of National Experimental Theater, Taiwan.

Besides staging theatrical productions in domestic & international festivals, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group is planning to make its further step toward making tour performances around the country,developing educational theater activities & engaging itself actively in matters of national cultural politics at stake.