One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude
2006/1 Forest theatre, Taipei National University of the Arts

A haunted house which is frozen in the river of time,
A hundred-year old heriloom prophecy book which withers in prosperity,
A private conversation which opens reading and writing,
A magical journey which crosses imagination and reality,

He knows his fate is also written in that manuscript; he rushes to the laboratory and reads the prophecy that was written a hundred years ago. He reads: “The first person from the family is tied to a tree, and the last person is devoured by ants;” the past, written on parchments, seems to be coming alive. He reads, wind whistles, the voice from the memory covers nostalgic sighing, brushing around him. He reads, looking at the prophecy ahead, desperately searching for the date and conditions of his death; before he reaches to the last line, he realizes he would never be able to leave the room…

The story is adapted from Latin American writer Gabriel García Márquez’s Gabriel García Márquez. The original story is written in mysterious and realistic ways, illustrating a fiction which covers 6 generations in a family and time and space rational limitations. In the seemly realistic synopsis, the story is mixed with unrestrained and wild imaginations. Through theatrical performance, the prophet/writer, the story attempts to decipher the “prophecy book” which not only overlooks the rise and fall of a family but also records distant conversations between the last generation of Buendía family and the readers. The scriptwriter composes in both illusion and reality and weaves past, present and future together; not only the events intertwine and correspond with each other, the characters from the play also overlap like shadows while timeframes jostle against each other.