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Further casting announced for Into the Numbers at Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FURTHER casting has been announced for the European premiere of Into the Numbers, which runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season from January 2 to January 27, 2018.

Joining previously announced Elizabeth Chan as Iris Chang are Timothy Knightly (as Brett Douglas/Interviewer/Doctor), Jennifer Lim (Nanking Relative/Victim/Ensemble), Amy Molloy (Minnie Vautrin/Ensemble) and Mark Ota (Deputy Japanese Ambassador/Soldier/Ensemble).

Previously Posted: The European premiere of Into the Numbers by multi-award-winning American playwright Christopher Chen runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season – from January 2 to January 27, 2018.

As well as commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre, Into the Numbers will be the first production at the Finborough Theatre building in its 150th anniversary year.

Words… they have their limits. They aren’t the same as the things they represent.

In December 1937, in Nanking, then capital of China, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century occurred – the rape, torture and murder of 300,000 Chinese civilians and the systematic mass execution of soldiers by the Japanese army.

In 2004, Iris Chang, famed author of The Rape of Nanking, a chronicle of the massacre that brought it back into public consciousness, committed suicide at the age of 36. What begins as a standard lecture and interview with the celebrated author, soon descends into a surreal nightmare. As ghosts from her research appear, she tries desperately to find order in the midst of mental chaos.

Into the Numbers by the Obie Award and Dramatist Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, is described as a thrillingly innovative theatrical exploration of the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process.

Director Georgie Staight returns to the Finborough Theatre after her four star (The Daily Telegraph) sell-out production of Carmen Nasr’s new play Dubailand.

Into the Numbers features Elizabeth Chan as Iris Chang.

Elizabeth Chan’s theatre credits include B!rth (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Sugar-Coated Bullets of Bourgeoisie (HighTide Festival), The Odyssey (Almeida Theatre), Caught, Hamlet is Dead (Arcola Theatre), Light Shinning in Buckinghamshire and Greenland (National Theatre), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre, Headlong Theatre and West End) and Cinderella (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).

She has also appeared on television in Coronation Street, Motherland, Carters Get Rich, The Last Dragonslayer, Last Tango in Halifax, Cucumber, Holby City, Black Mirror – The Entire History of You, Spirit Warriors and Silent Witness.

Playwright Christopher Chen’s work includes Caught (La MaMa Theater, New York City, and Volta Festival at Arcola Theatre), Home Invasion (Site Specific with The Flight Deck, California), The Hundred Flowers Project (Crowded Fire Theatre, San Francisco), The Late Wedding (Hub Theatre, San Francisco), Mutt (La Val’s Subterranean), Passage (Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia), The Window Age (Central Works, Berkeley) and You Mean to Do Me Harm (San Francisco Playhouse).

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