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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 19:30

Love, Dating, Sex and Marriage: Intimate Chinese Stories Revealed through The Leftover Monologues

Roseann Lake, Journalist and Director, The Leftover Monologues


Embassy of Ireland

3 Ritan Dong Lu


Aierlan Dashiguan 3 Ritan Dong Lu


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Roseann Lake is an American journalist and former Beijing resident. The author of a forthcoming book about love and Chinese leftover women, Lake spent two years interviewing 100+ “leftovers,” both male and female, as well as dozens of Chinese parents in varying degrees of distress over their lack of grandchildren, and developed a play called The Leftover Monologues. Loosely based on The Vagina Monologues, The Leftover Monologues relies on first-hand accounts written and recounted by a group of bold performers whose stories provide stirring new insight into the complexities of love, sex, marriage and relationships in China. In this presentation, Lake will discuss the creation of The Leftover Monologues and will bring to life the themes that she explores through Monologue performances, delivered by actors from the play.

Lake recruited the cast and directed The Leftover Monologues, which was performed to three packed houses in Beijing last summer. It received international attention and will be performed again in the spring of 2015, both in Beijing and Shanghai.

A graduate of NYU, Roseann Lake holds an MA in journalism and her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, TIME, Salon, CNN, The Atlantic, ChinaFile, The South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, The Huffington Post, Time Out Beijing and France 24. Prior to China, Lake lived for stints in Paris, Buenos Aires and Florence. She speaks five languages and has reported from four continents.