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The Village of Hu

"The Village of Hu" is a play about bravery and patriotic passion of Lady Hu, the woman warrior. Its bravura sprite differs markedly from other tender and melancholy Kunqu plays. The two long pheasant tails on Lady HuíŽs headgear are props with which the actress performs much of her acrobatic dance.

Ying Di (Charging into the Enemy Camp)


Trumpet, the Chief of Staff at the Anxi palace, gets Hai drunk, carries him to the princess' chamber and lays him down in the princess' bed when she is out. Trumpet's scheme is to infuriate the princess and therefor have Hai executed. It turns out that the princess' maid Jiang Huayou recognizes Hai as her long separated brother and hides him under a table. When the princess comes back and finds Hai, she wants to kill him. After finding out that Hai is a newly appointed staff officer, she begins to admire him. Sensing the delicacy of the situation, Jiang slips out of the room and leaves the couple to each other. The princess has no choice but to see Hai off by herself. After taking his leave, Hai figures that the princess may have affection for him and goes back just in time to hear the princess' revelation of her feelings. The two expresses their love to each other. The princess gives Hai a sword as a token of love.

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