THE SHAOXING OPERA JOINT BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF AUGUST 1947
山河恋 – Theatre Advertisement in Film
and photograph of actual cast, Xiao Dangui playing 宓姬 (4th from right)
To quote Mark Twain, “It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” True, but what happens when the “truth” is that of the world of the stage, where nothing is ever quite true or false, only shadow, and (to make matter even more difficult) associates with a still unexplained suicide of a famous real-life actress/opera-diva, Xiao Dangui (1920-1947), a “whydunnit” that cannot be resolved because the perpetrator cannot testify?