Chicago Field Museum

In the winter of 2015, CTW partnered with the Chicago Field Museum to film a traditional shadow theater production using some of the antique shadow figures from the Pauline Benton Collection.

Working closely with the Field’s creative staff, we produced a 10 minute episode based on one of Monkey King’s adventures from “Journey to the West” Shot from both sides of the shadow screen, the video display will remain in the Field’s new Cyrus Tang China Hall for the next 50 years.

Production Credits:

Co-Directors: Kuang-Yu Fong, Stephen Kaplin

Actors: Xianzhong Zhai, Junling Wang, Jinhong Lee, Jing Shan, Gin Forakis

Puppeteers: Kuang-Yu Fong, Stephen Kaplin, Shu-Yun Cheng, Alex Young

Music: Junling Wang, Gang Tian, Yukio Tsuji, Yanbu Guo