Near Dawn

solo performance · synesthesians · Ages 10+ · China

one person show world premiere

A solo play about a boy, a fly and a corpse on one breezy summer night. A metamorphic human experience on one particular night. A hybrid of fiction & truth, absurdity & solemnity with a mixed timeline of past, present, and prophecy. A miniature portrait of contemporary rural China in the dawn of the nation’s largest economic reform. A life condensed in 45mins.

Inspired by a true event, NEAR DAWN draws from the tradition and history of China’s underdeveloped countryside in the early 1980s, and presents a story about belonging and solitude.

Production Team

zoe wang *

writer/ director/ producer

viola he *


daisy zheng *

production manager

beibei hu *

set designer

zheqin li *

sound designer

mengziyu lu *

lighting & set designer

susan wang *

graphic designer

ruobei wang *

stage manager

junfu chen *

lighting & set designer

boya zhu *

costume designer

* Fringe Veteran