HCM CITY — Well-known fashion designer Sĩ Hoàng is working with a group of actors in HCM City to produce a new play about Vietnamese history in an aim to lure audiences back to the theatre.
Hoàng is working as a stage costume designer for Khóc Giữa Trời Xanh ( Crying under the Blue Sky), a tragic work featuring the life of Lê Văn Thịnh, a famous official of the royal court of the Lý Dynasty in 1084.
He was also invited to play the lead role Thịnh after casting. He has worked with skilled actors of the Hoàng Yến Drama Club to perfect his performance.
Khóc Giữa Trời Xanh is directed by Nguyên Phùng. The play depicts the themes of patriotism and honesty.
“ Khóc Giữa Trời Xanh features historical events. The play should be staged in a realistic style,” said fashion designer Hoàng, in an interview with Thanh Niên (Young People) newspaper last week.
“Director Phùng asked actors to read documents and books about the history of Lý Dynasty, its culture and people. This helped to breathe life into the play.
“I hope our performance will leave a new impression on audiences,” he said.
Hoàng has been working as a stage costume designer for many years with a large number of his products used in large-scale plays, including two produced by the Việt Nam Chèo Theatre and the Hà Nội Drama Theatre, to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thăng Long-Hà Nội.
He has tried his hand at acting, and achieved his first success winning a silver prize for his role in Yêu là thoát tội at the National Drama Festival 2018 in Hà Nội.
Hoàng has worked with experts such as Professor Dương Trung Quốc in Hà Nội and Professor Nguyễn Khắc Thuần in HCM City for his latest drama. “This helps me understand the national and local tradition from the period in which the drama is set,” said Hoàng.
Graduating from HCM City Fine Arts College, Hoàng has worked hard to make his dream come true. He designed his first áo dài in 1989 when the country’s first beauty contest Miss Áo Dài was held in HCM City.
He painted flowers on áo dài which were worn by the competition’s winners. His designs impressed judges and audiences. The trend of painting on áo dài was born.
In 2002, he opened Đi ểm Một Thời , a tea shop offering fashion shows and Vietnamese tea served in traditional style. The luxury shop quickly became an essential part of life in HCM City for many residents.
Điểm Một Thời served Queen Sylvia of Sweden and her husband King Carl Gustaf XVI during their tour to Việt Nam in 2004. They revealed their musical side when they played the parts of “cup clickers” during a performance of traditional Vietnamese music at the shop. They also watched beautiful girls in áo dài at a fashion show.
“In Khóc Giữa Trời Xanh , we will offer Vietnamese drama in the style of the South,” said Hoàng.
The play Khóc Giữa Trời Xanh will make its debut on May 12 at the city’s Opera House at 7 Lam Sơn Square in District 1. VNS