Five Years – Rally the Troops

I tried acting for the first time. I’ve been a musician my whole life, a performer, but never a theatrical actor. The character was General Guan: a Communist General in 1948, stationed back in his hometown after a successful ousting of the KuoMinTang in Manchuria. Despite his success, it is speculated that his superiors don’t appreciate his methods due to committing war crimes. Overall, it was an arduous experience, but thoroughly enjoyable and immensely rewarding.

“Comrades! Listen to me! Five years may seem a short time for many. But for us, it has been five years of pain and suffering. For five years, we’ve suffered a rot in the tree of our society, one that keeps us from the peace and prosperity we deserve. A disease not of the body, but of the mind. And as any farmer knows, there is only one way to save a tree riddled with disease. Cut off the disease. Today marks a great victory for the CCP. Today we are no longer stagnant. Today we move forward once again!” – General Guan, “The Red Autumn” by Justin Sor.

Gen. Guan is the main character’s uncle, a man of devoted passion to his cause. His function in the play is to turn his nephew into a Communist soldier. I found his character to have an uncanny similarity to Palpatine/Darth Sidious from the Star Wars prequels. Leading to a lot of prequel memes and, “Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise” copypasta. What a year for r/prequelmemes to come around.

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