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By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2021-10-14 09:03

The US classic play, Desire Under the Elms, is adapted into a Chinese production by Beijing People's Art Theater and being staged through Sunday.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Fourteen years later, Ren, along with Cong Lin, is co-directing the new version.

Published in the 1920s and considered a 20th-century classic US drama, Desire Under the Elms draws from Greek tragedy.

It tells the story of Ephraim Cabot, an old landowner who is engaged in a battle with his youngest son, Eben Cabot, for control of the family farm.

Eben Cabot despises the fact that his father stole the family's farm from his mother. When the father returns after disappearing for several weeks along with his newlywed wife, Abbie, Eben Cabot finds himself in love with the bride. Abbie's own greed and sexual attraction to Eben Cabot also lead to consequences.

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