(Libretto For An Opera In Two Acts)
Cast: Messenger, Yanxu, Guocheng, Mother, The Official, workmen, fieldworkers, police and other officials
Scene I – March. Yanxu in the fields.
Trouble back home. Yanxu leaves the fields, arrives home. Police block the door.
Scene II – Yanxu’s House
Guocheng breaks one of the bars of his cage, crawls out, beats his mother with the bar, killing her. He returns to the cage.
Scene I – A Room in Yanxu’s house.
Officials repair the cage and lock Guocheng inside.
Scene II – Outside Yanxu’s house.
The Official confirms Guocheng returned to the cage on his own.