(Libretto For An Opera In Two Acts)

Cast: Messenger, Yanxu, Guocheng, Mother, The Official, workmen, fieldworkers, police and other officials

Act I

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.

Act II

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.