White-Haired Girl

The play is based on a real incident in 1940. A “white-haired goddess” was found by Communist soldiers in a remote place. Actually, she was a village girl who had been raped by a landlord and had escaped into the mountains, where she gave birth to her child. Her constant suffering and hunger had made her hair turn white and she was living on offerings given by the nearby villagers who thought she was a supernatural being. In the play the girl’s father is not able to pay his rent to the cruel landlord and thus he is forced to sell his daughter to him as a slave. The play ends with the white girl’s accusations against the landlord, while the villagers rejoice because the age-old feudal cruelty is finally abolished.