Your latest play, Dust and Dawn, took three years to realise. Tell us about it.
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre artistic director Fredric Mao Chun-fai:
'I'm a huge fan of Louis Cha's wuxia novels, so I wanted to create a straight drama set in a world of swordsmen and warriors. It's not like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with flying fighters and special effects. It's not realistic for a stage show to attempt that.
'This drama explores how the hero struggles between worldly temptations like fame and fortune and peace of mind. It's a philosophical fable, but also a great love story because he's deeply loved by three women.
'I haven't worked on an original play since 2002, and I'm loving it. It's refreshing and challenging because I start everything from scratch.
'I'm glad the playwright [Paul Poon] shares the directing with me because I can question him and make the show better. The chemistry definitely helps.'
Dust and Dawn, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Jan 21-Feb 4, 7.45pm; Jan 28, Feb 4, 2.45pm also, HK$120-HK$220. Inquiries: 3103 5900.