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I Dream of Chang and Eng 

When: Tue., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

As any kid who ever thumbed through the Guinness Book of World Records or any other compendium of quirks can tell you, the conjoined twins who gave birth to the term "Siamese twins" were a pair of brothers, Chang and Eng. Born in 1811, they lived lives of Barnum-esque celebrity until they settled, for some reason, in Surry County, N.Ca. (Today, they run a distant second to Andy Griffith for the title of biggest local celebrity tourist attraction.)

The California-based playwright Philip Kan Gotanda wrote a play about the pair called I Dream of Chang and Eng, which premiered last spring in Berkeley with a cast of 19 making 130 costume changes. It's also the basis of this program of events. Gotanda will speak about his work, and undergraduates will make presentations based on their own research as well as Gotanda's play. Interestingly, a local documentary filmmaker has tackled this subject, too: Josh Gibson showed The Siamese Connection at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival a few years back. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m., after a 5 p.m. reception. —David Fellerath

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