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CTE Presents the Family-Friendly MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West

Grab the kids and head out to see Central Theatre Ensemble’s rollicking MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West, this weekend at Central Washington University.

Join Sun Wu Kong, the Handsome Monkey King and Great Sage, Equal to Heaven as he and his companions, Pigsy, Sandy, Dragon Horse, and their Buddhist monk master Tripitaka as they fight monsters, demons, and each other on their hilarious and holy journey to India.

This adaptation of Wu Cheng-en’s 16th century novel, His-yu Chi or The Journey to the West, is a fun-filled, action-packed tale of adventure for the whole family. Australian playwright Bryan Nason adapted the original Chinese tale, which is based on the real-life journey of Buddhist monk Xuanzang to India.

MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West will be held March 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students under 18 years old, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.

The original story is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and remains a much beloved story in many Asian countries. By focusing on the international appeal of this ancient tale, this production opens it to broader interpretations of character, costume, and staging.


Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

March 8, 2017