The Nights of Dream is composed of a borrowed title from Natsume Soseki’s book and the fascinating reading sensation from Yi-Chun Lo’s work, but in fact, there might not be a relation at all. The beginning of the story is an allegory about a doomed city where an epidemic of Asperger’s syndrome is spreading. The patients start to show symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome after the initial flu; they doze off and produce enormous amount of dreams. An otaku, who self acclaims his allergies to Taipei city, in a long period of drowsiness, dreams of a bird’s head who claims to have been kidnapped by the Chinese Communist Party and is no longer able to erect. Ever since the dream, the man is unable to erect either; the anxiety caused by sexual dysfunction leads to flamboyant but obscene day dreams and strange and grotesque events one after another.
In those dreams, the narrative space is divided into pieces, and the sequence of the plot seems to mingle and continues to diverge and repeatedly going back to the starting point; the story now becomes difficult to unfold to a linear axis. The narrative description is illustrated through continuous expanding and proliferating branches, ridiculously and depressingly relating the so-called genital failure to the core idea of death. The play uses the drama in exchange of death, the escape and avoidance after the awakening lead to yet one after another dream in his dreams; the continuation of dreams is the extension of life, no one can predict the what would happen to the world after his wakes up.
Ten Nights of Dream is a show of nonsense, a narrative artistry which glorifies a vile entertainment that is off-topic and off-track. It is a play that stands in between comedy and farce; bustling noises and free of taboos, the atmosphere is often decorated with enigmatic and splendid elements. However, the sense of unfitting and gloomy awkwardness often drives people away. (Or, is it possible that awkwardness comes from the divergence or off-beat?) Or maybe, all of the above has no contributing factor at all.