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Bibhu Mohapatra often mines the history books for inspiration. This season, he came up with Empress Dowager Cixi, a divisive figure in Chinese history who started out as a concubine in the late Qing dynasty years and wound up ruling the country until her death in 1908. “She was not known to be the nicest of persons,” said Mohapatra. "She is the perfect example of the imperfect. She was hungry for chaos and control. She wanted to rule, and she did at a time when women had no ground to stand on."

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