Skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia, La Boite Theatre Company presents the return season of Single Asian Female by award winning writer Michelle Law at the Roundhouse Theatre until 9 March 2019.
Directed by Claire Christian, Single Asian Female follows the story of the Wong family as they deal with some of life’s big questions and explore what it means to be an Asian woman in Australia.
Step into the after hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet the whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue. With two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harbouring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, Single Asian Female is Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before.
“When I wrote Single Asian Female, I never anticipated that it would have this kind of longevity,” said Playwright Michelle Law. “… …but perhaps I’m shortchanging the work. And I say that I’m shortchanging the work, and not myself, because this work is now bigger than myself and no longer solely belongs to me.”
“It belongs to audiences: to the families sharing knowing giggles amongst themselves; to the Asian-Australian student who saw the show alone after school, lugging her backpack around the foyer; and to the countless people who contacted me saying that seeing themselves on stage changed the way they viewed their lives and what theatre had the potential to be.”
Michelle Law is a writer working across film, TV, theatre and print. Her work has appeared in numerous Australian literary journals and she is a regular contributor to Frankie magazine. She has been a recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers Award, Australian Writers Guild AWGIE awards and Melbourne Webfest awards.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology, and has also studied sketch writing and improvisation at The Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, as well as studying under Joan Scheckel in Los Angeles.
Her debut stage play Single Asian Female was performed at La Boite Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre to sold out audiences. Homecoming Queens – a web series that she co-created, co-wrote and stars in aired on SBS in 2018 and was recently nominated for an AACTA award.
Director: Claire Christian Featuring: Emily Burton, Patrick Jhanur, Michelle Law, Tatum Mottin, Courtney Stewart, Hsiao-Ling Tang Set & Costume Design: Moe Assaad Composer/Sound Designer: Wil Hughes Lighting Designer: Keith Clark Associate Lighting Designer: Glenn Hughes Fight Director: NJ Price Choreographer: Courtney Stewart Assistant Creative: Emma Black
Single Asian Female
Roundhouse Theatre, Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove (Brisbane)
Season continues to 9 March 2019
Information and Bookings: www.laboite.com.au
Image: Single Asian Female – photo by Daniel Boud