Award-winning local writer Michelle Law will debut her brand new comedy, Single Asian Female, at La Boite Theatre Company in 2017.
Law, the winner of the 2016 Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, will take audiences into the inner workings of a suburban Chinese restaurant run by a family of whip-smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue.
Set on the Sunshine Coast, the play will look at three women at three key stages of their lives — high school, one’s reproductive prime, and menopause — all grappling with specifically female issues, from the pressure of choosing between fertility and career goals, to navigating high school and girl gang politics, to trying to survive and be strong for yourself and others when you’re trapped in an abusive relationship.
Single Asian Female is about women navigating distinctly female relationships — sisters at odds with each other, frenemies undermining each other, and a mother trying to overcome generational and cultural gaps to connect with her daughters.
“Single Asian Female is a comedy that skewers race and gender issues in ways that will challenge how you think about our country and the people who live in it,” Law says.
“It’s a play that speaks to the daily realities of my own life and the lives of many Australians who often feel voiceless and targeted.”
Todd MacDonald, CEO and artistic director of La Boite, says the play is an example of the theatre’s commitment to fostering upcoming talents.
“The heart and soul of La Boite’s 2017 season is dominated by creating opportunities for a diverse range of emerging and established artists to develop their work,” he says.
“We are excited to be working with Michelle Law to present Single Asian Female, which represents a fresh new Australian arts voice.”
The production is directed by Clare Christian, and features actors Hsiao-Ling Tang, Alex Lee (The Checkout, The Feed), Courtney Stewart, Emily Burton (La Boite’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and 2016 Raw Comedy finalist Emily Vascotto, with set and costume design by Moe Assaad and sound design by Wil Hughes.
“Expect to see women, specifically women of colour, to hear their voices, which are at once strong, irreverent and hilarious,” Law says.
“Expect to see a family in turmoil. Expect to see audiences who don’t normally go to the theatre, who don’t normally see themselves reflected on stage. Expect to see laughter, tears and kitschy karaoke in equal measure and be prepared to sing along.”
Michelle Law’s Single Asian Female will play at La Boite at the Roundhouse Theatre (The Works Level 5, 6-8 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove Village) from 11 February to 4 March 2017. For more info and tickets, visit laboite.com.au.