17 - 26 May 2000
KR Soma Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur
Take a walk on the wild side with Zoe, a Malaysian cross-dresser and gardening enthusiast who sees life in London through false eyelashes. From monsoons in Malacca to steamy hothouses in Kew Gardens, An Occasional Orchid explodes the myth of a “good Chinese girl” and dishes the dirt on East-West relations in a fertile post-colonial garden. An unforgettable evening of intercultural horticultural wanderings in a Wonderbra!
Joe is a medical student in London, experiencing new freedoms half a world away from his Malaysian hometown and his parents' watchful eyes. An Occasional Orchid follows his transformation into Zoe, an exotic Asian transvestite, a beautiful flower of the East, meticulously constructed to please Bryan. Initially emboldened by the lustful white male gaze, Zoe embarks on an increasingly desperate search for love.
Slipping between illusion and reality, tragedy becomes self-realisation as she strips off the artifice constructed for Bryan and places a call to Malacca: "Hello? Mum? I've booked my flight. There's someone I'd like you to meet." New challenges await but Zoe has survived the eroticisation of the exotic, to dress up another day.
Note: contains scenes of nudity, Jimmy Choo heels and astroturf.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Ivan Heng & Chowee Leow
Director Ivan Heng
Set Designers Ivan Heng & Chowee Leow
Lighting Designer Ivan Heng
Sound Designer Neale Hanvey
Costume Designers Ivan Heng & Chowee Leow
Hair & Wigs Ashley Lim
Production Manager Felina Khong
Stage Manager Teo Kuang Han
Producer Ivan Heng
Chowee Leow as Joe/Zoe
"Cleverly written, smoothly executed. Chowee gives a charged performance."New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur
"The story was absolutely engrossing... and the acting, spectacular!"Best Play 2000, KLue.com.my
"Sexy, seductive, intelligent! An extraordinary glimpse into femininity, cultural and sexual identity."kulture.com.my
"A comical, raunchy and eye-opening account of survival."agendamalaysia.com
"Vivacious... Romped with buckets or promiscuity, pathos and personal insight into a twilight world... A gloriously triumphant return for Chowee and Zoe!"Day & Night