Who is Emily Gan? Is she a heroine or a villain? A woman ahead of her time, or a woman trapped by tradition? Ivan Heng, directed by long-time collaborator Glen Goei, brings to life one of Singapore theatre’s most iconic and complex characters. Together, they tell the fascinating story of an abandoned girl-child who overcomes all odds to emerge as a powerful matriarch in a distinguished household.
Evoking the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture from the 1930s, Stella Kon’s “Emily of Emerald Hill” continues to resonate in the present. Even as women today find fulfilment beyond the roles that circumscribed Emily Gan – as daughter-in-law, wife, mother, home-maker – the question of what a woman must do to succeed in a man’s world remains as pertinent as ever.
In 2000, Ivan Heng founded WILD RICE with a landmark production in which he first made Emily Gan his own. We can think of nothing more fitting to commemorate WILD RICE’s new home.
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