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// June 2013 // Issue No. 4


In The Spotlight: Alfian Sa'at

Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,

With just a fortnight to go before we raise the curtain on the Festival, we are working round the clock to get everything ready for your arrival in the theatre. Personally, it’s been a little hectic, as I’m concurrently directing the two revivals of Alfian’s plays. But it has also been richly rewarding to discover these earlier, and some would say “wilder”, works. With Glen and his team cooking Curry in the rehearsal studio next door, and our production and admin offices gearing up for the final push before our opening, Kerbau Road is throbbing with excitement akin to the energy surrounding the Singapore Theatre Festival! I highly recommend that you come for all three plays, because they are bold, provocative, funny and moving. You can also look forward to the many engaging talks, forums and workshops, and Cooling-Off Day Reloaded. This is a festival of our stories and our community, in the words of a brilliant playwright, and we guarantee that you will have a great time at the theatre.

In this issue, Alfian explains his inspiration for the two revivals. Jo Kukathas talks about playing a goddess in Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. I, while Janice Koh and Brendon Fernandez open our eyes to the poetry of The Optic Trilogy. We also pay tribute to Mr. William Lim, a W!LD RICE Angel whose support made this festival possible. Last but certainly not least, we interview our wonderful office manager Katherine Khoo, who celebrates her seventh year in W!LD RICE. We couldn't do it without her. Enjoy W!LD TIMES!

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

Dreaming Up An Optic Trilogy

Last month, we spoke to W!LD RICE's resident playwright Alfian Sa'at about his new play, Cook A Pot Of Curry. In the second part of our interview, Alfian talks about his inspiration for Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. I and The Optic Trilogy and why he personally can't wait to see them staged in Singapore again. Read more...


Touched By An Angel:
Mr. William Lim

Last year, renowned architect Mr. William Lim made a personal donation to five arts groups and two individual artists. W!LD RICE and our resident playwright Alfian Sa'at were among the beneficiaries of Mr. Lim's generosity. In the run-up to a season celebrating Alfian's best and newest works, Mr. Lim took the time to speak to us about his support for the arts. Read more...


Jo Kukathas: part-time goddess

Veteran Malaysian actor Jo Kukathas will be playing the lead role of Agnes, a goddess who comes down to Earth in Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. I. She tells us about playing a celestial entity in Alfian's fabulous tour through gay history in Singapore, and explains why she loves working on this side of the Causeway. Read more...


An eye-opening experience

After twelve years and several productions staged all over Europe, Alfian Sa'at's The Optic Trilogy is finally coming home. Janice Koh and Brendon Fernandez explain what appeals to them about the play and the challenges it poses to them as actors. Read more...


In The Spotlight: FEST!VITIES

Missed Cooling-Off Day? Well, now you have a chance to catch a dramatised reading of Alfian's critically acclaimed docuplay about the 2011 general elections. As part of our In The Spotlight season, we'll be holding a series of readings, workshops and discussion fora to further explore the themes raised in Alfian's work. Read more...


In The Limelight


In The Wings

Our office manager KATHERINE KHOO explains what it takes to keep everything running smoothly Read more...


Help A Child, Donate A Book!

Help us collect books for underprivileged kids!


Book The Date: In The Spotlight

Our handy guide to all the important dates in our Alfian Sa'at season Read more...


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