10 - 20 Jul 2013
Creative Cube, LASALLE, College of the Arts, Singapore
A man and a woman meet, seemingly for the first time. Can one single encounter alter the course of their lives?
The Optic Trilogy is composed of three stories, each one a duet between strangers. A tourist has a dalliance with a rent boy she has summoned from the Yellow Pages. A nervous photographer meets a beautiful blind model. A woman audaciously proposes marriage to a man she has just met on the Internet.
Possibly the playwright’s most lyrical work, The Optic Trilogy is a meditation on memory and perception, capturing the poetry of chance meetings in a cold and pitiless urbanscape. In each of the stories, the characters discover how the shock of human contact may lead to the possibility of redemption, forgiveness and even love.
The Optic Trilogy was written in 2001, when the playwright was 24 years old. It premiered at the Room Upstairs at the Action Theatre's Second 42 Theatre Festival, running for a single weekend.
Since then, the play has been translated into Swedish and German. It has been performed as Die Optische Trilogie in Zürich (2006), Berlin (2008) and Munich (2011) and as 3D – en optisk trilogy in Stockholm (2006).
The Optic Trilogy received a Best Script nomination at the Life! Theatre Awards in 2002.
This production marks the first time the play is performed in Singapore in its 12-year history. Directed by Ivan Heng, it stars two leading lights in Singapore theatre: Janice Koh and Brendon Fernandez.
Advisory: 16 years & above (Some Mature Content)
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Alfian Sa’at
Director Ivan Heng
Set Designer CK Chia
Lighting Designer Mac Chan
Sound Designer The Gunnery - Azmi Jaffar, Paul Searles, Ben Rosen
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Beno Lim (M.A.C.)
Production Manager Leong Mun Hoi
Stage Manager Sai Sandhya Silvalingam
Producer Tony Trickett
"The script, which turns on all that is sexual, charged and even dangerous about male-female conversations, is redolent with metaphors of light and seeing."SPH The Straits Times Life!
"Brendon Fernandez and Janice Koh complemented the poignancy and beauty of these stories with their strong acting and portraiture of the characters."poachedmag.com