Theatre, Literary Arts, Festival

past//present (NUS Arts Festival 2018)

Organised by: NUS Centre For the Arts
Performed by: Damon Chua and Wang Liansheng
  • Date:
    7 - 8 Sep 2018
  • Time:
    7 Sep, Fri: 8:00pm
    8 Sep, Sat: 7:30pm
  • Duration:
    1h 45min (including a 15min intermission)
  • Venue:
    NUS University Cultural Centre Dance Studio
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  • Language:
    English, with one of the five readings in Mandarin with English subtitles


Two writers, two time zones, two series of works from different periods of their careers.

Damon Chua is a New York-based playwright, poet, fiction writer and producer. Wang Liansheng is a Singaporean playwright and lawyer. In past // present, they showcase short works focusing on a male character's struggle with societal norms, from their past, and present.

Comprising two short plays from Best Foot Forward (first staged by ACTION Theatre in 1995), and A Letter To _______ (first produced by The Theatre Practice in 2013) along with two new short plays - Bonsai & Two Men Peeing - past // present promises an intimate, thoughtful and emotional examination of the male identity across time, language and space.

This event includes some content in Mandarin with English subtitles.
There will be a post-show dialogue after the 8 Sep performance.

past//present (NUS Arts Festival 2018)