Women Of Asia returns to the spotlight almost three decades after its conception here in Thailand. Written and directed by Korean-American theatre artist Asa Gim Palomera, the play comprises eight unrelated scenes and monologues inspired by real-life stories of women across Asia, collected from news articles and humanitarian agencies. And while in Palomera's hands the stories are moving and ring true, the play is stylistically dated and heavy-handed to the point of distraction.
continues its run until Sunday. The shows are nightly at 7.30pm, with a2pmmatinee on Saturday, and only a matinee performance on Sunday, at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Tickets cost 600 baht (300 baht for students). Call 02-218-4802 or 081-559-7252 or visit www.facebook.com/dramaartschula. The play is in English and Thai with subtitles in both languages. Photos courtesy of Chulalongkorn University
There is a not-so-submissive Asian woman of opera, a child prostitute and eventual victim of an international sex trade network, a Filipina maid working for a cruel Kuwaiti princess, a Thai woman and a Japanese man in a marriage weighed down by culinary and cultural differences, a Japanese woman whose dignity and sense of self are eroded by a joyless marriage, Indian women defying and perpetuating repressive traditions, and a larger-than-life wife of a powerful man.
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