PALINDROMES - A Poetic Play with Music


PALINDROMES: A Poetic Play with Music

This musical play follows two strangers, seemingly worlds apart, as they come to realize just how in tune they are with each other. With original songs penned by Ortega and scored by José Promis, as well as classics from Singaporean-Malaysian singer and icon Saloma and pop sensation Agnes Monica, PALINDROMES comes at a time of division to remind us that, maybe, we've all just got each other backwards.



Friday 19 July 2019, 8:30pm
Saturday 20 July 2019, 3:30pm
Saturday 20 July 2019, 5:30pm
Sunday 21 July 2019, 4:30pm
Sunday 21 July 2019, 6:30pm

Venue: The Arts House, Play Den

Duration: 45 mins, with a 15 min post-show Q&A

Admission: Reserve your ticket online on the right hand side with your contact details.

Rating: To be advised

Ticket Pricing:

Early bird (before 8 July 2019, subject to availability) - $15
Student price - $15
Regular - $20

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Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) is a theatre-maker based in Southern California. As a playwright, Giovanni’s notable works include Criers for Hire, which became the highest grossing world premiere play for East West Players Theater; and ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan (2011), which was commissioned by East West Players for its Theater for Youth Program and has been performed globally since 2012. As a director, he worked on Mama Bares at East West Players, The House of the Spirits, Urinetown: the Musical in Pomona College and A Sunday Kind of Love (Orange County Playwrights Alliance). His debut film, Upon the Fragile Shore, was screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016.

This past August, as part of research beginning in 2016, Giovanni led a 10-day devised theatre workshop at the Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity (HCAC), working with participants to produce The Body Series, a series of plays aimed at interrogating misogynistic perceptions, race and class divisions, and taboos surrounding mental illness.

Over the last few years, Giovanni has also teamed up with organizations around the world to observe how the arts may be used to promote acceptance and decimate discrimination. As a core member of Theatre Without Borders, he collaborated with communities and artists across the globe to share untold, yet important stories with the public. He has also worked with theatre and community organizations in Australia, and is currently artist-in-residence at Philippine-Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central, which creates platforms for elders to pass on oral histories to the next generation.


Hailing from Singapore, Zora Smith is an actor and vocal artist now based in New York City (NYC). She is a graduate of School of the Arts, Singapore, and has worked with professional directors and trained practitioners at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC), such as David Glass, Giovanni Jose, Melissa Eveleigh and Kamil Haque. There, Zora made her directorial debut with a self-written, one-woman show, In Loving Memory. She began 2018 with another self-directed production, Pioneer Passages: The Stories of Black Women, a showcase of iconic black plays with an all-black ensemble.

Zora is currently furthering her actor’s training at the William Esper Studio in NYC. She often finds herself at the intersections of several cultures and heritages, a source of pride in which she sees all her artistic & creative endeavours come to life.


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  • The event description was updated. Diff#451277 2019-07-07 12:16:58
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Jul 19 - Jul 21, 2019
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The Arts House (Play Den)
Fri 19 July 2019 - 8:30pm (Early Bird by 8 July 2019) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 3:30pm (Early Bird by 8 July 2019) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 5:30pm (Early Bird by 8 July 2019) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 4:30pm (Early Bird by 8 July 2019) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 6:30pm (Early Bird by 8 July 2019) SOLD OUT $15.00
Fri 19 July 2019 - 8:30pm (Student Price) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 3:30pm (Student Price) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 5:30pm (Student Price) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 4:30pm (Student Price) SOLD OUT $15.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 6:30pm (Student Price) SOLD OUT $15.00
Fri 19 July 2019 - 8:30pm (Regular) SOLD OUT $20.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 3:30pm (Regular) SOLD OUT $20.00
Sat 20 July 2019 - 5:30pm (Regular) SOLD OUT $20.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 4:30pm (Regular) SOLD OUT $20.00
Sun 21 July 2019 - 6:30pm (Regular) SOLD OUT $20.00
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