NEW OHIO THEATRE ICE FACTORY FESTIVAL 2020 - Who's There?
I am co-directing and performing in Who's There?, an international virtual project created by The Transit Ensemble and presented by New Ohio Theatre as part of Ice Factory Festival 2020.
"A Black American influencer accuses a Malaysian bureaucrat of condoning blackface. A Singaporean-Indian teacher launches an Instagram feud calling out racial inequality at home, post-George Floyd. A privileged Singaporean-Chinese activist meets a compassionate White Saviour, and an ethnically ambiguous political YouTuber takes a DNA test for the first time.
A cross-cultural encounter involving artists based in Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, Who's There? uses Zoom as a new medium to explore the unstable ground between us and “the other”. In this pandemic contact zone, lines along race, class and gender bleed into one another, questioning the assumptions we hold of ourselves and the world around us. What sort of tensions, anxieties and possibilities emerge, and how can we work to reimagine a New Normal?"
Who's There? will be presented on Zoom from August 4th - 8th. Tickets are available here.
MABOU MINES SUITE/SPACE 2020 - Where Are You?
I am currently working with 7 performer-devisers to create Where Are You?, as part of the Mabou Mines 2020 SUITE/Space Program. Where Are You? is a physical theatre production about how we experience grief and confront death, explored through the lens of different religions, nationalities, and individual stories. Combining perspectives from cultures including Chinese, French, Indian, Mexican, and Romanian, this project seeks to create a brave space for us to openly talk about death, and be fearless about grieving deeply.
The production was originally scheduled for June 12th - 14th, 2020 but is now postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. More information will be released at a later date.
The first iteration of this show was presented by the Tisch Drama Stage All Department Festival, Playwrights Horizons Theater School. The production took place from May 2nd - 4th, 2019 in the Tisch Abe Burrows Theatre. Most recently, we had a virtual work-in-progress sharing over Zoom for our second iteration in May 2020.
WILD RICE Directing Residency - Where Are You? (Singapore)
I was recently selected as one of four directors for WILD RICE's Directing Residency in Singapore, and will be working with a team of Singapore-based collaborators on a version of Where Are You? that explores the themes of grief and death through the cultural lens of Singapore, as well as the lived experiences of this new group of collaborators. I will be holding auditions in September 2020 (contingent on the COVID-19 situation) and the production is tentatively slated for January 2021.
I LOVE WHITE MEN
“In my four years of living in New York, I’ve only ever swiped right on white men.”
Following both sold-out performances at Dixon Place & Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2019, I LOVE WHITE MEN was most recently presented at Caveat NYC from January 24 - 26, 2020. We are currently working on a podcast version of the show with Venus Radio Theater - so stay tuned!
I LOVE WHITE MEN is an interrogation of one Singaporean-Chinese woman’s self-destructive obsession with white men. In this semi-autobiographical stand-up drama, YY takes a bitingly honest look at white worship, postcolonial baggage, and “politically correct” culture. She tears apart her escapades with white men in New York and delves into her experiences growing up in Singapore, throwing into question how and why we are sometimes complicit in the very things we outwardly reject.
Written & Performed by Sim Yan Ying “YY”
Developed with & Directed by Renee Yeong
Developed with & Dramaturgy by Nicholas Chan
Line Producer Miranda Gohh
Multimedia Designer Cashton Tate Rehklau
Associate Multimedia Designer Nicholas Sanchez
Assistant Director Ava Novak
Stage Manager & Producing Assistant Siena Yusi
Graphic Designer & Social Media Manager Alex M. Lee
Photography by Sub/Urban Photography
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BARBOUR PLAYWRIGHTS AWARD READING SERIES
I will be performing in a reading of Garrett David Kim's play, Are You There Truman? It's Me, Just Another Guy Who Grew Up Secretly Worshipping Your Chiseled Porn Star Body Online, and Now I Think I Love You, as part of the Barbour Playwrights Award Reading Series presented by Leviathan Lab, in collaboration with The Episcopal Actors' Guild. More information here.
This reading has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.