Working with One Another & Wrap-Up: Transcript

Marianne
I do want to say just now, the space we’re working in is Spreading Tree.

Nikita
Thank you Spreading Tree!

Marianne
They’re really interested in opening up the space for other creatives and other artists.

Nikita
Last time for the Wellington season, we rehearsed here for three weeks. They run workshops, lots of Japanese things happen here and non-Asian stuff like dance classes and comedy classes — it’s just a hub.

Marianne
This show is on [February] 19-23 as part of the Fringe Festival.

Nikita
Oh, and you can’t be late! You’ll know why once you start the show. If you’re late, you won’t be allowed in the show. So please show up on time. Or come early.

Marianne
It’s a lock-out.

Nikita
Yeah, it’s a full lock-out.

Marianne
Or just be a respectful human being and be punctual, or just come early. Come early.

Chye-Ling [to Marianne]
Do you wanna plug Fresh Off the Page?

Marianne

Chye-Ling and I and our assistant producer, John Rata, we produce a play reading at the Basement Theatre called Fresh off the Page. Normally it’s on a Wednesday, 8:30pm every month and it’s free. So literally no reason to put that in your calendar. This year we’ve reinvented and reprogrammed Fresh Off the Page. We used to reach out to other countries, even, to showcase contemporary Asian work or plays. But this time, after I sampled my play at Fresh Off the Page, we made it an initiative to assist in the development and creation of 10 completely new works. My personal reason for wanting to do this with PAT and Chye-Ling is the fact that I’m really sick of the whole, “There’s not enough of this, so let’s not have it”. And I like to think that I ooze positivity and optimism wherever I can. But let’s make stuff because we do have a voice — let’s amplify the stories we’re not hearing right now, and put it on, have 60-something people see it, and then more can happen from that. I think that Chye-Ling affected me so it’s my job to pay it forward and the 10 will hopefully pay it forward, and there’ll be… millions of plays!
[The February event of Fresh Off the Page is on February 27, 8:30pm at TAPAC due to the Auckland Fringe Festival taking place at Basement Theatre.]

It says a lot about what Chye-Ling—this is just a shout-out to Chye-Lingーto what one person can do that inspires other people because before I became friends with Chye-Ling, she was such an inspo. I was fangirling, and now I’m just like, “I suppose.”

Chye-Ling

We can’t do it without each other and without our community. I think it’s so cool what you guys are doing as well, which is presenting another voice in the landscape that’s filling so many different gap in people’s creative arts. We can’t do everything; no one can do everything. That’s why when you guys popped up, I was like, “Yes — another platform!” I think the moral of the story is that we just need each other and then we can just be more powerful.

Marianne

That’s so loving. I’m going to cry. I saw one of your questions: What’s it like working with these two other people? Yeah, I genuinely feel like I’ve got two other sisters who challenge me and push me and think about things I didn’t think about. It’s been great.

Marianne [to Nikita]
Are you going to cry?

Nikita
No!

Chye-Ling
Please cry.