WHITEstrong women. Write interesting women of color. Write well-rounded women of color. Write complicated women of color. Write a woman of color who kicks ass, write a woman of color who cowers in a corner. Write a woman of color who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman of color who doesn’t need a man. Write women of color who cry, women of color who rant, women of color who are shy, women of color who don’t take no shit, women of color who need validation and women of color who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women of color shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are whiteStrong. Write characters who are people.”
– me after seeing this post
The World of Extreme Happiness, a new play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, is playing in The Shed from 25 September to 26 November.
Sunny leaves behind her family and her home in rural China for the promise of a job in a factory and a new life. The bright neon lights of Shenzhen soon fade and Sunny is left mopping factory floors, though she wants more – much more.
But her hunger for self-improvement leaves her trapped in the machine of progress as she is forced to face the human cost of wealth, power, fame and honour.
Imaginative and wildly energetic, The World of Extreme Happiness is a powerful new play journeying through the transformation in contemporary China.
There are only two roads to walk down. You can see the truth - and always be in pain. Or we can look away and be rich. And safe. And happy.
Katie Leung and Vera Chok in rehearsals for The World of Extreme Happiness opening in The Shed on 25 September.
Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.