Sim Yan Ying "YY" & Alvin Tan

The Transit Ensemble


August 4-8, 2020

The ensemble of Who's There?
The ensemble of Who’s There?

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? 

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Created by The Transit Ensemble

டிரான்சிட் என்சொம்பல்
ذا ترنست أنسمبل

Co-directed by Sim Yan Ying “YY” and Alvin Tan 

Featuring: Camille ThomasGhafir AkbarNeil RedfieldRebekah Sangeetha Dorai ரெபெகா சங்கீதா டொரைSean Devare, and Sim Yan Ying “YY” 

Dramaturgy by Cheng Nien Yuan & J.Ed Araiza
Multimedia Design by Jevon Chandra
Sound Design by Jay Ong
Publicity Design by Sean Devare
Stage Manager: Manuela Romero
Stage Management Intern: Priyanka Kedia
Marketing & Multimedia
Intern: Ryan Henry



Sim Yan Ying "YY" & Alvin Tan
Sim Yan Ying “YY” and Alvin Tan

About the Lead Artists 

Sim Yan Ying “YY” is a theatre artist based in New York and Singapore. She creates in the capacity of a director, performer, writer, and choreographer, and is particularly drawn towards intercultural works that challenge existing forms and boundaries. Original works include: I LOVE WHITE MEN (Caveat NYC, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place), Without Reason (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), and 06:58 (The Substation). YY is currently an artist in the Mabou Mines SUITE/Space program and WILD RICE’s directing residency. BFA: NYU Tisch.

Alvin Tan is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage since 1987. One of the leading proponents of devising theatre in Singapore, Alvin has directed more than 70 plays which have been staged locally and at international festivals. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and in 1998, was conferred the Young Artist Award for theatre. In 2010, he was conferred the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, followed by the Cultural Medallion in 2014 by the National Arts Council in Singapore.

2019-2020 Season
95 min, with talkback to follow
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