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by Jean Tay


I won’t tell. I swear I won’t tell.
But I need to see my wife today. It’s urgent.
A matter of life and death.
It always is.

1964. Saint John’s Island. A room in the detention centre. Two men.
The second act of a two-act play.

Other titles in the series:

The Cuckoo Conundrum by Grace Chia
Singapore Notebook & Blessed Isle by George Szirtes
Belfast by Timothy O’Grady                 
Right of the Soil by Yong Shu Hoong

About the Author

Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA, where she studied playwriting under Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz. Plays produced include “Boom” (2008, 2009, 2012), “Everything but the Brain” (2005, 2007), “Plunge” (2001, 2009), “Hopper’s Women” (co-written with Cindy Koh, 2000), “The Knot” (1999) and “Water from the Well” (1998). Jean has also written the books for the musicals “The Admiral’s Odyssey” (2005), the National University of Singapore's Centennial musical “Man of Letters” (2006), and a children's musical “Pinocchio” (2010). Her plays have been performed in Singapore, the US, the UK, and Italy. Jean attended the prestigious month-long International Playwriting Residency in 2007, organised by the Royal Court Theatre in London. She has also participated in LaMama's International Playwrights' Retreat in Umbria, Italy in 2010, under the tutelage of Lynn Nottage. Most recently, her play “The Shape of the Bird” received a staged reading at the Lark Play Development Centre in New York in March 2012.

In 2000, “The Knot” was awarded 1st prize for Action Theatre's 10-minute Play Competition and selected as a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's 10-minute Play Contest. She has been nominated three times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for the play “Everything But the Brain” in 2006. For her fiction, she was awarded Weston Prize for Fiction from Brown, as well as the 1st and 3rd prizes for the National Arts Council's Golden Point Short Story competition in 1995 and 2001 respectively.

Jean was attached to the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) as resident playwright from 2006-2009, and since the start of 2012, she has been helming SRT's Young Company Writing Programme. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Creative Writing at the Nanyang Technological University. Her plays “Everything but the Brain” and “Boom” are published by Epigram Books, and “Boom” is currently used as an 'O' and 'N' Level literature text for secondary school students.

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ISBN: 978-981-09-6095-7
Published: 2016
Dimension: 110mm x 180mm 
Extent: 54
Finish: Paperback



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