- About the Playwright
Following the successful launch of Shorts I, The Necessary Stage presents Shorts II, the second instalment of short plays by award-winning Singapore playwright Haresh Sharma.
This collection of 8 plays includes some of Sharma’s best and most popular early works, including godeatgod which have been performed to rave reviews both locally and internationally. 3 other plays, untitled women number one, untitled cow number one and Koan have also been performed at international festivals.
For 6 of the 8 plays, this will be their first appearance in print.
The collection also contains an introduction by Alvin Tan as well as notes to each play by Sharma.
"Like divine signs glimpsed by the faithful, godeatgod is most rewarding for its subtle touches."
—The Strait Times
"... a play that spoke truth to power with both directness and subtlety."
—The Philippine Daily Inquirer On Lizard
Haresh Sharma is Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage and co-Artistic Director of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. To date, he has written about 100 plays. One of these, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels, and republished by The Necessary Stage in 2006. In 2008, Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6, was published by Ethos Books. Written by Prof David Birch and edited by A/P Kirpal Singh, it presents an extensive investigation of Haresh’s work over the past 20 years. A collection of Haresh’s plays was also translated into Mandarin and published as <<哈里斯·沙玛剧作选>> by Global Publishing. In 2010, Epigram Books published Those Who Can’t, Teach.
Haresh was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively. In 2010, the abovementioned plays were published by The Necessary Stage in the Trilogy collection. Most recently, two collections of short plays by Haresh, Shorts 1 and Shorts 2, were published as well. In 2011, Haresh became the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2014, Haresh was awarded the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award.
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Page Count: 207
Year Published: 2011
Size: 210mm x 130mm