Sunset in Singapore
Miguel Campion, Emily Czech
It’s Mardis Gras, but not for Anna. She’s stuck working all night, serving drinks so that everyone else can have fun. And on top of that, all of her coworkers have disappeared at closing time. They’ve all met someone, except her. As she angrily cleans the bar, Anna remembers the night of Mardis Gras one year ago, when her ex (John) showed up unexpectedly, in costume, and made love to her. She hasn’t heard from him since, and she hasn’t been able to forget him. What would happen if he came back this year too, unannounced?
Amidst the anger, the memory of her ghosts and her daydreams, Anna receives various strange visits and meets mysterious characters in costume along the way. In a chain of surreal, dreamlike events, the line between what’s real and what’s imaginary seems to blur. Finally, the “real” John, her ex, appears, determined to talk to Anna about something that she doesn’t dare hear.
While Anna tries to get her head straight in regards to her past, but not forgotten, love, an Argentinian tango dancer seduces the bar owner, an ape is so drunk he’s barely hanging on, and Melanie Hamilton, the protagonist of “Gone With the Wind”, becomes a foul-mouthed mad woman. Scenes that are vulgar and sublime, “real” and imaginary, original and topical, and scenes stolen from films all mix together to make up this play that is at times sordid, at others poetic, always comical, and ultimately dramatic.