Mail Ordered

Show flyer for Mail Ordered at The Theatre Calgary


Artist In Residence, Playwright, Actor


A young Southeast asian girl arrives in Calgary to find a husband-will she find her true love or will she go home in shame?

Playwright's Words

What can a Singaporean coming to Canada for the first time do a show about?   That truly was the question I came to Calgary with. And somehow in that whirlwind of a thought process, I stumbled across the character of Lila. A poor southeast asian girl signing up for the mail order bride business after being promised the dream of a better life and honouring her family.   Having spent my adult years teaching girls like Lila in poverty ridden villages of Cambodia and having had the experience of growing up in a more conservative Chinese-Indian household where my parents had a very specific idea of how a girl should be, I could relate deeply to Lila. She is a girl who is just trying to survive in poverty and do the right thing. Perhaps the story of a reality so dark would be more palatable through the lens of comedy. Hence, ‘Mail Ordered’ was born with a touch of Buffon parody, tropes of Asian melodrama, music, rituals and comedy. After all, Lila loves being lighthearted, lovable Lila. This one is for all the little Lilas with big dreams.

Things To Know:

The Theatre: 215 14th Ave SW, Calgary
This show deals with mature subject matters!

I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost: it's there and then it's gone.

Maggie Smith / Actress

Theatre is a series of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

Tom Stoppard / Dramatist