The First Prime-Time Asian Sitcom

"It’s funny when we’re telling the jokes, but what happens when we’re not the ones laughing anymore?"

$28 - $69 (service fees may apply)
60 Minutes
Thu 3 - Sun 27 November
Thu 3 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Fri 4 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sat 5 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sun 6 Nov, 5pm - 6pm
Tue 8 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Wed 9 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Thu 10 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Fri 11 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sat 12 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sun 13 Nov, 5pm - 6pm
Tue 15 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Wed 16 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Thu 17 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Fri 18 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sat 19 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sun 20 Nov, 5pm - 6pm
Tue 22 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Wed 23 Nov, 7pm - 8pm
Thu 24 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Fri 25 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sat 26 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
Sun 27 Nov, 5pm - 6pm

The First Prime-Time Asian Sitcom by Nahyeon Lee

Welcome to the live taping of the first ever prime-time Asian sitcom in Aotearoa. It’s a blazing moment in canned-laughter history, but behind the cheerful trash-talk lies a more sinister question: given a seat at the table, how much are you willing to compromise everything you stand for?

Clever, probing, and anarchically cheeky, The First Prime-Time Asian Sitcom by Nahyeon Lee, is a genre-messing black comedy that exposes the conversations haunting our writers rooms and the characters that swing between subversion and stereotype.

This thrillingly unique-to-Aotearoa premiere comes from writer, filmmaker and producer Nahyeon Lee. Building on development seasons with both Proudly Asian Theatre’s Fresh Off The Page and Kia Mau’s Breaking Ground, this work marks Lee’s playwriting debut and follows the success of her short film Sixteen, which was selected for the San Diego Asian Film Festival (2020), the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (2020) and Show Me Shorts (2021).

This script was first developed through Proudly Asian Theatre's Fresh Off The Page programme with Dramaturg, Eleanor Bishop.

Proudly supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Q Theatre.

Audience notes: The First Prime-Time Asian Sitcom contains mention of racial violence. The performance on the 16th of November will be filmed.

Ariadne Baltazar
Dawn Cheong
Uhyoung Choi
Jehangir Homavazir
Jess Hong

Direction: Ahi Karunaharan
Playwright / Assistant Direction: Nahyeon Lee
Design: Jen Lal
Design: Natasha Ovely
Design: Paige Pomana
Design: John Verryt
Design: Minsoh Choi


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