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Thu Jul 4 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri Jul 5 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat Jul 6 2013, 3:00pm–4:30pm
Sat Jul 6 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sun Jul 7 2013, 3:00pm–4:30pm
Sun Jul 7 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio , 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Student: $10.00
  • NSF and senior citizens: $16.00
  • Savings Package of any 4 tickets to 'The Studios 2013': $80.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: dmarlene

“Immortality is the wish of procrastinators who can’t get their act together in this life.”

Diagnosed with a terminal cancer, a transvestite in New York tries to discover the meaning of his life, and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left -- his adopted daughter.

As the daughter prepares her father for death, cleaning and clearing out his apartment, she uncovers a secret which has been long buried and suppressed, the revelation of which drives a wedge between them. The two personal histories collide as the seed of their relationship is cast back to the origins of the universe, the numerous reincarnations they had spent their lives together before finally settling on the tumultuous one that they have today. In the meantime, the transvestite is greeted by divine visions, beckoning him to save the world from destruction, and from his past follies.

The Book of Living and Dying opened at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 to rave reviews from critics and audiences. Voted as one of the top plays of 2012 by Mayo Martin, theatre critic from Today newspaper, tickets to the production in 2012 were all snapped up within half an hour. This ‘devastatingly beautiful’ (Life! The Straits Times) production is a complex and multilayered story about karma, reincarnation and past lives.

Presented by The Finger Players in association with Teatri Sbagliati (Italy)
Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Performed in English, Italian and Mandarin with English surtitles

Advisory: Parental Guidance is recommended