Audition Notice for The Mooncake and the Kumara World Premier @ Auckland Arts Festival 2015 L = local NZ based actors only! Auckland Arts Festival and The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts are pleased to announce that The Mooncake and the Kumara, written by Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen and recent recipient of a Highly Commended award at the 2014 Adam NZ Play Award, will premiere in March 2015 directed by Katie Wolfe. The Mooncake and the Kumara is a play for the settled, the unsettled, the grounded, the dreamers and those who’ve ever felt a little bit strange. It’s a play about people who work and love hard. And it’s a play about the sort of weird accidents that can only happen in New Zealand. Auditions will be conducted by the end of September 2014. We are looking for; 1 male Cantonese and English speaking actor to play the role of the father, CHOI – late 30’s to late 40’s. If you are interested in auditioning, please apply by emailing your CV to We will send you an invitation to the audition and further details if you are shortlisted. Date: TBC Location: Auckland Arts Festival, Level 5, 44-52 Wellesley St West, Auckland Production Information Production Title: The Mooncake and the Kumara Director: Katie Wolfe Playwright: Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen Rehearsal Period: 26 January- 3 March 2015 (rehearsal period & production week) Rehearsal Venue & Time: TBC Preview Performance (TBC): 4 March 2015 World Premiere Season (TBC): 5: 9 March 2015 Synopsis It’s mid-summer, 1929. CHOI and YEE, father and son, have been in Sun Kum Sahrn – New Gold Mountain – for three years. The pair have recently moved to Marton, Manawatu where after some negotiations with British immigrant and now local landowner RODGER FINLAYSON they have set themselves up in a lease-to-buy arrangement and are working hard to make the garden their own. Their small village of Long Gai in Southern China is fast becoming a distant and fading memory. WAE and her daughter ELSIE are new to Marton too – they arrived two years ago. Mother and daughter have been living in rundown farm-hand quarters let to them by Rodger Finlayson. Elsie reckons they’re always moving, always running away. Through some inveigling on Finlayson’s part, Wae and Elsie start work on Choi and Yee’s garden. One day, Choi injures himself and sets in motion a series of events which culminate in Elsie and Yee recognising an attraction which ends in a romantic relationship, a pregnancy and some startling news – Yee already has a wife (LEILAN), back in China. Now, Yee, Choi, Wae, Elsie and Leilan, once all strangers to one another, and still strangers in their new home, must find a way to be inside this strange situation. For media enquiries or if you require further information, please contact Sums Selvarajan on or +64 (0) 21 265 9969.