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A touching story of inter-generational and cultural tensions leading to loss,  grief, and acceptance through the eyes of a Chinese mother and a robot built in the image of her deceased daughter.  

A POWERFUL PLAY FOR FAMILIES TO HEAL AND RECONNECT

毀滅亦能療癒

or destroy

愛.能...

Love may heal 

ABOUT THE PLAY

AI May is Meanjin (Brisbane) playwright Amy Chien-Yu Wang’s attempt to explore love, belongingness, cultural identity, the meaning of life, and grief following a Chinese migrant mother’s tragic sudden loss of her only daughter, May.
 
As Mother battles grief and the collapse of her dreams through May’s once-promising future, she re-encounters May’s Caucasian lover, Jeremy, a brilliant robotics engineer, who presents her with a grieving bot as a substitute for May. 
 
Jeremy, whom Mother never accepted due to the interracial nature of his relationship with May, must also reconcile his differences with the hostile Mother of his deceased lover.
 
How will Mother unravel her cultural dilemma, mother and daughter wounds, and overcome her grief through an artificially intelligent robot? Will Jeremy ever learn to let go? “AI” stands for artificial intelligence. The word “AI” in Mandarin also means love. Will love ultimately destroy or create new possibilities?

The 10-minute version of AI May was shortlisted in the 2021 Wheaton 10-Minute Play Festival and presented to an American audiencde via a pre-recorded short film. We had also showcased English and Mandarin versions of the play at Brisbane's Sunnybank Hall to a warm multicultural audience. 

The creative concept of AI May arose from the experiences of Amy Chien-Yu Wang, who journeyed through post-natal depression, intergenerational trauma, and grief after losing a dear friend who departed from this world too soon.

As a former SBS journalist who frequently covered stories related to mental health, Amy observed how the stigma surrounding discussions of mental health hindered people from overcoming significant life challenges, including grief and intergenerational trauma.
 
After hitting rock bottom due to burnout during the pandemic, Amy found solace in theatre as the means of expression that fueled her post-traumatic growth.
 
Subsequently, Amy self-funded and crowdfunded the development of AI May with the loving support of volunteer actors and creatives, which includes a 10-minute performance involving mental health professionals in a panel discussion exploring the themes depicted in the production. Additionally, a 90-minute work-in-progress performance garnered support from multicultural and migrant audiences, often feeling underrepresented in Australian theatre productions. Follow our journey HERE.
With unwavering determination, Amy established Embodi Theatre to utilise AI May as a vehicle for transformative and healing conversations. These conversations are aimed at resonating with audiences who connect with themes of grief, loss, and intergenerational trauma in a rapidly changing world where older individuals, including migrants, often struggle to find their place.
 
We are currently seeking like-minded partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers to join us in elevating AI May to new heights in 2024 and facilitating more healing discussions, particularly through mental health seminars.
 
For more information, email Amy at amychienyuwang@gmail.com or keep in touch with us via www.facebook.com/aimayplay
《愛.能…》(AI May) 是布里斯本編劇王千毓的第一部英語舞台劇作品。 愛,能造成難以抹滅的傷痛也能創造無限的奇蹟。該故事探討一對華裔母女在澳洲尋找價值感及歸屬感的衝突。 當劇中的女兒May因一場意外猝逝後,母親如何面對白髮人送黑髮人的傷痛以及一輩子的夢想驟然消失的迷惘。她與從沒接受過的May的洋人男友Jeremy如何克服失去May的傷痛,學會放手,從而學習開始過自己的人生。
 
2021年該劇的第一幕有幸獲選為美國Wheaton 10-Minute Play Festival的12部參展作品之一,並已於11月22日(澳洲東部標準時間)在美國以事先錄制的網劇形式展出,獲得熱烈的迴響。一位美國觀眾對該劇的反應是:“我非常喜歡這部充滿張力,表演傑出,編劇與導演皆優秀的舞台劇。”
 
《愛.能...》舞台劇於2021年·11月27日在布里斯本Sunnybank已演出英文與中文版的兩場秀。觀眾包括華裔社區的移民以及來自主流社會和其他族裔的觀眾。
 
《愛.能...》的概念是在王千毓經歷產後抑鬱、代際創傷和失去一位過早離世的摯友之後誕生的。Amy曾經多年在SBS擔任記者,經常需要報導有關心理健康的故事。她注意到許多人因外界看法而不願討論心理健康。這實際上阻礙了人們克服包括悲傷和代際創傷在內的重大生活挑戰。
 
在新冠疫情期間因過勞而身心陷入谷底後,Amy 發現戲劇成為最適合她療癒的表達方式。此後,她自資和眾籌製作了《愛.能...》的十分鐘公開表演,她很幸運獲得志工演員及藝術家的協助,並邀請心理健康專業人士進行座談會,討論劇作中探討的主題,之後又推出一個90分鐘的成果發表演出。《愛.能...》獲得了多元族群和移民觀眾的支持,這些觀眾通常在澳洲舞台上缺乏以飽滿、有尊嚴的形象被代表的機會。
 
Amy因而創立了Embodi Theatre體現劇團,決心利用《愛.能...》這部劇作為製造改變及療癒對話的窗口,針對那些對於悲傷、失落和代際創傷主題有共鳴的觀眾。在這個正經歷高速高科技變化的世界,許多老年人,包括移民,經常難以找到自己在這個新世界中的定位。我們希望透過這部有意義的科幻療癒舞台劇強化我們的移民社區、心理健康、老齡生活及發展更美好的家庭關係。
 
體現劇團正尋找志同道合的合作夥伴、贊助商、贊助人和志願者,以幫助我們在2024年將《愛.能...》提升到更高層次,創造更多心理健康研討會以促成更多的療癒對話。
 
更多詳情請聯繫 amychienyuwang@gmail.com 歡迎您在我們的臉書專頁與我們保持聯絡與互動 www.facebook.com/aimayplay 


Help Make AI May: The Full Length Play

 
Embodi Theatre successfully released an upgraded full length work-in-progress showing of AI May 2.0 on Sunday 11 December 2022 at the Queensland Taiwanese Women's League in Runcorn, Meanjin/Brisbane. Audience cried and laughed with us in the 90-minutes of the surtitled play in Mandarin and English. Access our livestream record of the full play by sending us a direect message on our FB page

體現劇團請已在2022年12月11日在澳洲昆士蘭台灣婦聯會成功演出完整版《愛.能...》2.0劇本成果發表會。 目前您仍能夠在網上收看我們當時的現場直播。請私訊我們
臉書網頁索取連結。

AI MAY 2.0 
WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING
 

CAST


 

ANNA YEN

AS MOTHER

PETER VAN WERKHOVEN

AS JEREMY

" It's my hope that as you watch AI May, you are able to begin to bring about open and honest conversations for meaningful change. "

“我希望《愛.能...》這部劇能助你開發誠實的對話,為你帶來有意義的轉變。”

- Amy Chien-Yu Wang  王千毓

Image by Simon Woods

生命Reset! 自我察覺與梳理 創造自己的2022 

靈魂療癒師 & 導演王千毓的線上聊療天


誠摯邀請您於12/29 加入一場線上對話 從舞台劇《愛.能...》的故事察覺自我傷痛

從靈魂療癒師 Carol C的過往找到梳理療癒傷痛的方法

我們會讓你相信沒有人,沒有什麼事是無能為力的

在2021年的歲末,讓我們面對接受過去的掙扎、傷痛

透過療癒梳理的過程塑造自我理想未來

請搭上靈魂療癒班機: 台北時間6:30 P.M. 布里斯本8:30 P.M. 雪梨時間9:30 P.M.

即將開啟一段由你自己決定的人生旅程

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