Time8:30PM, 3:00PM

LanguageEnglish, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil


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Duration: 75 Minutes

Showcase I of the Emerging Directors Lab 2021/22

After an eternity of lockdowns and restrictions, five directors from the third cycle of Theatresauce’s Emerging Directors Lab (which began end 2020) finally unravel their first public showcase, written by Malaysian and Singaporean playwrights.

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About the Show

Until We Catch the Dawn features five short plays that explore hauntings from the past and the pursuit of closure. Equal parts hilarious and damning, the directors wonder if we can forgive the people we love when they make choices that we cannot understand. Presented in collaboration with klpac and supported by CENDANA. For mature audiences.

Student group rates available. For inquiries/bookings, please get in touch with our Production Manager, Liew Chin Zhing:

The Plays

In order of performance:

The Widow of Fort Road
from Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol. 2 by Alfian Sa'at
with Lok Shi Hoong & Putrina Rafie
Directed by Dexter Zhen

Kelvin & Sandra reunite in a dream after 10 years. Both are still carrying the baggage from the past. Kelvin, the baggage of humiliation and Sandra, the baggage of unrequited feelings. Will they gain the closure that they seek?

Downstream, Delta
from Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol. 2 by Alfian Sa'at
with Phraveen Arikiah & Gregory Sze
Directed by Low Yee Choy

Felix and Jack return to the swimming pool where they first met five years ago. They remember and laugh about the good (and silly!) times they’ve had. But when Jack pulls out a ring, old wounds open up. 

by Shamaine Othman
with Atiqah Ashburn & Nisya Aziz
Directed by Mia Sabrina Mahadir

Nora and Linda are best friends in their 30s. Nora is living the single life and has just moved into her new apartment. Linda, on the other hand, is expecting a baby. All is well until Linda decides to name her newborn Noah. 

from The Optic Trilogy by Alfian Sa'at
with Dawn Cheong & Dominic Lucien Luk
Directed by Dinesh Kumar Maganathan

To move on from their past, a man and a woman go on a date together. It gets off to a rocky start when one of them pulls out a ring and proposes. As they try to navigate this possible romance, the man makes a startling discovery. 

Onthakan - The Blue Hour
by Rajkumar Thiagaras
with Naveen Raja & Asraf Zulk
Directed by Dhinesha Karthigesu

Yuva, a Singaporean Indian man and Daw, a Thai man are on a Zoom call from their respective home countries. The pandemic, time and distance has changed their relationship on many levels. What happens if Zoom is the only way to keep a relationship alive and say your final goodbye?

The Directors

Dhinesha Karthigesu (far right) is a multidisciplinary storyteller and coach. Directing, curating & producing credits: ROJA: Weaving A Womxn, a performance and visual arts installation with Veshalini Naidu, and The Human Exhibit site-specific theatre series, with Ian Skatu. Additional directing credits: Brown Boy Dreams for Short + Sweet Musical 2019 (winning the Festival Director's Award) and the Snehidhane music video with PERA. 

Dinesh Kumar (second from left) began directing at the age of 16 for a school function and has not looked back. Acting credits include Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet, and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Directing credits: Manstruating, Rule #34 and Overheard at a Cafe in Taman Tun, all of which he won the Best Director's award. Dinesh is a journalist at a major English newspaper.

Low Yee Choy (second from right) is the Artistic Director of lowercase laboratories. He debuted directorially with Dinsman’s Bukan Bunuh Diri under Anomalist Production. His short film, 疫见你, won first prize at the Ripple Film Festival in 2020. He recently produced lowercase laboratories' first theatre showcase, have a peace of my mind. Choy works full-time under the Creative & Communications department at Sevenvault. Sunway University: Diploma in Performing Arts.

Mia Sabrina Mahadir (centre) is an actor, educator, content creator, cat fosterer, and Tarot reader. Her exploration in theatre began with Short+Sweet Theatre Malaysia, including Stay and Wayang, which she directed. Wayang also won her the Festival Director’s Award. @kutufutubom

Dexter Zhen (far left) was trained in movement and seeks to create works that delve deep into the raw human psyche. He also plans to explore theatre education in the near future. Selected credits: Dulu. Saat Itu., INDICINELIVE! 6, Scenes from an Execution, The Seagull, Koulan, and Simultaneously Futura. University of California, San Diego: BA in Linguistics. @dexterzhen

Seating Plan

Conditions of Entry


2 doses + 14 days (Pfizer, AstraZeneca & Sinovac) or 1 dose + 28 days (Johnson & Johnson and CanSino) with valid MySejahtera Digital Certificate. Screenshots will not be accepted.

Health Status
Only low risk or casual contact – both with no symptoms – on MySejahtera. The organizers reserve the right to deny entry if the above conditions are not fulfilled. No refunds will be made to those who have purchased ticket(s).

Venue reserves the right to deny entry if above conditions are not fulfilled. No refund will be made to those who have purchased ticket(s). 

Covid-19-related SOPs
klpac has comprehensive Covid-19 measures including vaccination verification and health status screenings, compulsory mask-wearing, pre- and post-show Covid-19 testing for all production team members, physical distancing measures, frequent sanitizing and disinfection measures, visitor education, going contactless, and staff training. For the latest Covid-19 & SOP guide, please visit

Theatresauce's Emerging Directors Lab (EDL), now in its third year, responds to the dearth of trained directors in the Kuala Lumpur theatre scene. This rigorous year-long program – run and overseen by Artistic Director Kelvin Wong – offers early-career directors with a conducive yet challenging space to hone, sharpen and personalize their craft. 
The EDL is among the few highly structured, long-term director-training programs by a theatre company in the country, if not the only one. The initiative came about as an alternative to MFA training programs abroad. Over a year, directors delve in seminars, research and practice. The EDL consists of three parts and includes more than 160 contact hours with the Artistic Director. Part one explores the foundations of drama, realism and dramaturgy while part two examines theatre theory, composition and style. In part three, directors investigate trends in post-drama, nonrealism, devising, and theatre criticism. Occasionally, guest speakers are invited. Each part culminates in a fully-supported collective project that is showcased to the public. 
Through this initiative, Theatresauce hopes to provide the local scene with a steady influx of inquisitive, critical and aesthetically-diverse theatre-makers. A few of our EDL graduates have gone on to found new theatre companies, of which they are Artistic Directors.
The 2021 cycle of the EDL is supported by the Cultural Development Economy Agency (CENDANA), while the inaugural 2017/18 cycle was supported by the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund.

Production Teams


General Manager : Emily Thea
Production & Stage Manager : Liew Chin Zhing
Asst. Stage Manager : Tan Chisa
Outreach Manager : Uihua Cheah
Multimedia Designer : Jazzie Lee
HQ Manager : Koo Shao Hang
Artistic Director: Kelvin Wong


Executive Producer : Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican
Artistic Director : Joe Hasham OAM
Group General Manager : Ian Chow
General Manager (Marketing Communications) : Ang Yue May
Assistant General Manager (Theatre & Technical Management) : Lawrence Selvaraj
Assistant General Manager (Admin, Finance & Production) : Easee Gan
Technical Manager : Mike Thomas
Senior Technician : Mathanakumar a/l Murthi
Assistant Manager (Front of House & Theatre Management) : Benedict Chin
Production Stage Manager : Catherine Lee
Production Assistant & Academy Assistant : Hendrix Heng
Publicity & Marketing Manager : Maggie Ong
Senior Art Director : Joel Wong
Creative Producer : Coebar Abel
Publicist : Vishallini Vikram Gopal
Box Office Supervisor : Jennifer John
Box Office Executive : Vaideggy Vijayasagaran
Head of Academy & Administration : Yusintha Zemira
Personal Assistant to Artistic Director : Farah Nadia binti Abdullah

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