Image by Sarah Walker
HOW DO I LET YOU DIE? is a multimedia monologue written by Michele Lee about the inevitability of death: her parents’ and her own.
In February 2020, as Australia careened from deadly bushfires to the beginning of COVID-19, Michele rang her parents for 30 minutes each day. She recorded these calls. She wanted to figure out how to talk to them about death: their death, the Hmong perspective on death, the deaths they’ve endured here and in Laos. And in asking “how do I let my parents die on their terms”, she was reconciling long-held emotional, cultural and geographical distance.
HOW DO I LET YOU DIE? brings together an extraordinary team of Asian-Australian artists to weave together these phone calls, Hmong horror stories, and the simple potency of an adult child coming to terms with a parent’s eventual death.
Writer and lead artist Michele Lee
Producers Erin Milne & Xavier O’Shannessy
2021 Development Team
Dramaturg and Director Sepideh Kian
Performer and Collaborator Ra Chapman
Designer and Collaborator Eugyeene Teh
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; City of Melbourne through Arts House and The Besen Family Foundation.