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2021/ 2022 Season

November 2021

More details to be announced shortly for our 2021/2022 season.

November 2021

we the same

Illustration by Jessica Fortner

Ruby Slippers Theatre Premiere Production presented by The Cultch.

After years of development, and following on the heels of Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Residency at The Cultch this past summer, we at RST are thrilled to present the premiere production of we the same by Sangeeta Wylie.

We sincerely thank the Truong family for sharing their story.

Inspired by a true story…
In 1979, a Vietnamese family flee Saigon by boat, enduring pirate attacks, typhoons, shipwreck and starvation. Forty years later, a mother finally shares their tale with her daughter. A multicultural journey through reality, fantasy, and the supernatural utilizing ritual dance, shadow play, live music, and animation.

The Cultch 
For Tickets Contact Box Office: 604-251-1363
https://thecultch.com/contact/box-office/
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 12 PM- 4 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:30
Thursday, November 4 at 7:30
Friday, November 5 at 7:30
Saturday, November 6 at 2 pm and 7:30
Sunday, November 7 at Noon

(Historic, live streaming first week November)

Written by Sangeeta Wylie

Directed by Diane Brown and Patricia Trinh

Cultural Consultants Minh-Ngoc, Stella Nhung Davis, and Tammy Le-Son  

Set Designer Kimira Reddy

Lighting Designer Sophie Tang

Sound Designer Matthias Falvai

Visual Design by Shanghan Chien, Chimerik Collective

Live Musical Composer Vi An Diep

Choreography by Shanny Rann

Costume Designer Melicia Zaini

Puppets Created by Mark Parlett and Jamie Skidmore

Stage Manager Susan D. Currie

Assistant Stage Manager Taylor MacKinnon

Featuring
Elizabeth Thai
Grace Le
Chris Lam
Brandy Le
Quynh Mi
Khaira Ledeyo

The Advance Theatre Festival 2021/22

Advancing the Radically Inclusive stage.

All Readings Take Place Feb. 7 - 11, 2022.
Shadbolt Centre For The Arts, Burnaby.
Live-Streamed And Live Audience.

In 2015, Ruby Slippers Theatre approached Playwrights Guild of Canada and The Vancouver Fringe Festival with the idea to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays over five days that are written and directed by diverse female-identifying theatre artists. Thus, Advance Theatre was born. RST’s vision is a world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other. So our Advance Theatre Festival is part of our larger, ongoing commitment to radical inclusivity, championing diverse artists – including playwrights and directors – who have been historically marginalized and under-represented.

Our definition of diversity includes all cultural backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, physical/mental abilities, and identities.

Admission by donation in advance online or at the door. Contactless payment only. No cash. COVID-19 protocols will be followed and posted closer to performance dates. 

The Advance Theatre Festival is produced in partnership with Playwrights Guild of Canada and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Black Skin Deep

Playwright and performer: Shayna Jones
Director:  Daniela Atiencia
Dramaturge: Angela Konrad

Synopsis: 
Black Skin Deep is the real-life revelation of one woman’s reckoning with her black-as-night skin, her mother, and a mermaid. 

Biography:

Shayna Jones

Shayna Jones is a multi-disciplinary professional spoken word artist specializing in the traditional oral storytelling of African and Afro-Diasporic Folklore. As an award-winning actor and emerging poet and playwright, Shayna has written and performed for theatre companies, schools, and festivals across Canada. As a folklorist, Shayna combines her passion for live, theatrical performance with the study of traditional African and Afro-Diasporic Folklore and Contemporary Black Experience to create dynamically soulful, nuanced, and unforgettable performances. Learn more about Shayna and her work at: www.wearestoryfolk.com 

In the Shadow of the Mountains

Play Poster, In the Shadow of the Mountains

Director: Valerie Sing Turner

Dramaturg & Playwright: Valerie Sing Turner

Synopsis: 
It’s 1988. A family gathers to figure out what to do about Esther, a Chinese-Canadian WWII veteran, as they can no longer ignore her growing dementia. She keeps talking to Victor, her beloved brother, whose death she blames on the Japanese when he served in Asia during World War II. Her husband George, an Indigenous WWII vet, was Victor’s best friend; they had all joined up full of dreams and adventure. Their son, Gary, arrives with his Caucasian wife and their daughter Lucy. Things are already tense when estranged eldest daughter Nancy shows up with husband Ken and their two daughters, who’ve never met Esther and George because Ken is Japanese-Canadian and Esther refuses to acknowledge his existence. But the real fireworks begin when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologizes to the Japanese Canadians who were interned during WWII. Will the weight of Canadian history tear them apart?    

Biography:

Valerie Sing Turner

Dil Ka

Director: TBA

Dramaturg & Playwright: Lee Nisar

Synopsis: 

Dil Ka (Urdu for ‘of the Heart’) follows potential bride-to-be, Zahra, a 26-year old Pakistani woman who is attempting to make biryani to bring to a potential suitor’s house. While she fusses and delves into the dish, desperate to make a good impression and please her loving-but-traditional family, Zahra begins treating the kitchen (when her parents or siblings aren’t sneaking in and stealing bites of food) as a sort of confessional, coming to terms with what – and who – she really wants, and how it drastically differs from the desires she has been spoon-fed since birth.

Biography:

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Canada

Director: Jasmine Chen

Playwright: Grace Chin

Performer: Jaymee Mak

Synopsis: 

Sometimes you don’t know who you are until you find yourself. This one time…a part Peranakan, part Malaysian Chinese “cha bor” went on an unexpected journey of self-discovery – through personal, family, and cultural stories past and present, here and there, imagined and mostly real – when her father moved the family from Malaysia to Canada.

Biography:

Based in Vancouver, BC, Grace Chin writes, edits, produces, and acts. She co-founded the Pan-Asian Staged Reading Society; is General Manager of Ruby Slippers Theatre and Interim Managing Director of Women in Film and Television Vancouver; and is on the board of Vancouver Short Film Festival. She is a member of the PGC and UBCP/ACTRA. Locally independently-produced plays include “Twisting Fortunes,” “The Quickie,” and “The C-Word.” Most recently, she was commissioned to write and perform a solo piece, “A Funny Thing Happened On My Way to Canada,” for SEACHS/Rumble Theatre. Her play “The Eulogy” was workshopped in translation in Tokyo, Japan, and she subsequently received a playwriting commission from ARC Works. A co-written feature screenplay, “BollyCop,” was optioned by Massey Productions. As a performer, Grace has appeared on ABC, CBS, CW, E!, Showcase, Hallmark, Freeform, CBC, and Netflix. She served on the board of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, and was Festival Director of Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Grace is googleable.

The Bibliomancer

Director: TBA

Dramaturg & PlaywrightScheherazaad Cooper

Performer: TBA

Synopsis: 
A young girl, with a love of books, discovers a family secret that reveals a buried past and hidden powers…

Biography: Coming Shortly

Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Season Sponsors

Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Funders

Media contact: Maryanne Renzetti
E: maryrenzetti@gmail.com

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