UPCOMING WORK 2018/19
DOUBLE BILL: fine china & a perfect bowl of pho | by julie phan & nam nguyen | directed by julie phan & gianni sallese
a saigon lotus & hotake theatre company production | made possible by the generous support of factory theatre
fu-gen theatre presentation series
As part of fu-GEN’s sweet sixteenth season, we honour the authentic voices of our next generation of theatre artists at the very start of their bright careers.
A PERFECT BOWL OF PHỞ
The year is 2019. An open-minded Toronto theatre audience (read: unsuspecting victims) sits down in Factory Theatre Studio to watch a play about the history of pho, the Vietnamese rice noodle soup (read: a thinly-veiled metaphor for Viet culture and identity). They came to see theatre that's diverse (read: a lot of Asians plus one white guy), thought-provoking (read: pandering to educated liberals), and fun (read: it's a musical), all from the mind of one talented young Vietnamese-Canadian playwright (read: a narcissist). A hush falls over the crowd as a flute plays, and lights rise on a poor Vietnamese farmer...
What do the phrases: ‘you should eat,’ ‘don’t stay out too late’ and ‘put on a jacket’ have in common? They’re the first-generation immigrant way of saying ‘I love you.’ Love is embedded so deeply in our words and actions that we forget it’s there. It becomes as much the source of conflict as it is for healing. As estranged sisters Kim and Audrey reconnect after the death of their father old tensions arise, repressed feelings come to a head, and appliances are broken as the fate of the family is left in question.
January 23 - February 10, 2019 at the Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst St.) | buy tickets now
FOXCONN frequency (no.3) - FOR THREE VISIBLY CHINESE PERFORMERS | by HONG KONG EXILE
a HONG KONG EXILE production CO-PRESENTED BY FU-GEN THEATRE COMPANY AND THE MUSIC GALLERY
TORONTO premiere : LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
A work of "algorithmic theatre" that incorporates real-time game mechanics, piano pedagogy, 3D-printing, and the poetry of former Foxconn worker Xu Lizhi.
Three performers work with and against each other as they move through a series of testings and mini-games sourced from piano training. They succeed and fail in real-time, forced to correct their mistakes before they can continue. In each performance, 3D-printers output an object documenting the performer's competency over time.
Fully automated and generative, Foxconn Frequency (no.3) is different every performance, ranging from 50 minutes to 80 minutes: an experiment in digital game-mechanics as a way of meaning making in the performing arts.
two shows only
February 22 & 23, 2019 at the Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst St.) | buy tickets now
PREVIOUSLY IN 18/19
vietgone | by qui nguyen | directed by robert ross parker
a royal manitoba theatre centre production in association with fu-gen theatre company & hope and hell theatre company
In this wildly contemporary and stylish mash-up, Nguyen uses everything from hip hop to kung fu to tell the story of his parents’ escape to America after the fall of Saigon. Quang is a badass pilot who saved lives during the war but was forced to leave his family behind. Tong is excited to write her own story but finds America isn’t exactly as advertised. A high-octane refugee take on the boy-meets-girl story, Quang and Tong are not your average immigrants in a foreign land. Nguyen smashes stereotypes as he shares the pain and triumph of two warriors forced to find a home in a temporary world.
October 31 - November 17, 2018 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse (Winnipeg)
potluck xv | interdisciplinary year two
The fifteenth iteration of the Potluck Festival -- the one night culmination of a season's worth of work by our Kitchen creation lab -- takes on an interdisciplinary spin for the second time. Asian Canadian artists from a variety of disciplines create together in the Kitchen and present what they've cooked up along with a literal potluck dinner at the end of our season. Come hungry.
MAY 26 2018, 8:00PM at The Theatre Centre
mixie & the halfbreeds | by adrienne wong & julie tamiko manning | directed by jenna rodgers
In Mixie & the Halfbreeds, two estranged neighbors are not as different as they think. Haunted by peroxide teeth and blondissima hair, Mixie and Trixie tackle a question that has plagued mankind through the ages: do blondes really have more fun? Mixie & the Halfbreeds invites the audience to explore complex and relevant issues of culture, identity, and race, and tackles questions of mixing in contemporary Canadian society and popular culture.
APRIL 3 - 15, 2018
NO FOREIGNERS | FU-gen theatre COMPANY & hong kong exile collaboration in association with theatre conspiracy (vancouver) & the theatre centre (toronto)
Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home. A collaboration between ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary super group Hong Kong Exile and Governor General's award-winning playwright David Yee of fu-GEN Theatre.
February 7 - 17, 2018 at the Cultch (Vancouver)
February 21 - 25, 2018 at the Theatre Centre (Toronto)
GODOT HAS come | BY MINORU BETSUYAKU | A THEATRE OFFICE NATORI (JAPAN) PRODUCTION PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH WHY NOT THEATRE
Godot Has Come by Minoru Betsuyaku marks the first American tour of Japan’s celebrated company Theatre Office Natori. What would happen if Godot, the mysterious unseen character in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, actually turned up? Written as homage to Beckett, this comic – often slapstick – sequel is performed in Japanese with English translations projected above the stage. K. Kiyama, directs this innovative play by Minoru Betsuyaku, one of Japan’s leading contemporary playwrights.
In Japanese with projected English translations
December 9th at Factory Theatre.
acquiesce | by david yee | fu-gen theatre company and factory theatre co-production
Plagued by the success of his first book and haunted by his past, Sin Hwang arrives in Hong Kong with some unusual cargo and a lot of emotional baggage. Featuring a surreal cast of characters, from a foul-mouthed Paddington Bear to a wisecracking Buddhist monk, this sharply comedic and heartbreakingly poignant tale of self, familial and spiritual discovery reflects the cycles from which we must all break free as we find our way.
October 29 - November 27, 2016 at Factory Theatre
walk the walk | national festival of asian canadian women
In partnership with Factory Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Company, Workshop West, The Shaw Festival, Theatre Northwest and Hong Kong Exile
A week-long celebration of female Asian Canadian theatre creators from across Canada. Four creators present new work in development in the form of public readings and performance installations, all directed by women of colour. The week also included masterclasses, long table discussions, panels, a cabaret and our annual Potluck Festival.
Walk the Walk featured new work by: Mieko Ouchi, Marjorie Chan, Sophie Gee, and Natalie Gan as well our Kitchen creators Lisa Li, Gloria Mok, Diana Reyes, and Christina Wong.
During the festival, fu-GEN also launched The 49, a list of 49 plays by women of colour that can be programmed tomorrow. That list has been circulated to every theatre in Canada, and has since made the rounds in the US and the UK. The 49 can be viewed here.
June 13 - 19, 2016 at Factory Theatre
SEX TAPE PROJECT | BY ADRIENNE WONG, DONALD WOO & DAVID YEE
Performed in a hotel, across the street from the audience, this site-specific experimental theatre piece explores themes of voyeurism, power and sexuality. It uses bi-locality to experiment with traditional ideals of theatrical spectatorship and reflects on the impact of community and privacy in densely populated urban areas. Viewers watch the action unfold across the street while tuning in to one of three completely independent narrative audio plays which correspond to that action. All three plays occur simultaneously, requiring three separate viewings to experience each writer’s imagined scenario.
November 13 - December 6, 2015 at the Centre for Social Innovation & The Super 8 Hotel Chinatown
DURANGO | BY JULIA CHO | A FU-GEN THEATRE COMPANY & THEATRE SMASH CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE
Durango explores the entanglement of familial obligation and personal exploration through the lives of widower Boo-Seng Lee, a middle-aged Korean immigrant, and his two sons as they take an impromptu and ill-advised vacation to Durango, Colorado. It is the story of a family road trip, of lost dreams and passed on ambitions. The play tackles big ideas: racism, homophobia and generational secrets, in an intimate and specific way. A poignant and heart-wrenching play, the play calls for feats of visual theatricality, while following the tradition of American family dramas such as Death of a Salesman; slowly and subtly drawing us into an emotionally complex and intimately relatable human story.
May 16 - 31, 2015 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre