SEPTEMBER 2022 | Volume 219
Raugi Yu & Josette Jorge. Photo by Emily Cooper.
by Ins Choi
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre with Prairie Theatre Exchange and Soulpepper Theatre Company
The Cultch Historic Theatre
www.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363
Ins Choi's Bad Parent has its Vancouver premiere at long last!
The Cultch and vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) are thrilled to present Bad Parent, a brand new play from renowned award-winning playwright, Ins Choi. Bad Parent will have its Vancouver premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre, October 13-23 ,2022. It was originally scheduled to run in the spring of 2022, but had to be postponed due to COVID.
Norah and Charles are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, a new play from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim's Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.
Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience."There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why," says playwright Ins Choi. "Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other's needs and the needs of a newborn." Playing the roles of these believable characters—under the direction of Director Meg Roe, Associate Director Hazel Venzon, and Assistant Director AnjelaMagpantay—Raugi Yu and Josette Jorge bring this relatable drama to life.
Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works with some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada's most famous contemporary playwrights, continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. "Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realise how similar we all are," says Choi. "Through stories, we're entertained as a group and comforted to know we're not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny."
"[Ins Choi] is a talented playwright who is able to capture life through theatre with authenticity and elegance." —Tiffany Budhyanto, Mooney on Theatre (about Kim's Convenience)
Ins Choi – Playwright
Meg Roe – Director
Hazel Venzon – Associate Director
Anjela Magpantay – Assistant Director
Thomas Morgan Jones – Dramaturg
Katie Robinson Hoppa – Stage Manager
Katie Schmidt – Assistant Stage Manager
Sophie Tang – Set Designer
Brenda McLean – Costume Designer
Gerald King – Lighting Designer
Deanna H. Choi – Sound Designer
Jennifer Stewart – Props Master/Assistant Set Designer
Derek Chan – Managing Artistic Director (2022- )
Donna Yamamoto – Producing Artistic Director (2013-2021)
Alistair Wallace – Production Manager/Technical Director
Hina Nishioka– Assistant Lighting Designer
Harika Xu – Assistant Lighting Designer
Luke Reece – Associate Artist
WHEN: October 13-23, 2022
OCT 13: 7:30 PM – Preview
OCT 14–15, 18–22: 7:30 PM
OCT 15, 16, 22–23: 2:00 PM
WHERE: Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.
TICKETS: Tickets from $29. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch's Box Office: 604-251-1363 or thecultch.com/event/bad-parent.
vAct began as a community theatre in 2001. In 2013, Donna Yamamoto became Artistic Director, rapidly transforming it into one of the most exciting professional theatre companies in Canada and an incubator for some of the best Asian Canadian talent in the country. They are the only theatre company in Canada that exclusively creates new Asian Canadian work, at all levels: In scripts, on stage, in the producer's chair. They bring artistic excellence from the Asian diaspora, uplifting narratives previously unseen. World premieres in recent years include Loretta Seto'sThe Ones We Leave Behind and TetsuroShigematsu'sEmpire of the Son, 1 Hour Photo and Kuroko. vAct's renown for outstanding productions and strong relationships with the community continues with new Managing Artistic Director, Derek Chan, stepping into the role in 2022.
ABOUT THE CULTCH:
Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver's most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organisation operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.
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