Banana Boys Returns To Factory Theatre
|April 14, 2017||Filled under Events||
Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst
When: April 18 – May 14, 2017
Cost: Ticket prices range from $25-$55 including Student, Arts Worker and Senior Prices. Purchase in person at Factory or visit www.factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971
Details: Written by Leon Aureus, Banana Boys makes a triumphant return to Factory Theatre. The production is adapted from Terry Woo’s game-changing novel by Leon Aureus, and is one of the hit shows from Factory’s Naked Season. Factory Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will close the current season with her highly inventive reimagining of the show, which she first directed in 2004 for fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company.
Five Asian-Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel . . . all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. “Yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” the production delves deeply into Asian-Canadian stereotypes while also dealing with death, rage, addiction, racism and familial expectations. Wickedly funny and incredibly fresh, the show is set for an extended run in celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May.
Returning cast members include Darrel Gamotin (Monday Nights/The Theatre Centre) as Sheldon Kwan, the man in search of love; Matthew Gin, (One Good Morning/Toronto Fringe) as reluctant med student Mike Chao; and Oliver Koomsatira (Comfort/Red Snow Collective) as the frightening and violent Dave Lowe. New cast members include Jonathan Kim (the CBC TV series 21 Thunder) in the pivotal role of Rick Wong; and actor and sound designer Miquelon Rodriguez (Cowboy Versus Samurai/Soulpepper) as Luke Yeung, the boy who won’t grow up.
The 2016/17 Factory season looks beyond Canadian borders to navigate new identities and redefine the meaning of home, as citizens, residents, and visitors, in six plays charting new Canadian experiences.
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