World Premiere of trace at Factory Studio Theatre
|November 8, 2017||Filled under Events||
Where: Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: November 11 – December 3, 2017
Cost: Single tickets start at just $20 for previews and range from $30-$50 for regular performances Student, Arts Worker and Senior prices also available. Purchase in person at Factory, 125 Bathurst Street, visit www.factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971
Details: The world premiere of trace is part of the Factory 2017-2018 Season “Shaping Stories.” The production is a one-man-two-piano-play written, is composed and performed by former Factory Artistic Associate Jeff Ho (Ophelia, Prince Hamlet/Why Not Theatre), and directed by Factory Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino.
A painfully personal story of family and genealogy, trace follows the footprints taken by Jeff’s great grandmother who fled the Japanese in WWII by escaping to Hong Kong, losing one of her two sons during the trek; his mother’s similar pilgrimage to Canada, also with two sons in tow; and by Jeff himself, when he too embarked on a journey, moving from Markham to Montreal to pursue an uncharacteristically Chinese life.
Spanning 100 years and three generations, and featuring virtuosic original piano compositions composed by Jeff, trace is a chamber play structured as a piano sonata with a prelude, three movements and a coda. A convergence of theatrical and symphonic storytelling, trace celebrates the courage and strength of his matriarchal forebears while acknowledging the lasting implications of familial sacrifice.
Set Design is by Michelle Ramsay and Nina Lee Aquino; Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay; Costume Design by Joanna Yu; and Dramaturgy by Matt McGeachy.