A Perfect Bowl of Phở | Paprika Festival 2018 @ Aki Studio, Toronto [from 16 to 20 May]

A Perfect Bowl of Phở | Paprika Festival 2018

16 - 20
21:15 - 18:15

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Aki Studio
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5A2B7
The year is 2018. A “diverse Toronto audience” (read: white middle-class hipsters) settles down in Aki Studio to watch a play about pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup (read: a convenient vehicle for discussing identity, colonialism, refugees, immigrant parents, cultural appropriation, and capitalism). They’ve mentally prepared for theatre that’s “diverse” (read: a lot of Asians and one white guy), “thought-provoking” (read: pandering to educated liberals), and “fun” (read: it’s a musical), all from “one talented young Vietnamese-Canadian playwright” (read: a narcissist). The crowd hushes as the flute plays, and lights rise on a poor Vietnamese farmer…
Wednesday, May 16 at 9:15PM
Friday, Ma...y 18 at 6PM*
Sunday, May 20 at 5:15PM
Aki Studio Theatre
* this performance is a double-bill with «Witness of Obsession and Desire»
tickets sold at paprikafestival.com/festival-2018/tickets/
Playwright: Nam Nguyen
Mentor: Byron Abalos
Director: Gianni Sallese
Stage manager: Scott Phyper
Music director: Shreya Jha
Assistant music director: Kevin Vuong
Music by: Wilfred Moeschter and Nam Nguyen
Additional music by: Sam Clark
Cast: Meghan Aguirre, Jasmine Cabanilla, Max Gu, Cy Macikunas, Victoria Ngai, Nam Nguyen, Justin Park, Jacob Peng, Brendan Rush, Kenzie Tsang, Vivian Xie
Band: Randy Chang, Max Gu, Charlotte Wong Labow, Jacob Peng, Brendan Rogers, Rena Seeger, Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Joey Zhuang
Lighting designer: Abby Palmer
Costume designer: Bailey Hoy
Special thanks: the OG Pho Team, VCDS, David Yee, Molly Simpson
Heads up: A Perfect Bowl of Phở contains coarse language, sexual innuendos, ethnic slurs, discussion of war, violence, and torture, and scatological humour.
Duration: 60 minutes
Part of the 2018 Paprika Festival
May 14 — 20, 2018
In partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts
At the Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East
Paprika Festival is a youth-led performing arts festival featuring new, original work by young artists created with the support of an entire artistic community. Paprika runs year-round with a diversity of programming, including: Playwrights-in-Residence, Writers’ Circle, Directors’ Lab, Indigenous Arts Program, Paprika Productions, TD Creators’ Unit and Festival Administrators.
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