April 22, 2014

Come Join Us for Rick Tae's play Mrs. Warren's Profession

George Bernard Shaw's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION

APRIL 22 – 27, 2014

254 E Hastings St

A privileged young woman discovers her comfortable lifestyle was paid for by her mother’s sex work. The two women enter a battle royal over what it means to be a modern woman, a working woman, and just plain be a woman.

“In Shaw’s stringent social comedy … Mrs. Warren is utterly of her times, and our times too.”
- The New York Times

Written in 1893 by Nobel and Oscar winning George Bernard Shaw, this now famous play was originally banned for over 30 years. Alley Theatre’s postmodern revisitation of this controversial classic merges theatre, live music, interactive media and the politics of the sex trade.

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision to strike down three major sex trade laws, and the Federal Government’s looming decision on those laws, this project is incredibly timely.

Do not miss this witty, hard-hitting, and visionary production. Bring your drink into the theatre, text secret messages to a projection screen, and be immersed in a created-space environment at the hip and historic Rickshaw Theatre.

In advance of the production, be sure to watch the Promo Video and discover the unique and interactive digital world of:

Best explored on Laptop or Desktop

$20 advance / $25 door / 1 800 838 3006

$3 from every ticket donated to WISH Drop-In Centre and PACE Society, providing support for women in need in the DTES.
FREE TICKETS for DTES Community available at the Carnegie Centre, made possible by The Rickshaw Theatre.

2-for-1 Preview April 22 8pm
Official Opening April 23 8pm (SOLD OUT)
April 22-26 8pm (Age 19+)
April 26/27 2pm (All Ages)
Join us for a Community Panel discussion following the April 26 2pm performance.

Directed by MARISA SMITH, winner of the Joanna Maratta Award for “displaying the most promise to affect the Vancouver theatre community”

Live improvised accompaniment from Juno Award-winning musicians including

Set by LAUCHLIN JOHNSTON, Lighting by Eugene Mendelev,
Costumes by NITA BOWERMAN, Projection by PARJAD SHARIFI and ANA VALINE, Assistant Director JOCELYN PITSCH, Production Manager ROBIN RICHARDSON,

Produced by Alley Theatre
In association with Neworld Theatre and Renegade Arts Company
In community partnership with WISH Drop-In Centre and PACE Society

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April 4, 2014

Vincent Lam and Jen Sookfong Lee at the North Shore Writers Festival, Saturday April 12

The North Shore Writers Festival, a celebration of Canadian authors through a collaboration of North Shore public libraries will be held at North Vancouver City Library. Vincent Lam is a featured author, and will be reading from his first novel, The Headmaster's Wager about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Jen Sookfong Lee, novelist and CBC radio personality, will also be on hand. Born and raised in East Vanocuver, Jen now lives in North Burnaby with her family. She is author of The End of East and The Better Mother.

March 26, 2014

explorASIAN 2014 - Illustrated Cultural Narratives: How creative diversity led to my discovery of the Graphic Novel

The term 'graphic novel' is often used to describe a wide variety of forms, including: illustrated memoir, history, and lyric prose, as well as fiction of all types. Beyond its origins in comic book culture, illustrated narrative has hit its stride as a form of literature unto itself, and in a publishing world still adapting to the digital age, illustrated narrative continues to thrive in the printed book form. Comic books have always had universal appeal, and have been reinvigorated in lengthened formats known as the graphic novel.This workshop will explore the graphic narrative: it’s all about the story; how ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity helps the creative industries; word crafting: the art of reducing words in talk bubbles; stereotypes!?

About David H. T. Wong

David was born and raised in Vancouver. He is an accomplished writer, architect and a respected Asian-Canadian activist whose family first came to North America from China 130 years ago. He is a founding director for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia, Pacific Canada Heritage Centre: Museum of Migration, and explorAsian: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. His acclaimed graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press. www.escapetogoldmountain.com

$25 net proceeds go to explorASIAN - please register online.