Thursday, January 5, 2012

Red Snow: The Rape of Nanking Revisited - January 12-28 in Toronto

From a media release:

The Red Snow Collective, in association with Toronto ALPHA, and Aluna Theatre, presents...
The World Premiere of
RED SNOW
by Diana Tso
Forbidden Love. Forgotten Holocaust.
January 12 - 28, 2012

TORONTO
- The Red Snow Collective is honoured to present RED SNOW by Toronto playwright and award-winning actor Diana Tso, playing January 12-28 at Theatre Passe Muraille. Inspired by the stories of survivors of the Rape of Nanking, the production marks the 75th anniversary of this forgotten holocaust of WWII. RED SNOW is a story of love and the struggle to reconcile the past with the present in the search for peace and healing.

• Tickets are available via www.artsboxoffice.ca or 416-504-7529.

RED SNOW: Isabel’s recurring nightmare of her grandparents’ favorite Chinese opera drives her to search for their silenced story. On her journey she falls in love with Jason, a man who is connected to the same forgotten holocaust. Their love unleashes three generations of guilt, shame and pain perpetuated by a massacre still denied by the perpetrators today. When their lives collide they struggle to reconcile the past with the present - for themselves and their families, shaken from their lifelong silence by Isabel’s pilgrimage to uncover the secrets of her grandmother’s history ... and her own.

RED SNOW is directed by Beatriz Pizano (Aluna Theatre), winner of the prestigious John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. RED SNOW features performers ZoĆ© Doyle (Global TV’s King), Vienna Hehir (Stratford Festival), Derek Kwan (Ahuri Theatre, fuGen), Janet Lo (Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle) and Richard Tse (Tapestry’s Iron Road), plus musicians Patty Chan (Toronto Chinese Orchestra) and Ed Reifel (The Correction Line Ensemble). Music for RED SNOW is composed by acclaimed Chinese Canadian composer/pianist Alice Ping Yee Ho; movement is choreographed by two-time Dora nominee William Yong (Zata Omm Dance Projects). Set/multi-media design by Dora Award winner Trevor Schwellnus (Aluna Theatre); costume design by Victoria Wallace (Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Theatre Columbus, COC); lighting design by Dora and Pauline McGibbon Award winner Michelle Ramsay.

For more information, please visit www.redsnowcollective.ca.

“The forgiveness in this play is breathtaking…This shows me again, the role of art to heal us.” – Joy Kogawa

RED SNOW:
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
16 Ryerson Avenue (near Queen and Bathurst)

Dates:
January 12 – 28, 2012 (Previews Jan 12 & 13, Opens Jan 14)
All evening performances begin at 7:30pm
(Jan 19 – 21 @ 7:30pm, plus Sat 21 Matinee @2pm)
(Jan 23 – 28 @7:30pm, plus Wed 25 and Sat 28 Matinees @2pm)
Special School Performances/Theatre Workshops Jan 16 – 19 @10am

Tickets:
$30 General, $15 Student, PWYC Saturday Matinees, Group Rates available.
Box Office: 416-504-7529 / www.artsboxoffice.ca

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