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Love and Relasianships: Volume 2 - A Collection of Contemporary Asian-Canadian Drama

Love and Relasianships: Volume 2 - A Collection of Contemporary Asian-Canadian Drama
Your Price: $29.95 CDN
Edited by: Nina Lee Aquino
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 308
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0887547796
ISBN-13: 9780887547799

About the Plays:

The Canadian play anthology Love and Relasianships is a definitive record of a theatrical movement, a movement that reflects a multiplicity of styles and genres, joined together by the singular fact that they are a series of plays written by Asians, for Asians… and for Canada. Editor Nina Lee Aquino's anthology is an important resource for teachers and actors alike.

The second of two volumes Love and Relasianships draws from a rich history of Asian-Canadian theatre on stages across Canada featuring six plays in chronological order starting from 2002:

Yes Yoko Solo by Jean Yoon: A solo work that features music, instruction poems, images and other works by Yoko Ono. (Premiered in 2002 at Art Gallery of Ontario: Cast: 1 female)

Tiger of Malaya by Hiro Kanagawa: The play is inspired by the war crimes trial of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, whose quick defeat of American forces in the early days of the war earned him the nickname "Tiger of Malaya." Set in Manila in 1945, Yamamoto is on trial for atrocities committed by the Japanese in the Philippines. He's represented by two unwilling American military lawyers, played by Alexander Ferguson and William MacDonald. At stake is Yamashita's life as conviction will result in a death sentence. (Premiered in 2003 at Toronto's Factory Theatre; Cast: 2 female, 3 male)

Miss Orient(ed) by Nina Lee Aquino and Nadine Villasin: Examines the politics of cultural identity through the eyes of three young beauty pageant contestants who vie for the title of Miss Pearl of the Orient. Miss Orient(ed) gently satirizes the struggle between conflicting cultural identities and beauty ideals. Do beauty contests ever go beneath the surface to the contestants' hearts and minds? This play was Canada's first professional Filipino-Canadian theatrical production. (Produced in 2003 by Toronto's Carlos Bulosan Theatre; Cast: 5 female)

China Doll by Marjorie Chan: The story of Su-Ling, a rebellious young woman in Shanghai during the last years of Imperial China and the first years of the Republic, whose self-worth is determined only by her tiny, bound feet – until her world and view of it expands when she learns to read. China Doll powerfully reaffirms the theme of women's awakening and emancipation. (Premiered in 2004 at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre; Cast: 3 female, 1 male)

Banana Boys by Leon Aureus: A smart, contemporary, and wickedly funny play about five young Asian-Canadian men, "Bananas" (read: yellow on the outside, white on the inside), wrestling with issues of race, identity, and the death of a friend. Not really Chinese and not quite Canadian, the Banana Boys stumble through situations, incidents and interactions that ultimately explore the nature of identity and reveal the possibilities each character has within himself. (Premiered in 2004 at Toronto's Factory Theatre; Cast: 5 male)

Paper Series by David Yee: A piece of paper can shape your life. It can record your history or build something new. A series of monologues that imaginatively explore six lives and their curious connections to something as inconsequential as a piece of paper. Particularly suitable for schools and play contests. (Premiered in 2011 Toronto's Young Centre for the Performing Arts; Cast: 4 women, 3 men)

About the Editor:

Nina Lee Aquino is a director, dramaturge, actor and playwright, who completed her B.A. in Drama at the University of Guelph and her M.A. in Theatre at the University of Toronto. She is currently the artistic director of fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company, the artistic producer of CrossCurrents Festival.

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