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Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents “Fine China” and “A Perfect Bowl of Pho” January 23-February 10
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Two college-aged sisters reunite in the wake of their father’s death, while a college student cum playwright cum narcissist decides to pen a genre-bending musical about everyone’s favourite Vietnamese noodle dish. These are the worlds of Fine China by Julie Phanand A Perfect Bowl of Pho by Nam Nguyen, an unlikely pair of comedies from former students of Woodlands High School and current students at McGill and U of T.
fu-GEN Theatre Company is proud to present this double bill of work by two extraordinary youth. In its debut at the 2018 Fringe Festival, Fine China took home the Teenjur Award for teen-approved show. Meanwhile, A Perfect Bowl of Pho won Best Production at the Hart House Drama Festival in 2017 and went on to play to sold out houses at the 2018 Paprika Festival.
As a company, fu-GEN has always been dedicated to representing the Asian Canadian experience and fostering talent within the Asian Canadian artistic community. However, that representation has been historically weighted in favour of larger groups within the diaspora. In a season that started with the co-production of Vietgone by Vietnamese American playwright Qui Nguyenat the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, we are continuing our celebration of Vietnamese stories and emerging voices with these two plays by Vietnamese Canadian youth.
FINE CHINA and A PERFECT BOWL OF PHO
January 23 – February 10, 2019 at Factory Studio Theatre | 125 Bathurst St.
Written by Julie Phan (FINE CHINA) and Nam Nguyen (PHO)
Produced by Saigon Lotus and Hotake Theatre Company
Presented by fu-GEN Theatre Company with the generous support of Factory Theatre
Tickets are $30 general admission | $25 advance with code EARLY
available online at www.factorytheatre.ca or by phone at 416.504.9971
“Phan is a promising writer whose work shines..” – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
FINE CHINA by Julie Phan
Directed by Julie Phan | Featuring Nam Nguyen, Nightingale Nguyen, Julie Phan | Sound Design by Colwyn Alletson | Lighting Design by Abby Palmer
A PERFECT BOWL OF PHO by Nam Nguyen
Directed by Gianni Sallese | Featuring Meghan Aguirre, Kenley Ferris-Ku, Max Gu, Sai Lian Macikunas, Victoria Ngai, Nam Nguyen, Justin Park, Jacob Peng, Lucinda Qu, Brendan Rush, Kenzie Tsang | Musicans: Randy Chang, Brendan Rogers, Rena Seeger, Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Charlotte Wong-Labow, Joey Zhuang |Music Direction by Kevin Vuong | Composed by Wilfred Moeschter & Nam Nguyen | with additional music by Sam Clark | Lighting Design by Abby Palmer | Costume Design by Bailey Hoy
About fu-GEN Theatre
fu-GEN Theatre Company is Toronto’s leading not-for-profit theatre arts organization dedicated to the Asian Canadian lens. We are devoted to providing a home for the Asian Canadian theatre artist, nurturing their voices and producing works of the highest artistic caliber that explore the Asian Canadian experience. For 16 years, we have been carving out space in the Canadian cultural landscape and cultivating platforms to bring these voices to the forefront, creating spaces for our audiences to see their experiences reflected on stage. We are the premiere hub of Asian Canadian theatre artists, and a leader in cultural programming.