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Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “trace” by Jeff Ho November 12-23.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

This poised, witty and heartfelt piece by Jeff Ho brings to life a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – each of whom made difficult and life-altering decisions to protect their families, moving from China to Hong Kong to downtown Toronto.

With gambling debts, unfaithful husbands, rebellious teenagers and several tables of gossiping Majohng players, trace draws a line from occupied China to present-day Toronto, revealing universal truths about hardship and hope along the way.

“There is so much to love in the tour de force from Jeff Ho – two pianos, three generations of fierce Chinese mothers and at least five hands of Mahjong…a beautiful and delicate delight.”– Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director.

Combining virtuosic original piano compositions with an incredible performance and lyrical text, this exquisite and stimulating one-man chamber play offers a new look into the lasting implications of sacrifice across generations.

“trace provides the keys to harrowing immigration tale.” – NOW Toronto

The Company includes Playwright, Composer and Performer Jeff Ho; Director and Co-Set Designer Nina Lee Aquino; Co-Set and Lighting Designer Michelle Ramsay; Costume Designer Joanna Yu; Production Dramaturg Matt McGeachy; Stage Manager Andrea Baggs; and Head of Wardrobe Chanti Laliberte.

November 12 - 23, 2019
Azrieli Studio

Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14

Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with company members of trace.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.
Saturday at 2 pm.

No performance Sunday or Monday.

$35 (previews) $48

Tickets are available:

·         Online on the NAC’s website:

·         In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street

·         At all Ticketmaster outlets**

·         By telephone 1-888-991-2787**

**A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

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