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Toronto: “49th Day” runs at the Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8-19

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Theatre ARTaud presents a proudly immigrant story of love, war, and familial reconciliation: 49TH DAY at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

49th Day, created by Dora-nominated performer athena kaitlin trinh (Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Roseneath Theatre), takes us to a cemetery in ViệtNam where a young woman makes offerings and performs rituals for her deceased grandmother. A poetic investigation of intergenerational trauma and displacement, and inspired by the real life experiences of the playwright's grandparents, this piece is a love-letter to elders everywhere. The show will be performed in English and 廣東話.

49th Day is created by an exciting team of established and emerging Asian artists: The show is dramaturged by critically-acclaimed playwright and performer Jeff Ho (Trace, Factory Theatre) and stars athena kaitlin trinh alongside Stratford Festival alum Diana Tso (Bakkhai, Stratford Festival) under the direction ofTheatre ARTaud Artistic Director Rouvan Silogix (Blood + Soil, TheatreARTaud). 49th Day is stage managed by Lily Chan (Yellow Rabbit, Soulpepper Theatre), and features scenography by Waleed Ansari (The Brothers Gentle, Toronto Fringe), as well as sound design by Gloria Mok (Silk Bath, Next Stage). The production is produced by Angela Sun (Above & Beyond, Toronto Fringe) with Theatre ARTaud.

49th Day was developed under the mentorship of Nina Lee Aquino and Factory Theatre's The Foundry creation group. The development of this show was made possible with funding from Factory Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and Nightswimming Theatre under the Ontario Arts Council's Recommender Grants program. We are also grateful to support from Why Not Theatre's Space Project (with the generous support of the City of Toronto & Kingfisher Foundation); Roseneath Theatre; and Tarragon Theatre's Workspace Program.


at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival

Wed Jan 8th - 8:30 PM

Fri Jan 10th - 9:00 PM

Sun Jan 12th - 2:00 PM

Wed Jan 15th - 6:30 PM*R

Fri Jan 17th - 6:45 PM*T

Sun Jan 19th - 2:00 PM*AD

(R = relaxed performance, T = talk back, AD = audio description provided)

Factory Theatre Studio

125 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Created by athena kaitlin trinh

Directed by Rouvan Silogix

Produced by Angela Sun with Theatre ARTaud

Starring athena kaitlin trinh and Diana Tso

Stage Managed by Lily Chan

Scenography by Waleed Ansari

Sound Design by Gloria Mok

Dramaturgy by Jeff Ho

This is a Canadian Actors' Equity Association Production under the Festival Policy.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 416- 966-1062, or at the door of the venue starting one hour prior to the first performance of theday. Passes are also available.

The show will be performed in English and Cantonese with no subtitles.

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Photo: athena kaitlin trinh.