Where: Factory Theatre Studio, 125 Bathurst Street
When: January 9-20, 2019
Cost: Tickets $15 and can be purchased at fringetoronto.com
Details: “I loved him as much as I knew how.” Matthew
After two sold-out runs in Vancouver, The Artillery Collective is beyond excited to be collaborating with the Next Stage Theatre Festival and the Ga Ting Company to bring Minh Ly’s unique bilingual tale to Toronto. Using both Cantonese and English dialogue with surtitles, this kitchen sink drama transforms into a surreal guilt-storm of epic proportions. The Toronto premiere is directed by the incomparable Aaron Jan.
Ga Ting, Cantonese for “family”, is a powerful and emotionally charged story about an immigrant Chinese couple (Richard Tse and Loretta Yu) coming to terms with the death of their son, Kevin. When Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend Matthew (Anne with an E’s Stephen Tracey) is invited for dinner after the funeral, the evening devolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash, in which all must grapple with who Kevin was… and who they are.
The Artillery Collective is committed to producing thought provoking work that ignites a conversation with our audience that extends beyond the theatre walls. At our core, we value work that honours, respects and gives voice to Queer artists, People of Colour and Womxn. The AC is run by co-artistic producers Eric Morin, Kyle Travis Young and Ariana Marquis. The Ga Ting Company is producing partners Minh Ly and Neta J. Rose. The dynamic and diverse creative team consists of Steph Raposo, Logan Cracknell and Jung Hye Kim.
Minh Ly is a Canadian actor/writer based out of Toronto. He trained at the Studio 58 acting conservatory in Vancouver. Ga Ting is his first professionally produced full-length play. It premiered in 2014 in Richmond, BC, and had a second mounting in 2016, produced by frank Theatre, and presented by The Cultch in Vancouver, BC; both productions garnered sold-out houses. The seed of Ga Ting was Minh’s effort to help promote diverse representation onstage. He was intrigued by an imagined an image of a middle-aged Asian couple sitting with a Caucasian man. Why are these people together? The story of Ga Ting was his answer to that question.
“Homosexuality is totally taboo in many communities. It is not accepted, talked about, or even recognized to exist. Sexuality and cultural clash frame this piece, but the universal themes of communication, loss, regret, and acceptance connect with anyone”. Ga Ting playwright Minh Ly