Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: February 15 – March 8, 2020
Cost: Regular ticket price $40 – $50 (plus HST), previews $20 (plus HST). To purchase visit factorytheatre.ca
Details: Written by Marjorie Chan and directed by Factory’s Artistic Director, Nina Lee Aquino, Lady Sunrise features a powerful ensemble of six Asian Canadian women, Belinda Corpuz, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon, Lindsay Wu, and Louisa Zhu.
Set in Vancouver, Canada’s condo and casino playground, this hard-hitting new play is a tale of social climbing, and the damaging effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Featuring six characters ranging from a second rate beauty queen, a wealthy condo developer, a ruthless bank executive, a madam, a blackjack dealer, and a trafficked sex worker, Chan expertly portrays the contemporary face of moral and individual degradation in a world, and a city, where the pursuit of money is the only serious occupation.
Influenced by the seminal work of Chinese modernism, this exquisite World Premiere is sure to speak to Torontonians as our city continues to rise to new heights while forgetting the people who live on the ground.
Lady Sunrise is inspired by the modern classic, Sunrise, originally written by Chinese playwright Cao Yu in 1936, which centres on the degradation of society and moral standards as played out in Shanghai, after the economic collapse of the 30s. Inspired by Ibsen, Sunrise uses a city in flux as the stage for a tale of fortitude and tragedy.
Marjorie Chan (Playwright) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist working as a playwright, librettist, director and dramaturge. A nine-time nominee, Marjorie is the recipient of four Toronto Dora Awards. As a playwright and librettist, Marjorie’s works have been performed in the USA, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Russia as well as having their premieres in Canada. In 2005, she was named the K.M. Hunter Theatre Artist, an Ontario-wide award for mid-career artists. Her first play China Doll earned a nomination for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Marjorie is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille.