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RED SNOW COLLECTIVE
PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

World Premiere of

The Monkey Queen 

Written by DIANA TSO and Directed by WILLIAM YONG

Featuring DIANA TSO and NICK EDDIE

NOVEMBER 15 to DECEMBER 2, 2018

At the THEATRE CENTRE INCUBATOR

At the Theatre Centre Incubator, 1115 Queen Street West 416-538-0988

TORONTO – RED SNOW COLLECTIVE presents the World Premiere of THE MONKEY QUEEN, written by Diana Tso, directed by William Yong, and performed by Diana Tso and Nick Eddie. The production weaves text, movement, visual art and music, and reimagines the ancient tale through the playwright’sown personal journey as a Chinese-Canadian female artist. THE MONKEY QUEEN runs from November 15 – December 2, 2018 at the Theatre Centre Incubator (media night on November 16 at 7:30pm).

In THE MONKEY QUEEN, the ancient mythology of the Monkey King in Wu Cheng’En’s Journey to the West has been re-envisioned through the playwright’s own heritage. In this modern version, The Monkey Queen is born in Canada and travels East towards China in search of her identity. Her epic path crosses realities between the female perspective of the warrior and herself through a fantastical Canadian landscape close to home.

“My Asian roots and my European theatre training and upbringing in the west are reflected in the weaving together of both these dramatic styles.” Says playwright Diana Tso“This ancient mythology of my ancestral roots ignited my imagination in re-envisioning the story through my personal journey as a Chinese-Canadian artist.” 

Playwright: Diana Tso
Director: William Yong
Cast: Nick Eddie and Diana Tso
Music Composers: Nick Storring and Brandon Valdivia
Designers: Robin Fisher (Costume Design), Rebecca Picherack (Lighting Design), Elysha Poirier (Projection Design), William Yong (Set Design)
Publicist: Ashley Belmer
Photographer: David Hou

For school shows and students workshops please contact Diana Tso @ redsnowcollective@gmail.com
Download Monkey Queen Study Guide.


Production photos by David Hou

Theatre critics hailed The Monkey Queen as:

“…an hour of intriguing and visually exciting theatre.”

“(Eddie’s) interactions with Tso are fascinating…The size difference allows for some intriguing physical acting and places interesting demands on Tso’s acting.”

John Gilks – Opera Ramblings (operaramblings.blog)

“…a quietly subversive play…Tso and Eddie strip down their storytelling process to the bare bones of make-believe.”

“William Yong’s directing and choreography serve as ballast to this universe without rules. His moves, hypnotic in their strangeness, mirror his openness to playing with abrupt transitions, longer scenes, and the difference in size between his actors to lend the work an auteur’s touch. It’s his work, coupled with the cast’s single-minded earnestness, that make The Monkey Queen a collection of memes. And I mean this as a complement, in case it needs clarifying. The numerous memorable images the duo performs are each singular in their hilarity, and none are worth ruining here.”

Trevor Abes – Mooney On Theatre (mooneyontheatre.com)

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