Upcoming: comfort, a new play, in honour of the comfort women in Asia during WWII & the resilience women in war (development funded by the Toronto Arts Council & the Ontario Arts Council)
A love story about two youth in Nanjing whose journey leads them into the horrors of a comfort house in Shanghai 1937.
Director: William Yong (www.zataomm.org) Playwright: Diana Tso Music Composer: Constantine Caravassilis
Auditions for comfort: email headshot & resume submissions to email@example.com
Red Snow Collective is accepting submissions for performers for two upcoming 2015 development workshops and its 2016 production of “comfort”, by Diana Tso.
This theatre piece requires performers with strong skills in acting, movement, singing and improvisation. You will be given sides from the play prior to the audition and asked to prepare two contrasting songs and will be asked to improvise a movement and or vocal piece. The ability to speak or sing in Mandarin is an asset but not mandatory.
Equity members will be given priority. Equity members cast in this workshop and production will be engaged under an ITA Equity contract.
Red Snow Collective encourages submissions from performers of all cultural backgrounds. Red Snow Collective’s mandate includes creating theatre that merges Eastern and Western art forms through storytelling, music and movement that engages and provokes audiences, cross borders and challenges the norm.
Auditions: February 5 and 12, 2015 Callbacks: February 12 and 13 , 2015
1st development phase is March 16 to April 3, 2015 (9 or 10 four-hour workshops)
2nd development phase is September 2015 (9 or 10 four-hour workshops)
The production will be Fall/Winter 2016
We are looking to cast:
Li Dan Feng (female lead): Li Dan Feng is an Asian woman who, over the course of the play goes from age 16-24
Xiao Yu (male lead): Xiao Yu is an Asian man who, over the course of the play goes from age 19-27
Nabi: a comfort woman
All roles above will also be in the Chorus except for the female lead and male lead.
The Canadian production of Red Snow premiered in Toronto Januaray 2012 and was remounted in China at ACT Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival November 2012.
Please click the following link to see our 2 minute video:
Red Snow script available at: http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/playwright/diana-tso
Remembering and Healing
A woman’s nightmare of a Chinese opera drives her to search for her family’s silenced story.
When she falls in love with a man connected to the same history, they must struggle to reconcile the past with the present.
When does the enemy stop being the enemy? One woman’s search into Nanjing’s past unleashes three generations of family secrets.
by Diana Tso
Director, Beatriz Pizano
Music Composer, Alice Ping Yee Ho Music & Movement Director, William Yong
The Canadian REVIEWS for RED SNOW !
FROM THE MEDIA…
“An astonishing, almost unbelievable work … Red Snow isgroundbreaking and brave. It is a stunning success. Go see it.”
~ Mooney On Theatre
“A graceful, moving production … both the poetic script and theimpressive production are full of heart”
~ NOW Magazine
“Pleasingly lyrical…Director Beatriz Pizano’s staging is lovely and delicate…The production, as much as the play, is a rebuke to brutality.”
~ The GRID
“Red Snow provokes, fascinates … Red Snow is the type of theatre we need more of in Toronto.”
~ Charlebois Post
AND FROM THE AUDIENCE…
“Such an accomplished production! … This is in the best tradition of Theatre Passe Muraille.” ~ Paul Thompson (Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille 1972-1982; 2011 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement)
“I just wanted to applaud you again for such a beautiful and powerful play! … Your play touches on that chord of: ‘How is it that humans do that to each other? How is it possible?’ … It was so incredible how the grandfather tells the story about what happened – What he says and how he said it: Like this incredible scream of disbelief.” ~ Martha Ross (co-founder of Theatre Columbus)
“The forgiveness in this play is breathtaking. A healing, powerful work. This shows to me again, the role of art to heal us.
Thank you for this labour of the soul.”
- Joy Kogawa
Produced by Red Snow Collective in association with Toronto ALPHA and Aluna Theatre