Upcoming: Comfort, a new play by Diana Tso, in honour of the comfort women in Asia during WWII & the resilience women in war (supported by the Toronto Arts Council & the Ontario Arts Council), world premiere production 2016

“Comfort” is part of Remembering Resilience, August 15-21, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II: Find out more at www.alphaeducation.org 

August 15 @ 7pm  a candle light vigil & evening of music, performance art, film and special guest speakers: a song from the play will be part of the commemorative ceremony to remember the courage and strength of those who suffered during the Asian-Pacific War.  A trio arrangement by Comfort’s music composer, Constantine Cararvassilis, will be performed by Patty Chan (erhu-Chinese violin) MJ (bass) & Phoebe Hu (Chinese flute).  Also Comfort’s costume designer, Erika Chong, will have her 2015 collective, inspired by the comfort women, as part of a performance art piece. Join us at the Ted Rogers School of Management Theatre Hall TRS1-067 @ 55 Dundas St. West (Dundas subway station, west of Yonge St.) 7pm

August 15, 1945 is the day Emperor Hirohito officially announced the unconditional surrender of the Japanese imperial army. His annoucement was broadcasted all over the world. Internationally, it was the light at the end of a tunnel for many allied POWs and civilians as they were slowly were being liberated from Japanese prisoner of war camps and slave labour. The war was finally over.

This event is FREE & is co-sponsored by Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University.

Seats are limited! Please RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/remembering-resilience-commemorative-ceremony-for-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-end-of-wwii-tickets-16905306226

August 20 @ 7pm Public Workshop Presentation of the play, “Comfort” as part of the 70th anniversary commemorating the end of World War II at the OISE auditorium University of Toronto 252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway -Bedford Rd. exit) FREE admission

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

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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:

                                                    http://www.indiegogo.com/redsnowshanghai

                         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 !
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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