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) 

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 redsnowcollective@gmail.com 

Red Snow Collective is accepting submissions until March 9, 2015 for theatre artists for the 2015 development and the 2016 production of “comfort“.

This theatre piece requires performers with skills in acting, movement, singing and improvisation.  You will be given sides from the play prior to the audition & will be asked to improvise both a movement and a 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 creates innovative theatre that merges Eastern and Western art forms through storytelling, music and movement that engages and provokes audiences, cross borders & challenges the norm.  Their theatre creations bring together artists of the highest calibre and diversity to speak stories that are globally relevant and creatively powerful.

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 in 2016

We are looking for theatre artists who can play characters of Asian descent and work as a collective through text, movement and voice for the following roles:

Li Dan Feng: playing from age 17-25 over the course of the play

Xiao Yu: playing from age 19-27 over the course of the play

Cormorant and Moon

Mother

Old Widow

Nabi: a comfort woman

Soldier

All roles above will also be in the Chorus except for Xiao Yu and Dan Feng as a comfort woman in Act II.

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