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)
Public Reading of the play, “Comfort” on August 20 @ 7pm (OISE auditorium University of Toronto) as part of the 70th anniversary commemorating the end of World War Two.
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
Also on April 15, a song from the play will be part of this commemorative ceremony to remember the courage & strength of those that suffered during the Asia-Pacific War. Join us for a candle light vigil and an evening of music, performance art, film & special guest speakers. August 15 @ 7-9pmTed Rogers School of Management, Theatre Hall – TRS1-06755 Dundas Street West Toronto http://www.alphaeducation.org
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