THEATRE PREVIEW

JANUARY 2020 | Volume 187

 

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The cast of Kim's Convenience; photo by Emily Cooper.

Kim's Convenience
by Ins Choi
Arts Club on Tour
Feb. 13-Mar. 28
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Kim’s ConvenienceIns Choi’s hilarious and touching debut play set in a family-run corner store, will be touring throughout the Lower Mainland and B.C. from February 13 to March 28, 2020. Based on Pacific Theatre’s 2018 production.

Mr. Kim (James Yi), or Appa, a Korean shopkeeper in Toronto’s Regent Park area, grapples with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation Canadian offspring. This journey of a fractured but loving family confronting the future and forgiving the past is a Canadian classic in the making.

Kim’s Convenience was originally produced as part of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it won the New Play Contest and the Patron’s Pick Award. It went on to an enormously successful run in 2012 at Soulpepper, receiving the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best New Canadian Play and spawning a nine-city national tour. The play has since been published by House of Anansi Press and has been adapted into an award-winning television series for CBC and, now, Netflix. 

Ins Choi is a Korean-Canadian actor, playwright, and director known for his plays Kim's Convenience and Subway Stations of the Cross. Born in South Korea, Choi grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and now resides in Toronto with his family. A graduate of York University’s Theatre Program, Choi has performed with Fu-GEN, Canadian Stage, the Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper. 

Director Kaitlin Williams said, “Having the opportunity to bring the show and Appa's story to more communities is incredible. For me, this is a story about reconciliation, sacrifice, and deep family love. It means so much to our cast and creative team and we look forward to sharing it with audiences again.”

“Gut-bustingly funny with a huge heart” —Vancouver Sun

STARRING
Andrew Creightney (Rich/Mr. Lee/Mike/Alex), Howie Lai (Jung), Jessie Liang (Janet), James Yi (Appa), Maki Yi (Umma)

CREATIVE TEAM
Kaitlin Williams (Director), Carolyn Rapanos (Set Designer), Jessica Oostergo (Costume Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Designer), Jonathan Kim (Original Lighting Designer), Chengyan Boon (Sound Designer), Allison Spearin (Stage Manager), April Starr Land (Assistant Stage Manager), Soran Nakai (Assistant Director)


TOUR VENUES & DATES


WEST VANCOUVER
Kay Meek Arts Centre
604.981.6335  

February 13 & 14

NORTH VANCOUVER
The BlueShore at CapU
604.990.7810  

February 15

MISSION
Clarke Theatre
604.629.8849  

February 16

NEW WESTMINSTER
Anvil Centre
604.521.5050  

February 18

SURREY
Surrey Arts Centre
604.501.5566  

February 19–March 1

COQUITLAM
Evergreen Cultural Centre
604.927.6555  

March 3–8

CHILLIWACK
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
604.391.SHOW (7469)

March 11

MAPLE RIDGE
The ACT Arts Centre
604.476.2787  

March 12 & 13

BURNABY
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
604.205.3000              

March 14 & 15

KELOWNA
Kelowna Community Theatre
250.862.2867  

March 17

CRANBROOK
Key City Theatre
250.426.7006              

March 19

REVELSTOKE
Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
250.814.9325  

March 21

NANAIMO
Port Theatre
250.754.8550              

March 25

DUNCAN
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
250.748.7529  

March 28

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB

The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province.

 

 

 

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