january 2019 | Volume 175
Christine Quintana and Chirag Naik. Photo by David Cooper.
Yoga Play gets flexible at Gateway Theatre
The business of yoga gets turned upside down in the Canadian premiere of Dipika Guha's new comedy—Yoga Play—a hilarious satire that asks what it takes to find authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.
When newly-hired Joan is brought on board to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, she has her work cut out for her. The company's founder has been ousted after a fat-shaming scandal, sales are plunging, and panic has set in. Jojomon needs an image makeover—and fast. But as Joan struggles to balance the needs of her new position with the reality of the bottom line, more trouble surfaces. Risking everything on a wild plan, Joan makes a move that just might save the day or split her pants.
Guha, who grew up in India, Russian, the UK, and Southern California, takes apart the new gold rush that is the yoga industry with humour and insight, examining the languages of displacement through the lens of comedy. As ancient spiritual practices run headlong into contemporary consumerism, the desire for truth, meaning, and the right kind of yoga pants turns cultural identity on its head.
"At its heart, this is a play about what it means to be yourself." - Dipika Guha
Featuring: Lois Anderson, Hrundi V. Bakshi, Derek Chan, Shawn Macdonald, Chirag Naik, and Christine Quintana
Director: Jovanni Sy
Set Design: Sophie Tang
Costume Design: Amy McDougall
Lighting/Video Design: Chengyan Boon
Sound Design: Mishelle Cuttler
Yoga Consultant: Scheherazaad Cooper
Technical Director: Theodore Sherman
Production Manager: Josef Chung
Stage Manager: Susan Miyagashima
Assistant Stage Manager: Koh McRadu
Preview: Thursday, February 7 @ 8pm / Opening: Friday, February 8 @ 8pm
Times: 8pm nightly (except Monday, February 11)
Matinees: Tuesday, February 12 @ 1pm / Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10 @ 2pm
Thursday, February 7 @ 7pm pre-show – Pizza Preview
Enjoy complimentary pizza before the show.
Wednesday, February 8 – Opening Night & Post-Show Reception
Celebrate with the artists after the show with cake and refreshments!
Sunday, February 10 @ 1pm pre-show – Gateway Forum: She-E-O: When Leaders are also Women
Join our Artistic Team and panel of experts as they examine obstacles, ascents, and offer advice on being in a leadership position.
Wednesday, February 13 & Friday February 15, post-show – Afterplay
Share your thoughts and experience with fellow audience members during this facilitated, informal discussion.
Thursday, February 14, post-show – Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team after the show.
About Gateway Theatre:
Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway is a vital member of the professional theatre scene in the Lower Mainland and is led by Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. Gateway's professional activity includes a six-show English-language Signature Series, the Pacific Festival of contemporary theatre in Chinese, and a play development program. We also provide theatre education and performance training classes for youth ages 6-18 via Gateway Theatre Academy. As a venue, Gateway Theatre also provides a much-needed rental space for professional and community producers.
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