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by Grace Chin
TF Productions
PTC Studio, Granville Island
April 2-4, 9-11

Mel Tuck directs multicultural cast in The C-Word

If cheating is colour blind, so is commitment, increasingly and equally a “C word” in the most euphemistic sense to both sexes. And if the thirties are the new twenties, how do thirtysomethings in Vancouver deal with intercultural cheating, commitment, and consequences?

The C-Word, a contemporary dramedy directed by Mel Tuck (founder, Austin-Tuck Studios, Gastown Actors Studio), invites an intimate in-and-out of the bedroom view of four friends’ lives when infidelity and unforeseen consequences force them to choose to whom, and to what, they must commit.

“The ‘C’ word, in our case, stands for commitment, which is the source of great conflict,” says Tuck of the play’s themes. “The fear of loneliness makes people settle for comfort and control, and creates great big lies out of little fibs.”

In The C-Word’s familiar Metro Vancouver social landscape, Pal Prasad (Raahul Singh) is a professional love guru trying a little too hard to practice what he preaches, while his money-honey Ashley Hennessey (Sheryl Thompson) pays lip service to open relationships and wonders if this is as good as it gets. Steve Chung (Fane Tse) is tired of lubing up to stick with it, and his fiancée Kelly Cho (Grace Chin) will do anything to avoid getting hitched. Complicating the choices are Kelly’s opinionated parents and her feminist best friend Akesh Gill (Preet Cheema) as The C-Word presents clashing social, generational and cultural perspectives on doing the Right Thing.

The C-Word is the third original play from TF Productions, the team that brought the city The Quickie, a send-up of Vancouver’s speed dating scene, and its first “accidentally Asian” romantic dramedy, Twisting Fortunes. All plays were workshopped at Scripting Aloud, a pan-Asian Canadian scriptreading series active since 2005.

The C-Word features lighting design by Darren Boquist (Walking Fish Festival) and set design by Mel Tuck from a new script by Grace Chin (Playwrights Guild of Canada), one half of the TF Productions writing/producing team that includes Charlie Cho. TF Productions is grateful to receive support and sponsorship from Austin-Tuck Studios, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), the Playwrights Theatre Centre, Scripting Aloud, and Colin Foo.


Thursday April 2–Saturday April 4; Thursday April 9–Saturday April 11
All shows 8 p.m.

Playwrights Theatre Centre (1398 Cartwright Street), Granville Island

$20 at the door, $18 online via PayPal at
“2 for $30 Thursday” Apr 9