Nina Lee Aquino
Apprentice Stage Manager
“… The real reason the Asian race, as a people, as a movement, have not progressed forward … is motherfuckers just– like – you.”
Nina Lee Aquino revisits this seminal work of Asian-Canadian theatre in a powerful new production that examines the deep challenges of being torn between cultures and identities. Drawn together by the death of their friend and unofficial leader, five young Asian Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel, all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. This wickedly funny play, adapted from a celebrated book that is a ‘meditation for the restless,’ is a call to anyone who has felt out of place in the world.
About the Playwright
Leon Aureus is a writer, actor, designer, filmmaker and the current Artistic Producer of Carlos Bulosan Theatre Company (CBT). As a playwright, Leon adapted the novel Banana Boys by Terry Woo and he also co-wrote the plays People Power and In the Shadow of Elephants with the CBT Collective. Select acting credits include: Aisha ‘n Ben (Theatre Ji); People Power (CBT); a nanking winter (Nightwood Theatre); Singkil (fu-GEN, receiving a Dora award nomination for Outstanding Performance) and Yogyakarta (Absit Omen/Bell Tower Theatre). He was also the Associate Producer of the Fringe production of Kim’s Convenience as well as a founding member of the fu-GEN Theatre Company where he served as Artistic Director and Producer. Ongoing and upcoming projects include the premiere of the music video he directed for the band 30 Frames; City Curator for the culture and social innovation speaker series NextDayBetter; and the direction of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Tagsibol (Springtime/Rebirth) collective play creation unit.
About the Director
NINA LEE AQUINO
Nina Lee Aquino is an award-winning director and dramaturge. She was the former Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Cahoots Theatre Company; and is now the current Artistic Director of Factory Theatre.
She is the editor of Canada’s first Asian-Canadian 2-volume drama anthology love + relasianships and the co-editor of the award winning New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume One: Asian Canadian Theatre (Playwrights Canada Press).
Awards for her work include: the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008 and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.