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acts of faith

November 19–28 2020, Online

#ftactsoffaith

Running Time: 75 minutes
Recommended for ages 16+

Written by David Yee
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

A Factory World Premiere

I have a message from God…

From the African Copperbelt to the back woods of Muskoka, acts of faith tells a story about the power of belief, the disillusionment of youth and the eternal struggle between good and evil. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a revered religious leader attempts to take advantage of her plight, she begins using her ‘gift’ to right wrongs and punish the wicked. As her spiritual notoriety grows, her own faith gradually erodes, driving her away from her home and the church in a quest for justice. Part Passion narrative, part modern retelling of David and Goliath, acts of faith is an action-adventure in the skin of a catechism. Far from home, Faith will come up against the ultimate test of her convictions in a final confrontation between sin and sainthood, morality and godliness.


Content Warning

acts of faith contains adult content that some audience members may find disturbing – please see the content warning below for specific advisories.

About the Playwright

David Yee

David Yee is a mixed race actor and playwright, born and raised in Toronto. He is the co-founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere professional Asian Canadian theatre company. A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actor and playwright, his work has been produced internationally and at home. He is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his plays lady in the red dress and carried away on the crest of a wave, which won the award in 2015 along with the Carol Bolt Award in 2013. He has worked extensively in the Asian Canadian community as an artist and an advocate. He has been called many things, but prefers ‘outlaw poet’ to them all.


About the Director

Nina Lee Aquino

With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina Lee Aquino was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre.

She became Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, currently holds the same position at Factory Theatre and is now the youngest President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.

She has directed world premieres and revivals at theatres across the country and has won the Ken McDougall Award, the John Hirsch Prize, and three Dora Awards for Outstanding Direction.

Her leadership has extended into mentoring emerging artists and she has directed innovative projects at Humber College, York University, and the National Theatre School. She was the 2019 winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award.


Cast

Creative Team

Joanna Yu

Set & Costume Designer

Michelle Ramsay

Lighting Designer

Miquelon Rodriguez

Sound Designer & Broadcast Tech

Matt McGeachy

Dramaturg

Nadeem Philip

Assistant Director

Kai-Yueh Chen

Stage Manager

Shaw Forgeron

Head of Props

Joyce Padua

Head of Wardrobe

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