Event: 11th Annual Potluck Festival, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ASSAULT ON TRADITION

Toronto, ON: fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company presents the 11th Annual Potluck Festival on June 8, 2014 at Factory Studio Theatre as part of Factory Theatre’s Factory Wired 14:

A Festival of New Work in Progress. The show begins at 7:00pm with a potluck dinner to follow. Tickets are PWYC at the door.

The Potluck Festival is fu-GEN’s annual festival of new work, the culmination of season-long efforts by the Kitchen Creation Unit. In years previous, the Kitchen has been a training ground specifically for young, emerging playwrights… with the Potluck Festival being an evening of staged readings. This year, however, we’ve remodelled the Kitchen as a multidisciplinary Creation Laboratory; focusing on inter-arts dialogue and experimentation. To wit, the participants are some of the hottest young Asian Canadian artists who are at the top of their respective games:

  • LEONARD CERVANTES – Art Form: Spoken Word PoetryYou might know him as: Author of Shotgun Wedding from the 2011 Toronto Fringe
  • ELENA JUATCOArt Form: Singing/Songwriting You might know her as: Canadian Idol Season 2 Finalist, Eponine understudy in the 25th anniversary remount of Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh 2013)
  • MING-BO LAMArt Form: Dance/ChoreographyYou might know her as: Artistic Director of Miscellum Dance Collective, 2013 Raptors DancePak Dancer
  • DEAN VARGAS Art Form: Filmmaking You might know him as: Founder and lead artist at Motion Pantry Production Company
  • NORMAN YEUNGArt Form: PlaywritingYou might know him as: Author of Pu-Erh, star of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

The Potluck Festival has been an integral part of fu-GEN’s core programming since their foundation in 2002. In the last 10 years, the festival has been the developmental proving ground for many successful plays and artists: Ins Choi’s runaway hit Kim’s Convenience; David Yee’s Governor General’s Award nominated lady in the red dress; Romeo Candido’s Prison Dancer (which went on to become a digital series, nominated for a Canadian Screen Award); Jovanni Sy’s delicious Taste of Empire.

With the Kitchen and Potluck Festival now delving into new territory and embracing a multitude of artistic forms, fu-GEN aims to showcase the exceptional talent on offer in the Asian Canadian community, cementing their position as the home for Asian Canadian artists.

fu-GEN Theatre Company presents

THE 11TH ANNUAL POTLUCK FESTIVAL
as part of Factory Theatre’s Factory Wired 14: A Festival of New Work in Progress
Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)
Sunday, June 8th 2014
7:00pm show
Potluck dinner reception to follow

Featuring the work of LEONARD CERVANTES, ELENA JUATCO, MING-BO LAM, DEAN VARGAS and NORMAN YEUNG

ALL TICKETS PWYC AT THE DOOR

ABOUT FU-GEN THEATRE COMPANY
fu-GEN is a charitable theatre company dedicated to the development of professional Asian Canadian theatre artists through the production of new and established works.

OUR MISSION:

  • To produce works of Asian North American playwrights, and foster new works by emerging playwrights.
  • To explore and address issues of Asian North American’s societal roles, responsibilities and identity in the past, present and future through our artistic endeavors.
  • To build a stronger, truly multicultural Canadian community by breaking down stereotypes through education and development of a strong cultural artistic base.

OUR VISION:

  • We serve the Asian Canadian theatre artist
  • We are dedicated to exploring the underlying Asian Canadian story
  • We believe in diversity of practice: using non-traditional space, time, methodology & philosophy
  • We are evolving with our artists
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