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 Poetry – You might know him as: Author of Shotgun Wedding from the 2011 Toronto Fringe
- ELENA JUATCO – Art 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 LAM – Art Form: Dance/Choreography – You 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 YEUNG – Art Form: Playwriting – You 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
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.
- 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.
- 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