The Heart of the City Festival is pleased to present we the same, a reading of scenes from a new play by Sangeeta Wylie, with Vietnamese danh tranh music, and guest speakers between scenes. Produced by Ruby Slippers, we the same is inspired by the true story of a mother with six young children separated from their father. Fleeing Vietnam in 1979, the mother and her children endured pirate attacks, typhoons, shipwreck, starvation and more. After over forty years of secrets, is reconciliation possible between a mother and her daughter?
It is a delicate balance between hope, humour, and tragedy, and an ultimate ode to belief in humanity. This staged reading features award-winning actors including Leo-nominated Elizabeth Thai, Grace Le, Khaira LeDeyo, Brandy Le, and Chris Lam, has a musical score by Vietnamese dan tranh virtuoso Vi An Diep, movement choreographed by Marion Landers, and interviews with Stella Nhung (Lac Viet Radio), Mohammed Alsaleh (Syrian refugee advocate), and Elizabeth Thai (actress). There will be a live q and a after with myself and the director, Diane Brown, of Ruby Slippers Theatre.
Monday November 2, 8pm
Pre-recorded at the Firehall Arts Centre, presented online, followed by live Q&A with the artistic team
For ages 18 and up.