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Japanese Problem

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 29, 2018

In 1942, some 8,000 Japanese Canadians were forcibly removed from their homes and initially detained in the exhibition buildings and stables at Hastings Park

Japanese Problem is the award-winning, site-responsive experience about the Japanese Canadian incarceration at Hastings Park. It invites a small audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination. The piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’ former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial; and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.

Co-creator Yoshié Bancroft says, “Our premiere production at the Hastings Park Livestock Building — which is the historical site of the 1942 Japanese incarceration —was sold out before we opened. We were able to include a handful of walk-ups each performance, but we still had hundreds of people who were really disappointed they missed the piece.”

“We decided to increase the amount of performances we had last year, so that we could get everyone who missed the premiere into the show,” adds co-creator Joanna Garfinkel. “We’re thrilled that people are really drawn to the show and that it’s impacting audiences like this. And when we found out our October Soulpepper tour was also sold-out before single tickets even went on sale, we knew we’d have to do as many performances as possible to meet the audience demand the show’s been receiving.”

For audiences who saw the premiere and want to attend again, Bancroft notes, “The material has grown since touring this past year. We’ve expanded the piece to reflect the stories we have learned performing around the province, so anyone who saw the first production will see how it’s evolved since the premiere.”

With more tour plans across Canada in the works, this may also be the last chance for Vancouver audiences to see Japanese Problem at the historical site itself.

Showtimes: 7pm & 8:30pm


September 14
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hastings Park
North Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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