November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 17, 2019
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 17, 2019
Hiroshi has only a year left to live. During that time, he must somehow get his daughter Maya to leave her bedroom, something that hasn’t happened in over half a decade. Maya is hikikomori—an extreme recluse—who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring Virtual Reality. Until one day, she meets a mysterious player online who challenges her to the ultimate quest: saving her own father’s life. How? By visiting the scariest place IRL (in real life), Suicide Forest.
Acclaimed theatre creator, Tetsuro Shigematsu, is well known for work that explores the modern experience. His solo works, two-time sold-out Cultch hit Empire of the Son, and 1 Hour Photo, both of which premiered with vAct at The Cultch, explores his personal and lived experience as a Japanese Canadian. Kuroko marks a change in Shigematsu’s work. Instead of taking the stage himself, five well know Canadian Asian actors—Kanon Hewitt, Lou Ticzon, Manami Hara, Donna Soares, and John Ng will bring Kuroko to life.
“It is a new experience for me,” says Shigematsu. “This time around I am taking on a more traditional role for a playwright, and I am excited to see my words come to life in the hands of such an incredible cast, under the direction of Amiel Gladstone.”
In traditional Japanese kabuki, kuroko are stagehands, clad all in black, who—though conventionally considered unseen—progress the action, enabling the actors to perform the seemingly impossible. In Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Kuroko, he explores how each of the characters in our lives empower us to achieve things we have never considered possible. Is there a kuroko in your life?
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