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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Before The Curtain Goes Up: My Little Tomato

David C Jones speaks with playwright Rick Tae to find out more about his surreal rom-com to take to The Cultch's Historic Stage stage March 9-19.

The Cultch presents the premiere of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre co-production, produced in association with rice & beans theatre, of Rick Tae’s My Little Tomato on stage at its Historic Theatre from March 9-19.

In this surreal rom-com, Keaton Chu, a Chinese-Canadian kindergarten teacher, inherits a farm from his deceased parents and vows to continue the business to honour his family name. Unlucky in love in real life, he begins to pour his heart out into every fruit and vegetable, believing that every life form has a purpose even when they’re deformed.

Food, surrealism and East-meets-West themes have always driven my creative endeavours. As the world continues to shift towards wedging us all apart with our differences, I chose to highlight idealistic characters that insist we are all the same. – playwright Rick Tae

In this edition of Before The Curtain Goes Up, Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with the playwright to find out more.

My Little Tomato plays at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver) from March 9-12. Visit cultch.com for tickets and information.

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