Norman Yeung in a screenshot from I Know I'm Supposed to Love You, the first in Touchstone Theatre's Seismic Shift series.
Norman Yeung in a screenshot from I Know I'm Supposed to Love You, the first in Touchstone Theatre's Seismic Shift series.

This year, Touchstone Theatre and artistic director Roy Surette invited artists to imagine, express, and articulate the seismic shifts experienced when creating in isolation.

The result is Seismic Shift, an opportunity for playwrights to re-imagine their creative process in a digital space by creating a solo performance in our new reality.

The first in the new series comes a love letter to family from up-and-coming playwright Norman Yeung, who also performs, is I Know I’m Supposed to Love You.

Directed by Daniela Atiencia with cinematography by Zach Whitcomb, I Know I’m Supposed to Love You is a metaphysical meditation on ageing and loss. In Yeung’s story, a writer confronts the next chapter in his life story by explaining to his future child why they were born.

“There’s no hiding the fact that the Chinese family dynamic runs through the project’s veins,” says Yeung. “Although this project is rooted in my own life, I am indeed playing a character. It’s the best way for me to be honest with enough distance to be critical; this thing is pretty meta.”

Touchstone Theatre’s Seismic Shift series is available to watch for free on the company’s YouTube channel or visit touchstonetheatre.com for more information.