A local performer appears onstage in Gateway Theatre’s next production.
China Doll, written and directed by Marjorie Chan, is onstage at the Richmond theatre from Oct. 17 to 26.
The play is set in early 20th-century Shanghai and follows the story of Su-Ling (Jennifer Tong), whose grandmother, Poa-Poa (played by former Burnaby resident Manami Hara) is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when Su-Ling learns to read, her intellectual awakening sets her on a path to independence.
The play, nominated for both a Dora and the Governor General’s Literary Award, is set at a time when the practice of foot-binding had reached its peak in popularity. It’s a coming-of-age story that tells of one girl’s journey trying to honour her family’s values in a changing world.
It also features Jovanni Sy as Master Li and Donna Soares as Ming/Ma-Ma.
China Doll will be performed in English, with surtitles in traditional and simplified Chinese characters at all performances.
The Gateway Theatre is at 6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond. Tickets start at $29, available at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com or 604-270-1812.
For info, see www.gatewaytheatre.com/china-doll.