Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre Company, in-association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, are proud to announce that they will be joining forces next year to bring audiences the Canadian premiere of DURANGO by Julia Cho, directed by Ashlie Corcoran May 16 – 31, 2015 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Opening Night on Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm.
Julia Cho’s DURANGO explores the entanglement of familial obligation and personal exploration through the lens of a Korean American family. To the outside world, the Lee boys look perfect: Isaac is on track to be a doctor, and his younger brother, Jimmy, is a champion swimmer. But when their widowed father, Boo-Seng, decides to take them on a road trip to Durango, Colorado, the carefully constructed facades of all three begin to crack. As they near their destination, tempers flare, old wounds reopen and secrets are revealed. DURANGO is the story of a man who sacrificed everything-a home, a country-for the American Dream, and whose sons must now grapple with the consequences of that choice.
Featuring Philip Nozuka [Carrie, Cosmopolis, Fearing the Dark] and fu-GEN’s Artistic Director, David Yee [The Golden Dragon, playwright of carried away on the crest of a wave and lady in the red dress], DURANGO will also showcase the talents of Theatre Smash Artistic Director, Ashlie Corcoran [The Ugly One, Gay Heritage Project and Artistic Director of Thousand Islands Playhouse) and designers Camellia Koo [5 Dora Mavor Moor Awards, Siminovitch Protégé Prize], Michelle Ramsay [3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Pauline McGibbon award], Jung-Hye Kim [2013 Dora Nomination] and John Gzowski [5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards]. Stage Managed by Natasha Bean-Smith. Production Managed by Ryan Wilson.
From Artistic Directors Ashlie Corcoran and David Yee: “For fu-GEN and Theatre Smash, this co-production represents a shared vision for a contemporized and theatrical understanding of “the other”, in both artistic product and practice. DURANGO deconstructs our highly touted family values down to their basic, essential and necessary questions.”
For more information, visit www.buddiesinbadtimes.com or call 416-975-8555.