JAPANESE PROBLEM WAS ONLY ABOUT 40 MINUTES LONG, BUT IT WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. -Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
JAPANESE PROBLEM is a title derived from the nomenclature of WWII, but containing in it the understanding that the citizens affected at the time were neither Japanese--they were overwhelmingly legal residents/citizens of Canada, nor problematic--with zero verifiable connections to activities against Canada.
JAPANESE PROBLEM invites an audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.
The piece exists in the contemporary moment simultaneously, where evidence of Hastings Parks’s former tenants has been erased, where survivors are uncertain if they want their names included in a memorial; and where refugees to North America are being treated in a fashion that is terrifyingly familiar.
JAPANESE PROBLEM was developed and performed on the unceeded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, we acknowledge this area as the traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth Nations. We are fortunate to live and work and create on these stolen lands, and only hope to work toward a better future here.
JAPANESE PROBLEM premiered in September 2017, selling out a run at Hastings Park, and garnering exceptional reviews. This year we were included in the Westender's 2017 Year in Theatre and Vancouver Presents' Top Ten for 2017 Theatre lists, and are excited to be nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement and the Critic's Choice for Innovation Award for the 36th annual Jessie Richardson Awards.
Since September 2017 we have toured to Kaslo, Burnaby, Steveston, Victoria and Nanaimo, with more tour stops in the works for 2018/2019. Please subscribe to mailing list to keep up to date on our upcoming news and performances.
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