JP Poster Image.jpg





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 is 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.

September 13 - 29, 2018

Tuesday-Saturday 7pm & 8:30pm

Saturday Sept 22: 4pm matinee | Saturday Sept 29: 1pm matinee

All performances followed by an audience discussion

Hastings Park, Livestock Building | the barn across from the Hastings Race Course

188 N Renfrew St., Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • The performance is Pay What You Can Afford: $8, $18, or $28. Contact us if cost is a barrier.

  • The space is wheelchair accessible, but terrain is bumpy.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes, and check heavy bags/coats with our volunteer to make this piece accessible for all.

  • This performance moves around in space; there can be no latecomers.

  • There are places to sit that we hope you will reserve for those who most need it.

  • If you would like to book a high school performance, please contact us. Recommended age 14+.


Directions to the show


Performances will be held at the Livestock Building at Hastings Park, the barn across from the Hastings Racecourse (188 N Renfrew St.)

-Enter at Gate 6 off Renfrew Street
-Parking available at Gate 6 in the Lot North of the Pacific Coliseum
-Walk to the NW corner of the Livestock Building
-Show entrance is across from Hastings Racecourse main entrance


Public transit
-Busses: 95 B-line, 10 Hastings, 16 Arbutus
-Enter at Gate 1 at Hastings & Renfrew
-Walk past the Forum down to the NW corner of the Livestock Building
-Show entrance is across from Hastings Racecourse main entrance


Parking is free: Please use Gate 6, and park in that lot (see map below). It is possible PNE Staff will ask what you are attending if there are other events that night, please say that you are seeing the play in the Livestock building, JAPANESE PROBLEM.