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TORONTO, ON – Cahoots Theatre announced its 33rd season today, including one world premiere and the return of an audience favourite. Programmed by Outgoing Artistic Director Marjorie Chan, the season explores the transcendent power of love through generational struggles, trauma, and even time and space. With productions featuring South East Asian artists, Cahoots continues to investigate questions of where we come from, and where we want to go in theatrical, dynamic styles.

Cahoots’ 2019-2020 season opens with the world premiere of HILOT MEANS HEALER by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, produced in association with b current performing arts. Set in Manila, during World War II, and drawn from the long tradition of Philippine folklore, legends, and Indigenous spirituality, HILOT weaves the tangible with the intangible to tell a story of unexpected bonds formed during cataclysmic change. Directed by Jasmine Chen, this interdisciplinary story explores the social and political consequences of war and occupation in the Philippines and its impact through generations. Performed by Karen Ancheta, Aldrin Bundoc, Belinda Corpuz, and Carolyn Fe, and featuring original music composed and performed by MaryCarl Guiao, the premiere will be presented in the BMO Incubator at the Theatre Centre, October 5-27, 2019 with audio described and relaxed performances.

Following a successful Toronto premiere and multi-city tour, GOOD MORNING, VIET MOM by Franco Nguyen will head west. Directed by Byron Abalos, and performed by Nguyen, this hilarious and heartbreaking love letter to mom will have a two-week run at High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta, presented by Lunchbox Theatre. Then the team will head to Vancouver, British Columbia where Rumble Theatre will present a full week of ASL-interpreted performances, featuring Deaf Interpreter Michelle Chung, accompanied by ASL Interpreter Tara Everett.

As Cahoots enters into its 33rd season, the spotlight continues to focus on artists from the edge, bringing transformative, engaging works to the stage. Works-in-development will include new offerings by Playwrights-in-Residence Kanika Ambrose (OUR PLACE) and Suvendrini Lena (RUBBLE). Development this season also includes the return of Artists-in-Residence, Boys in Chairs Collective (Andrew Gurza, Ken Harrower, Frank Hull, Debbie Patterson, Brian Postalian, and Jonathan Seinen).

Finally, Cahoots will conduct a digital research project, led by Deaf Community Consultant Catherine MacKinnon, as a follow-up to the DATT (Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit), which launched in 2017.

2019-2020 SEASON

by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
A Cahoots Theatre Production
in association with b current performing arts
October 5 – 27, 2019 | BMO Incubator

Direction by Jasmine Chen
Dramaturgy by Marjorie Chan • Set, Costume & Props Design by Jung-Hye Kim
Lighting Design by Jareth Li • Sound Design by MaryCarl Guiao
Production Management and Technical Direction by Crystal Lee
Stage Management by Victoria Wang • Production Assistance by Gloria Mok
Audio Description by Kat Germain • Music composed and performed by MaryCarl Guiao
Performed by Karen Ancheta, Aldrin Bundoc, Belinda Corpuz, Carolyn Fe

by Franco Nguyen
A Cahoots Theatre Production
January – February 2020
Lunchbox Theatre and High Performance Rodeo | Calgary, Alberta
Rumble Theatre | Vancouver, British Columbia

Direction by Byron Abalos
Set Design by Christine Urquhart • Costume Design by Sim Suzer
Lighting Design by David DeGrow • Sound Design Miquelon Rodriguez
Projection Design by Kevin Matthew Wong
Production Management & Technical Direction by David DeGrow
Deaf Interpreter Michelle Chung • ASL Interpreter Tara Everett

Boys in Chairs Collective

Kanika Ambrose, Suvendrini Lena

A Digital Research Project
with Deaf Community Consultant Catherine MacKinnon

 For more information and to connect with Cahoots:
Website: | Facebook: CahootsTheatre
Twitter: @cahootstheatre | Instagram: @cahootstheatre
CAHOOTS THEATRE:  Cahoots Theatre is a home for artists from the edge. Celebrating 33 seasons, Cahoots seeks, develops, produces and presents works that refocus the spotlight, empower artists and engage diverse communities. Working with artists of colour, Deaf artists, queer artists, and other marginalized groups, Cahoots focuses on intercultural encounters, the intersection of identities and the innovation of form contributes to Cahoots’ powerful and enduring vision through the development and production of new works, mentorship opportunities and community outreach.
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